Behind the Design of the Greatest Windows Laptop EVAHHHH!!!
A lot has changed, but so much is the same
Thanks to Gizmodo and Rachel Swaby for the nice piece about the design history of the ThinkPad 700c, and its connection to the recent IBM 100th birthday. You can read the complete article here. It contains lot of of interesting anecdotes and design stories to be enjoyed by all. Believe it or not, I still have a 700c or two in my personal design collection. I may be a bit biased, but I don't think there is a more significant design ever created at IBM. Evahhhh!!!! Keeping it alive, nurturing it, and evolving it has been both an honor and a workout for me. I have a lot of black paint under my fingernails as a daily reminder. Here is my favorite quote from the article:
"And kicking it all off was the 700c, the first laptop with an operating system that really worked in a package that people would actually want to carry." GIZMODO
Tom has clearly adopted the ThinkPad "purposeful evolution" design strategy for his own benefit
The article includes well deserved mention of both Tom Hardy, the former IBM corporate design manager, and our ongoing design consultant Richard Sapper, for getting the ThinkPad ball rolling. It's rather incredible how the latest design is so connected to the 700c heritage. It just proves how important having a great idea, and strong design leadership can be. David Hill