Jony Ive Speaker Profile:
Sir Jonathan Paul “Jony” Ive, is an English industrial designer who is currently the chief design officer of Apple and chancellor of the Royal College of Art in London. Ive oversees the Apple Industrial Design Group and also provides leadership and direction for Human Interface software teams across the company. Ive was responsible for making design as integral to the appeal of a personal computer as its power and speed and is the designer of many of Apple’s hardware and software products.
Working on the belief that the computer had become the centre of home life, Ive fashioned machines that were sleek, touchable, and amenable to display. Ease and simplicity of use—his watchwords—were achieved by devoting “obsessive attention to details that are often overlooked.” Ive’s design for the 1998 iMac stunned consumers and critics alike with its translucent candy colours and a seductively rounded exterior over a functional core that was itself a product of high design. After two million iMacs were sold in 1998, the design gave Apple its first profitable year since 1995. Subsequent designs reflected his continuing effort to maximize efficiency and convenience for the user. The 2000 Power Mac G4 Cube could be easily removed from its one-piece plastic housing for internal access, and air circulated freely through its suspended core, obviating the need for noisy fans. Processor, drives, wireless technology, and even the power supply were incorporated into the 26.9-cm (10.6-in)-wide base of the 2002 flat-panel iMac computer, which became Apple’s top-selling product for that year. The 2003 PowerBook G4, launched as the world’s lightest and slimmest laptop computer, included a 43-cm (17-in) LCD screen, a backlit keyboard, the latest wireless technology, and a bevy of other features that brought Ive’s vision of the comforts of home to computing on the road.
Ive has received a number of accolades for his work. In 2003 he was the inaugural winner of the Design Museum‘s Designer of the Year Award. In 2006, he was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (HonFREng), and in 2012, he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) at Buckingham Palace for “services to design and enterprise”. In a 2004 BBC poll of cultural writers Ive was ranked the most influential person in British culture.
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