Like virtually everyone else in their late 20s, my love affair with Apple began with surreptitious Oregon Trail sessions in the 3rd grade computer lab and continued apace for more than a decade. It's pretty telling that in the thick of protests aimed squarely at corporate corruption and greed, people are shaken up and sad about the death of a multi-billionaire CEO.

It's a testament to the fact that simple, intuitive structure and smart design can actually change the world and that there are sometimes valid reasons to not roll my eyes into next year every time I hear the word "innovation."