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Apple Design Hardcover – November 30, 2011
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This book will satisfy anyone interested in how best to marry beautiful design with practical function - whether you think of yourself as a Mac or a PC. (Jennifer Schiavone Metrosource)
Top Customer Reviews
What made an older book, AppleDesign, much better, was the numerous photographs of prototype products. This book lacked any insider access to prototypes, and therefore is composed of facts and images I am already familiar with. Why bother keeping this book? You can easily get the same information and images found in this book on Wikipedia.
Let's see some prototypes next time? I'm not a mindless Apple-fan who will go crazy over anything remotely having to do with Apple. I'm looking for something new. Thanks.
It's not just a simple Apple picture book.
The FIRST HALF OF THE BOOK provides essays on design and dives into the history of Apple, via the following chapters
1) Making the Difference: Foreword
2) Stylectrical: On Electro-Design that Makes History - A Tour (provides a product legacy chart from 1998 to 2010)
3) Think Different! - Users and Their Darlings: On Apples, Machinesl, Interfaces Magic and the Power of Design
4) Strategic Design: How The New Eclipses the Old - Fundamental Principles of Product Design at Apple
5) The Apple Desiing Lie - Why The Design of Apple is Neither Good nor Minimalist. A Pamphlet
6) Kronberg Meets Cupertino - What Braun and Apple Really Have In Common
7) Full Metal Jacket - On the Material Of Apple Design
8) "All New Design" - The Secret of a Magical Corporate Success
9) Gardens of Earthly Delights
10) List of Works
The SECOND HALF OF THE BOOK is called "Designed For Apple by Jonathan Ive - 1997-2011". It starts with a product overview sorted by year and then images of each product, giving it ample space, often using the spread (2 pages) for a beautiful roomy and calm layout and presentation.
However not all the models in a series are represented.Read more ›
I did not purchase my first Apple product until 2001 (the iPod, of course!) so I found it great fun to start at the beginning and look at all of the iterations of various products (especially the iPod). I don't imagine every product is in there but studying the differences between the first generation of say, a desktop, and the ones succeeding it is a fun part of this book. I am a web designer by trade and sleek, simple design is my favorite design to execute. As I'm sure you can imagine, this book was like crack to me!
The physical book itself is very well made and quite hefty. It is not as huge as some coffee table books so you could put it on a shelf although I leave it out on the table because I've had guests who have gotten a real kick out of it. It's definitely a conversation starter and I haven't had one person yet who could stop themselves from picking it up and looking at it. The pages are also of quality stock paper.
Information is presented in a very visual format which reveals this collection of objects in a 'curated' manner, resulting in a beautiful visual reference, and a stunning snapshot of what Apple has accomplished in a relatively short period of time. This book delivers in ways where many others have fallen short.
A must-have for design nerds, product afficionados, and anyone who finds beauty in well-designed objects.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A tremendous book for Apple enthusiasts. Excellent photography, top quality printing, and design. Highly recommended addition to any design library.Published on October 26, 2013 by Tim
Not a lot of new info but a cool collectable for not only Apple fans but also people who appreciate basic design.Published on April 2, 2013 by ashok
If you enjoy and/or appreciate Apple products, this makes a great coffee table book. It has practically every product they have ever produced, with an intersting story/history.Published on February 27, 2013 by Daniel Thal
The book arrived in China sonner than I thought. Besides, it's in very good condition!
The quality of prints and papers is awesome, and it opens a great gate for those... Read more