Six months in the making, Donn describes how he was asked to turn T-Mobile's existing myTouch monkier into an upscale flagship name using the best components available at the time. The goal was to evolve into a premium device, without losing the recognition consumers had with the myTouch series of phones. It was important to keep the same feel and identity as the myTouch 3G Slide, then T-Mobile's current myTouch offering, while including changes that T-Mobile executives wanted -- like the large metal battery cover.
Donn goes into detail about how he and his team tackled things like the signature three-element earpiece grill, as well as the physical buttons and optical trackpad. He also talks about his goals to design the docking stations with a minimal elegance that allows the device, and it's screen, to remain the focal point. If you're any type of design student, or just appreciate a beautiful piece of hardware and all the work that goes along with it, it's another must-read.