As usual, I found an interesting article while surfing the Internet. It's about Jonathan Ive, the vice president of industrial design at Apple Computer. Everyone credits Steve Jobs for picking up a struggling company and bringing it to where it is today. I don't doubt that he is a brilliant man, but I don't think he could have done it without Ive. Ive has designed every one of Apple's computers ever since the original iMac. And there's also that mp3 player, called the iPod, which he also designed. Pretty much everything that looks cool that comes from Apple, he had something to do with.
Friends say the roots of his success lie in his lateral thinking - finding the true appeal of an object, often ignoring the traditional approach to design. Inspiration comes from almost anywhere. The original candy-coloured iMac had its roots in gumdrops. The popular transparent Apple mouse came from thinking about how drops of water sit on a flat surface. An angle-poise desk lamp helped inspire the new iMac. The see-through outer casing of recent iBooks came from the look that food has when wrapped in clingfilm. The iPod is like a cigarette pack for those addicted to music instead of tobacco.
One day, I would love to meet this guy. Find out what makes him tick, and ask him how he got to where he is today. I'd also ask him if they're hiring.