The wait is over. Time Out’s writers and editors have named their 20 most influential figures of 2011. Ranging from the creative to the most innovative, these people made a significant difference to London in the past 12 months.
‘I woke up in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. I reached out to grab my iPhone to find out what time it was. It was just after three. Without thinking I did what I what I always do, checked for text messages, Facebook status update and Twitter tweets. ‘RIP Steve’ was the first indication I got from someone I follow/cyber stalk. I closed that app and opened up the BBC News website. It was what I had feared, Steve Jobs co-founder of Apple Inc and Pixar Animation was dead. I put my phone down, picked up my iPad and scoured the net for more information. Messages, photos and videos from all over the world were already flooding the net with an unprecedented outpouring of geek grief. For many of us it was hard to comprehend that at just 56 the man that many saw as arguably the greatest innovator and visionary of the last fifty years was dead. Along with the likes of Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak, Jobs helped transform the planet. The products he created were elegant, sublime and instant design classics. He made ‘high tech’ beautiful as well as useful. From iTunes to iMacs, from ‘Toy Story’ to ‘Up’, everything he touched had heart as well as genius. He will be missed, especially at the moment when the world could do with a few more Steves.’ Tim Arthur, Editor in Chief
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