Former BMW designer to style phones at Samsung
An American known for controversial car designs at BMW has been linked to a job at Samsung.
Chris Bangle, known for making the back of the BMW 7 Series so awkward it was nicknamed as having a “Bangle Butt” will work with Samsung to design smart phones and netbooks.
Bangle worked at BMW for 17 years, calling it quits in 2009 to focus on his own projects.
During his tenure, the Bavarian automaker pumped out some of the most outrageous car designs with vehicles wearing a technique Bangle called “flame surfacing.”
I’m not entirely sure how much flame surfacing we’ll find on future Samsung phones and netbooks, but there’s no doubt design plays a huge roll in electronics’ sex appeal.
Let’s be honest: if the iPhone 4 looked more like a slab of wax, I doubt it would be selling so well.
Samsung won’t have Bangle all to themselves – he’s apparently able to work on outside projects as well (though, probably not for any competitors).
But the electronics company is going to make sure they get their money’s worth. AutoBlog reports that Samsung is setting up a European design studio just for the American to help design phones and netbooks for the Korean company.
Samsung will also staff it with about 10 “researchers” to collaborate with him.
How important is a smart phone’s design to you? Does it matter what a phone looks like?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets