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Episode 16 – How to Design Like Apple

Apple’s design philosophy sounds simple, but putting it into practice is more difficult. Here are some tips on how to design like Apple.

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ThePresent: The Annual Clock that tells time in seasons.

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ThePresent tells the story of the seasons using subtle gradients of pure color to mark the Equinoxes & Solstices throughout the year. This original wall clock takes an entire year to complete a single rotation using a first of its kind German-engineered annual movement.

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Lomography – La Sardina Metal Western Edition

With designs inspired by America’s Wild West, these 35mm whippersnappers are lovingly crafted from oxidized brass and finished using a combination of etching and laser engraving.

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A $70,000 Wooden Bike, Crafted Like A Century-Old Chair

THONET, WHICH MAKES ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS CHAIRS IN THE WORLD, COMMISSIONS A HIGH-END BIKE TO SHOW OFF ITS WOOD-BENDING PROCESS.

The Thonet Chair Company must have been astonishing to see at the 1851 World’s Fair. In presenting simple seats made of gracefully curved, steam-bent wood, they bucked centuries of convention, countless generations of heavy, formal, carved furniture.

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Photo gallery: Apple’s iPhone 5 in all its glory

One of the iPhone 5′s best qualities is its stunning design. Sure, it’s reminiscent of its predecessors, but the attention to detail that went into Apple’s latest smartphone is unprecedented. 

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Alessandro Mendini interviews Dieter Rams – From the Archive – Domus

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This article was originally published in Domus 649 / April 1984

Interview with Dieter Rams

Alessandro Mendini: You were the prophet of the mythic period of Braun design. I have always thought of asking you this question: Was your utopia functionalist or was it poetic and purist?
Dieter Rams: I was not the “prophet” of Braun design; if anything, I was a fairly important collaborator and companion in arms. Especially during the second period of Braun design. The first Braun period was marked by the Ulm school, through Hans Gugelot, in the sphere of product design and Otl Aicher in that o graphic design. My own work and that of my group would have been unthinkable without the way paved by them.

I have always liked the simple and the pure — which however is also useful and may possess poetry too. I owe a great deal here to my grandfather, who was a carpenter and always refused machines. The greatest care and honest quality were his principles. The important principle in design in my mind is to remove the non-essential in order to bring out the essential. Good design means to me the least possible design. I believe the time is ripe far a return to the simple. I am against all «isms», including «functionalism»

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