I’m noticing some traffic to this blog by way of an old post over on Nussbaum (Link). I suspect his entry may be getting fed by something I read earlier in the day over on C|Net, “A designer as CEO: Should Jonathan Ive be Apple’s next leader?” (Link). That entry, written by frogdesign‘s resident marketing guy, Tim Leberecht, posits the headline question in response to an open letter/post on the bplusd blog (Link) and then answers it with interrogatives:
In other words: maybe what Jonathan Ive needs is an MBA? Maybe it’s not such a good idea to lift a designer into the chief executive chair after all? Maybe there’s still a vast gulf between managing design and managing a business? Maybe design is “more than just style” but business is also more than just design?
Well, here are my own interrogatives in response to those:
Meanwhile, as I was surfing through Nussbaum’s blog, I happened to notice some recent, somewhat relevant posts:
While I’ve been more supportive of the cell phone solution than the OLPC, Nussbaum seemed to be rather supportive of the project; calling out the design efforts of those involved on plenty of occasions. What’s amusing to me is how he still calls it a “great design” (and then has to explain himself in comments). It’s as if he’s forgotten that Design is more than just aesthetics. Maybe he’ll see some traffic to his site from the C|Net post and read my comment: a short piece about design vs (D)esign. Seems like he could use a refresher.