Former Apple Design Chief Jony Ive Shares His 12 Favorite Tools of the Trade

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Former Apple Design Chief and still a product partner with Apple, Johnny Ive reveals 12 essential design tools to make, mark, measure, and carry with him every day. bottom.


The list is published in the special issue of Financial TimesIn How to SpendIt magazine (for a fee), where Ive is the guest editor, designers take this opportunity to focus on their obsession with “making.”

  • Torque Wrench — Snap Adjustable Torque Wrench, 455 Pounds
  • Tonearm — Linn Titanium Ekos SE Tonearm, $ 5,645, basicaudio.com
  • Hex Wrench — Wiha’s color-coded hex L keyset, starting at $ 3.69
  • Paper Folder — Paper Folder, hwebber.co.uk
  • Measure Tape — Hermes Leather in the Pocket Measure Tape, $ 530
  • Loupe — Vintage brass foldable magnifier by Leitz Wetzlar from Ive’s personal collection
  • Fountain Pen — Vintage pen by Montegrappa from Ive’s personal collection
  • Eraser — Graf Von Faber-Castell Platinum Plated Eraser, £ 100, jacksonsart.com
  • Pencil case — Vintage leather pouch by Visvim from Ive’s personal collection
  • Protractor — Mitutoyo 6in Universal Bevel Protractor, £ 264
  • Depth Gauge — Starrett 440Z-3RL Depth Micrometer, $ 355
    Meteorological Observatory — Wempe Navigator II Ship Clock and Meteorological Observatory, $ 1,960

Ive doesn’t mention the specific products that helped create and design the list, but in another article by Ive and LoveFrom designer Marc Newson talking about equipment at the Cotswolds workshop: It says.

“Machines and tools have beauty and joy. It’s no longer just a means to an end. Effective tools usually have a unique elegance that brings intriguing beauty. “

Later in the conversation, Ive recalls how Newson helped with the challenges he faced while working with the Apple Watch, and “really struggled” with the physical design.

I think our collaboration on the Apple Watch speaks to a fun and effective collaboration, especially during difficult times. I strongly felt that I had an important opportunity to create a very unique and convenient product that can be worn on the wrist. I spent a lot of time working on big creative ideas and basic interface issues, but somehow assumed that working with real objects would be pretty easy.

When the basic architecture of the idea was defined, I really struggled with the physical design. It was from the place of the struggle that I asked you for help. It was a humble feeling, but I think we arrived at the final design quickly together. We are proud of our work. I always want to achieve that sense of necessity, simplicity that seems like there really isn’t a rational alternative.

Ive co-founded Love From with Newson in 2019 after leaving Apple’s position. At the time, the tech giant said it would continue to be one of Ive’s main clients, but it’s unclear which Apple product he has helped design since. According to Apple, Ive was involved in the design of the colorful 24-inch iMac released in April, but it’s not clear if that work was done after Ive left the company.

The number of employees working at LoveFrom is unknown, but Ive has hired at least four of Apple’s former colleagues to work for the company, including Wan Si, Chris Wilson, Patch Kessler, and Jeff Tiller.

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