Most of us were under the impression that either QNX or TAT were involved in the UI design and the user experience until we heard that Teknision was behind the UX design. Hardly anyone had heard much about Teknision until recently the story broke that they were behind the UX of the PlayBook. Kyle over at BlackBerryCool sat down with Teknision’s President Gabor Vida to talk about their involvement with the development of the BlackBerry PlayBook. Kyle did some good work finding some information about the early stages of the PlayBook development including a company name Artefact that developed an early UI with 3D icons which am glad they scrapped that design and RIM eventually gave Teknision the job.
Another interesting topic is why RIM acquired TAT and not Teknision. TAT also worked with the competition and owning them meant the competition would need to find a new developer.
Check out the video interview below and also read Kyles full article.