Sir Jonathan Ivy, popularly known as Sir Jony Ivy has resigned from his post as Chief Designer Officer at Apple this year. His departure from Apple has an obvious reason. He will be investing his entire efforts in a new firm, LoveForm. The firm is based in California and will be developing on wearable technology. Interestingly, LoveForm has Apple listed as its first client.
According to Apple, The industrial design and Human interface designs will now become different departments which will be headed by Evans Hankey and Alan Dye respectively. It is good news that Evans Hankey will be the first woman leader to Apple’s design team.
Sir Jonathan said that he is elated at the fact that his service of 30 years at Apple and operating over the countless projects. What made him happier is the strong design time that Apple has created under his supervision. The peerless design team has an authentic Apple culture which will continue despite ups and downs.
Marc Newson, an Apple collaborator will also join Sir Jonathan in his new Firm along with a number of creative minds who hail from varying disciplines.
There is no doubt in the capabilities of Sir Jony. Two years after he became the head of Apple’s design studio in 1996, he brought in the design of the iMac in 1998. The wheel started rotating and the design became a hit. In 2001 the iPod served as another revolutionary device in the market. The last project Sir Jony worked on was Apple’s Corporate Headquarters, Apple Park, an ultra-modern complex designed with The Fosters.
He was one of the core members in the growth story of Apple besides being a spiritual partner to late Steve Jobs in the workplace.
Sir Jony was honored with Knighthood by The Queen in 2012. He will not be having an immediate successor to take up the company’s position right away. The previously separate Hardware and Software designing bodies were together overseen by Sor Jonathan. Therefore the person taking up this position next has to be extremely brilliant, enduring and smart.
It is an honest matter of fact, the thoughtful Sir Jonathan has shaped Apple over the years to stand strong enough in the market competition. There has always been an elevation in the levels of ambition of Apple but will that continue to happen even in the absence of Sir Jony?