Johnathan Ive is the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple Computer. He is the man behind the look of the iMac and the iPod. Today's Guardian profiles Ive and discusses a recent talk he gave about the iBook design. "For more than an hour, he handled the object, describing the journey of its creation, revealing the elegant necessity of every curve, hinge and surface. The laptop uncovered, he pointed to a tiny, bespoke toolset built into the rear casing, a delight for any service engineer. Meticulous attention to detail has become a hallmark of Ive's work, but contemporaries describe his talent as more profound than that." I wish the article talked more about the design rather than the man, but it's still a fascinating read. The Guardian website requires registration, which you can bypass via http://www.bugmenot.com.
Thanks Aebhric Coleman