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Jony Ive Talks Apple Design: Our Competitors Have The Wrong Goals

Jony Ive Talks Apple Design: Our Competitors Have The Wrong Goals

Sir Jony Ive hasn’t agreed to too many interviews during his time as Apple’s senior vice president of industrial design. But the London Evening Standard has managed to tie him down for a rare interview in which he talks about Apple’s design process, and why its competitors have the wrong goals.

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How to Give Address Book A Clean and Simple Look in Lion

How to Give Address Book A Clean and Simple Look in Lion

In OS X Lion, Apple redesigned Address Book with a new look that resembles a physical hardcover book binding. This type of design choice is called “skeuomorphic,” because it was, “deliberately employed to make the new look comfortably old and familiar.” Lion’s version of Address Book takes the old look and feel of a physical book and ports that to a virtual application.

While some may like the new look of Address Book in Lion, many have raised complaints. If you’d like to make Address Book look clean and simple again, we’ve got just the trick to unbind Address Book from its brown hardcover.

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Apple’s Order Status Page Gets a Facelift

Apple’s Order Status Page Gets a Facelift

Remember how ugly Apple’s online Order Status page was? Well, Apple has finally cleaned up its online store web design to reflect the rest of its top notch aesthetic taste.

While this isn’t particularly huge news, it’s still worth mentioning. Now you can see the order status on that new MacBook Air you just bought on a prettier webpage.

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Apple Gets To Look Through Samsung’s Unreleased Smartphones For IP Infringement

Apple Gets To Look Through Samsung’s Unreleased Smartphones For IP Infringement

Apple’s suing Samsung for copying the intellectual property of their iPhone, iPad and iOS designs. In return, Samsung’s suing Apple for patent infringement.

In the Apple vs. Samsung case, though, Apple has just won a weird little concession from the judge: they get to see five of Samsung’s unreleased tablets and smartphones. Can you imagine what would happen if Samsung got the same concession in their suit against Apple?

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iPods and Transistor Radios Separated at Birth?

@Michael Jack. An iPod with the Regency TR-1 in red (circa 1954-55) and TR-4 (black).

@Michael Jack. An iPod with the Regency TR-1 in red (1954-55) and TR-4 (black).

Recording engineer and music producer Michael Jack has amassed an amazing collection of 1,100 transistor radios.

@Michael Jack. Look familiar? An iPod with a Zenith RE-10

@Michael Jack. Look familiar? An iPod with a Zenith RE-10

These models from the 1950s look like predecessors of the iPod, he notes on his flickr stream:

“When I fist saw the Zenith RE-10 I figured I had come upon the most obvious inspiration for the iPod… Although all these radios appear to have similar design elements to the iPod I would ALMOST bet that the RE-10 was studied (or at least observed) by the Mac design team.”

@Michael Black. Note: the size of the iPod's click wheel about the same as radio's tuning dial.

@Michael Black. Note: the size of the iPod's click wheel about the same as radio's tuning dial.

I love the still-modern look of these half-century old radios, whether Jonathan Ive used them for inspiration or not.

What do you think?

Mac-Over Your House or Office with Apple Pillows

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Designers continue to be inspired by Mac icons as home decor.

The choice for these handmade fleece pillows is a bit random — iCal, the start button and an devilish version of Finder – but cool nonetheless.

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$14.99 each at Etsy.

Objects of Desire: Apple Stars in Design Film

Objects of Desire: Apple Stars in Design Film

“Objectified” the indie documentary film about industrial design that gives you a rare peek into Apple designer Johnathan Ive’s studio is out in movie theaters now — with a limited number of screenings from Stockholm to San Francisco.

The 90-second trailer is punctuated with Apple products (iPhone, MacBook) and a nice-close up of Ives.

At least one reviewer said Ive’s contribution — where he explains how a laptop emerges from just about one piece of metal — is a highlight of the effort by director Gary Hustwit.

If you catch it, let us know what you think.

iHouse: Mobile Digs for the Recession

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Welcome iHome: doors recently opened on a solar-powered, energy efficient prefab house that creators hope has the design cachet of Apple products.

Miles away from the usual trailer park digs, the homes feature v-shaped rooflines, bamboo floors and rooftop decks.

The name’s a hat tip to Apple — much like the iApartment building or the iHotel we’ve written about before.
“We love what it represents,” Kevin Clayton of Clayton Homes told the AP. “We are fans of Apple and all that they have done. But the ‘I’ stands for innovation, inspiration, intelligence and integration.”

The recession-friendly iHouse goes for $100 to $130 a square foot, depending on extras in what’s billed as “a moderately-priced plug and play dwelling” for the eco-conscious.  The ribbon was cut on the iHouse in the US a few days ago at the annual shareholders’ meeting of investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire-Hathaway Inc. in Omaha, Neb.
Via AP

1-Hour Design Challenge: Apple Accessories from Business Cards

1-Hour Design Challenge: Apple Accessories from Business Cards

Over at Core 77, this earbud holder was an in-house entry in this month’s one-hour design challenge to make something useful out of business cards.

Eric says he’s been using it for a week and its still holding up..In any case, it’s a nice way to use those out-of-date cards (dot-com bust, anyone?) instead of just recycling them…

1-Hour Design Challenge: Apple Accessories from Business Cards
Other Apple-related entries in the business card challenge include an iPhone stand and speakers. Feeling creative? There’s still time to enter the contest — the top five entries win 1,000 business cards.

1-Hour Design Challenge: Apple Accessories from Business Cards

Via Core77

You’re Seated: Faux Apple Logo Stool

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Spotted this yesterday in Milan: a small stool with a faux-Apple logo, missing the bite and a few colors but unmistakably inspired by the iconic rainbow.

Wonder who, for about $17 (€12.90), would want to sit on it, PC people?