Ancestors of the iPod's Design
by Jochen Wolters
Now, his son Marc has published an article on a German website, reminiscing about what it was like when Steve Jobs discussed design and product strategy with Hartmut Esslinger late into the night, playing the Beatles's "Revolution"
Two interesting quotes from the article:
Apple thinks "thirst" not "glass of water;" an electronic device as a cultural and human statement not just a piece of plastic and technology.
[nowadays] every marketing director [of other frog design customers] would eventually step into the room with an iPod in hand and say: "Build me an iPod, we want to become the Apple of our industry."
To complement his article, Marc has thrown in some design study photos, some of them previously unpublished. It is stunning how many of these designs still feel "fresh" today despite their age of some twenty years. Even if you don't understand German, it is well worth visiting the article page for the photo gallery alone. Scroll to the gallery at the bottom of the article and click on any of the images for a larger version.
The Beatles had an album called "Revolution"?
|Hey! I know of a Color Classic that is still in (occasional) use! It's used to run some old genetics educational software at the college where I work.|
|I found that that the one shot really looked like the eMac (shot 22?). If you visit the gallery a few of the laptop photos are refered to as MacBook shot 24 for example. I didn't realize Apple's interest in phones dates back 20 years.|