Product Designs that Shaped the Modern World, Part 2

Product designers have had a major impact on the way the modern world looks and functions.  The previous part of this article focused on the personal touch of the Macintosh, the universality of the Vespa Scooter, the capability of the escalator, the elegance of the AK-47, and the durability of the floppy disk.  This section…

Product designers have had a major impact on the way the modern world looks and functions.  The previous part of this article focused on the personal touch of the Macintosh, the universality of the Vespa Scooter, the capability of the escalator, the elegance of the AK-47, and the durability of the floppy disk.  This section continues to demonstrate the impact that product design has on modern society.

  1. The iPod – The design of the iPod was one of incredibly simplicity. For what it is, a catalogue of every music selection that you could possibly download, the interface seemed almost laughably simple.  Nevertheless, it worked flawlessly.  It’s design not only changed the way people listened to music, but its design served as an inspiration for an even more life-changing technology: the smartphone.
  2. The Aeron Chair – Nothing has changed the office environment more than the Aeron chair. According to George McCain, chairman of the IDSA, “It instigated a sea change in office seating away from heavy, uncomfortable, ergonomically challenged, and environmentally unfriendly chairs.”
  3. The Ford Model-T – In terms of changing the lifestyle of people around the world on a day-to-day basis, very few innovations can hold a candle to the automobile. It brought freedom and flexibility to millions of people.  The creation of the Ford Model-T was the first in a long line of manufactured automobiles that were both affordable and easy to repair.  It was the design that began a revolution in transportation that is ongoing today.
  4. The Jet Engine and the Jumbo Jet – The Wright Brothers may have been the first to fly in an airplane, but that doesn’t mean that air travel for the masses began the next day. The development of the jet engine and the jumbo jet that could transport large numbers of people across vast distances changed international relations, long-distance relationships, and business around the world.
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