Via Things to Look At comes the wonderful Vintage Calculators Web Museum, which includes one of Dieter Rams’s iconic handheld calculators for Braun. These calculators serve as the basis for the design of the iPhone’s native calculator.
While I’m on the subject of innovative uses of Flickr, another one is the use of tagging to created pools of shared photos. This is nothing new, but seeing the Wim Crouwel photo pool or the Dieter Rams photo pool, I can begin to imagine how a collectively-authored design monograph might begin to take shape.
“Products have to be designed in a way that they are comprehensible. We know most people don’t like to read instruction manuals. And also we had different functions in different colours; you can see that this yellow button is an important one. Having small touches of colour makes it more colourful than having the whole thing in colour. Having a cigarette lighter in colour means it can be like a flower on a table.” A nice short introduction to the product designer Dieter Rams (via SvN).