Honestly, I don’t think about who designs a lot of what we see today; cars, buildings, phones, etc.; and I think it’s because there aren’t too many unique designs nowadays. But every now and then, there is a design or two that stands out to me. Another “but”, but there is one company that does stand out to me, in terms of design: Nintendo. Specifically, there is one man that designed two of Nintendo’s most successful consoles: Kenichiro Ashida. This man is responsible for designing the Wii and Nintendo DS.
I grew up playing a lot of Nintendo games, so I’m a little biased as a huge fan of the company. But Kenichiro Ashida definitely rocked the industry with the Wii and Nintendo DS, with Wiimotes and dual screen hand-held gaming. The Wii’s compact and minimalist design allowed it to fit in any household without disrupting the interior design. The Wii’s controller design allowed it to fit into anyone’s hands with its buttons easily accessible to anyone’s fingers, and the use of the infrared sensors and accelerometer made in intuitive to use as a motion controller, since it was just like pointing the TV remote at the screen. The same hand-held-friendly design is present in the DS as well; it’s size was perfectly suited for anyone to use. It’s screens were small to allow this small package, but big enough to allow for decent detail. Additionally, it had two screens, which allowed for a wider range of UI/UX designs.
Today, while both consoles are more than 15 years old (reaching almost 20 years old), they are still recognizable by many, which shows how influential the design was.