This was the photo that made Jonathan Mak an Internet sensation—a profile silhouette of Steve Jobs etched into the distinctive Apple logo. Mak is a sophomore at Hong Kong Polytechnic University studying graphic design. Though Mak made his design in August, it only went viral after the news of Jobs’ death.
In the few days since his design caught the attention of the world, Mak has gotten job offers from various companies, but the 19-year-old student remains surprisingly down to earth. According to an AFP report:
“I am flattered by the attention but I would like to focus on my study before taking on any full-time job,” said the bespectacled student, adding that he was trying to cope with his new-found fame.
“I’m quite busy now actually as I’m trying to finish a school project.”
Mak said that he had been inspired by Jobs and his minimalist design and will consider “using any proceeds I make from the copyright for cancer research.”
With all the hubbub around Jobs’ death, people have been wondering, “Who will be the next Steve Jobs?” and “Why isn’t there a Steve Jobs in China?” Mak’s simple but meaningful design reminds us that, in this Internet-powered world, innovation can happen anywhere and be shared everywhere. I think it’d be premature to count China out. Who knows, maybe in the future you’ll find yourself working on a… well, MakBook.