What you need to know
- Jony Ive leaving his position as Chief Creative Office at Apple.
- Ive is forming a new company called LoveFrom (with Marc Newson), and Apple will be LoveFrom's first client.
- Alan Dye, head of Human Interface and Evans Hankey, head of industrial design, will now report to COO Jeff Williams
Jony Ive, who collaborated with Steve Jobs on projects from the iMac to iPhone to iPad, and lead the company through Apple Watch and AirPods, is leaving later this year to form his own company, LoveFrom... Which will have Apple as a primary client when it begins operations next year.
From Apple (opens in new tab):
Tim Bradshaw, reporting for the Financial Times:
Instead of promoting or hiring a new Chief Creative Officer, Apple is moving the current head of Human Interface, Alan Dye, and head of industrial design, Evans Hankey under COO Jeff Williams' operations organization.
Williams has been running both health in general and the Apple Watch product at Apple since those efforts began. He has a deep love of product and a stronger Operations org and these new reports will let him delve more deeply into that aspect of the company.
Needless to say, everyone will be digesting these developments for a while now, so duck and cover because the hot takes will be hitting like a meteor shower, and then jump in the comments and let me know what you think.
More as this develops, obviously.
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Good for him! He probably has a lot of other things he'd like to do, but can't while employed at Apple. And maybe this will make room for "fresh" design ideas.
Well said! I think all of those things could be true.
I'm curious how the design process will change and how the team will work (or has been working) with Ive gone. It's a new era... I'm excited!
Wonder how many of the team he will take with him, or if restrictions are in place to prevent this.
Good for him. Only job left would've been Tim Apple's seat. Be interesting what this next phase unfolds.
There is always a Ying and Yang in the design process between an established designer like Jony and new blood. But, when you have a stagnant team you do encounter lack of fresh ideas. I fully respect Jony's visions while I have had issues with some of his directions in the whole Jony has been good for Apple. I'm hoping some new ideas and concepts get a chance to bubble up and take hold! Like bring HomePod up to the next level with Mesh WiFi and using PoE for power so you only have one wire! Then how about leveraging the engineering of the Touch Bar as a marque and physical controls! As for concepts, how about thinking 'Swarm' Upto now each device has mostly been unique with a few interactions like Apple Watch with Auto Unlock, Continuity Camera, and Handoff. But there's more thats missing! Like having the devices have pervasive knowledge so only the device near you is ringing or chirping with a notification. And as you walk around your home lights come on as well as go off without fighting for the light switch.
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