Similarities between Steve Jobs and Charles Eames

Om Malik has drawn a parallel this morning that I hadn’t thought of before: the similarities between Steve Jobs and Charles Eames. Charles and his wife Ray helped define Mid-Century modern design. They designed furniture, made films, painted and managed corporate messaging. Both Charles and Ray were visionaries, and I’ve admired their work for a long time (I have a vintage molded plastic rocker that’s a prized possession).

Om suggests that Jobs fans should watch the Eames documentary with Steve in mind:

“And when you are watching the documentary, recall little details from the Jobs book and think about the similarities between the Eames and Steve. They both were very clear in distinguishing what is design and what is style. And more importantly both made simplicity their mantra. The New York Times’ A.O. Scott observes that ‘Like Walt Disney — and like Steve Jobs — Charles Eames did not share credit.'”

It’s a compelling idea, and I’ll try it out. I encourage you to do the same. You can watch the Eames documentary for free at PBS.org (Flash required).