(Note: This article was originally written in 2005.) As far as design goes, products like the Mac, TextMate, and JFormDesigner have really opened my eyes to the possibilities of great design, and it's impact on people (I was going to say "users", but that say more inhuman than ever before), and my personal feelings about using these products. At the moment I don't really ever want to go back to using a Windows PC ever again, in spite of the few things I don't like about Mac OS X.
I also write this after having just watched part of the Apple keynote on the new iPhone. Whether or not it changes the world remains to be seen, but the UI looks incredible, and it looks like a really tremendous integration of technologies. Kudos to Apple on another great-looking, innovative product.
Great designers - Dieter Rams and Jonathan Ive
In a related note, I've spent some time now putting together all the information I can about two great minimalist designers, Dieter Rams, and Apple's Jonathan Ive. Here are links to all the design interview quotes I've been able to find by these two great designers:
This definitely makes me think about the importance of design in the products I create. Hopefully that will be made clear here when I have the time to redesign this site.