Steve Jobs had just returned to the struggling company, Apple Computer in 1997. Jobs and Lee Clow had collaborated back in 1984 to launch the MacIntosh. Now was the time to recover the sense of Apple’s place in the world of creative users. The TBWA Chiat/Day team said that Apple should be aligned with the creativity of personalities and people making an impact on the twentieth century. The "Think Different" phrase provided an opportunity to celebrate both the creativity of these people but also the distinctiveness of Apple in the computing world, responding to IBM’s historic campaign motto, "Think". The campaign was swiftly approved by Apple, then begun with the television commercial, which first ran on Sept. 28 1997, followed by the print ads, billboards and posters. (Source -Inspiration Room)
To read more about this renowned campaign, click on this link to read a background article by Rob Siltanen who was the Creative Director for the campaign - https://www.forbes.com/sites/onmarketing/2011/12/14/the-real-story-behind-apples-think-different-campaign/#7bc50b3962ab.
This image of Jim Henson was part of Apple’s "Educators Set", which was printed in 2000 and distributed through its Education Channels. Included with the set was a biography of each person depicted. Here is an excerpt: "Jim Henson: ‘Muppeteer’. In the galaxy of children’s entertainment, Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Sesame Street chums are bright, shining stars. Thanks in no small part to their merry mentor. As writer, performer, director, producer, and all-embracing visionary, his days were full. Yet he still found time for family, friends, and, of course, barrels of laughter. He touched more than 235 million hearts, minds, and lives in more than 100 countries. Prince Charming and his charming frog."
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