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Nokia’s Chief of Design talks about the Lumia 920 and relationship with Microsoft

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Nokia’s Chief of Design talks about the Lumia 920 and relationship with Microsoft
Marko Ahtisaari sat down for some question and answer time with Mobile Geeks. During the 30 minute interview, Ahtisaari discusses his first meetings with Microsoft to where he draws inspiration for designs.

The interview starts off directly with the design relationship Nokia has with Microsoft, and how the relationship got its true roots with lunch and working with “rockstars.” The creative elements of the teams seemed to fit very well.

Further insight is given to the overall mentality of finding inspiration for designs and how projects take shape. What is very interesting is how specific elements are looked at to aid in the development of new products from nearly every angle. In terms of the user experience, Ahtisaari compares the current state of the overall industry standing and the current user experience to that of the early automobile industry over 100 years ago. He even inserts some Nordic pride in the design influence.

Ahtisaari reflects on his team’s work in the face of Nokia’s challenges and notes that Nokia’s design team is uniquely built in ways other companies are not, encompassing design, user experience and engineering. It is quite a revealing look at how Nokia approaches and develops its products.

source: Mobile Geeks


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posted on 01 Nov 2012, 19:36 8

1. papss (unregistered)


I do love Nokia... Funny when he pauses

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 20:37 6

2. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


This is a great partership! Really want to see it succeed. And I'm doing my part. Own 3 WP devices about ready to buy my fourth.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 23:27 6

3. Alex123 (Posts: 209; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


I trust that you will be on the top again Nokia and I will support you forever.
from Cambodia. :)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 00:30 3

4. Johnnokia (Posts: 488; Member since: 27 May 2012)


I can't imagine a mobile world without Nokia.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 01:01

5. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Nokia will soon be aquired by Microsoft.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 02:29

6. Loubielou (Posts: 205; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


He Spent alot of Time an Money creating the N9 an then is Chairman then stopped it being sold Globally to Improve the Sales an Shares at Nokia,the 920 would sell alot better with micro sd card slot,as Microsoft just want to copy the iPhone but its totally wrong as Apple are Miles ahead of them

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:32 3

7. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Considering the only top WP8 phone with a MicroSD slot is the ATIV S, I don't think that's going to be a huge deal breaker. I thought I'd have a problem with my Lumia 900 not having a MicroSD card (first phone in a long time I've owned that hasn't had it), but thanks to cloud storage and intelligent backup, as well as excellent music and video streaming services, I'm less reliant on onboard storage. Also, larger capacity models will be available for those who want it.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 15:31

8. Gawain (Posts: 350; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


The Nokia Lumia 8xx models support microSD.

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