Apple’s Designs From the 1980s Are Like, Totally Awesome

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The 1980s was a decade that gave us many unique fashions and fads: from big hair and friendship bracelets, to parachute pants and Pac-Man. The 1980s was also the decade when Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) created some of its most memorable products, including the original Macintosh and the Apple IIc.

This era of awesomeness was around the time when Steve Jobs first hired Frog Design, an industrial design firm founded by renowned designer Hartmut Esslinger. As noted by Cult of Mac, Esslinger developed the company’s famous “Snow White” design ethos. Although Esslinger hasn’t worked for Apple since the 1980s, some of his design features can still be seen in Apple products today.

Besides influencing Apple’s product designs for years to come, Esslinger also envisioned designs for several Apple products that were never realized. Although these items were created in the age of bulky computers, Esslinger designed his prototypes with a futuristically sleek appearance that still manages to look totally 80s. As seen in the image above obtained by DesignTaxi, one of designs that Frog Design created for Apple was an innovative flip phone in 1983 that heralded later cell phone designs.

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