David Hill

"Thoughtful" pose at the MoMA anniversary event

Today is the day we officially celebrate the anniversary of ThinkPad. This year, however, is no ordinary anniversary. This year is the 20th anniversary of what has become a design classic and an icon of the industry. I am very proud of ThinkPad and all the people who have helped make it special over the years. Rather than write a special blog posting on the topic, I decided to post a "virtual" copy of the book I wrote and designed for the MoMA event we hosted back in August. The book titled, ThinkPad Design: Spirit & Essence, captures my thoughts on ThinkPad and punctuates them with striking graphical illustrations. The book was a big hit at the MoMA, but there just aren't enough copies to go around. A few of the people who commented on my earlier blog, with their unique ThinkPad stories, may have already recieved their signed copy. If you didn't, hopefully it's on the way. I wish I had enough to give to all the ThinkPad fans. To view the "virtual" book, click on the image below and it will launch in another window. You can either advance the pages with the on-screen navigation controls or simply drag the pages with your cursor. I prefer the latter since it feels so much more like a real book. Here's a hint, it looks much better in full screen mode. I hope you enjoy reading and experiencing the book. I certainly had a good time creating it. I'm already looking forward to the...

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These are the wallpapers we designed The X1 Carbon is clearly my latest favorite ThinkPad. I love the simplified design essence, excellent keyboard, and of course the thin profile and light weight. I thought it deserved a special set of wallpapers to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of ThinkPad. The wallpapers we designed are based on several of the pages that are included in the book I recently published titled ThinkPad Design: Spirit and Essence. There are a total of 4 different designs rendered in both dark and light versions. The quotes used on the designs are some of my favorites, combined with a few working sketches of ThinkPad design details I've made over the years. Fortunately, I save almost everything. You can go here to download the wallpaper files. I hope you enjoy these commemorative designs and the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. I love it. David Hill

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The Museum of Modern Art, in New York City, is one of my favorite cultural havens. Whenever I’m in the city I always try to plan a visit and recharge my art and design batteries. Artists such as, Matisse, Calder, Picasso, and Klee are all there for the viewing. Honestly, I don't think I have ever seen a bad Picasso. The design gallery is a very special place for me. There I can see the things that designers dream of. The objects that have broken through the ordinary and made a lasting statement.  It always makes me proud to see the 701c “Butterfly “on display there. Fortunately for me, I’ll be at the MoMA  today. I'll be there for an early celebration of the 20th anniversary of ThinkPad and the official launch of the X1 Carbon. I can't think of a better reason to make the trek to New York City. The premier device for business, the X1 Carbon is the latest in a long line of milestone ThinkPads. It also happens to be the ThinkPad I’m carrying now. Although controversial to some, the island style X1 keyboard is truly the best I have ever experienced. For a person who travels a lot, there is no such thing as having a ThinkPad that is too thin or light. That story has been true for nearly 20 years. Thanks to advanced carbon-fiber construction, the X1 Carbon measures just a scant 18mm thin and weighs in at under 3 pounds. A far cry from the first...

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Do you know what it means to be a Jeep?

Do you know what it means to be a Jeep?

Fastcompany.com just published a new blog called 9 Principles For Great Branding By Design. I'm one of the three designers interviewed by the author, Mark McNeilly. The others include Bob Brunner, former manager of design at Apple, and Joe Doucet, up and coming design star. Thanks to Mark for putting this blog together about a topic I find personally interesting and important to the field of design. There are few products that have a stronger design and branding connection than a ThinkPad. David Hill

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The Porsche 911 has become an icon of automobile performance by design

The Porsche 911 has become an icon of automobile performance by design

Ferdinand A. Porsche, designer of the iconic 911 sports car, died yesterday at the age of 76. He was the grandson of the founder of the company, known to many by the nickname "Butzi". He was also one of my design heroes. A hero not only because he penned one of the most impressive car designs ever, but because he had a design philosophy that inspired my own. I'm mourning the loss of this design legend. Someday I want to own a nice black 911 and emerse myself in his philosophy every day, tough duty. A true design legend at work shaping a future icon The original Porsche 911 turned out to be such an immediate and lasting hit that the company never entertained replacing it with a new design. Instead, they managed the design through evolutionary refinement. Each new generation was intended to improve on the breed, rather than ignore the past. In spite of countless modifications, technology shifts, and governmental regulations, today's 911 is a clear descendant of the original design vision. A vision that has endured for nearly 50 years. There are few other cars that can boast of such an incredible legacy and cult following. Now in its seventh design generation, the car remains an icon of performance, engineering prowess, and pure sex appeal. Ferdinand was once quoted as saying “Design must be functional and functionality must be...

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