Dieter Rams and the products he designed for Braun and Vitsœ Dieter Rams was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1932. He was strongly influenced by the presence of his grandfather who was a carpenter. Rams’s early awards for carpentry led to him training as an architect as Germany was rebuilt in the early 1950s. Prompted by an eagle-eyed friend, Rams applied for a job at the German electrical products company, Braun, in 1955. Rams became a protégé of the Ulm School of Design (successor to the Bauhaus) luminaries Hans Gugelot, Fritz Eichler and Otl Aicher. He quickly became involved in product design – famously adding the clear perspex lid to the SK4 radiogram in 1956 – and was appointed head of design at Braun from 1961 to 1995. Together with his design team, he was responsible for many of the seminal domestic electrical products – and some furniture – of the 20th century.
Is Apple Guilty of Planned Obsolescence? To prevent users from opening their devices, Apple is switching to a new tamper-proof screw. It's planned obsolescence, says one critic. Apple’s increasing use of tamper-resistant screws is a form of planned obsolescence, says one critic. As previously reported, Apple is using proprietary five-point security screws in the iPhone 4 and new MacBooks Airs. The screws are unique to Apple and serve one purpose only: to keep users out. The plan, says iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens, is to force customers to upgrade their gadgets sooner than necessary. “It’s a form of planned obsolescence,” says Wiens. iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens Planned obsolescence is an industrial design strategy that encourages customers to upgrade their products sooner than necessary. According to Wiens, the special screws prevent owners from upgrading or repairing their machines themselves. Apple releases new iPods and iPhones every year, and new MacBooks every couple of years. Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment. Related
iPad - Elevating the expedition The Evolution of Cell Phone Design Between 1983-2009 Cell phones have evolved immensely since 1983, both in design and function. From the Motorola DynaTAC, that power symbol that Michael Douglas wielded so forcefully in the movie “Wall Street”, to the iPhone 3G, which can take a picture, play a video, or run one of the thousands applications available from the Apple Store. There are thousands of models of cell phones that have hit the streets between 1983 and now. We’ve picked a few of the more popular and unusual ones to take you through the history of this device that most of us consider a part of our everyday lives. We have tried, wherever possible, to include the most popular phones and the phones that were “firsts” for a particular feature, but may have missed out on your favorite phones due to the sheer number of models that are out there. We invite you to post your faves in the comments section if they are not listed here. Mobile phones are just now beginning to be as vital to North Americans as they have been to Asians. Nokia 1011 LG Vu
An Espresso Machine That Exudes Warmth Instead Of Industrial Cool I’m an incorrigible caffeine addict and a hopeless collector of all coffee accoutrements--from French presses and stovetop espresso makers to percolators and milk steamers. So when I saw this porcelain wall-mounted espresso machine, I found myself wiping away some coffee-tinged drool. Arvid Häusser, a 23-year-old German design student at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, has revamped the industrial-looking espresso machine, with its metal body and plastic knobs, and made it friendlier, adding warm wood tones and creamy ceramic. But the improvements extend beyond mere aesthetics: Porcelain is a good insulator and doesn’t impart a metallic taste. And by adhering the appliance to the wall, Häusser has managed to free up valuable counter space and even create a place for resting a few mugs securely on top. Sadly, the design is only a prototype, and Haüsser’s looking for sponsors to take it into the next phase.
Jonathan Ive Sir Jonathan Paul "Jony" Ive, KBE RDI (born 27 February 1967) is an English designer and the Senior Vice President of Design at Apple Inc. He oversees the Industrial Design Group, and also provides leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) software teams across the company. He is the designer of many of Apple's products, including the MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iOS 7. Steve Jobs considered Ive to be his "spiritual partner at Apple," while Fortune magazine stated in 2010 that Ive's designs have "set the course not just for Apple but for design more broadly." Early life Ive was born in Chingford, London, UK. Ive explained that his discovery of the Apple Mac, after "having a real problem with computers" during his later student years, was a turning point. Career The scheduled publication of an unofficial Ive biography was announced in late 2013. Charity work Honors and awards Personal life
Apple compra Burstly, responsables de Testflight Apple ha confirmado la compra de Burstly, según leemos en Recode. Una compra con la cual la compañía adquiere la popular Testflight, una plataforma que permite el testeo de aplicaciones sin necesidad de subirlas a la App Store. Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans En declaraciones para la compañía, Kristin Huguet ha comentado lo que otras tantas veces hemos leído. Burstly es una plataforma de gestión de apps móviles que ofrece herramientas que permiten obtener datos y analíticas sobre el ciclo de vida de nuestras aplicaciones, desde las primeras pruebas hasta el porqué podrían haberse dejado de usar la app. Cómo integrará Apple la plataforma y herramientas de Burstly no lo sabemos. Vía | Recode
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