There’s no question that the Pixel and Pixel XL feature fantastic specs and outstanding cameras. There’s also no question that the phones feature a design that is sleek and impressive, yet all too familiar. Yes, that’s a nice way of saying that Google blatantly ripped off the iconic design that Apple has used on its iPhones for the past three generations. This sleek design is good enough for Apple fans, who have been purchasing tens of millions of them each quarter. But is the design good enough for Android fans? Google wants to know what you think.
In a post on Google’s product forum last week, Pixel phone product lead Krishna Kumar wrote the following:
Jared Spool, the founder of the Massachusetts-based firm User Interface Engineering, wrote: “Good design, when it’s done well, becomes invisible. It’s only when it’s done poorly that we notice it”.
Developing a design is an exhilarating and at the same time a terrifying (Oh God, did we make the right choice???) exercise.
Here is a fascinating peek (A phone of Google’s own) behind the development of the Pixel design – from the design team endlessly obsessing over the angle of the phone’s edges and its feel in hand, to the texture of the power key, to color selection and cheeky names – and some of the choices and trade-offs that went behind the Pixel design!
I would like to hear your thoughts. What do you like about the design? What do you hate about it? What did we get right? What would you like to see us improve?
…the thread promptly exploded. After receiving more than 1,000 replies, Kumar ended up closing the thread and Google started a second one to collect more feedback. Both threads feature a mix of people looking to share their thoughts and people looking to complain that the Pixel and Pixel XL are still too difficult to find in stock, just as you might expect. There are some interesting points in there though, and it’ll be even more interesting to see if Google can incorporate any of the more useful feedback into its Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 designs later this year.