At Apple University, studying Picasso helps with product design

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The New York Times has published a rare look inside Apple’s secretive training program known as “Apple University.” New recruits are encouraged to sign up for courses in the program, which was conceived by Steve Jobs in order to ensure that employees are steeped in the company’s history and culture. Joel Podolny, Apple’s VP of human resources and formerly dean of Yale School of Management, founded the program in 2008.

Among the revelations gleaned from the three class attendees that the Times spoke to:

  • Picasso’s Bull, a series of eleven lithographs in which the master artist deconstructs a bull down to its most abstract form, is shown as inspiration for Apple’s minimalist design philosophy. “You go through more iterations until you…

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