So Jony Ive has a new title. So what? This banal little reshuffling could have a much bigger impact on Apple than you’d think. As Ive steps back from running day-to-day operations, it will make room for new designers—and a new design language—to emerge from the studio he managed for 20 years. And it’s about time.
Jony Ive, Apple’s inspirational designer, is assuming a new position as Chief Design Officer at the company. The move will see him retain control over industrial design and user interface divisions at Apple, but with a step back from day-to-day operations.
The Apple Watch reviews are beginning to pour in. All those ratings, specs, and comparisons are way too much noise to pay attention to. A more serene, peaceful way of absorbing the essence of Apple Watch is by listening to every adjective the illustrious Jony Ive has used to describe the device.
Now that the collective eye roll around Apple's $10,000 watch has turned into a blank stare, it's time for a little bit of nostalgia. Apple is not new to this game of selling seemingly everyday gadgets for ridiculous dollar amounts. The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM) wrote the rules nearly 20 years ago.
Apple gave The New Yorker's Ian Parker unprecedented access to the company's design lab this year, and what resulted was a fascinating and bizarre look at arguably the most influential designer of our age—whose reach even extends to the new Star Wars.
Even though most of us never even notice it, Apple has a fantastic history of sound design, from the ping of the text message to the decades-old powering up noise. That legacy runs through Apple's new era of product design too, right down to the sound of the new Apple Watch clicking open.
It's no secret that Apple is branching out into the home—and into all manner of peripherals. But it's still a surprise to hear that Marc Newson, the legendary industrial designer responsible for some of the most well-known furniture and products of the past decade, will be joining Jony Ive's team soon.
In a rare interview, Jony Ive spoke to The Sunday Times over the weekend, discussing everything from design philosophy to travelling with Steve Jobs. Here are a few choice cuts.
Chris Martin and Bono played a duet on a $1.6 million piano, Jenna and Barbara Bush worked the room, and a computer was sold for $977,000. Though Vanity Fair contends that Jony Ive and Marc Newson’s Sotheby’s auction on Saturday was “unlike the typical Sotheby’s auction,” it still sounds like pretty typical rich…
Jony Ive creates objects that end up in the hands of hundreds of millions of people. But for his latest trick—a RED charity auction at Sotheby's tomorrow afternoon—he and designer Marc Newson are offering up something else: The one-of-a-kind.
While Jony Ive's group was secretly working on the iPad, Steve Jobs was telling the public and press that Apple had no intention of releasing a tablet. “Tablets appeal to rich guys with plenty of other PCs and de- vices already,” he said publicly. But Jobs was dissembling. “Steve never lost his desire to do a tablet,”…
iOS 7 is just so colorful! It's so light! It's so fun! But not only that, the colors all blend together in a beautiful watercolor effect. It's like a pastel psychedelic trip. It's like seeing the palette of an artist obsessed with Easter. I wonder where Jony Ive got the idea for that color scheme. I wonder what his…
It's difficult to express the timeless influence Dieter Rams has had on the world of design. From the iPhone in your pocket to the clock on your wall, his elegant and simple voice is everywhere. The only problem with Dieter Rams-designed products? They're almost impossible to find.
Coming as a welcome reminder that iOS 7 is still very much in beta, subject to change, and everyone needs to calm down, Apple's website is currently showing off a few much-needed updates to its less-than-lauded icon designs.
iOS 7 is beautiful. It's exciting. It feels like a completely different phone—vibrant, alive and a design refresh in the truest sense of the world. But, um, what about them app icons? Some are nice but most are bizarre looking and possibly even ugly. How can something look so good inside but so weird on the face?
Redesign, schmedesign. Apple's designmeister Jony Ive can harp all he wants about harmonious grids, elegant typography and the holy essence of genius contained in Dieter Ram's underpants. But the fact is that the most oooh!-aaah! feature in his new iOS 7 is the parallax effect you can see in this animated GIF. It's…
Today, after plenty of self-deprecating jokes about virtual cows, Apple unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the mobile software by Jony Ive. After months of speculation and weeks of rumor-mongering, we finally have our answer: the future of iOS is, actually, is rife with dimensionality and texture. Which is a good thing.
With iOS 7 a little over a week away, it's worth taking stock of the fact that this is Jonathan Ive's first WWDC as Apple's Head of Human Interface (HI). But what does it mean for an industrial designer—someone who works with atoms in three dimensions—to be put in charge of a team that works with electrons in two…