Apple’s design chief helped create the new Star Wars lightsaber

One of the internet polemics last year was the new cross-shaped lightsaber featured in the trailer for “Star Wars: The Awakening of the Force”. Now the revelation arises that the polemic design may have influence from none other than Jony Ive, head of design at Apple.

In an interview with the New Yorker newspaper, Ive told how he met director JJ Abrams at a party and made some suggestions about the lightsaber. Abrams tells journalist Ian Parker that the film reflects these ideas, but the director does not reveal how.

Ive says it was “just a conversation”, and that he did not suggest anything related to a cross. His idea had more to do with asymmetry. “I thought it would be more interesting if the lightsaber were less accurate, a little more rustic,” he says. The weapon could be more “analogue and primitive, and I think that, in this way, it would be more sinister”, he tells the journalist.

There is no way of knowing what the real impact of Jony Ive’s suggestions was, but the weapon featured in the film really does look more rustic, and with crackling blades, with a really more threatening effect than the traditional lightsaber.

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