That's one of the details from "Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products," a new unauthorized biography about Apple's designer in chief that hit stores today. It's chock-full of tidbits about the designer, but many of the interesting insights revolve around the details and personality of Apple's notoriously secretive industrial design group.
Turns out it almost didn't happen. Vanity Fair has a lengthy story describing the design philosophies of Apple design head Jonathan Ive and fellow designer Marc Newson, as they get ready to showcase products especially designed for an auction next month organized by U2 frontman Bono's Product (Red) anti-H.I.V. campaign.
One of the best gems of the story describes how Ive … Read more
The limited edition Leica camera created by chief Apple designer Jony Ive and industrial designer Marc Newson has finally been unveiled, a little more than a year after it was first announced..
The full-frame camera, which will be sold at a charity auction on November 23, is based on Leica's M model and sports a 50mm f/2 lens. Apparently designing it turned into quite an endeavor:Hundreds of models and prototypes were made in the development of The Leica M for (Red). The body and lens ultimately being machined from a custom engineered alloy. Presented with a perfectly … Read more
Before coming on board at Apple, Sir Jonathan Ive was designing and pitching toilets as part of consultancy outfit Tangerine.
It appears the man, who has since designed the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad (to name a few) sees an opportunity to put a dent in the drinking cup industry as well.
In an interview alongside fellow Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi (who leads Apple's software teams) with USA Today, Ive noted that he'd "like to design cups" if he were not designing gadgets for Apple.… Read more
Most of the talk has been about the design overhaul of the product, but really, the biggest change is not a product one, but a personnel one. The change not only affects this particular software update, but the identity of the company from here on out.
For the first time ever, Apple is releasing a software product that was led by the same person who leads industrial design: Jonathan Ive. And it'… Read more
Google announced Tuesday that its upcoming 4.4 version of Android will be called KitKat. In a flurry of PR around the announcement,Google's new partner -- Kit Kat candy bar maker Nestle -- released an advertisement on YouTube that parodies the look and feel of Apple's product design videos featuring SVP of design Jonathan Ive.
Kit Kat's "chief breaks officer" Chris Catlin speaks with the same lilting English accent as Ive as he describes "confectionery perfectionery."
"Every corner, every edge, every finger of every bar has been carefully considered and crafted … Read more
Apple Senior Vice President Jonathan Ive began last week with a new title, the company's Web site shows.
Instead of being listed as the company's SVP of "Industrial Design," Ive's updated title is now simply "Design."
The change, which was spotted on Apple's site by 9to5Mac late Monday, appears to have taken effect last week. Apple introduced Ive with the new title in its video for iOS 7, which was released shortly after last Monday's WWDC keynote (pictured above).
Last October, Apple put Ive in charge of the "leadership and … Read more
What's in a look? For some, design can mean the difference between embracing or rejecting a product. Earlier this week Apple unveiled iOS 7, prompting plenty of opinions about the dramatically refreshed look of one of the most-used mobile operating systems in the world.
One of the loudest -- well, visually loudest -- opinions can be found at Jony Ive Redesigns Things, a Tumblr run by designer Sasha Agapov. The visual blog hosts submissions of funny Ive-inspired products and logos from wisecrackers around the world, ranging from a seriously simplified dollar bill to a new look for the Apple logo. Browse through our brief gallery to see more.… Read more
Android users who want to see if the grass really is greener on the Apple side of the fence now can try out the new color scheme debuting in iOS 7.
"It is more than just a background image with some icons," shmogt said by e-mail. "The theme also has a lock screen as well as two additional screens that act as apps. For … Read more
Product introductions are usually predictable, orchestrated events. Company executives in jeans stalk a football stadium-sized stage and let their products do the talking: "This is our great new product, here are the specs, and now we'll demo some of the features. It's better than anything else on the market, and it's available soon for this price in these configurations. It's really amazing."
Apple execs did their fair share of stalking the stage Monday with well-rehearsed, Steve Jobsian product intro panache, demoing alternately what they described as "incredible" and "stunning" products … Read more