One of the design profession's true visionaries, Steve Jobs, succumbed to cancer on Oct. 5, 2011.
Through his breathtakingly innovative leadership at Apple, Jobs achieved iconic status among designers and business leaders throughout the world. His name has been mentioned alongside Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison as a human being whose talents and ambitions combined to transform life as we know it by delivering deliciously disruptive new tools that enable us to complete both small and unimaginably large tasks more intuitively and more joyfully.
What do the recent developments regarding Bank of America wanting to charge their customers for convenience and the court cases involving Apple and Samsung mean for design management? Perhaps what we are learning is just how high the stakes for design have become!
Bank of America's blatant disregard for the customer. The dark side.
The Apple PowerBook was one of the most revolutionary computers ever made. It changed the way people used computers. It was highly portable and lightweight, but functioned as effectively as a desktop. We call them laptops today, and many users never leave home without one.
The original PowerBook series—the 140 and 170—were designed by Robert Brunner, IDSA; Gavin Ivester, IDSA; Suzanne Pierce; Jim Halicho; and Eric Takahashi of Apple Computer; Michael Antonczak of Indesign; and Matt Barthelemy of Lunar Design for Apple Computer, Inc.
Introduced in April 1984, the IIc was Apple’s first compact model, the first with user-friendly icon graphics, and the first with significant visual design quality. It was cited as one of the best designs of the year by Time magazine.
How do you break into the Apple store? Take one microbiologist, add an accountant, a competitive snowboarder, and a former child prodigy, then steep them in strategy and design. Next arm them with an arsenal of Psycho-Aesthetics design strategy tools, and step back as they use their insight and talent to propel a brand into the Apple store.