It is amazing what good design can do for a product. Griffin Technology has a product called the iMic that is basically an external sound card. It is an excellent product (read my full review here), but it might as well been called the iSore. Not only was it ugly, it also had a confusing interface. By “interface” I mean it has one switch. You use the switch to change between using the iMic for a microphone or a speaker. When I bought my iMic I thought it was broken because when I plugged my microphone in I pushed the unmarked switch towards the mic icon. That is the only logical way it can go, right? As crazy as it seems, in order to use a microphone with the iMic, you have to push the switch towards the speaker icon. I wonder how many iMic’s were returned just because Griffin failed to put any thought into the only switch on the entire product.
Fortunately, the new design appears to correct the fatal design flaw. Also, it is now an object worthy of proudly sitting on your desk next to the rest of your Apple gear. There are so many great products trapped in ugly or non-functional shells. Hats off to Griffin for finally recognizing the value of good design.