Inspiration for iPod Design

Written by: Adam Christianson

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Listener Ant, posted this in the MacCast forum and it is very interenting. Turns out the iPod design might be more retro than we all thought.

Would of been cool if the Lisa was the first Apple computer to play music (given that the mascot is holding an iPod), so I thought I’d take a look at the 22 year old Apple Lisa User Manual (downloadable as a PDF) to find out! Didn’t find a mention of music (though could of missed it) but something that nearly made me fall off my seat, before I realised what it was, is the following pic, taken from page 226 of the manual…

Apple Mouse (iPod) Apple iPod (Mouse)

Is it just me or does that have an uncanny resemblance to an iPod! Spooky. For those that haven’t worked it out yet, it’s the bottom of the mouse from the Apple Lisa.

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  1. Andy | Apr 22 2005 - 07:37

    That is really quite creepy. Coincidence??

  2. Race Bannon | Apr 23 2005 - 03:29

    Wont it be cool when they finally re issue the “newton” in some cool easy to use, sure to sync, version? Sigh, I hope it doesnt take 22 years.

  3. Conrad Benedict | Apr 23 2005 - 03:11

    Man, you really are a geek – what are were you doing reading page 226 of the Lisa manual!!

  4. jon from vancouver | Apr 25 2005 - 01:07

    Wow, I bet Steve Jobs saw that in his dream and remembered the Lisa from back in the day. I’m sure that’s where Apple came up with the idea. Wow. I wonder what other old things we can come up with reading old Apple manuals. :D

  5. Keith Heffner | Apr 25 2005 - 07:59

    Guess what! I turned my iPod upside down, sunny side up and my arrow started moving!! WOW!!

    ….no, i can’t back that up …sorry

  6. Design Inspiration | May 05 2009 - 10:05

    Wow, that’s pretty interesting. Some designers find the weirdest sources of inspiration, but that’s what sparks the creativity of most. It’s the little details that count!