Friday, 15 January 2016 00:00

Brands give us something to believe in

Perhaps we should be happy to live in the age of branding? After all, it is the brands that are in thrall to us, not the other way round

Published in Comment
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
Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00

Wearable technologies

The Apple Watch is the latest wearable internet technology with the capability to monitor the user's heart rate and activity levels. As our bodies dissolve further into the network, are these devices just tracking our health or do they herald something darker? Sam Jacob investigates

Published in Features
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

The history of computing isn’t a triumphal progress from Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine to the new MacBook Pro. In his book about vapourware, Paul Atkinson looks at designs that were too ahead of their time, ones that didn’t work, or were even fictional

Published in Features
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 10:57

Geek Orthodox: the Apple store religion

Apple stores are not only filled with devout followers, they are loaded with the symbolism and rituals of cathedrals. Has the company's curious mix of Californian hippydom and hyper-capitalism finally turned it into a world religion?

Published in Features
Monday, 02 April 2012 01:00

Mobile phones: Foxconn

Foxconn, the largest electronics manufacturer in the world, is Apple's biggest supplier and conditions in its factory cities in China have driven workers to suicide. Jenny Chan tells us more about life on the factory floor

Published in Features
Monday, 02 April 2012 01:00

Mobile phones: BERG

Matt Jones of BERG says that in the not-too distant future man's best friend and faithful companion will be his phone

Published in Features
Monday, 27 February 2012 09:40

Spinning cursor

Mind Design has achieved the impossible -– it has devised a way to make those slow, excruciating minutes you spend sitting in front of Apple’s “spinning wheel of doom” into a delightful moment of inspiration. No excuse for a tea break, then …

Published in Rethink
Friday, 19 August 2011 15:33

Data centres and secret servers

Data centres are the vast storehouses of all our digital traffic, yet security concerns dictate that they remain anonymous: featureless boxes unmarked by corporate logos and hidden in the landscape.

Published in Features
Thursday, 04 August 2011 09:13

The Apple Ipad

Since the launch of the Apple iPad six months ago, the world of digital magazines has seen fevered activity and hyperbolic punditry.

Published in News
Monday, 21 December 2009 10:55

The Book

It’s now 20 years since the death of the printed book.

Published in Icon of the Month

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