What's in a name? HTC and Piet Mondrian

HTC seems to have some Neo-Plasticism art fans under their employment.

In possibly one of the more clever wink-nods in phone-naming history, the "HTC Mondrian" (see story below) seems to take its influence from famous Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, whose work you see above.

If you don't see the visual influence between one of Piet's most famous pieces and a certain 'Metro UI' then we don't know what to tell you.  Or just a coincidence? 

And if this purported first leaked Windows Phone 7 ROM is a hoax? Our hats off to the folks for going that extra mile in being so witty.

[thanks to MonteCristoffOn for noticing!]

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • WOW looks like i have my next phone, the HTC Mondrian will go well with my Mondrian Nike Dunk Lo and Mondrian glasses... this day just got awesome
  • Sounds good, can't wait to see it if this ends up being true it could be my new phone if it's coming later this year.
  • Windows Phone 7 is all interface, but nothing much underneath. Microsoft has put all its efforts into the interface, and copying the famous Dutch painter. But it has totally neglected the rest of the OS. HTC must realize by now that Windows Phone 7 is having problems. Basically it's an immature platform, with immature APIs, and it is very very buggy. The latest alpha is still unusable and unfit for public release, yet it will soon be released to manufacturers. OEMs will use the next 6 months for testing, but after RTM, there should not be any substantial changes to the OS. To sum up, Windows Phone 7 is simply not ready. I can't see any alternative but for Microsoft to announce a delay, even though MS promised that WP7 will be on sale late 2010.