Some questions about Apple and Jonathan Ive

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by LukeW, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. LukeW macrumors member

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    Hi everyone,

    First off, sorry for being cheeky and asking. I am a graphic design student and unfortunately part of being a student means writing essays. I am currently writing an essay about how companies handles design, and visa versa. I have already talked about a few large and small companies, and who range from print to fashion, however I wanted to bring in product design and of course Apple seemed perfect. I have done a load of research and of course owning a few Macs sure helps, but I didnt know if anyone could provide any hints or quotes or knowledge or links on the following subjects?

    1) How Apple breaks down its design teams. ie Is it is just one team incharge of every electronic product, or are there several who are in charge of just one specific product, and how much Jonathan Ive has control (if any) over these, and how he intracts with them.

    2) If there have been any 'common' problems resulted from first gen or second gen launches? I mean known problems like the first gen iMac having heat related problems etc? This is a question about any Apple product released over the last ten years or so.

    3) Anyone know who is incharge of the packaging, if it is done inhouse or by a design consultancy, and if anyone has any links to images of packaging such as the Power Mac and iMac, old and new?

    4) Anyone have any links to good sites with information about what happens inside Apple. I mainly find just news about products but what I am more after is information about the company and its members, its design philsophies and principals, and how it handles design etc.

    5) Finally sales figures for the last ten years or so, of both Apple and other competitor computer brands.

    I know, I am being cheeky, but ANY help at all would prove to be of incredible use. Just a couple more thousand words to go!

    Thank you X 100 in advance! :)
     
  2. Project macrumors 68020

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    Wikipedia is probably a nice place to start. I know its frowned upon by some Lecturers, but it is excellent for Apple related stuff. You can easily find information on Revision A released on all Apple hardware lines.

    Apples industrial design team is headed by Jonathan Ive, and the team is responsible for pretty much most of the hardware designs you see. I think they also helped with the design of the iSub aka Soundsticks by Harman Kardon.

    Also, there are numerous promo videos of Apple hardware such as the G4 Cube and iPod etc where the design team talk at length about the philosophies and ideas that went into the design of each product. Check out this page:

    http://www.esm.psu.edu/Faculty/Gray/movies.html
     
  3. LukeW thread starter macrumors member

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    Wikipedia was my first place of all. I got plenty of informationn about Jonathan Ives and Apple from both there and the web, it is just hard to find specific details. Thank you for your links and information! The videos will be of a great help.
    Oh, and on another note, I forgot to mention earlier, in case someone thinks I am just trolling the board for info and then buggering off, I have actually been here for a few months, I just dont post that often. This is only just in case people think I am just taking without giving. Everyone I have spoken to here has been very friendly so I dont want to give the wrong imp. :eek:
     
  4. LukeW thread starter macrumors member

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