Apple has iconic industrial designer Marc Newson join the team

Apple has iconic industrial designer Marc Newson join the team
When you are a world renowned industrial designer, whose imagination has helped create new business-class interiors for Qantas Airlines, or just dabbled with some aircraft aluminum to create a chaise lounge, the “Lockheed Lounge,” one of which just sold for about $1 million at an auction, it is a safe bet that your talents are going to be in demand by a company like Apple.

So much of Apples function follows form. That was something Steve Jobs was relentless in pursuing once he had returned to Apple. It is also something that current designers like Jony Ive have also been at the forefront as Apple’s products have evolved, particularly the iPhone and is ever-so-incrementally enhanced operating system, iOS.

Marc Newson is known for original, well thought-out, and sought-after designs when it comes to furniture, cars, cameras, and even watches. His signature is a sort of “biomorphic” design, a lot of curves, and few, if any hard angles and edges. His work sells for a lot of money, and it also has permanent places in museums like the MOMA.  His designs cater to the high-end, and command a high price.  In 2005, Time Magazine placed Newson among the 100 most influential people of the year.

Now, Newson is joining up with Apple. What his role will be exactly is not known, but we are pretty sure his efforts will not be wasted on the finer design points of an iPhone or iPad, nor will be second chair to Ive. Rather, an artist of this caliber will probably be more heavily involved in shaping Apple’s product line as a whole, further up the innovation chain, before anything is mass produced.

Newson is not even leaving the United Kingdom for sunny California, favoring periodic visits, and the fact the he and Ive have been friends for over 20 years, saying, “It’s very very easy for us to talk on the phone and design something more or less verbally. We’ve both been doing our jobs for more than 20 years—it’s what we do day in and day out. We speak each other’s language completely fluently.”


source: Wired

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41 Comments

1. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Can this save the APPL stock , not happen like the last year after the iPhone5s launch?????

14. engineer-1701d unregistered

God those are some ugly designs, you can't bring a designer to

20. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

This guy literally is going to tow the design line in Apple that has already materialized. They aren't bringing in new talent to maybe innovate but to cement their current ideology like they did when they fired Forestall. They are now going to make sure that each and every iPhone released looks the same as the last one (more than before).

21. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

That's because Ive is a lazy designer. He's taken (ahem, stolen) as much as he possibly can from Braun and has no real innovative ideas of his own, just rehashed iterations of the former.

24. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It is hilarious how blind you and your hater comrade above you are. Your personal feelings in this matter are irrelevant. Maybe you should listen to the source, the "Father of Industrial Design," so that you can actually have the facts: http://yhoo.it/1qwRTci Of course, I know the facts are inconvenient for you guys, so just keep spewing your moronic nonsense, while the world keeps doing its thing.

30. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Numerous articles comparing Ives rip off of Braun's work, no hate, just reality. If you want to speak of being blind, your devotion to Apple suits that bill nicely.

40. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Rams IS Braun design from their Golden Age. It's funny that you feel that way, based on some backwards fan droids making some "stealing" videos, while I provided you a video of the man himself saying he admires Ive and Apple for their design work.

2. WendyFromCircus

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

I want a watch that has Mac pro design, so that it can be matchy, and don't forget to put Apple logo on it :)

3. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

All those designs are really not my taste, but if the leaked pictures are any truth of the next iPhone then I think Johnny Ive needs some "creative help" so I'm all for the addition. Without Steve Jobs, Ive has put his personal touch with revamping iOS and redesigning the iPhone with the iPhone 6 and I'm pretty disappointed in both of them. The new Mac Pro is interesting though, take that as a compliment or insult I don't know. I'm not a Apple hater or a Fandroid as I own products from both, but I may jump back to Android solely, especially now that more, and more manufacturers are starting to use premium metal material. HTC at first, but now Samsung, Motorola and even Xiaomi (I'm sure I missed a few others).

4. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

You have to realize thought that these are just a few (and not even his best) pieces of work. He is without a doubt a legend in the design world and definitely gives inspiration to all the designer heads, including Ive. Hopefully we can see Apples iconic design language improve in the future with this man on board =)

8. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Simply Tim Cook have special feelings about fashion designers and hairdressers. And as we can see , this pass on you iboys. But only with few basic designs so far, Apple have long way to go , to become a fashion brand as Tim Cook wants. Soon may be selling cosmetics and underwear? Wonder what the Ive's team is working every day so far, when go to the job????? Me too.

11. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

say so from a person who does nothing but critics the best designer and best exec out there

15. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

All this guy is, is a grade A moron.

29. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

"Hairdressers"? Is that because he is gay? It would not be shocking to discover you hate gays or women, that is for sure. As for design or quality, it would be shocking if you displayed even rudimentary knowledge of either one. I doubt you could get a job with Samsung's design team, and it is obvious they hire the blind and vision impaired.

35. D.Lamore

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

"cosmetics and underwear" lmfao . what a shame

5. deepblack

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

He made Pentax Dslr looking like sheet. I don't like him

6. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Hopefully he can spice up the boring iPhone design...

16. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

B-B-B-But-but-but the iPhone design is "iconic". Right? It's "iconic"! They can't change the design, because iDiots won't want an iPhone that doesn't look exactly like every other iPhone, will they? Oh yeah, of course they will. iDiots will buy whatever Apple throws at them. They could put an Apple logo on what I just flushed down the toilet, and praise them for being innovators in design and functionality.

25. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

And dummies like you will always blindly hate and insult behind a keyboard. This website is filled with insecure android fans. It's tough to get a worth while discussion here. If phonearena doesn't clean the abuse, racism and hate in this place I will gladly close my 6 year old account down. This is just too much as of late. seems children are getting web access much too early nowadays.

17. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

though i know design are very subjective it's still funny to see a bunch of know-nothing try hard to comment the works of one of the greatest designer in our century.

23. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

well greatest designer is pretty much useless if it placed wrong. like you said very subjective.

18. Chuck007

Posts: 1416; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Please make this guy design the iPhone 7 lol..

19. JMartin22

Posts: 2388; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Why? So he can make it look like a portable battery charger?

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Obviously, Marc Newson is a crap designer. And obviously, he has been brought on board to design Apple's new home device, the iToilet.

26. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yes, it is obvious your opinion is the prevailing one. It's a shame he hasn't been able to make any money or make a name for himself off his junk.

27. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Because making money is your only measure of good design?

28. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

You conveniently missed "make a name for himself." There are only two metrics for measuring how good you are at your job: Do people want your work ($), and do your peers recognize the quality of your work (name). Your opinion is just that, an opinion, and it is obviously not well informed, judging by the fact that he is a success, and you are just a troll drunk on Haterade.

31. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Because in order to be good at something, you need to be making a lot of money and a fame seeker so all your "peers" know your work? That's a complete load of crap. There are millions of people who are very good at their jobs who aren't paid millions of dollars and who aren't well known. BTW, you have no idea who I am. Your behavior -- the insults and personal attack -- show everyone who the real troll is.

41. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

He's such a crap designer, yet the list of awards he won is so long, I can't copy/paste it here.

32. only1post unregistered

Apple's employees will soon be enjoying some fancy chairs to rest their butts on

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