Segway CTO to become Apple VP of product design

Segway CTO to become Apple VP of product design

Summary: A post by Über Administrator and Wise Segway Elder John Grohol on the SegwayChat message boards reveals that Doug Field is leaving Segway for Apple.Doug Field, the chief technology officer at Segway who heads their entire engineering team (and has since Day 1), is leaving Segway to become a VP of product design at Apple.

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Segway CTO to become Apple VP of product designA post by Über Administrator and Wise Segway Elder John Grohol on the SegwayChat message boards reveals that Doug Field is leaving Segway for Apple.

Doug Field, the chief technology officer at Segway who heads their entire engineering team (and has since Day 1), is leaving Segway to become a VP of product design at Apple.

Doug has been the driving force in making the Segway what it is today and will be sorely missed at the company. However, with every change comes good and bad. So while it's bad the rich history and experience of Doug is leaving, it's good in that perhaps the team will get a fresh perspective into possible engineering solutions for future versions of the Segway (or Segway-like applications).

I don't know about you, but aren't technology and design two entirely different disciplines altogether? I mean, CTOs are usually dyed-in-the-wool engineering types while product designers are, well, designers. Maybe someone can enlighten me on this one.

Engadget points out another irony of the move: When asked for his reaction to the original Segway design Steve Jobs said "I think it sucks." Funny how things change, isn't it?

The move isn't confirmed and no press release has been issued so this story is being posted in the rumor category for the time being.

Topics: Apple, CXO

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  • huh?

    "Engadget points out another irony of the move: When asked for his reaction to the original Segway design Steve Jobs said ?I think it sucks.? Funny how things change, isn?t it?"

    so? He probably still thinks it sucks. Just because he (may) think that the guy can do a good job at Apple, doesn't mean he loves all the past things the guy has worked on...
    doh123
  • Product Design

    I have no idea if this is true at Apple. Its not uncommon for "product design" to be differentiated from "industrial design".
    In that context, product design is the mechanical design of the product housings, assemblies, materials and CAD detailing for manufacture. The industrial design is the conceptual, aesthetic and ergonomic design which is given to the product designers for development.

    vonB
    vonB
  • Home iProducts

    Let the beginning of new generation of iProducts begin. iCar seems to be closer and closer.
    exxtraz
    • Let us hope it does better

      then the Segway. It was supposed to be everywhere to the point of having replaced walking

      I have yet to see one myself.

      I would imagine initial sales figures were off...
      GuidingLight
  • Technology and Design

    The two are intertwined at Apple.

    At Apple, someone got a directive to make a thin laptop... they go see Intel to design a new chip package to make it happen. Any other company, they would have designed around the existing chip instead.

    As a tech guy, it's his job to make sure they push or design new technologies to take designs to their logical conclusion.

    I wonder if this means that Steve Jobs is terminal and the re-organizing has slowly begun?
    croberts
  • RE: Segway CTO to become Apple VP of product design

    Is that "grooming" I hear?

    Some of you will understand ...
    Timpraetor
  • What does this mean...

    ... for the Senior VP of Industrial Design at Apple?
    filipiak