I am very excited about the opening tonight at A+D Museum of Eames Words, a fresh and inventive take — by Eames office alumni Deborah Sussman and Tina Beebe, along with graphic designer Andrew Byrom, architects M/Arch and a large volunteer team – on the influence of Charles and Ray Eames (discussed on this DnA).

But while we celebrate the contribution of these amazing designers, it is hard not to think about, and grieve, the loss yesterday of another titan of American invention, Steve Jobs.

On an upcoming DnA, we’ll talk about the impact of Apple computers, as design artefacts but also as shapers of the process of design. If you have an opinion on this that you’d like to share with DnA, and are at the party tonight, please come find me. I’d love to talk to you.

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  • Jeffrey Folinus

    wrote this a few minutes after hearing of Steve Jobs's death:

    Steve always brought to mind the joy of having well-designed objects that enrich one's life every day as we use them. In this respect, he always reminded me of another Californian, Charles Eames. Both really cared about the details–not just to capture the essence of objects, but to bring pleasure in the simple act of touching or using the object everyday.

    We were so fortunate to have Steve to open the door to the digital world that will shape our children.

  • Jeffrey Folinus

    thinking about this a bit more today:

    One of the interesting things about many of Apple's products is the way we interact with them. As an architect, I have always been concerned about door hardware—it is a part the building that people actually touch.

    As to Apple's products, many people touch these for several hours a day. I am sure this creates some subliminal bond.

    A comparable example may be automobiles, which we also touch a lot. For these, often a main point of appeal is the pleasure in actually using them on a daily basis.

    For me, I get the same enjoyment from my Dieter Rams Braun calculator. (so does Moss, I seem to recall).

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