Not the best-delivered talk I’ve ever heard — and he definitely loses it a bit towards the end — but still, it’s interesting.

I’m sure I’ve heard the artistic ‘limited by the shape of the vessel’ argument before, I’m just not sure where.

I guess a portable MP3 player is simply a tool. Much like a painter’s work extends beyond the canvas, to the frame, to where it will hang.

And if you agree — if form really does limit function — then surely that puts engineers above artists.

I wonder if Michelangelo would’ve invented the chisel, if someone hadn’t done it before him…

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