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Only 2? Original Mac, iPod Among Century’s Top Designs

1 July 2013 598 views 2 Comments

Think of a dozen great products of the last century — how many are from Apple? According to a just published list, the original Mac and iPod are worthy…

Did you celebrate World Industrial Design Day? I missed it, too. But CNN’s Blueprint marked the event on Saturday, June 29 by naming the original Macintosh and 11 other unforgettable products the best of the industrial design of the last 100 years.

Among 10 other interesting choices, the design gods queried by CNN placed two iconic Apple products among the dream dozen.

# 1 Original Mac — When Apple Mac said hello to the world in 1984 it turned the computing industry on its head. It seamlessly combined outstanding software and hardware into an experience. Other than the Jobs-less years it spent in the innovation wilderness, it’s still doing it — says Dick Powell, co-founder of design agency SeymourPowell.

Think of a dozen great products of the last century — how many are from Apple? According to a just published list, the original Mac and iPod are worthy…

# 7 iPod — [I]t so clearly demonstrates the benefits of collaborative efforts. This is no longer the province of a single ‘hero’ designer, but rather the unified work of many practitioners — Nick Rhodes, head of the Industrial Design MA, University of London.

The other 10 names on CNN’s list are the Piaggio Vespa, escalator, Virgin Galactic Space Plane, AK-47, Floppy disk, Aeron chair, Bang & Olufsen Stereo, Airbus A380, Ford Model T and Jet Engine.

All well and fine, eh? The list doesn’t include a single product from either Dieter Rahs or Raymond Loewy, among other noteworthy omissions.

That said, it’s just a list and, more often than not, Apple features prominently whenever industrial design is discussed…

What’s your take?

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