Boiling incredibly intricate hardware and software down to such streamlined, spare form factors democratized technology (we have to ignore here, of course, the high cost of Apple products). It turned grandmothers into text messengers and it turned accountants into website designers.
So, now what? Most likely, we'll see more of the same kind of intuitive, taste-making design in the years to come. As Bloomberg notes, Apple's lead product designer and Jobs' longtime collaborator, Jonathan Ive, will fill the creative gap left by Jobs' passing.
But in fact, while Jobs has widely been viewed as the creative spark behind Apple's ascension into the annals of industrial design, it was Ive who cooked up the brightly colored enclosures of the iMac and who later oversaw the creative evolution of i-products (iPod, IPhone, iPad).
Like Jobs, Ive has a laser focus and a perfectionists' approach to product development. Bloomberg's article says Ive's field work includes long trips to Asia, where he gets into the minutiae of product manufacturing.
Ive obsesses over shapes, materials and composition -- even "the tiny gaps around each part and screw in a product." As a result, products like the iPhone (the device through which millions of Apple devotees likely learned of Jobs' passing) are as solid as they are pretty.
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