Thursday, April 08, 2010

Phaidon releases Design Classics for iPad

Phaidon reports: [edited]

This authoritative and meticulously researched collection charts the story of product design over the past 200 years. It was years in the making and was compiled via rigorous selection process by an international panel of design-world insiders, including architects, critics, curators, product designers, auctioneers, and historians.

The application offers, at the touch of a finger, access to an encyclopedic, illustrated history of 1,000 timeless design classics.

Presented in a beautifully rendered, 3D environment, the application has been built to take full advantage of the large multi-touch screen and advanced capabilities of the iPad.

The objects are organized chronologically, easily accessible via a timeline on the right side of the screen. Material contained in the application includes archival photographs, original sketches, patents, prototypes and informative text with precise information about the product, designer, manufacturer and the object’s historical context.

Now available to download on the App Store.

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Brett's 2p'orth: As iTunes removed the need for a physical music collection, so iPad is starting to move in on the printed page. The non-virtual version of this publication weighed in at 3 bulky volumes, totalling 3300 pages. The iPad version takes up no space at all, will be easier to navigate and, if Phaidon have done their work properly, will look beautiful.

I can remember saying that I would miss the 'tactile' quality of a CD and its packaging, but I can't remember the last time I flipped through a CD booklet. I already do the majority of my Bible reading on the iPhone; I wonder how long it will be before the majority of people purchase books electronically?

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