Why Apple’s Design Is Excellent

This is the Toshiba Portege R500, which many people have been comparing to the new MacBook Air.

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Even closed, it looks pretty slick:

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But turn it over and it’s a horror show:

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This is what the bottom of the Macbook Air looks like by contrast:

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Photo by Ken Christ

And that’s why Apple’s designs are excellent and why they gets oohs and ahhs from everyone. Art first, engineering second.

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4 Comments on “Why Apple’s Design Is Excellent”

  1. Tommy Tucker Says:

    Nope, you’ve got it wrong. OS first, Style second.
    Actually, the Toshiba open is almost as bad as the bottom. Closed from the top is it’s best side.

  2. Thibault Says:

    Umm…I don’t think it’s art first and engineering second. For Apple, I think it’s more accurate to read it as design is an integral element of engineering so good engineering is not without its design elements.

    I was trained in professional writing in college and we were taught time and time again that communication is what we do and that does not only happen in words but also graphic design so in fact we had to learn to think how graphic design and words worked together to communicate.

    Same thing for Apple. Engineering is not exclusive of design or vice versa. Design is not separate from engineering. It is PART OF IT.

  3. Lloyd Budd Says:

    Although I agree generally with your point, these images also suggest why Apple laptops generally physically feel hot.

  4. KenC Says:

    Nah, it’s Apple believes Engineering is Art!


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