Zune HD Industrial Design

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I’m a student of industrial design and detailing (albeit not a very good one) so I thought it may be worth taking a closer look at some of the detailing on the new Zune HD.

Upper Rear

I like the brushed aluminium look and particularly the deep etched Zune logo on the back. I wonder how susceptible the device will be to scratches….I guess I’m just going to have to buy one to find out 🙂

I also like the screws which are somehow reminiscent of a MacBook Pro and it’s robust design. That’s not a bad place to take your design cues from.


Lower Rear

I’m assuming the black section contains the wifi hardware as I seem to remember something about the original iPhone using the black part of the housing for the cellular radio. It looks slightly incongruous to me but one thing it does give you is a very quick visual recognition of the orientation of the device.

I wish they’d found a way to etch much of the lettering and logos on the side or perhaps even in a different shade of black as they spoil the rear for me. I’m hopeful too that the shipping units have the “hello from Seattle” as sported on the original Zune series. Sure it may ape the iPod’s “Designed by Apple in California” motto but I like it.


I’m looking forward to seeing a Zune HD first hand to see if it lives up to my expectations on the design front.

Comments (2)
  1. northerngeek says:

    "Hello from Seattle" is still there, I like it’s new position…


    Left edge at the bottom 🙂

    I cannot wait for this to arrive in the UK…. seems I’ll have to though (not that I mind using my 80GB for the time being).

  2. stevecla01 says:

    aha…hadn’t noticed that – nice 🙂 🙂

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