The Linn 9000 was the last product I worked on for Linn Electronics, consulting on the overall appearance design of the 9000 and designing its logo and front panel nomenclature. It came out nicely, I thought, though the final version did not use my first preference for color scheme. I had proposed a complete departure from the typical black/beige rut such products were then in. I had proposed an all-white body with translucent white “end bells” (sides to the far left and right). I had further suggested low power lighting inside so that the product would literally glow. It was just too radical, I suppose. It anticipated by twenty years the white iMacs, iBooks, and iPods by designer Jonathan Ive for Apple.
What: Product panel
and logo design
For: Linn 9000 Integrated Digital Drums/Midi Keyboard Recorder
Client: Linn Electronics
I resigned the Linn account before doing any ads for the 9000. I had
been responsible for all previous advertising at Linn, working
with Roger Linn personally. But in October 1984 I resigned the account
over creative differences with new people that had been brought in.
They are responsible for the ads you see below. And I think these ads
volumes for why I should have creative differences with their creators.