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Exciting times are here for the Art Legacy League!

   The Art Legacy League is now happily settled into a new teaching and gallery location at the JB Young Opportunity Center                     in Davenport, IA. The facility offers an excellent space to gather for classes and workshops.    


1702 N Main St. , Davenport, IA  52803

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The Artist Who Taught the Artist Who Taught Steve Jobs 

  Robert Palladino’s name appears nowhere in Walter Isaacson’s lengthy authorized biography of Steve Jobs, but he had an enduring influence on Jobs and the business empire he created. Jobs sat in on Palladino’s calligraphy class at Portland’s Reed College, which eventually inspired the elegance for which Apple computers are renowned.

  Palladino’s mentor of sorts was our own Father Catich. Palladino studied calligraphy with Catich at St. Ambrose College and when Catich would visit Reed. 

Isaacson writes … 

He (Jobs) didn’t actually want to leave Reed; he just wanted to quit paying tuition and taking classes that didn’t interest him. Remarkably, Reed tolerated that. “He had a very inquiring mind that was enormously attractive,” said the dean of students, Jack Dudman. He allowed Jobs to audit classes.  

“The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting,” Jobs said. Among them was a calligraphy class that appealed to him after he saw posters on campus that were beautifully drawn. “I learned about serif and sans serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.”

It was yet another example of Jobs consciously positioning himself at the intersection of the arts and technology. In all of his products, technology would be married to great design, elegance, human touches, and even romance. He would be in the fore of pushing friendly graphical user interfaces. The calligraphy course would become iconic in that regard. “If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them.”