Hong Kong student's Apple tribute is Internet hit

October 7, 2011
Jonathan Mak, a student at the Polytechnic University, poses with his laptop showing his self-designed logo in tribute of Apple founder Steve Jobs in Hong Kong on October 7, 2011.

A Hong Kong design student said Friday he was overwhelmed and felt "unreal" after his sombre logo in tribute to Apple founder Steve Jobs caused a worldwide Internet sensation.

The design, featuring Jobs's silhouette incorporated into the bite of a white Apple logo on a black background, has gone viral on the Internet since news of his death.

"I feel so unreal," Jonathan Mak, a second year graphic design student at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, told AFP, after he was inundated with tens of thousands of emails and messages on his Twitter account.

"You don't get to 180 thousands notes without feeling slightly insane," the 19-year-old posted on another microblogging site Tumblr Friday, referring to the messages he has received.

Mak said newspapers in the United States and Germany have contacted him about buying the copyright to use his logo and had received job offers.

"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."

When asked about whether he would be targeting commercial opportunities, Mak said he was considering contacting Apple on copyright issues because his design is based on Apple's own logo.

Some merchandisers have reportedly used his logo for commemorative memorabilia for Jobs such as t-shirts and caps that are being sold on the Internet.

"I will consider using any proceeds I make from the copyright for cancer research, as suggested by some people to me on the Internet," he said. Jobs died at 56 of pancreatic cancer.

Mak said he first came up with the design after Jobs announced his resignation in late August, but the logo received little attention at the time.

The teenager said the Apple founder had inspired him in his design.

"He was a minimalist, which is the way I would like to emphasise in my design -- fewer elements but a powerful message."

"Steve Jobs strongly believed in his own ideas and continued with his beliefs no matter how people criticised him. He was courageous," said Mak.

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Pirouette
3 / 5 (2) Oct 07, 2011
A truly great and talented genius has left us. Mak's Apple logo is a fitting tribute to the memory of Steve Jobs and I hope that Mak makes a fortune to donate to cancer research. What a wonderful young man he is for such altruism.
When available, I will purchase a copy of his logo to affix to my MacBook Pro.
omatumr
2.3 / 5 (3) Oct 09, 2011
Thanks for a great tribute to a man of rare genius.

May he rest in peace,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for NASA
http://myprofile....anuelo09
jsdarkdestruction
not rated yet Oct 10, 2011
how odd, my ranking on olivers comment is not showing up. Oliver, you just got your second 5 star rating from me ever, the first one was when you said you hoped steven hawking overcame an illness.

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