I love the article Business Insider ran Friday: Meet The Unheralded Genius Who Designed The Nest Thermostat And Smoke Detector. It’s so… cute. Jay Yarow’s writing makes it sound like a huge revelation, as if people should be gobsmacked that there is somebody else behind Nest’s innovative products, besides Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers. As is typical, Nest’s website only lists their management team, but I’m willing to bet there are other designers that worked on those products too. After all, Fred Bould, the focus of the article, is just the industrial designer. I don’t say that to downplay his contribution—they are beautiful devices in both form and function—but I’d love to know who the interaction designers behind them are as well. What was the collaboration like between Bould, the IxDers, and the engineers? Too little of today’s design successes get shared with the community, and the designers that are responsible for them remain nameless.
I appreciate Yarow shining the light on a designer that deserves recognition for his contribution to a fantastic product. Let’s see more of it. It’s about time the world met us.