Apple Hires iOS Concept Designer Jan-Michael Cart

Jan-Micheal Cart has made quite a name for himself designing impressive new concepts for the iOS operating system, such as the dynamic icons concept you see above, and an awesome system for implementing widgets which we covered back in May.

However, it seems it’s not just iOS users who have been impressed with Cart’s work. The Apple camp in Cupertino has also picked up on it, and they’ve hired him as an intern.

Cart is a 20-something media arts student from Georgia who has become famous for his iOS concept videos in which he rethinks or reinvents features for the iPhone. He’s tackled things like application switching, notifications, widgets, and voice recognition.

Watching his videos often makes you wonder why Apple hasn’t already introduced some of his incredibly useful tweaks, but it looks like the company may be about to do just that. Cart is off to work for Apple in Cupertino in less than a month, according to a post on his blog:

Welcome to the new blog section of my website. Soon I will be embarking to California, where I will be interning at a fruit company for seven months. I will be updating this to chronicle my adventures and misadventures in the Bay Area for my family, friends, and followers online. Stay tuned, I leave in less than a month!

With Cart joining the Apple camp, we can only hope that some of his designs make their way into the iOS operating system. As iDownloadBlog notes, the system has now gone five years without any major changes to its look or feel, and with Cart on board it’s possible Apple is working on a redesign.

This isn’t the first time Apple has hired individuals who have made a name for themselves rethinking the iOS operating system. Peter Hajas, who was behind the popular MobileNotifier notifications utility for jailbroken iPhones, was also hired by the company back in May.

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  • Tay Wei Kiat

    it is just an internship, and the “app previews” are basically a tiles rip-off

  • henrymaxm

    Jan-Micheal Cart has great concepts, hope they all come through to iOS 6.

  • ADimensionOfMind

    Best of luck to him : )

  • Osman Ali Khan

    Windows can sue if apple really gets this

  • prof_peabody

    If you are talking about the fact that the icons are updating with information like Windows live tiles, then, no.  They can’t.  

    NeXT was doing that when Windows 95 was still a gleam in Bill Gates’ eye.  

  • prof_peabody

    The zooming in on the icons part at the end would “break” most of the handicapped access parts of iOS so I don’t think it will likely be implemented.  

  • apluralist

    Great, an animated billboard concept. Why didn’t I think of that.. ??

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