Apple just lured one of the top designers in the world onto the mothership, and it just so happens that he’s a genius at designing timepieces.
Marc Newson created the luxury watch company Ikepod in the mid-’90s, pushing out gorgeous timepieces with unique, simplified form factors and made from unconventional materials. It took other watchmakers years to catch up with his work. Newson hasn’t been involved with the company for more than two years, but he’s also dabbled in jewelry design, with a necklace based on fractal theory, as well as Atmos clocks bigger than a Mac Pro.
In a rare interview with Dezeen, Newson offers insight into his career of building time pieces, from sketching concepts in the ’80s to setting trends that watchmakers are still emulating today. This is the future of Apple design.
Designed in collaboration with Steve Jobs by Norman Foster, the new Infinite Loop has Apple fans excited… but not architects. Informally polling a group of 6,000 architects around the world gathered for a South African conference, Fortune’s Philip Elmer DeWitt discovered that, by and large, the professionals he encountered hated Apple’s new Spaceship Campus.
But DeWitt reminds us all that Steve Jobs is no newcomer to architecture. He designed Pixar’s headquarters personally, and it’s a design that has resulted in some of the most creative cinema to come out of Hollywood in the last generation.
The new Mac Pro, with its sleek cylinder design, has gotten a bad rap. While it’s light-years from the bulky, ugly first-generation Mac Pro and “built for creativity on an epic scale,” this ingenious machine, which Apple sells for between $2,999 and $3,999, looks like a common waste receptacle.
The much-trashed design recently got some love from architect Takara Maru, who carved out a spot on this sleek walnut desk for it. Some might joke that it’s to shield users from the Mac Pro’s looks, but really the aim is to reduce clutter on the desk surface so Maru can focus on home design.
Japanese toilet purveyors Toto have sold 33 million of these unmentionables since 1980. It’s a maximalist minimalist dream: no toilet paper, no toilet brush but a heated seat and cleansing jets. What could Apple improve? Imagine an iPod-like controller to give your user presets for a wash-n-dry. Because Apple could make even dropping trou insanely great.
Toshiba showed this smart home mirror CES this year, but Apple’s take might advise you to ditch those ratty conference tees for black turtlenecks — or remind you to don the green shirt that brings out your eyes in your preset minimum rotation of three weeks.[
Behold Top Brewer, the sleekest interface between you and your caffeine. It already integrates with your iPhone or iPad, so you can order yourself a shot of courage for that endless meeting. If Apple designed it? Siri would make your favorite low-foam capp.
Gordon Murray, Formula One race car designer and the man behind wheel of McLaren in the 90s, designed this car for the rest of us. The three-seater iStream has stalled on the drawing board for years, but still gets design circles excited.
You may have an old Mac doubling as your pet bed, but it’s time to upgrade to this simple, sleek version by Glenn Ross at Vurv Design Studio. Apple’s take would definitely include a pet tracker and maybe a sonic “mute” button for the barkers in your abode.
We’d all be strumming a different tune if Apple made strings like this Harley Davidson model from Liquid Metal Guitars. Rock on!
Thanks to its amazing products, Apple already runs your social life, your work life and your downtime. But what if the Cupertino company designed products for the rest of your world? Over the years, there’s been much speculation about the company branching out – especially the Jetsons-like iWatch that will sync all our data and make sure the burrito is at the perfect temp when we get home.
Here are a few items we wish Sir Jony Ive would turn his hand to — because we’d like to take a dip, drop trou, drink and drive with that sweet Apple logo. Maybe just not in that order.
What would you like to see Apple’s design team dream up? Let us know in the comments below.
It is often said that what separates Apple from companies like Samsung and Sony is that at Apple, design is law. Other companies put engineering first.
But that’s not true, according to former Apple senior designer and user experience evangelist Mark Kawano. Speaking to Fast Company’s design site, Co.Design, Kawano says that Apple is still an engineering first company.
The difference? Every engineer at Apple knows how to think like a designer.
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Today, Apple designer Jony Ive turns 47. One of the threads of his incredible career has been a passion for hot wheels. Before going on to become one of the world’s most famous designers, Jony Ive went to London’s Central Saint Martins Art School fueled by an early passion to design cars. Eventually, though, he took a detour that led him to revolutionize design in personal technology.
Apple hasn’t gotten around to making an iCar yet, but Jony’s passion for automobiles is still revved up and cruising for thrills. The famed designer hasn’t been afraid to fork over some fat stacks for a nice car on a whim – even if one of his brutal beauties almost cost him his life – and has gathered a nice little collection of luxury cars over the years.
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At Macworld/iWorld last year, I had the opportunity to get a look at The iSlider by Rain Design. After using it for a bit, the folks at Rain Design decided to let me have one to use for review purposes. And after only a few days of use, The iSlider became my go-to iPad stand.