As someone who has designed thousands of icons, this was a fascinating article.
I actually worked with some people involved in the original ANSI graphic standards. Jake Patala was an Industrial Designer at Xerox who designed the Start icon when he got tired of waiting for a standard. Also, I worked with some engineers at Smith Corona who were on the ANSI committee and would often explain to me the twisted rationale behind some of the more esoteric symbols. I never knew the Power icon-set was simplified until I read this article. It’s about time.
The Esoteric Symbols Behind User Interfaces, Explained
Okay, so this is just blogging about a blog-post about a news story but Horace Dediu has an excelent, concise analysis of the reasons Blackberry slipped from smartphone dominance. It’s much better that reading the whole long article from the Globe and Mail.
Here are a few of my favorite points by Horace:
- Your best customers provide all the wrong information when the market is being disrupted. Ignoring them is impossible while complying is a strategic mistake
- The iPhone was not a low-end disruption. It was exactly the opposite. The BlackBerry and the Nokia products were striving for the low end… Instead, what Apple did was unthinkable. It entered with a high end product… Theirs was “the Mac in a phone” idea. The reason it worked was that it was not a phone. The reason it worked is because it was the hardest disruption to spot
- Disruption is not a process that merely rewards breaking convention. Any fool can rebel against the status quo. To change it requires a process that rewards asymmetric competition. Finding a way to be seen as irrelevant and yet conquering at the same time. Being disruptive is, above all, being imperceptibly valuable.
Read the post.