The Importance of Ecosystems
Core77 has an interesting post comparing the Amazon Kindle and Sony eReader: Kindle Wins Despite Crappy Design:
As more and more products turn into sleek little rectangles, here’s a disturbing thought collated from several sources noting product trends: What if in the future, the importance of industrial design takes a backseat to “product ecosystems?”
Design is about more than posters and toasters; I don’t find that disturbing or worrisome in the slightest. But if someone can come along with a device that marries beautiful industrial design with a robust ecosystem, it’ll clean Amazon’s clock.