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iPhone interface designer Imran Chaudhri’s most important tool is an old-school notebook

The iPhone designer and engineer shares his tips and tools for getting the most out of every day.

iPhone interface designer Imran Chaudhri’s most important tool is an old-school notebook
[Photo: Flickr user Rajat Bhardwaj]

British designer Imran Chaudhri helped change the world when he envisioned the user interface of the iPhone, helping define how humans would interact with those ubiquitous handheld computers for decades to come. Chaudhri went on to design the interfaces for the iPod, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV before leaving Apple in 2017 to start Hu.ma.ne, a company with the mission of creating “the next shift between humans and computing.”

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Here the designer and engineer shares his tips and tools for getting the most out of every day.

[Photo: courtesy of Moleskine]
What books are on your nightstand?

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. A reminder of what living a meaningful life can and should be.

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. The most epic of journeys is the one that happens inside of you.

Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein. I love how the simple reconstruction of letters can bring giggles to the entire family.

The Tao of Wu by The RZA. Hip-hop can be rooted in so much philosophy and spirituality.

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Moleskine Folio Professional Notebook. My most important tool, an open invitation to ideate.

[Photos: courtesy of Mykita]
What product are you currently in love with? 

Mykita Mylon sunglasses. Laser sintered 3D-printed glasses with Zeiss lenses, they’re light as a feather but incredibly solid.

What classic product do you believe nobody’s ever improved on? 

The Clarks Desert Boot, made in England. It’s literally the best shoe ever made.

What have you splurged on recently, but feel no buyer’s remorse because you adore it?

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My wife and I recently purchased a historical landmark in San Francisco. It’s a magical place. We’re interested in restoring it into an utterly modern interior hidden inside its authentic exterior. I love to design spaces and the experience of using them.

What do you find yourself doing when you should be working?

  • Shopping and copping for shoes online.
  • Looking for and listening to new music.
  • Talking to pretty much anyone interesting.
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Melissa Locker is a writer and world renowned fish telepathist.

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