We’ve seen lots of poorly designed gadgets and products over the years, but how do we pick the worst of the worst? I stumbled across this old Quora thread recently that asked for some examples of truly poor design and came across some true stinkers that I thought were worth sharing. Let’s check them out, but be warned: Once you gaze at these horrible designs, you won’t be able to un-see them. More →
The design of a company’s logo is extremely important. From the famed golden arches of McDonald’s to the iconic swoosh of Nike, a well-established and memorable logo not only helps instill trust and a sense of familiarity among consumers, it can also become an embodiment of quality.
Not surprisingly, many companies take their logo design extremely seriously and, in turn, are more than willing to shell out big bucks to get it done right. Steve Jobs, for instance, didn’t think twice about paying legendary designer Paul Rand $100,000 to create the famed NeXT logo. More recently, Pepsi spent a whopping $1 million for its 2008 logo redesign.
A group of expensive Cisco Network Switches released a few years ago set a new bar for boneheaded industrial design. Sure, it’s pretty frustrating to potentially damage your Galaxy Note 5 by inserting the stylus the wrong way, but it’s monumentally worse to accidentally and completely wipe an entire server by using the wrong type of Ethernet cable.
When it comes to sweating the small stuff, no company is more on the ball than Apple. From the materials the company uses in its retail stores to the small and barely perceptible touches it adds to both its hardware and software, Apple leaves no detail to chance.
As a quick and illustrative example, a few months back we highlighted how the flashlight icon in the iOS control panel has a switch that toggles between the on and off position depending on if the flashlight is in use or not.
Google last week, in case you missed it, introduced a brand new logo design. While not a monumental change, the new typeface offers up a subtle variation to the logo the search giant had been using for the last five years. The most prominent change is that Google’s new typeface completely does away with the serifs that helped define its logo for the past 16 years.
Meet the alarm clock that will not only get you up in the morning, but will keep you up with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. The photo above essentially says it all: hit the snooze button in the morning, catch a few extra z’s, and wake up to a tasty and hot cup of coffee without even having to leave your bed.
When former Apple engineer Brad Sewell moved from California to Boston to attend Harvard Business School, he quickly became frustrated with the state of the furniture market.
“I had this taste in quality, Sewell told Entrepreneur, “but a budget that was like ‘graduated IKEA’. There wasn’t much between your disposable furniture and the really high-end stuff.”
So like many ambitious go-getters, Sewell dropped out of Harvard and created a company to address his furniture concerns. The result? An innovative new company called Campaign.
With yesterday’s news that Space Jam 2 may actually be on the horizon, it’s as good a time as any to point out that the original Space Jam website from 1996 is, believe it or not, still up and running on Warner Bros’ website.
And it’s not alone. If you scour the corners of the web, you’ll find traces of atrocious mid-90s web design lurking in all sorts of strange places. As it turns out, there are quite a few notable domains that have simply been abandoned and serve as virtual time capsules to a time gone by. Below are a few of the more prominent examples.
It’s an indisputable fact that the 2007 introduction of Apple’s iPhone helped spearhead a smartphone revolution. Whereas smartphones used to be expensive gadgets primarily designed for and used by business executives and tech enthusiasts, the iPhone was the first device to deliver advanced features that mainstream users could easily take advantage of and enjoy.
With a substantial technical head start, the iPhone was for some time the best smartphone on the market. But as time passed, companies like HTC and Samsung picked up their game considerably. And in the midst of this battle for smartphone supremacy, Microsoft threw their hat into the ring while we were simultaneously treated to a seemingly endless stream of devices intent on dethroning the iPhone, from the BlackBerry Storm to the beloved but ultimately unsuccessful Palm Pre.
Apple and Samsung have met in court dozens of times over designs, patents and more over the past few years. Among Apple’s numerous complaints was the repeated allegation that Samsung smartphones and tablets are copycat devices that stole numerous elements from the iPhone and iPad’s designs. While similarities between rival gadgets are sometimes bound to appear from time to time — Apple’s own iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S feature a design that is quite familiar — the Samsung executive responsible for the Galaxy S II design has finally spoken out in response to claims that the device is an iPhone clone. More →
More details surrounding the design of Apple’s upcoming iPad 3 have been revealed as images of a variety of internal components have been published online along with new images of the tablet’s rear shell and possibly Apple’s new Retina Display as well. Following reports on Wednesday that emerged surrounding a purported image of the iPad 3’s rear case, Cult of Mac has published higher-quality images of the same component along with a number of additional internal parts. While the various components pictured in the new leak show significant differences in many instances compared to their counterparts in the iPad 2, the external design of the upcoming iPad 3 looks like it will only offer a few minor differences compared to the current model, in line with earlier reports. Read on for more. More →
Samsung specifically designed the Galaxy Nexus to avoid patent lawsuits from Apple, Samsung’s mobile chief Shin Jong-kyun told Yonhap News Agency Wednesday. “We will see if it will be 100 percent free” from patent infringement lawsuits, he explained, noting that the current ongoing patent war with Apple is in its fledgling stages. “I think it is just a start and [the battle] will last for a considerable time,” Shin explained. “I don’t think there is much gain. What we are losing is the pride in our brand. We will avoid everything we can and take patents very seriously.” Samsung originally said it had postponed its San Diego press conference, during which it was supposed to launch the Galaxy Nexus alongside Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich, due to Steve Jobs’ recent passing. However, one report suggested the true reason the phone was delayed was due to last-minute tweaks needed to avoid patent lawsuits from Apple. Shin’s comments don’t suggest Samsung was lying about the event cancelation, but they do confirm that patents were a focus for the company as it built the device. Samsung and Apple are currently locked in legal battles around the globe with lawsuits filed in France, Japan, the United States, Australia and the Netherlands, among other countries. More →