It's weird that we have a kind of push-pull thing going on in the product design world today, particularly with gadgets, where a manufacturer renders something minimal, then aftermarket guys bulk it up.
Apple products are often the targets here. Four examples:The iPad and the ClamCase:
The iPhone 3G and Oakley's case, or the iPhone 4 and the ElementCASE Vapor:
And this latest one by Combine Collective, which takes Apple's Bluetooth Keyboard and Trackpad and drops it into a Black Walnut tray:
What do you think, is this a case of the manufacturer undershooting and the aftermarket guys overshooting, or do you simply prefer one over the other?
I’m a lapsed industrial designer. I was born in NYC and figured I’d die there, but a few years ago I abandoned New York to live on a farm in the countryside with my wife. We have six dogs.
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