What comes to mind when you think of the term inevitable?
We don’t need to get into details here, but “the inevitable” can certainly have some negative (even foreboding) connotations. But let’s not fear the inevitable. In fact, there’s plenty to look forward to. The inevitable, when we’re talking about design, is the pinnacle.
Let’s look at AirPods. Specifically, AirPod Pros. The charger and device is all part of one lovely, easy to pocket package. They’re pleasant to hold, they charge quickly, and the controls are intuitive. The magic moment, however, comes courtesy of the U1 chip which allows them to automatically pair with the closest device. It’s beyond cliché to say this about Apple products, but they just work.
It’s not there yet, but Apple is on a clear path to an inevitable experience with these.
For a more nostalgic example, consider the venerable Chuck Taylor basketball shoe. Only minor modifications since they were first made in the 1920s. Of course, now there are many technically better shoes for basketball, but in terms of the fundamental design, there’s been no need for Converse (and now Nike) to change their best-selling shoe.
Quite simply, inevitable designs are delightful, durable, and human.