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February 27, 2005 • 11:15 PM

Goodbye, Jef Raskin

I just read the sad news that Jef Raskin passed away on Saturday, apparently after a long illness. Jef led the team that developed the original Macintosh, though he left Apple long before the product shipped. He also wrote The Humane Interface, which I read about a year ago. Although Jef’s ideas had become rather odd of late, he has for years been one of my heroes for championing sensible computer interfaces. Along with folks like Don Norman, Jef was one of those people who helped to remind the computer industry that actual human beings—not just geeks—need to use their products.