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Xiaomi's Hugo Barra rebuffs Ive's assertion of 'design theft'

This past summer, Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra (formerly of Google) said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing allegations that Xiaomi products are blatant rip-offs of Apple designs. That being the case, perhaps Xiaomi should stop releasing products that are eerily reminiscent -- in innumerable...

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Jony Ive talks design process, Apple Watch, Xiaomi rip-offs and more in wide ranging interview

Yesterday evening, Apple design chief Jony Ive sat down for a somewhat rare interview at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit in San Francisco. BusinessInsider was in attendance covering the festivities and provided a thorough recap of Ive's comments on a wide range of issues. During the...

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Jony Ive talks Apple Watch and more in new Vogue feature

In line with Apple's efforts to position the Apple Watch as a bonafide fashion accessory, the latest issue of Vogue features an in-depth profile on Jony Ive, Apple's famed mastermind of design. The feature treads across familiar territory: Growing up in Northeast London, Ive became enamored with...

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Marc Newson joins Apple as part of Jony Ive's design team

Vanity Fair is reporting that designer Marc Newson has been hired to join senior vice president of design Jony Ive's design team. Newson has had his work featured by the Museum of Modern Art, and done design for companies like Ford and Nike. Ive provided the following statement to Vanity Fair...

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The old Google TV remote Apple uses as an example of design gone wild

In case you missed it yesterday, Brian X. Chen of The New York Times penned a short but sweet profile on Apple University, the internal education program at Apple where employees and executives can learn about important business decisions (and their repercussions) in Apple history. One of the more...

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OS X Yosemite Design: The good and the bad

Designer and Pixelapse co-founder Lo Min Ming took a magnifying glass to the design of OS X Yosemite and teased out those UI elements that have changed significantly, both for better and for worse, in Apple's next-generation desktop OS. As discussed by Ming, some of the best changes in OS X are...

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Apple emoji take on life-like roles in "Emoji Among Us" mockumentary

Apple emoji are among the best in its class, created with an attention to detail that is unrivaled on other platforms. It's not surprising that stock footage company Dissolve chose to use Apple Color emoji in its recent "Emoji Among Us" mockumentary about the explosion of these special characters...

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FiftyThree's Pencil stylus now on sale in UK, France and Germany

FiftyThree, makers of the amazing Paper app for iPad as well as the accompanying, Bleutooth-enabled Pencil stylus, is now shipping Pencil in the UK, Germany and France. Pencil costs £50 for the Graphite version and £65 for the Walnut variety and are available to order from Amazon UK....

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Apple emojis are best in class, and some were designed in less than 30 minutes

Once Apple added Emoji keyboard support back in iOS 5, messaging for iPhone users was forever changed. Forget old-fashioned emoticons, Apple's emoji characters let iOS users send all sorts of quirky, helpful, and flat out weird icons with just a few taps. But what may not be readily apparent to...

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xScope 4 released and currently on sale for 50% off

xScope version 4 has been released by The Iconfactory. If you aren't familiar with xScope, it is a tool for designers who need to measure, inspect, or test design elements. Version 4 comes with dozens of new features which I won't bother regurgitating here, but will highlight some of the ones that...

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Susan Kare discusses icon design

Iconographer and graphic designer Susan Kare is a graphic designer and was a member of the original Macintosh team. Susan created -- if you'll forgive me -- some of the most iconic images in the history of personal computing, including the "Happy Mac," its companion the Sad Mac, the original...

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An Apple flip phone from 1984 and a tablet from 1979

In the early 1980s, noted industrial designer Hartmut Esslinger began working with Apple where he and his consultancy firm "Frog Design" helped shape the look and feel of Apple products for a number of years. Most notably, Esslinger is credited with shifting the aesthetic of Apple computers from...

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Sketch 3 makes a great design tool even better

If you're a designer type, you've probably heard about Sketch. It's an ambitious attempt (by a team of just four people) to produce a vector drawing application that can make the Adobe Creative Suite a moot point for most designers. That's not their mission statement, but they've created a tool that...

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Apple engineer Greg Christie talks about designing the iPhone for "normal people"

When Steve Jobs first unveiled the iPhone, he took some time to highlight what was then the current state of the smartphone market. In short, Jobs said that phones at the time were either easy to use and not very powerful, or were powerful but extremely confusing. The iPhone, Jobs promised, would...

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Susan Kare, the brains behind the Mac's famous icons and fonts

As one of the original members of Apple's Macintosh team, Susan Kare played an integral role in determining the look and feel for the original Mac OS. Recently, Priceonomics ran an extensive and informative interview with Kare wherein she details some behind the scenes info regarding the design...

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