Apple’s chief of design Jony Ive is leaving the company after working for more than 20 years. He was responsible for the look and design of iPhone and Mac from the earlier days until now which is truly iconic. After the departure, Ive will be starting his own independent design firm which will have Apple as one of the clients.
Apple’s share fell down by 1% as soon as the announcement was made. This doesn’t impact the company but it surely shows that Jony was a major influence on Apple products, the recent one being the Mac Pro. He was one of the minds behind the revival of Apple back in 1998 when the company was almost bankrupt and was barely surviving in the market. The iPhone and the iMac designed by Ive brought Apple back on its feet, so it’s tough to imagine what the company would be like without him.
He has also spent a majority of his last few years in building the Apple’s spaceship campus in Cupertino, California for which the construction cost is estimated at around $5 billion. On Apple’s blog, Ive said that Apple Park was one of the most significant projects that he had worked for Apple which started back in 2004. The Park opened its doors a couple of weeks ago and has a special area for visitors with Apple Store, Cafe, Exhibition and also a roof terrace with a cool view of the campus.
Evans Hankey, vice president of Industrial Design and Alan Dye, vice president of Human Interface Design will be in-charge temporarily until Apple appoints someone new for Ive’s replacement.