Jony Ive, Apple’s SVP of Industrial Design, has been named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, coming in at number 46. Of Ive’s relationship with his team, U2’s Bono, writing for TIME, says that Ive is akin to a certain Star Wars icon:
Jony is Obi-Wan. His team are Jedi whose nobility depends on the pursuit of greatness over profit, believing the latter will always follow the former, stubbornly passing up near-term good opportunities to pursue great ones in the distance.
That Jony Ive has surrounded himself with people that love what they do, that share a passion for good design, is evident in the products that Apple releases. The look and feel of Apple devices meet with praise almost universally, and you don’t get that from a team that doesn’t love what they do. Now that Ive is working on human interface, we have to wonder if he has engendered the same respect and admiration among the software design team. While his influence can already be seen in the most recent Podcasts update, we’ll need to get a look at iOS 7 before his real impact on Apple’s software can be assessed.
Source: TIME Magazine