Like a great work of art, a good name should live forever — David Placek. It was in early 1998 when I called David Placek. His company, Lexicon Branding, had recently come up with the moniker Pentium for Intel. And nearly a decade earlier, he came up with the name PowerBook, helping to turn Macintosh … Continue reading What’s in a name? A lot.
The most recent issue of my weekend newsletter, in which I conveyed my disinterest in engaging with products equipped with surveillance-type technologies, elicited quite a reaction from the readers. I was personally shocked by the number of people who were in agreement with my desire to have devices that eschew the add-ons from big technology … Continue reading The Comfortably Dumb
Just before our onstage conversation at the Structure Connect conference, I was in deep conversation with Sonos founder and chief executive John MacFarlane and we were talking about the design of connected devices. During our conversation, I wondered if the actual network connectivity, and how it impacts user behavior, falls under the broad umbrella of “design.” What … Continue reading The utopian invisibility of design and connectivity
Sonos founder and chief executive John MacFarlane on competition from the likes of Denon, Yamaha and B&O: When I asked MacFarlane what he thought about the barrage of connected speakers coming out from all the old school audio brands, he pointed out that the success of these connected speakers is not in how they look … Continue reading What is a connected speaker
Not a day goes by when a company (or a hip-hop artist) introduces a new connected speaker system into the market. Many/Most don’t quite meet my design/sound/taste sensibilities so I keep on using the good old headphones and occasionally turn up the tunes on my Sonos. Today, I stumbled upon this wonderful speaker designed by … Continue reading A Lovely Minimalistic HiFi Speaker