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Did Apple’s Jony Ive Design the New Lightsabers?



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Yesterday we reported on the new profile of Apple’s Jony Ive, the senior designer behind the look of many of Apple’s iconic products. There is a host of interesting tidbits of information in that profile, covering things from the Apple Watch to Ive’s secret design lab. However, one little section in that profile talks about the design of something deadly, something from out of this world.

That is of course the new lightsabers to featured in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the upcoming Star Wars movie. Apparently Ive, more suited to designing things made from aluminium and glass, gave director J.J. Abrams some “very specific” suggestions about the future design of lightsabers – suggestions that Abrahams says he listened to.

“Ive once sat next to J. J. Abrams at a boozy dinner party in New York, and made what Abrams recalled as “very specific” suggestions about the design of lightsabres. Abrams told me that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” would reflect those thoughts, but he wouldn’t say how.”

While Ive says that “it was just a conversation”, it’s still pretty interesting to think the new lightsabers might just have been designed by the same person that designed the iPhone.

Source: The New Yorker Via: The Verge


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  • Scion

    Explains the Form over Function fail here… that cross-guard is worthless and stupid looking. If they were at a 45 degree angle to ‘catch’ an opponent’s saber then maybe, just maybe it would make sense.