Jony Ive shares his must-have design tools and more in a curated series [LIST]

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Former Apple design director Sir Jonathan Ive recently listed his 12 must-have design tools and instruments for making, marking, measuring and simply carrying one’s everyday person, and detailed the list with The Financial Times.

Jony Ive’s list of the best design tools includes:

  1. Torque wrench – Snap-On Adjustable Torque Wrench, £455
  2. Tone arm – Linn titanium Ekos SE tonearm, $5,645, at
  3. Hex keys — Wiha Color Coded L-Shaped Hex Key Set, from US$3.69
  4. Paper file — Paperback, from
  5. Mesureing tape — In The Pocket Hermès Leather Tape Measure, $530 USD
  6. Magnifying glass — Vintage brass folding magnifying glass by Leitz Wetzlar, from Ive’s personal collection
  7. Feather pen — Vintage Montegrappa pen, from Ive’s personal collection
  8. Gum – Graf Von Faber-Castell platinum-plated eraser, £100, at
  9. Case — Vintage leather pouch by Visvim, from Ive’s personal collection
  10. Rapporteur – Mitutoyo 6-inch universal protractor, £264
  11. Depth gauge — Starrett 440Z-3RL depth micrometer, $355
  12. Weather Channel — Wempe Navigator II ship’s clock and weather station, $1,960

The list was part of a guest edit by Ive on the FinancialTimes, as part of the latest issue “Makers and creators” of the latter, devoted to the “craftsmanship”. Ive talks about the musicians, the noble metal of silver, and his design venture LoveFrom with Mark Newson.

“This question is about manufacturing. For a long time one of my obsessions, I have always been struck by the fact that the process of creation and production is expressed in so many different forms. The things we make can be tangible and somewhat permanent, like buildings, products, or paintings, or like the silver coffee pot my dad made. Or they can be as delightfully temporal as an arrangement of flowers, or food or music,” Ive explained.

Since leaving Apple, Jony Ive has created “LoveFrom”, his own design company. In May 2021, Apple confirmed that I helped design last year’s M1-powered 24-inch iMac, although he left the company in 2019.

After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion Dollar Company and Lost Its Soula book of The Wall Street JournalTripp Mickle which went on sale earlier this week on May 3, details what caused Jony Ive to leave Apple in 2019, among other things.

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