Apple credited with 2 of the best 12 designs of the last 100 years. Can you guess which ones?

Apple credited with 2 of the best 12 designs of the last 100 years. Can you guess which ones?

What are the 12 best designs from the last 100 years? The question is impossible to answer. That doesn't mean people and publications won't try, however. As part of World Industrial Design Day, Monique Rivalland of CNN asked some of the world's greatest designers and asked them to name what they felt were the most iconic industrial designs of the last century. Apple landed on the list, and not once but twice. First for the original Mac:

"When Apple Mac said hello to the world in 1984 it turned the computing industry on its head," says Dick Powell, co-founder of design agency SeymourPowell. "It seamlessly combined outstanding software and hardware into an experience. Other than the Jobs-less years it spent in the innovation wilderness, it's still doing it."

Second for the original iPod:

The iPod, the product so iconic it defined a generation. Nick Rhodes, head of the Industrial Design MA at the University of London, nominated the mp3 player because "it so clearly demonstrates the benefits of collaborative efforts." "This is no longer the province of a single 'hero' designer," he says "but rather the unified work of many practitioners."

Check out the other 10 designs and let me know, did Apple deserve two of the top spots, and was anything else missing from the list that ought to have been there?

Source: CNN, thanks: Anthony

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Apple credited with 2 of the best 12 designs of the last 100 years. Can you guess which ones?


Minus the half-baked keyboard that is six years old and has not changed.

The keyboard alone has me considering going back to a Blackberry. That is how bad it is.

Oh, come on! … how is this comment even *slightly* relevant to the topic at hand?

One sub-aspect, of one small part, of the software design, of an operating system, that runs on hardware that isn't even one of the items on the list?

Yeah, this is so relevant. We all feel for you bro. <roll eyes>

There ought be half a dozen Nokia classics from 90s and early 2000 before iPhone could even be considered on such a list. I mean, seriously.

Yeah, very eclectic choices here... ranging from the iconic Vespa to the boring A380 which just looks like any other modern plane since 50 years...

Well, the point is "design" so it's actually not eclectic at all, and what the A380 "looks like" has nothing to do with it for the same reason.

For the purposes of the list, a Kalashnikov is the same as a car or an airplane. It would be eclectic if it included paintings and movies along with physical objects for example, but it doesn't.

Also, I'm not a gun-nut at all but even I know that the Kalashnikov is probably the best machine gun ever made.

What a silly list. Two Apple products there in 12? Come on... another piece of CNN pro-America, Western-centric BS.

I agree with you mostly, but I would hardly call CNN pro America. They are more like pro-idealistic utopia of unicorns, but they are anything but pro-America.

The macbook air should definitely be on the list, It is a masterpiece in design and not one ultra portable laptop as even come close to the design even after all the years it's been available.

I agree with those who say the iPhone should be on the list. No doubt that the iPhone has its detractors that complain about the keyboard, maps and whatever shortcomings the iPhone has and even though Nokia and others may have been the first with classic phones smart or otherwise. There is no doubt that the iPhone revolutionised and redefined the smartphone and brought it into mass popularity. Look at smartphones today and then look back at what Nokia and everyone else were making and you can essentially divide the smartphone era into before iPhone and after iPhone. And the revolution will be complete in a couple of years when practically all phones out there will be of the smartphone variety that the iPhone made popular.