Big news at Apple: The main designer Jony Ive will leave later this year. He will set up his own independent design studio and Apple will be one of the customers. Jony Ive worked at Apple for over twenty years.
Jony Ive Is Leaving Apple
Jony Ive will continue to work for Apple, but he will no longer be an employee at Apple. In an interview with The Financial Times, Jonathan Ive explained that he will still remain very involved:
“While I will not be an [Apple] employee, I will still be very involved — I hope for many, many years to come. This just seems like a natural and gentle time to make this change.”Jonathan Ive (Jony Ive)
Ive’s most important tasks have been taken over by two colleagues in recent years: team leaders Evans Hankey (Industrial Design) and Alan Dye (Human Interface Design). They will continue with their current duties, but will now report to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. Hankey and Dye already played a crucial role in Apple’s design decisions. Williams will now spend more time with the design team.
In October 2018, Ive claimed that he would not leave Apple because there was still plenty to do. There were rumors at that time that Ive would no longer be so involved with the company and would rather return to England.
According to some commentators, Ive’s departure does not have to be a disaster for Apple. There seems to have been work on succession in recent years and it might also be good to do some new things.
This is What Geoff Teehan had to say about the news:
If you want to know more about the person Jony Ive, we recommend reading his biography which tells the story of his youth to his great success at Apple. Speaking of successes: Ive himself compiled a design book with the title “Designed by Apple in California” in which almost all products that have been made since taking office have been tastefully photographed.
Jony Ive is one of the best-known leaders at Apple, but never appears on stage:
Ive is best known for his commentary voice in videos in which he explains how new products are designed:
Jony Ive to form an independent design company with Apple as a client
Cupertino, California – Apple announced today that Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, will depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients.
While he pursues personal projects, Ive in his new company will continue to work closely and on a range of projects with Apple.
“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’s been putting so much of his energy and care,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
“Apple wants to 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 am 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 in 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. ”
Apple’s design team, recognized with countless design awards, brings together creatives from around the world representing multiple disciplines, including user interface, industrial design, graphic and font design, haptic and sound design.