RIP Steve Jobs
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
My first computer was an Apple IIGS. My mom bought it in 1987 or 1988. I was very young, and but I grew up being computer literate by having that thing in our house. When I had “Technology” class in 6th grade (yes, that’s what it was called) we had a room full of Apple IIe computers, with one Apple IIGS that I always tried to use, because it was “newer” and faster, and I had one at home. There was also one Mac, but only a couple of kids who had Macs at home were allowed to use it.
Since then I’ve been strictly a PC girl when it comes to computers, but I got an iPhone the year it came out and it truly changed my life. I had a little LG flip phone that didn’t even have a camera and was 3 years old. It’s best feature was a tiny mirror on the outside that let me check my teeth after lunch or fish stray eyelashes out of my eye on the train. I didn’t have to carry a compact when I had that phone, but I was more than happy to start carrying a mirror when I got my iPhone. At the time, I didn’t have a palm pilot, digital camera, mp3 player, or any of those fancy gadgets. The iPhone fulfilled all of those needs, and if it didn’t always work great as a phone (and ended up with a corrupt hard drive), it was still worth it. Four years later I still hate iTunes with a fiery passion and resent having to use it to move content on and off my iPhone, but I’m on my second one – a 3GS I’ve had for exactly two years – and I’m planning to get another within the next year.
While I’m not a fan of the Mac OS or iTunes as a program, I can’t fault their design. Apple products are beautiful. And as a designer, I truly appreciate that.