Rank #1: Episode 15: Leander Kahney
In the shadow of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, it’s hard to remember what a big deal the iMac was, but it was a really big deal. Pretty much every computer at that point was a beige box, and then out comes Apple with this translucent, Bondi blue, space orb. The aesthetic was head turning, but it was the design of how people would use it that captured my 16-year-old attention. Plug in the keyboard and mouse, plug it into the wall, and start surfing the internet. An all-in-one, fully considered, user experience. The iMac saved Apple from bankruptcy and helped put design on the map in the late 90s. Its designers were actually featured in interviews. And those interviews ended up being my first encounter with both the term industrial design and the leader behind the iMac’s design, Jonathan Ive. From then on, I knew I was going to be an industrial designer.
I think it’s safe to say that over the last fifteen years, no design team has had more impact than Apple’s. Even once you get past the success of their products, they’ve reshaped not only how the world views design, but how the design industry views itself. For all that notoriety and impact, we actually know very little about Apple’s design team. Today we talk about Jony Ive and Apple’s Industrial Design Group with author Leander Kahney. Leander is the editor and publisher of cultofmac.com and has written three books about Apple: Cult of Mac, Cult of iPod, and Inside Steve’s Brain. His latest is called Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products.
Jan 06 2014
Rank #2: Episode 9: Rusty Meadows
Well you’re in luck, because today’s guest, Rusty Meadows, is just the guy you want to talk to. Rusty is the founder of the Nearly Impossible conference, an event for people who make and sell physical products that’s set to take place this November 7th and 8th in Brooklyn. The event is geared towards sharing stories about overcoming the hurdles we all face when trying to bring our ideas to life. Rusty’s experience comes from his role as manager of Tattly, the designy temporary tattoo company that celebrated it’s second birthday earlier this year.
Oct 21 2013
Rank #3: Episode 12: Paolo Rivera
Nov 18 2013
Rank #4: Episode 10: Joey Roth
Nov 04 2013
Rank #5: Episode 14: FiftyThree
FiftyThree has brought this same philosophy to their first hardware product, called Pencil. Pencil is a stylus designed to compliment Paper, and just like Paper, it eliminates pro features, making way for more natural feeling ones - like an eraser and probably the smartest take on a blending tool ever.
Dec 17 2013
Rank #6: Episode 6: Gary Hustwit
Sep 23 2013
Rank #7: Episode 4: Martin Kastner of Crucial Detail
Sep 09 2013
Rank #8: Episode 3: Robert Brunner of Ammunition
Aug 28 2013
Rank #9: Episode 20: Ti Chang
Jun 12 2014
Rank #10: Episode 19: Craighton Berman
Apr 16 2014