On Moneymaking argues that it’s a good thing that Amazon’s Kindle is ugly:
6. You Can Be Pretty Later
The Kindle is ugly. It’s nothing like the iPhone, where people
bought it just to show off the slick interface to their friends.
Instead, Amazon focused on creating a product that does exactly what
it’s supposed to do: give you nationwide access to over 80,000 books
in the palm of your hand. They can make it pretty later.
For the retort, I’ll hand the mic over to Mr. Steve Jobs:
“Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
★ Wednesday, 28 November 2007