Have you ever wondered exactly what goes into designing a smartphone, especially one as groundbreaking in so many ways as the original HTC EVO 4G? How exactly are designers and engineers able to balance power with portability, functionality with aesthetics?
Meet Donn Koh, lead designer of the EVO 4G. In a fascinating article on his design studio's website, Koh gives us a glimpse of the twelve solid months from start to finish that the design process took. Complete with photos and diagrams to explain every step of the process, Koh discusses what it was like to work with HTC's engineers and the many challenges of cramming so much into such little space.
Especially interesting to me was his explanation of the protruding camera lens that everyone loves to hate. As it turns out, the design was inspired by a desire to keep it as "camera-like" as possible, while also hiding the actual size of the component. We even learn that Koh's original designs for the EVO 4G continue to be used in many HTC smartphones that have been released since.
This is an intriguing read, and one that any EVO enthusiast should devour.
Update: Images and links to Donn Koh Studio removed by request. For more information on the design firm, please visit www.oneandco.com.[Android Central]