Earlier this week The Telegraph published an interview with Jonathan Ive by Shane Richmond. In it, Ive talks about the early influence of his dad:
Ive was born in 1967 in Chingford, Essex, but raised in Staffordshire, where he went to Walton High School, a large comprehensive in Stafford. He says his father, a teacher, was a significant influence on his decision to pursue design. “My father was a very good craftsman. He made furniture, he made silverware and he had an incredible gift in terms of how you can make something yourself.”
Ive talks about Apple’s attention to detail in its products – details that often won’t be seen by consumers at all – as a desire to “finish the back of the drawer”. “We do it because we think it’s right,” he says. The seed of that idea was planted while watching his father work. “Growing up, I enjoyed drawing but it was always in the service of an idea. I drew all the time and I enjoyed making.”
Sounds eerily similar to another dude who used to work at Apple.
Maybe his best friend and boss, Steve Jobs. Here’s a piece from his biography by Walter Isaacson:
Jobs remembered being impressed by his father’s focus on craftmanship. “I thought my dad’s sense of design was pretty good,” he said, “because he knew how to build anything. If we needed a cabinet, he would build it. When he built our fence, he gave me a hammer so I could work with him.”
Fifty years later the fence still surrounds the back and side yards of the house in Mountain View. As Jobs showed it off to me, he caressed the stockade panels and recalled a lesson that his father implanted deeply in him. It was important, his father said, to craft the back of the cabinets and fences properly, even though they were hidden. “He loved doing things right. He even cared about the look of the parts you couldn’t see.”
The more I learn about Jobs and Ive, the more I understand why they worked so well together.
Crazy to think this isn’t the deserts of Nevada, but the planet Mars:
via MSNBC PhotoBlog
Peter Bright, writing for Ars Technica on the integration of Flash into Windows 8:
Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 will include a bundled, integrated version of Adobe Flash, and the Metro-style browser will support the use of Flash on a limited number of sites. This news and corroborating screenshots comes from Within Windows and winunleaked.tk.
In Windows 8, Microsoft’s browser will come in two guises. There will be the traditional desktop browser, with its full support of plug-ins and extensions, and there will be the new Metro-style browser that will be plug-in free. But that’s not quite the whole story. The browser will include an integrated and embedded version of Adobe Flash, and because this will be built-in, it won’t be treated as a plug-in.
The result? Even the Metro-style browser will be able to use Flash.
Microsoft has a hard time letting go of the past, don’t they? Even when it’s with a technology they tried replacing with Silverlight.
Years ago, you could argue Microsoft’s legacy support was one of its strengths – even in 2012 you can open a Microsoft Word doc created in 2002, but each year they don’t cut ties with the past is another year they aren’t able to innovate to their full potential.
Just look at Windows 8 – you’re in Metro-mode most of the time, but every now and then classic Windows rears its head.
Apple did this with it’s operating system too, but not only did they do it better by sandboxing it, but they did it 10 years ago.
First man to jump out of a plane without a parachute and lived to tell the tale.
You might say, “Sure, but he was wearing one of those flying squirrel suits and he landed on foam blocks, that’s why he survived.”
I say he survived because his enormous balls cushioned the fall.
You go try it, pansy.
via Yimmy’s Yayo
via Minimal Mac
Microsoft is sharing the bottom of smartphone barrel with RIM, Apple has surpassed it in net worth and now Chrome has taken the top browser spot from Internet Explorer.
Microsoft, what are you going to do?