Did Marc Newson design the iPhone 5c case?

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Do these sneakers look a lot like the iPhone 5c case to you? Photo: Nike
Do these sneakers look a lot like the iPhone 5c case to you? Photo: Nike

Nike is re-releasing the Zvezdochka, a line of space-inspired sneakers first designed for the company 10 years ago by Marc Newson, Jony Ive’s BFF and Apple’s newest star designer.

Notice anything about them? Yup. They look just like the iPhone 5c case. Got to make you wonder if the iPhone 5c case was designed by Newson, don’t you think?

Looks familiar, right? Photo: Apple
Looks familiar, right? Photo: Apple

In a piece I wrote over at Co.Design, I point out the resemblance:

To my mind, the shoes look nearly identical to Apple’s iPhone 5c case. Which is interesting, because it makes me wonder if Newson quietly designed the iPhone 5c case for Apple over a year before it was announced that he’d be joining Apple’s design team. In an interview with Dezeen, Newson says that this “particular shoe has spawned a lot of other interesting concepts.” Maybe the iPhone 5c case was one of them?

I actually think it’s more than likely that Newson did design the iPhone 5c case for Apple. When it was unveiled last year, the aesthetic was just completely different from Apple’s, yet it conforms to a design language — first adopted by Newson with the Zvezdochkas for Nike — that Newson has returned to again and again.

What do you think? Was the iPhone 5c case Newson’s first design for Apple? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Fast Company