Googles blog, The Keyword, interviewed the lead designer behind the Pixel 2 phones and other Google products. Heres a rare look behind the scenes and some insight into why the gadgets were built as they are.
Ivy Ross, the lead designer, says that the most important design principle is human. By that she means that cold, hard screens need to be balanced with something soft and tactile. This lead to the texture of the Pixel phones and the fabric used in the Home Mini and Daydream headset.
Of course, the Pixel cases also feature fabric knit exterior and soft microfiber lining. Working with cloth was not easy, however. For example, the Home Mini required special construction to get great acoustics and minimalist looks.
Check out a gallery of Pixel 2 designs that were tried, various cloths that were considered. Which ones youre favorite?
Iterations of the pixel 2 design Testing fabric for cases The Daydream VR Pixel book designs