Jony Ive named one of TIME's 100 most influential people

Jony Ive named one of TIME's 100 most influential people

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

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is a news reporter for iMore. He's also chilling out and having a sandwich.

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Jony Ive named one of TIME's 100 most influential people

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I'll agree his designs are iconic and worthy of applause. I'm very interested to see where he takes iOS. It has to be a large conceptual leap from physical, industrial design where aesthetics are equally important to function. In human interface, useability has to trump design aesthetics, getting the right balance is more difficult, I would imagine.

Is this one of those lists where Americans pat each other on the back and hand out "world's this or that" monikers for each other? Because I have always found them rather silly.

It is time Ivy did something about the UI design sooner rather than later. iOs is starting to look embarrassing next to more modern alternatives.

Given that he was just elevated to SVP of Human Interface late last year, and in light of credible rumors that the look and feel of iOS is being updated, I have to think Ive has had strong opinions about iOS for some time, and I'm guessing once he got in there, he was going to make sure that ios7 at least addresses his own distastes that existed. Only so much can be done midstream in a release cycle but I am really excited to see what comes out this summer.

I am so beyond excited to see what Ive comes up with for iOS! I really think that he could help bring major updates that will help the rather stale OS

influential is right! half the tech world is either building upon or trying to mimic his designs (while trying to convince themselves that apple sucks). i think he definitely belongs on that list :)

I don't understand what all the fuss is about this guy. People make him out to be some kind of god or something

Amen. And it's a list of influential people in Time magazine, which is ironic considering Time hasn't been influential in about 20 years.