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Sir Jonathan Ive design interview quotes (from London Life) alvin May 12, 2017 - 10:47am

I don't consider myself an Apple fanboy — for instance, I think whoever is designing Apple software these days is making things overly complicated (with OS X 10.7 through 10.12) — but I am a Jonathan Ive hardware design fanboy. I have a great respect for the industrial design work he and his team do. It’s safe to say that if I were in college these days I’d be studying industrial design instead of the aerospace engineering degree I got way back when.

Jonathan Ive design interview quotes alvin May 12, 2017 - 10:45am

This article contains a collection of quotes on design from Apple designer Jonathan Ive (or “Jony Ive,” as Steve Jobs called him). (Note: He prefers to refer to himself as a “builder” or “maker” as opposed to a designer.)

For those who don’t know of him, Jonathan Ive is credited with designing almost every Apple product since 1997. Given that very long string of success, I became interested in what Mr. Ive has to say, and to that end, here’s a collection of Jonathan Ive design interview quotes I’ve gathered over the last few years.

“Artist’s secret toolbox for creating art” alvin March 23, 2017 - 1:00pm

Wesley Reisz also shared this image with the text, “Artist’s secret toolbox for creating art ... transformations.” The slide is from Brian Kane.

Design: “Believe in yourself,” “Trust your gut,” and more alvin February 18, 2017 - 12:19pm

I’m told that this is a famous poster for designers that I just applied a lot of whiteout to. (The missing words seem to have been inspired by Samuel L. Jackson.) I like “Believe in yourself” and “Trust your gut.”

Successful design is not the achievement of perfection alvin February 16, 2017 - 12:28pm

“Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.”

~ Henry Petrosky

Designers choosing form over function alvin January 23, 2017 - 10:52am

One of my gripes with both MacOS and Ubuntu is that it’s harder than it needs to be to grab a window corner or edge to resize it. IMHO, designers are choosing form over function.

“Faster horses” alvin November 2, 2016 - 8:48am

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said, ‘Faster horses.’” ~ Henry Ford

I think of this quote when I see both good and bad design. Some people build/design faster horses, others invent cars.

Starbucks (and design use cases) alvin November 1, 2016 - 8:45pm

Starbucks provides an important lesson about making sure you think about all of your design use cases.

How to design products you’ll love (inspired by Jonathan Ive)

Introduction: Recently I was talking with some people recently about “design”, and as an effort to show how the design process works, I used the process of designing a coffee mug as a way of explaining the process. This article walks you through this process, though the actual designs are up to you.

Design is about understanding the user’s mental model alvin July 21, 2016 - 11:02am

This image comes from an article titled Design is Mainly About Empathy, where the main part of the article is that design is about understanding the user’s mental model about the thing you’re trying to design.