The Apple Power Mac G5 was a head-turner when it first appeared back in 2003. Slick, crafted from sturdy aluminum, and tough, it seemed to embody the term "industrial design." Macs have changed a lot since then, but German designer Klaus Geiger sees no reason why such an iconic design should fade away or be confined to specialty collections. As such, he's "upcycled" several old units for a project and transformed them into contemporary furniture.
Publisher Plus is a curious app. It’s seemingly laboring under the misapprehension that Apple’s Pages does not exist. It’s like someone’s grabbed Pages, pulled off some of the complicated bits, and glued some clip art and templates onto what remains. Oddly, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
If you're looking to get into the mind of Apple design chief Jony Ive and his thoughts on the Apple Watch and Steve Jobs, you'd do well to go check out a profile of the tech celebrity by Robert Sullivan over at Vogue. The article contains many details about the day-to-day activities of Jony's home and work life, and details his rise to Apple from a humble design shop in London.
Today Apple's already strong reputation for good design received a further boost with Vanity Fair's revelation that famed designer Marc Newson is joining the Cupertino company's design team. Newson has reportedly been close friends with Apple's lead designer Jony Ive for years, and duo should produce great things in the future. And considering current rumors, it doesn't hurt that he's spent much of the last couple of decades designing luxury watches.
Are we really in the "post-PC" era? Apparently Microsoft doesn't think so, as Redmond is reigniting the old "Mac vs. PC" debate in a trio of new television commercials. (We all remember how that worked out for them with Apple's "Get a Mac" campaign.) Today's edition of the Morning Report also offers a glimpse inside Apple University, where employees learn how Cupertino makes its mojo — read on for the details!
It's a question many of us have asked ourselves at one point or another since Steve Jobs passed away in 2011: Is Apple still the design leader it once was? Apple's design chief Jony Ive certainly seems to think so, or so he claims in an Q&A with the New York Times on the heels of the Gray Lady's larger piece on Tim Cook. Not only is Apple's approach to design in a good place, Ive says, but the company is about to extend it to products with "materials we haven't worked in before."
iOS 8 may have gotten most of the attention at Apple’s WWDC keynote, but the fun stuff isn’t limited to iPhones and iPads. Yosemite will bring the biggest update to OS X in years, combining desktop-level power with the elegance of iOS to create a stunning environment that will make even old Macs feel new again. Here are the features we’re looking forward to the most.
One of the most commonplace assumptions about Apple states that the company starts with design and works its way down to engineering, but a Fast Company interview with former Apple senior designer and user experience specialist Mark Kawano suggests that's not the case. According to Kawano, in many ways the engineers and designers at Apple are actually the same people.
Something is rotten in Cupertino. After more than 20 years with Apple, Greg Christie, who played a key role in the development of the original iPhone and other major Apple products, is allegedly leaving the company due to "friction" (to use 9to5Mac's word) with design chief Jony Ive. As a result, Ive will have even more direct control over the design of Apple's software.
You would be forgiven for mistaking Steller for a Storehouse companion, but in actuality they're independent variations on the same social storytelling theme: simple, elegant narration. Like Storehouse, Steller doesn't overwhelm you with design options, but it gives you just enough to get your creative juices flowing while inspiring you to turn your life into art.