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Posts Tagged ‘Steve Jobs’

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Steve Jobs, Coldplay, and a Haunted Hayride

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we dance like Chris Martin, get spooked by Angela Merkel, and talk to Siri about the Steve Jobs biography. Oh, and the world’s population increases.

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We’ve Got Deja Vu Over Apple’s Deja Vu All Over Again

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How we love when the design community is one step ahead of the gadget geeks. After our post about Gizmodo uncovering the similarities between Apple and vintage Braun designed by Dieter Rams, it turns out that Emdashes’ Emily Gordon picked up on the Rams-channeling three years ago! In her post, “Haven’t I Seen You Somewhere Before,” she even picks though A Century of Design: Design Pioneers of the 20th Century by Penny Sparke to find the alignment in Rams’ philosophy:

Sparke continues, “For him the role of machines in the domestic environment were to be that of ‘silent butlers’: invisible and subservient, and there simply to make living easier and more comfortable. They were to be as self-effacing as possible and leave room for the role of beauty to be played by, say, a vase of flowers (in Rams’s case, the white tulips that he frequently chose to accompany his otherwise austere environments).”

Can’t you just imagine that in a Steve Jobs-issued memo? We’re madly in love with that Braun TPI with T3 receiver above she calls a “proto-iPod”…made in 1959.

Requiem for the iPod

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Guardian correspondent Bobbie Johnson is a bit broken up over Apple’s iPod announcement Wednesday, mourning the loss of a “classic design”:

Launching a new range of iPods, Mr Jobs announced the arrival of the new touch-sensitive, wireless-enabled “iPod touch” and binned the polished white design that has helped it become one of the most influential brands in the world.

To ease the blow, the Guardian has provided slideshows of both the iPod “through the ages” and the evolution of Steve Jobs, which includes this gem:

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Designers Honestly Can’t Tell If Jobs vs. Heller Interview Is Real

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In an age of Fake Steve Jobs and fake iPhones, we understand not being able to separate the real Apple news from the hype. Really, we do.

But for the designers who couldn’t tell if Steven Heller‘s perfectly-executed interview with Steve Jobs was satire? Shame on you.

Webby Award Winners Announced

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The Webbys, once the realm of extreme nerdery, now look like regular old mainstream media awards, doling out special achievement awards to places like YouTube and eBay. The winners have recently been announced for the 2007 awards so on this award-heavy day let’s take a look, shall we?

Electrolux Design Lab took Art, although the Cooper-Hewitt’s People’s Design Award won the People’s Voice Award (fitting). The stellar we-make-money-not-art topped the Cultural category (beating out Design Observer, My Moleskine and People’s Voice winner Treehugger), and Green My Apple (aka Steve Jobs naked) took Activism. By the way, it seems as if Green My Apple has made a true impact–view A Greener Apple, on the official Apple site.

Flickr won the “function” design award (not sure why we have to differentiate that from “aesthetic”) and Jonathan Yuen‘s portfolio site continues to tear up awards shows coast-to-coast with multiple wins. Firms Tribal DDB, Farfar, R/GA and CP+B had the most nominated entries.

The awards will be doled out at a June 5 ceremony which will be notable if only for the fact that David Bowie, Ask a Ninja and LonelyGirl15 will all be in the same room.

Steve Jobs’ Forbidden Fruit

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This is of such great importance to designers it’s a wonder we hadn’t posted it already, but as a treasured UnBeige reader just reminded us, it seems like something that deserves as much press as possible. Greenpeace as embarked upon a daunting mission: To get Apple to polish up its sustainability policies. Green My Apple is a tongue-in-cheek parody of Apple’s site, right down to the tabbed browsing on top and a ProCreate site where you can create your own takeoffs on Apple marketing. So get to it…before your iMac kicks the bucket.

iWe Don’t iNeed to Say iMuch About This iAnnouncement

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According to the heart-stopping coverage of Steve Jobs‘ keynote on Engadget, Apple has just announced the product which has been covered in just about every tech publication, for years, even though it did not exist until now: the iPhone.