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LOS ANGELES — I’ve been with Apple since the very early days, long before the iMac and iPad changed things forever for the company. I still remember the black and white graphical user interface of yesteryear, with flat white folders and a gray trash scan. Those were the tools of my younger self’s early writing and designing years, ad hoc and filed away like mini blog posts that would never see the light of day.
There’s something deeply satisfying about the concept mashup of Anton Repponen, who took the iconic graphic language of the original Apple OS and dropped it into an iPhone in full black and white glory.
In an interview with Co.DESIGN, he noted that the move is more about the concept, rather than to be functional per se:
It’s like car companies making new cars that look retro, just for collectors or exhibitions only, but not really for driving. I think what Apple has now is much better, and they spent a lot of time perfecting each element.
But that doesn’t stop the nostalgic among us from wanting try it out. Repponen’s concept looks great on the iPhone, only highlighting the brilliance of the original design. It gets me thinking about the failed Newton and the device-ahead-of-its-time revamped into a phone. With so many advances each day from Apple and other computer companies, and design tweaks coming in and out on our popular social networks it’s refreshing to know that a classic is just that — a classic. It doesn’t need to be changed.
This week, LA’s new Academy Museum, the intersections of anti-Blackness and anti-fatness, a largely unknown 19th century Black theater in NYC, sign language interpreters, and more.
Titian’s paintings are masterpieces, with all the complications of the term.
Through “Historic Site,” an 8-foot-tall plaque and Historic Sight, a year-long rotating exhibition in Pittsburgh, the Black Cube Fellows investigate how history is constructed, remembered, and retold.
Lawson’s images, and the ways that she has discussed her process, seem to be actively reproducing the kind of big-dick energy power dynamics of White male artists who also claim mastery over their subject matter.
Jenkins’s new short film, the centerpiece of a MoMI exhibit on The Underground Railroad, uses his signature techniques to confront the viewer.
Romanticism to Ruin: Two Lost Works of Sullivan and Wright memorializes Chicago’s Garrick Theatre and Buffalo’s Larkin Building, which were razed to build a parking lot and a truck stop.