Five designs that changed the world

November 1, 2007

“You know a design is good when you want to lick it,” says Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computer. But a truly iconic design must do more than make you salivate. It must have social impact too.

Great design should marry aesthetics with practicality, providing solutions to everyday problems – even if you didn’t know you had them before they came along.

CNN has picked out five great designs from the last 100 years. They are all products which have fundamentally changed the lives of millions of people.
Volkwagen ‘Beetle’
The Leica camera’
The ballpoint pen
The iPod
The London Underground map



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