@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
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.
I love the still-modern look of these half-century old radios, whether Jonathan Ive used them for inspiration or not.
“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.
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
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…
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.
“The design snob in me isn’t particularly happy with Apple’s recent trend of using two colors (black and silver, white and silver) on their stuff.
So. Combine my pedantic taste for minimalism with nerdy touch typing abilities and a cheap can of white spraypaint, and you end up with my keyboard – possibly the most pretentious keyboard in existence.”
If you don’t have anything to donate, you can always follow the project on his website or Flickr stream .
His current wish list: * iMac (the one with the half-sphered foot) * eMac * Cube (yes, iKnow, they are hard to come by, but hey, there might be the odd chance.. and if it’s just an empty case …) * Macintosh Portable (they claim this was the first portable Mac, but it was so heavy, no way anyone took it anywhere) * anything made after 2000 (there aren’t many dead ones to collect around yet) * Classic, SE & Plus (I already have a few dozen of them, but I need more …) * any type of Apple //, the legendary Lisa … ok, I’m dreaming now * anything odd with an Apple logo on it (instruction VHS tapes, old PR material, shop displays, … you name it).
As part of the collection process, he also runs a “Mac surgery convention,” because most of the donated machines don’t work anymore, but there are enough bits to cobble one working machine out of two or three dead ones. Last time he invited Mac savvy geek friends to bring their screw drivers around for an evening of pizza and computers, there were 10 running old Macs as a result.
Mac fans Tuan Nguyen and Ken Thomas got busy with corrugated cardboard and regular white glue to make this iPhone table. The straightforward design comes with handy removable icons to use as coasters.
It doesn’t quite reach the chic of the iPod table, but it’s cute and hey, if you decide for a radical home makeover, you wouldn’t feel too bad about breaking it up for the recycling bin. Details about price, availability to follow.
Back in May, CoM published a phone cam shot of a table that looked like an iPod found in a Milan hotel.
We tracked down the guy who made it, Mirko Ginepro, an industrial designer, graphic artist and photographer.
His iTable is made from Corian (frequently the stuff of kitchen and bathroom counter tops), the “screen” is glass and the necessary add-on to make the original design furniture-worthy, the legs, are steel.
Ginepro built three iTables for an installation at Milan’s design week this year, then sold one to the hotel and another to an art gallery.
“I like to take inspiration from everyday objects and as Mac user, those designs are the ones I see all the time,” Ginepro told Cult of Mac. “The idea was to take an object that didn’t start out as furniture and turn it in into something useful.”
The iTable is about 47 inches long by 29 inches wide (original measurements: 120 x 75 centimeters) and about 13 inches high.
It comes in classic white, black or sunny yellow. Each table is a one-of-a kind, made-to-order piece of art (read: workaround to wrangling a licensing agreement with you-know-who for mass production). More info on availability, cost etc. through his website.