|Sir Jonathan Ive
Jonathan Ive, April 2009
|Born||27 February 1967 (age 46)
Chingford, London, UK
|Occupation||Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, Apple Inc.|
|Known for||Designer of Apple Inc. devices|
Sir Jonathan Paul "Jony" Ive, KBE RDI (born 27 February 1967) is an English designer and the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple Inc. He also provides leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) software teams across the company. He is the lead designer of many of Apple's products, including the MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini.
Early life 
Jonathan Ive was born in Chingford, London. His father was a silversmith who taught at the local college, "He's a fantastic craftsman, his Christmas gift to me would be one day of his time in his college workshop, during the Christmas break when no one else was there, helping me make whatever I dreamed up."
Ive attended the Chingford Foundation School then Walton High School in Stafford. Once enrolled in Walton, it became clear that he attained many technical and drawing skills through his father. After leaving Walton he studied industrial design at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University).
Ive has been interested in "drawing and making stuff" since he was about 14. Design was always in his mind, but he was unsure about exactly what, since his interests were very broad – from furniture and jewelry to boats and cars. However, after meeting with various design experts he was drawn to product design.
Discovering the Apple Mac after "having a real problem with computers" during his later student years, he said, was a turning point. Fearing he was "technically inept", he felt the Apple user experience was a departure from the computer design at that time.
After finishing Newcastle Polytechnic, Ive co-founded London design agency Tangerine. He was commissioned in 1992 by Apple’s then Chief of Industrial Design Robert Brunner as a consultant, then as a full-time Apple employee. He designed the second generation of the Newton, the MessagePad110, taking him to Taipei for the first time. He became the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design in 1997 after the return of Steve Jobs and subsequently headed the industrial design team responsible for most of the company's significant hardware products. Ive's first design assignment was the iMac; it helped pave the way for many other designs such as the iPod and eventually the iPhone. Jobs made design a chief focus of the firm's product strategy, and Ive proceeded to establish the firm’s leading position with a series of functionally clean, aesthetically pleasing, and remarkably popular products.
The work and principles of Dieter Rams, the chief designer at Braun from 1961 until 1995, influenced Ive's work. In Gary Hustwit's documentary film Objectified (2009), Rams says that Apple is one of only a handful of companies existing today that design products according to Rams' ten principles of "good design."
Ive has his own laboratory with his appointed design team. They work to music provided by DJ John Digweed, a close friend of Ive's. The majority of Apple employees are not allowed in the laboratory. According to the Steve Jobs biography, Ive's design studio has foam cutting and printing machines, and the windows are tinted. Jobs told Isaacson: "He has more operational power than anyone else at Apple except me." On 29 October 2012, Apple announced that "Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design."
Steve Jobs said of Ive, "If I have a spiritual partner at Apple, it's Jony."
The Sunday Times named Ive one of Britain's most influential expatriates on 27 November 2005: "Ive may not be the richest or the most senior figure on the list, but he has certainly been one of the most influential as the man who designed the iPod."
A 2006 Macworld magazine poll listed Ive's joining Apple in 1992 as the sixth most significant event in Apple's history, while Dan Moren, a writer at MacUser magazine (a subsidiary of Macworld), suggested in March 2006 that, when the time came for Steve Jobs to step down as the CEO of Apple, Ive would be an excellent candidate for the position, justifying the statement by saying that Ive "embodies what Apple is perhaps most famous for: design." However, Jobs was succeeded by Tim Cook, the company's former COO.
Honours and awards 
In 2004, he was named the "Most Influential Person on British Culture" by the BBC.
In 2008, he was named the No. 1 "Most Influential Briton in America" by the Daily Telegraph. Creativity Online included Ive in their "Creativity 50" list. The same year, he was awarded the MDA Personal Achievement Award for the design of the iPhone.
In 2009, Ive received an honorary doctorate from the Rhode Island School of Design, and honorary doctor of the Royal College of Art. Also in 2009, Fast Company put him at No. 1 on their list of "100 Most Creative People in Business; the Daily Telegraph named him the second "Most Influential Briton in Technology, Forbes magazine listed him as second amongst the "Most Powerful People in Technology; and The Guardian named him "Inventor of the Decade".
In 2010, Bloomberg BusinessWeek listed Ive among the "World's Most Influential Designers", CNN Money named him "Smartest Designer" in their "Smartest People in Tech" story. Ive was listed at No. 18 on "The Vanity Fair 100" list, and Eureka of The Times group placed him No. 5 on their list of "Britain's Most Important Scientists"; Fortune named Ive the "world's smartest designer" for his work on Apple products.
Ive was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2006 New Year Honours for services to the design industry. In the 2012 New Year Honours, he was elevated to Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for "services to design and enterprise"; he was knighted by Princess Anne in Buckingham Palace in a May 2012 ceremony. He described the honour as "absolutely thrilling" and said he was "both humbled and sincerely grateful".
Personal life 
- Thompson, Clifford (28 February 2007). Current Biography Yearbook 2006. H. W. Wilson. p. 700. ISBN 978-0-8242-1074-8.
- Hirschmann, Kris (15 August 2007). Jonathan Ive: Designer of the iPod. KidHaven Press. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-7377-3533-8.
- Isaacson, Walter (24 October 2011). Steve Jobs. Simon & Schuster. p. 656. ISBN 978-1-4516-4853-9.
See also 
- Apple Inc. design motifs
- Apple Industrial Design Group
- History of Apple Computer
- History of computing hardware (1960s–present)
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- Descriptions of Work
- Jonathan Ive with the Design Museum
- Jonathan Ive with The Independent
- Jonathan Ive with Shane Richmond for The Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2012
- Jonathan Ive with Dylan Jones, editor of British GQ, following his award of Honorary Doctor at the University of the Arts London, 16 November 2006
- Design of the Power Mac G5 with Wired
- Jonathan Ive on Dieter Rams
- Sir Jonathan Ive: The iMan cometh with Mark Prigg in the "London Evening Standard"