Jim Yurchenco: Refecting on 35 Years at IDEO
Jim Yurchenco, the first full-time employee at the massively influential design firm Ideo, retired recently after a celebrated 35-year career. During his time as a designer, he helped build the mouse for the Apple Lisa, the first mouse ever used by ordinary people. In addition to the Apple Lisa Mouse, Yurchenco was responsible for squeezing the guts inside the impossibly slim Palm V. Until the Palm V, all Palm Pilots were made of plastic pieces that screwed together. “That was a really important product for us, and the industry,” Yurchenco says. “It was one of the first cases where the physical design—the feel and touch points—were considered to be as important as the performance.” The device sold incredibly well and helped shape modern gadget-lust.