I met Steve shortly after I came to the UK in 1993, to direct the last years of the Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT). I was looking for someone who could help us to convey the degree to which people shape information technologies that in turn have major societal implications. I saw a painting Steve had done for a BT lecture, entitled communication. It was abstract, timeless and open to a huge array of alternative interpretations.
We met to discuss our vision of communicating the social aspects of technologies, which he immediately interpreted to draw a range of sketches that were absolutely perfect. He has illustrated PICT materials, and painted, for our final report, an abstract figure which has become somewhat of an icon for me of the human imagination behind the development and use of the networked computer. The thumbnail sketch is:
The original hangs on my living room wall.When I returned to the UK to direct the OII, I reconnected with Steve. A logo competition had been launched before my arrival, but it yielded no compelling designs. Once Steve became involved, ideas began to flow and the work moved rapidly, particularly after we converged on Steve’s design of the logo, which is now used on all of our materials. You can see the fruits of his work in the images on the OII Web site, but also view a far wider range of his work.