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    1. @BB [deleted] 94 months ago | reply

      This is just awesome...

    2. auteuil, encore plus fort 94 months ago | reply

      Unbelievable! That GUI is a tribute to Dieter Rams' and Lubs Dietrich's 1977's ET44 calculator by Braun (note, that "electronic calculator" is "elektronischer Taschenrechner" in german, hence the "ET", a rule (classic) Braun (not the one acquired and buried by Gillette) followed in all of their naming). Utterly cool.

      Here's more info:
      www.designmuseum.org/design/dieter-rams
      www.designmuseum.org/__entry/4799?style=design_image_popup

      web.eu-design.net/edn/designer/rams.asp
      web.eu-design.net/edn/schedao.asp?id=1034

      Over time, there were lot of different models with different features, see here for a nice collection:
      www.thimet.de/CalcCollection/Calculators/Braun-4776-ET66/...
      www.thimet.de/CalcCollection/Contents.html

      I think the iPhone's calculator is like the apotheosis of Dieter Rams' original design. Check the color scheme! check the reflection of the 'convex' buttons!

      It's not the first time Apple got inspired by Dieter Rams' landmark design: think, for instance, about the grill-like parts of the PowerMac G5/Mac Pro cases. There just like Rams'/Braun's loudspeaker casings.

      I feel very good about this: it's so nice to pay tribute from one great designer to another, over the course of precisely 30 years.

      Apple rocks, they fucking really do!

      More on Rams:
      www.icon-magazine.co.uk/issues/010/rams.htm
      www.designboom.com/eng/interview/rams.html

    3. phil dokas 94 months ago | reply

      Now that's an amazing find. Good to see Apple making nods to great designs in the past.

    4. OndraSoukup 94 months ago | reply

      I wanted to comment about most expensive calculator...but when the page loaded on this 128kbit sucker, I have nothing else to say...it's awesome, I'm blown away!

    5. EsoGato 94 months ago | reply

      a simple calculator, but that's just too nice. eG.
      Sharing Everybody Loves a Clown Mello Yello Coati Madness!

    6. JensAyton 94 months ago | reply

      The natural thing would be for it to switch to a scientific calculator when you rotate it. :-)

    7. powellb 94 months ago | reply

      Ahruman, that is a brilliant idea. In landscape switch to an HP-11C.

    8. NMonk 94 months ago | reply

      Agreed, Ahruman's idea is brilliant. In fact, that metaphor could be extended to other apps as well- landscape mode extending the functionality...

    9. corebasis 94 months ago | reply

      Clearly a tribute to the legendary Braun pocket calculator "Control ET44 calculator" (1978) that is exhibited in the MoMA.

      The same is true for the clock of the OS X Dashboard. It looks and works exactly the same like their Braun counterparts. Typical for the Braun clocks is a little shaking of the second-pointer after each move. You'll find that on the Dashboard clock too. I guess Apple's designers wanted to pay tribute to German designer Dieter Rams, who once wrote "Good design is as little design as possible."...

    10. We can make it look like an accident 94 months ago | reply

      I wonder why the PLUS and MINUS buttons are transposed.

      traditionally, the PLUS button is closest to the EQUALS button.
      If the reason is to match the layout of the ET44, they have rearranged so much of the original in this (very nice) 'homage' that that argument makes no sense.

      The calculator in the OS X Dashboard widget has the buttons in the usual place. This seems like an error.

    11. Iamtabu 94 months ago | reply

      This is gorgeous.
      @auteuil, encore plus fort: Just to set the record straight, though, I want to point out that Gillette acquired Braun in 1967, so a lot of Braun's design triumphs took place with Gillette as parent company before it started to decline.

    12. radutzan (old) 94 months ago | reply

      The tribute to Rams is a nice touch, but I really don't like the shape of the gloss of the buttons, or the whole shape of the buttons, for that matter. The screen looks like it could have been much better too.

      And a scientific calculator when rotated is an awesome idea.

    13. Bringo 94 months ago | reply

      Apple had this calculator in their promotional items catalog back in the 80ies:
      www.theapplecollection.com/Collection/various/Braun.html

    14. Alexandre Setter 94 months ago | reply

      Bringo said it all!

    15. auteuil, encore plus fort 94 months ago | reply

      @Tabuny: You're right, I thought I remembered a later date of the Gillette-acquisition, but, nonetheless, Rams has not that many nice things to say about Gillette:

      Rams spent much of the latter part of his career resisting what he saw as the pernicious influence of the new parent [ie. Gillette], which was ruled by accountants and driven by the marketing men.
      www.icon-magazine.co.uk/issues/010/rams.htm

      @corebasis: Another, well, point: The point (on the, uh, point-button) is aligned to the baseline, while Rams' point is centered.

    16. Zach Forrester 94 months ago | reply

      now we just need to port this to the dashboard widget

      to the calculator aficionados.... does the widget have any real life counterpart?

    17. Dave_n_Joanna 94 months ago | reply

      There's an iPhone specific scientific calculator currently in development at iphav.com/Calculator/Calculator.html

    18. scallydandan [deleted] 94 months ago | reply

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    19. Schill 42 months ago | reply

      For history's sake, it's worth noting the newer iOS calculator design is also reminiscent of the original classic Macintosh calculator app that Steve was able to design himself, thanks to Chris Espinosa's work. :)

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