Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I was reminded of an old post, “Lessons from Great Artists and Architects” when Apple unveiled some new products last week.  Apple designers are taught to mimic a principle Picasso employed when he created one of his masterpieces, “The Bull.”  Key innovative design lesson from great artists: Simplicity!    
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In addition to some new iPhones (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) and Apple Pay (their new mobile payment system), Apple will introduce “one more thing.”  The Apple Watch with creative functionality through the dial of its screen (e.g., a BMW app to remind people where they parked their Beamers).  The watch will be smaller than most of the current smartwatches and will come in a choice of two sizes with a variety of styles and straps.  Apple designers once again are striving to deliver an innovative product that personifies simplicity! 

Another key art lesson: “Creativity takes courage.”   – Henri Matisse  


  1. Apple also adheres to another (mis-attributed) Picaso principle that "good artists borrow, great artists steal." Rarely does Apple invent a product category. They just make a simpler, better design that ultimately dominates the competition. It's amazing.

    1. You probably have more information and knowledge than I have regarding Apple stealing versus inventing new categories of products. I admit they have done that extremely well, but I always saw invention of the IPod as invention of a new category of products capable of combining music portability, electronic download, to individual taste/needs, etc.