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Watch Jony Ive's commencement address to California's College of the Arts

Jony Ive
Jony Ive (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Jony Ive filmed a commencement address for the California College of the Arts.
  • The address was virtual due to distancing rules.

Former head of design at Apple, Jony Ive, might not be running things at Apple Park anymore but he's still a big deal in the world of art and design. So it's no surprise that he was asked to handle the commencement address for the California College of the Arts with the whole thing done remotely due to local restrictions.

As reported bu SHOWstudio, Ive was addressing the graduating class of 2021 at California College of the Arts during a 15-minute speech that's now available to watch online.

Addressing the graduating class of 2021 at California College of the Arts in a speech, designer, founder of creative collective LoveFrom and formerly chief design officer of Apple Sir Jony Ive delivered a 15-minute speech as part of the university's 114th commencement, celebrating the scholarly achievement of the Class of 2021. The speech was directed towards a total of 34 programs, 23 undergraduate and 11 graduate, across four key disciplines at the CCA - art, design, architecture and writing - but it also applies more broadly to all 2021 graduates across the world, encouraging them to believe in themselves and their art.

Ive was responsible for some of the best – and worse – designs to come out of Apple and is undoubtedly one of his generation's shining lights. Those graduating will hope that they can be the same to their generation and who knows, maybe they'll end up working at Apple one day as well.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

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