Created by Phaidon, 200 years of design classics is now available on the iPad. The application offers access to an encyclopedic, illustrated history of 1,000 timeless designs by not only renowned designers, such as Marcel Breuer, Achille Castiglioni, Le Corbusier, Jasper Morrison, Dieter Rams, Eero Saarinen, and Philippe Starck but also anonymously designed pieces, such as the clothes peg, the corkscrew, and the chopstick, that have stood the test of time. Unfortunately, I am yet to own an iPad, but if there was an app I would purchase first it would be this. Whilst I am somewhat sceptical of “beautifully rendered, 3D environment”, having an access to library of this size sounds like a wonderful Sunday eve sofa chill.
From cars to chairs, from tableware to cameras, from toys to airplanes, the application features products that are most often still in production today, largely unchanged since their creations….. The objects are organized chronologically, easily accessible via a timeline on the right side of the screen. Material contained in the application includes archival photographs, original sketches, patents, prototypes and informative text with precise information about the product, designer, manufacturer and the object’s historical context.
It is priced $19.99 (introductory price) which may be pricey for some but considering the cost of printed version which comes in 3 volumes (costing $175.00!!) it’s actually not a bad deal at all.
Cost: $19.99 (introductory price)
Posted on: 08/05/2010
Posted in: iPad