787 Dreamliner designer on Boeing: 'A designer is only as good as his client'

Summary:The designer of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, Teague's John Barret, discusses how passenger comfort and interior design played a role in the design of the breakthrough airplane.

According to John Barret of design firm Teague, a designer is only as good as his client -- and his firm found a great one in aerospace giant Boeing for the design of the 787 Dreamliner airplane.

In an interview between Barret and then-Fortune senior editor David Kirkpatrick, Barret explains how passenger comfort and interior design played a role in the design of a "breakthrough" airplane built expressly for efficient long-haul service.

The interview was conducted more than two years ago, when the 787 Dreamliner was closer to a pipe dream than reality. With the plane's first flight a resounding success yesterday , it's only proper that we look back and see how the airplane got to where it is today.

Here's the interview, from ScribeMedia.org:

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation


Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. He is also the former editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation. He writes about business, technology and design now but used to cover finance, fashion and culture. He was an intern at Money, Men's Vogue, Popular Mechanics and the New York Daily Ne... Full Bio

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