is a blog about design, technology and culture written by Khoi Vinh, and has been more or less continuously published since December 2000 in New York City. Khoi is currently Principal Designer at Adobe. Previously, Khoi was co-founder and CEO of Mixel (acquired in 2013), Design Director of The New York Times Online, and co-founder of the design studio Behavior, LLC. He is the author of “How They Got There: Interviews with Digital Designers About Their Careers”and “Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design,” and was named one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America.” Khoi lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and three children.
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“U2-edition iPod is really dumb” from the man with whom I saw the Joshua Tree tour with at RFK all those years ago? Actually, I agree.
The biggest gripe I have with this new iPod is that I can’t download images directly from my camera. Seems like a half-ass product.
I agree with your sentiments entirely. When I first heard the iPod was going to have an address book on it, I imagined that it was going to evolve into a full fledged PDA within the year…
Hopefully the U2 iPod will be more successful than the Claudia Schiffer Palm Vx from four years ago.
Sorry to be a contrarian, but if you need a PDA there are plenty on the market already. Right now the iPod is being marketed, very successfully, as a portable music device – not a PDA. Furthermore, getting U2’s stamp of approval heaps an enormous amount of credibility on iPod and Apple (red on black is hot). A brilliant move.
Apple is building market share with the iPod. Loading it up with PDA features many people will likely never use will only dilute the brand, making it less of a must-have hipster device, and more like a nerdy PDA or mega Swiss Army knife.
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