Apple iPhone 1st Generation named best-designed product by Fortune Magazine

Apple iPhone 1st Generation

In 1959, Fortune Magazine published a “fascinating and brash” project that became the first edition of the 100 best-designed products of the modern era which was compiled by Jay Doblin, the director of the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), based on a survey sent out to 100 of the era’s top designers, architects, and design teachers.

In 2019, the company has partnered again with the IIT Institute of Design (ID) to celebrate the 60-year anniversary of the original list. The new list is prepared under the deanship of Denis Weil, to re-create the survey following Doblin’s methodology as closely as possible.

iPhone (1st generation) launched in 2007 designed by Apple has been labeled as the greatest-designed product of the Modern Era. The company mentions it as a device that changed how we live.

Macintosh designed by Apple in 1984 have given the second place on the list, while Google Search Engine, designed by Google in 1997 is named third on the list.

The fourth place is taken by Eames Fiberglass Armchair, designed by Ray + Charles Eames in 1950 and Sony Walkman TPS-L2 designed by Norio Ohga in 1979 ranked fifth on the list.

List of Top 30 Greatest Design of Modern Era:

RankProduct NameBrandYear
1iPhone (1st Gen.)Apple2007
2MacintoshApple1984
3Google Search EngineGoogle1997
4Eames Fiberglass ArmchairRay + Charles Eames1950
5Sony Walkman TPS-L2Norio Ohga1979
6OXO Good Grips PeelerSam Farber + Smart Design1990
7Uber RideshareUber2009
8Netflix StreamingNetflix1997
9Lego Building BlocksLego + Hilary Fisher Page1939
10iPodApple (Jonathan Ive)2001
11Google MapsWhere 2 Technologies2005
12Apollo 11 MissionNASA1969
13Akari Lamp 1AIsamu Noguchi1951
14MacBook ProApple (Jonathan Ive)2006
15Post-it Notes3M (Spencer Silver + Arthur Fry)1977
16Boeing 747Joe Sutter + Boeing Team1970
17Polaroid SX-70James Gilbert Baker + Edwin Herbert Land1972
18Model S SedanTesla (Franz von Holzhausen)2012
19Nokia 3210Alastair Curtis1999
20Savoy VaseAlvar + Aino Aalto1972
21Philips Hue Lighting SystemPhilips (Signify)2012
22App StoreApple2008
23SpotifySpotify2006
24Amazon PrimeAmazon2005
25Muji Rice CookerNaoto Fukasawa2014
26AirbnbAirbnb2008
27WikipediaWikipedia2001
28NYC Subway MapUnimark (Massimo Vignelli)1972
29iOSApple2007
30ShinkansenJapanese National Railways1964

Full list can be checked here.

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