Yesterday, Apple announced that its chief design officer, Jony Ive, is leaving the company. The famous tech designer had worked at Apple for more than 20 years and is considered one of the most important people at the company, responsible for the design of all major Apple products.
According to a Financial Times report, Ive, who worked with co-founder Steve Jobs on the iMac, iPod and iPhone, is starting his own firm called LoveFrom, and Apple will be one of his primary clients.
“Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated, from 1998′s groundbreaking iMac to the iPhone and the unprecedented ambition of Apple Park, where recently he has been putting so much of his energy and care.”
“Apple will continue to benefit from Jony’s talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Jony Ive told the Financial Times that he felt the time was right for his departure because he’s recently completed some significant projects, including Apple Park, which had its official opening a few weeks ago.
The chief designer also added that he has a “very clear sense about the health and vitality of the design team” at Apple.
“I’m actually looking forward to contributing in a different way to projects we’ve been working together on for, in some cases, many years,” Ive said.
“While I will not be an employee, I will still be very involved – I hope for many, many years to come. This just seems like a natural and gentle time to make this change.”
After Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs took over as its head in 1997, Ive has been credited with helping power the company’s resurgence. He assisted in creating the iMac, the MacBook line and the iPod music player. Yet, it was namely the iPhone that was pronounced as Ive’s biggest hit, turning Apple into one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world.
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