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Toby Bradbury
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Icon Ambulance

One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated. As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said "Caller ID unknown". I choose to ignore.

After services, as I was walking to my car with my family, I checked my cell phone messages. The message left was from Steve Jobs. "Vic, can you call me at home? I have something urgent to discuss" it said.

Before I even reached my car, I called Steve Jobs back. I was responsible for all mobile applications at Google, and in that role, had regular dealings with Steve. It was one of the perks of the job.

"Hey Steve - this is Vic", I said. "I'm sorry I didn't answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn't pick up".

Steve laughed. He said, "Vic, unless the Caller ID said 'GOD', you should never pick up during services".

I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?

"So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I've already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow" said Steve.

"I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?"

Of course this was okay with me. A few minutes later on that Sunday I received an email from Steve with the subject "Icon Ambulance". The email directed me to work with Greg Christie to fix the icon.

Since I was 11 years old and fell in love with an Apple II, I have dozens of stories to tell about Apple products. They have been a part of my life for decades. Even when I worked for 15 years for Bill Gates at Microsoft, I had a huge admiration for Steve and what Apple had produced.

But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.

To one of the greatest leaders I've ever met, my prayers and hopes are with you Steve.

-Vic
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As I haven't seen this bit in The Wire yet, for me it will always be a reference to iCarly. 
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OMG! Its unbelievable now you can see who puts you in which circle on Google Plus! i can see my top profile visitors and i am so shocked that my EX still has me in a circle called 'Epic Bros'!
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rofl copter
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Hey all you people pointing out that Google Plus is like a cool party that once you get into is completely empty. Firstly, that is a hilarious joke. Brilliant. But maybe that's because you're being a rubbish guest, not because there's anything wrong with the venue.
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Have they done a port of that app yet so I can send you a little gif of a tinfoil hat?
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How do I sync this with my Friendster account?
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Interaction Designer
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  • Freelance
    Interaction Designer, 2011 - present
  • Artfinder
    Lead Designer, 2011 - 2012
  • BBC
    Senior Interaction Designer, 2008 - 2011
  • Digit
    Designer, 2002 - 2008
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San Francisco, California
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Stoke Newington, London - Gamlingay, The Countryside
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I grew up in the countryside in the brilliantly named Gamlingay, and now live in the less brilliantly named but more generally brilliant Stoke Newington in London.

Used to be a 'creative' until I found out that everyone kind of is one at various aspects of their job. I design interactive things. I'm a big fan of popular culture and some lesser known stuff too.

I try and tell jokes, but most of them are either far too niche so no-one gets them, or they're just not very funny.
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I'm deceptively strong for my build.
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  • Kingston University
    Graphic Design, 1999 - 2002
  • Longsands College
    1991 - 1998
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March 24
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