My thread about the drive has brought up something that a buddy said to me, he say's I'm obsessed with the appearance and 'coolness' as he puts it rather than how it works. Well that's not the case at all, sh$t has to work properly as well as look good I think. As a design engineer I guess I'm a little picky as far as how things look, which brings me to my question.
How 'anal' are fellow ehmac members about the appearance and coolness of their Macs?
The computer is just a machine. Yes there is some "beauty" to it bottom line is that it has to get the job done.
Have a bunch of G-RAID because they look good but also function well.
We are in "design" so customers to expect a "look" so we try and stay in those guidelines, it's easy when Mac and Antec casings look good...
I am anal about things looking nice/new/cool, but I find with most things I buy (especially Apple products) that the 'good' ones just DO look cool. No need to be 'anal' about it. But I certainly don't buy things because they look good, I buy what does the job.
I am also very organized. A place for everything and everything in it's place. Luckily, OS X is the same way. The only gripe I would have is my Applications folder. Why doesn't Software Updater see that I have iTunes in a sub-folder called "Audio" and Quicktime in a sub-folder called "Video"? Cummon Apple, I don't want 123 applications in the same folder.
Well, my wife thinks I've gone a bit nuts having to have everything on my desk be white and "Apple"esque to match my iMac, but really I'm usually function over form first. I've since ditched the Apple mouse and the keyboard is next to go once I get a good USB one.
Similar to MacDoc, my PC currently is just a chassis running headless with nothing more than a little green LED on the front to tell me it's on. I keep it hidden in the CPU cupboard so it's not such an eyesore though
-= You haven't lived until you have ridden a 90kph hairpin with your knee scraping and nothing but a few millimetres of cowhide between you and the asphalt. =-
Staple's is now advertizing work station desks with a Mac in it.
They don't even sell Mac's, Yet they are willing to show them.
Mac Mini 2.4, Apple TV1 & TV2, iPod 4th gen, Apple iPad Mini...
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I like the way most Macs look, but that wouldn't get me to buy one.
Software is different; it has to be useable and part of that is being able to stare at the thing. A GUI is a metaphor for a workspace and often an insturment, so it has to be functional. Clutter and gaudy colours are not functional.
I don't think a good-looking anything is a bad thing; I don't see any problem with an effort to create good design. It's reflective of how much thought went into a product.
Good design is generally simple rather than complex, and that's where the value of paying attention lies. "Pretty for pretty's sake" is shallow and inherently dishonest; it's a poor substitute for functionality if there is no functionality underneath it all.
If Macs were all about a pretty box, no Mac user I know would bother. It's what's inside that counts. If you get part one right, it's OK to work on part two if you're so inclined.