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.
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.
John Gruber writes today that The Mac Pro Lives. Perhaps more accurately, at least it seems to have a future.
A quote from this article by Guy Kawasaki about Steve Jobs:
This experience taught me that you should tell the truth and worry less about the consequences for three reasons:
1) Telling the truth is a test of your character and intelligence. You need strength to tell the truth and intelligence to recognize what is true.
2) People yearn for the truth—that is, telling people that their product is good just to be positive doesn’t help them improve it.
3) There’s only one truth, so it’s easier to be consistent if you’re honest. If you are dishonest, you have to keep track of what you said.
“I remember the day I came in and told Steve (Jobs) about the Genius Bar idea and he says, ‘That’s so idiotic! It’ll never work!’” Johnson said. “He said, ‘Ron, you might have the right idea, but here’s the big gap: I’ve never met someone who knows technology who knows how to connect with people. They’re all geeks! You can call it the Geek Bar.’”
From a Reuters article titled, Apple seeks design perfection at new “spaceship” campus:
“But de la Torre ultimately saw that Apple executives were not trying to evoke the iPhone per se, but rather following something akin to the Platonic ideal of form and dimension. ‘They have arrived at design principles somehow through many years of experimentation, and they are faithful to those principles,’ de la Torre said. Fanatical attention to detail is a key tenet.”
I live in Colorado, where cellular reception can be very hit or miss. As just one example there are only two spots in my apartment where I can make a phone call. So when I’m at home trying to view a website using Safari on my iPhone and the page is loading really slow, I find it really annoying that my iPhone is trying to use my cellular data rather than my home wireless network (WiFi).
Note: Apple implies that the cellular data is “assisting” the WiFi, but with the poor cell reception here, I can confirm that this feature just slows down my iPhone internet speed.
A website named digibarn.com has a collection of images and short stories they call Daniel Kottke’s Amazing Apple Relics. If you’re interested in Apple history it’s a nice little find.
This is a nice article on the best Linux laptops of 2016, including what to look out for in graphics chips and other hardware issues. As I become more disgruntled with Apple and the direction of Macs and MacOS, I thought I’d start looking for a Linux laptop.