Jony Ive is Leaving Apple to Form an Independent Design Company With Apple as a Primary Client

Jony Ive is Leaving Apple to Form an Independent Design Company With Apple as a Primary Client

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Apple Chief Design Officer Jonathan Ive is leaving the company later this year to form an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients. In a press release posted today, Apple said Ive would continue to work closely with the company on a range of projects.

“Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated, from 1998’s groundbreaking iMac to the iPhone and the unprecedented ambition of Apple Park, where recently he has been putting so much of his energy and care,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Apple will continue to benefit from Jony’s talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built. After so many years working closely together, I’m happy that our relationship continues to evolve and I look forward to working with Jony long into the future.”

Design team leaders Evans Hankey, vice president of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye, vice president of Human Interface Design, will report to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. Both Dye and Hankey have played key leadership roles on Apple’s design team for many years. Williams has led the development of Apple Watch since its inception and will spend more of his time working with the design team in their studio.

“After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer. Today it is stronger, more vibrant and more talented than at any point in Apple’s history,” said Ive. “The team will certainly thrive under the excellent leadership of Evans, Alan and Jeff, who have been among my closest collaborators. I have the utmost confidence in my designer colleagues at Apple, who remain my closest friends, and I look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

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Jony Ive is Leaving Apple to Form an Independent Design Company With Apple as a Primary Client

PaulieP - June 28, 2019 at 2:48pm
Apple likes to keep things in the house and I don’t see them releasing a product to go to another company to be designed, especially if there’s a chance that somebody could leak those designs. If Apple doesn’t have control, they won’t release it. With that said, Johnny is a great designer, however his time has come and pass. Hopefully Apple will not be working with him on future projects and they can save money on design by working with skilled/creative designers who have fresh new ideas.
the voice of reason - June 28, 2019 at 2:10pm
Look, I like these products, but I do think his "genius" is a bit overblown... the most innovative thing was the original iMac I think, after that everything was a bit formulaic... what made me go "wow" was the functionality of things, not so much the design. But to each his own.
asafsakai - June 28, 2019 at 10:29am
iPhone X’s max good phone Apple Watch 3 good
Rosshee - June 27, 2019 at 10:01pm
Maybe we finally see a new design,maybe!
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