London-born Apple designer guru Jonathan Ive might have influenced the design of the three-pronged lightsaber for the much anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.
Ive told director J.J. Abrams that the lightsaber could be more interesting if “it were less precise, and just a little bit more spitty.” In Dec 2014, the iconic redesign of the lightsaber was seen in the film’s first trailer.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Lightsaber
Writing for The New Yorker, Ian Parker shared that he once sat next to Abrams at a boozy dinner party in New York. During their small talk, Abrams made mentioned of a “very specific” suggestion that Ive told him regarding the lightsaber. Abrams thereafter said that the Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens would reflect Ive’s two cents on the design.
When the trailer for the film franchise came in December, Parker noted that the lightsaber became fiery, “with a cross guard, and resemblance to a burning crucifix.
Jonathan Ive on Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Lightsaber
“It was just a conversation. “I thought it would be interesting if it were less precise, and just a little more spitty… more analog and more primitive, and I think, in that way, somehow more ominous,” Ive told Parker.
Ive had been with Apple since 1996 and had since been responsible for leading his design team whose designs were the standards in the industry. Ive had also been leading and directing for Human Interface software teams across the company.
Steve Jobs on Ive
Parker also wrote that Steve Jobs had referred to Ive as “a spiritual partner at Apple.” For the late Jobs, Ive was not just a designer for having “the most infinitesimal details” of each product that he designed.
“He’s not just a designer. That’s why he works directly for me. He has more operational power than anyone else at Apple except me,” Jobs had once told Walter Isaacson, according to Parker.
British designer Richard Seymour describes Jobs and Ive’s relationship as one “between a savant-level aesthete and an incredible craft-capable practitioner. He said the two men both think that things were made possible because of their partnership.