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Apple Store, Carrousel du Louvre Opening Day

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Apple Store Carrousel du Louvre


After a three-year long wait, the first Apple Store in France is finally open to public today.

(Why three years? well, you know, you have so many Apple Stores in the U.S. and then in London, and then 2008 even in Beijing... finally, this year, Paris.)

Actually, this year will be a big year for Apple France, because there will be another Apple Store open in Montpellier and a third one open in the Opera Area in Paris in the first half of 2010.

This first french Apple Store is located just underneath the tremendous crystal pyramid (The Inverted Pyramid) designed by Architect I. M. Pei. The place is very well chosen by Apple and I believe it will become a strategic Apple image to the European Continent and to the world. (second to none, or let's say, the same level as the 5th avenue on in NYC)

The souvenir T-shirt is packaged in a pyramid shaped white box, a perfect infusion of Apple Design and the Paris landmark.

And yes, I was there on the 7 Nov. 2009. It was an exciting moment for sure.



  

unique Mac Plus with signatures
Originally uploaded by Holmgren
为什么这么好的传统没有沿用到现在的产品上呢?

或许现在iPod的免费激光刻字留言服务源于此吧⋯⋯

尽管现在我们很难在苹果的产品上看到设计团队的签名,但显然乔布斯的这个idea仍然很好的成为了苹果艺术气质的体现~

每一台macintosh都是一件艺术品

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Steve Jobs总是自诩为“艺术家”

因此在cupertino苹果总部有不少pablo picasso的画,而乔布斯也时常引用毕加索的名言:
"Good artists copy, great artists steal"

在macintosh上首次出现的GUI (Graphic User Interface),便是苹果的伟大艺术家们从xero那里“steal”来的。当然这个"steal"可比bill gates日后在windows中拙劣"copy"来得高明的多⋯⋯
(关于苹果微软两家的恩恩怨怨,当是后话,感兴趣的可以直接去看 Pirates of the Silicon Valley 来了解一二)

如你有幸能收集到macintosh那些早期型号(macintosh 68k, plus),不妨打开后盖,会有惊喜哦~

原来,macintosh的整个团队在steve的带领下,整个设计过程都精益求精,以艺术家追求完美的精神来完成产品每一个细节。伟大的艺术家在完成自己的作品后,通常会在上面签上自己的大名,将这件艺术品是为自己的延伸⋯⋯同样的,当macintosh的prototype定型后,steve要求设计团队的每个人都在机器的外壳内侧签上自己的名字,之后出厂的macintosh电脑外壳的磨具上都会依此在每一个成品上还原这些签名⋯⋯

我在flickr找到了一台Macintosh Plus的内部签名照
Macintosh Plus molded signature


仔细找找,你至少能看到steve jobs和woz的签名哦。

这些签名回根据mac的型号不同而不同,早期的macintosh大致的签名模版如下:

OS 9的葬礼

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apple的每一样产品都倾注了研发人员和设计师的大量心血,当这个产品完成历史使命的时候,怎么办呢?

人性的apple在2002年的WWDC上就给退出市场的OS 9举行这样一个葬礼。




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