Tuesday, 10 March 2015 12:37

The Apple Watch: What do you think?

The media reaction to yesterday's announcements by the tech giant has centred around its cost and impending obsolescence. But we want to know what you think about the gadget's design?

Published in Comment
Friday, 09 January 2015 10:27

9 January: This week’s most read

Smart cities, architectural photography and Apple's Jony Ive were some of the things Icon readers read about most this week

Published in Comment
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 12:37

Apple's Jonathan Ive on …

In the final talk in the Design Museum and Icon's DM25 series, Apple's head of design discussed design education, carelessness and the Apple Watch

Published in News
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 13:00

Collectors: Paul Smith

Since the launch of his first store in 1970, Paul Smith has mixed his fashion designs with the collection of curiosities that inspire them. He refers to this ever expanding hoard, which overflows his disorderly office and fills storage facilities, as The Department of Silly.

Published in Features
Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:51

Icon Magazine

“Icon” is not a word to be used lightly on these pages but, on the occasion of our hundredth issue, somehow it seemed appropriate

Published in Icon of the Month
Friday, 29 January 2010 11:59

Design USA

A 10-year survey of American design at the Cooper Hewitt, New York, highlights its commercial colours.

Published in Review
Friday, 14 August 2009 14:15


A feature film about product design is a rare thing indeed. This one is set in a strangely familiar parallel universe with an all-star cast.

Published in Review

In 1970 Richard Burton was snapped arriving at Heathrow airport with a customised Valentine portable typewriter, designed by Adriano Olivetti, on one arm and his wife Elizabeth Taylor on the other.

Wednesday, 01 July 2009 00:00

RCA student radically improves the UK plug

The show-stopper at this year’s Royal College of Art graduate show was a plug. About time someone tackled the UK’s clunky electrics.

Published in News

In the latest of icon’s occasional series of essays, Dan Hill explores the psychology of how we adapt and interact with technology. Is “adaptive design” – products that allow the user to modify, upgrade and customise them – better than products that can’t be altered? And is the iPod just too perfect?

Published in ICON 012 | May 2004

“Design education is rubbish” “Graduates are clueless about the real world” “This is a terrible time for design”

Published in ICON 012 | May 2004
Thursday, 22 March 2007 08:06

Frank Nuovo | icon 011 | April 2004

Has Frank Nuovo changed your life? As chief designer and vice president at Nokia Mobile Design, the Italian-American has been instrumental in transforming mobile phones from ridiculous bricks into seductive and ubiquitous multi-functional devices.

Published in ICON 011 | April 2004
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 10:08

Jonathan Ive | icon 004 | July/August 2003

Designer of the iMac, iBook, iPod. Winner of the Design Museum's inaugural Designer of the Year award. Quiet Englishman working in Silicon Valley who has changed the way we experience computers, and now music.