Steve Jobs has always considered himself an artist. He never got a degree in computer science or engineering, and in the early days of Apple he typically left the technical side of things to his partner Steve Wozniak. From the very beginning, what Jobs was better at than anybody else was aesthetics. Unlike the coders and builders who ruled the fledgling computer industry unabated at the time, he had a taste for beautiful things and understood the importance of making products that people would lust after on a physical level.

A calligraphy course Jobs dropped in on uninvited during his brief stint in college famously inspired him to use multiple typefaces in the Mac, which also was the first computer to use desktop icons and a graphical user interface instead of command lines on a black screen. Later on, during the Apple renaissance that began in 1998, he would partner with kindred spirit and eventual Senior VP of Design Jonny Ive to create such landmark feats of industrial design as the original iMac, the MacBook Air and the iPhone. Jobs also had a penchant for beautiful architecture, and turned Apple's own stores into mini sight-seeing destinations around the world.

Recently Apple has announced its two biggest architectural projects to date: A new store in New York's historic Grand Central Terminal and a massive, space-ship-like new headquarters in Cupertino, California.