Now whilst there is no denying that Apple’s iPhone runs a powerful OS and from a functionality point of view ticks all of the boxes, I have to say I don’t find it desirable as an object – and as for it’s interface design aesthetic, well it’s all a bit Fisher Price for my taste, apart from maybe the heavily Braun inspired calculator application.
I do, however, find the Media Skin, designed by Tokujin Yoshioka for KDDI au design project, very desirable. In common with much of Japanese product design, it’s the little details that make all the difference – the orange and white models feature paint made with silicon particles for a smooth comfortable feel and the black model is made with a soft feel paint that includes special urethane particles. The attention to detail carries over into the interface design with all screens, menu and wallpaper designed under the direction of Yoshioka along with the ringtones and sound effects.
Unfortunately, like the other desirable phones created for the au design project, by notable designers such as Naoto Fukasawa and Marc Newson, Media Skin is only available for the Japanese market.