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Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products

By Leander Kahney

“Different and new is relatively easy. Doing whatever that’s genuinely higher is especially hard.” —Jony Ive

In 1997, Steve Jobs lower back to Apple as CEO with the unenviable job of turning round the corporation he had based. One evening, Jobs came upon a scruffy British dressmaker toiling away at Apple’s company headquarters, surrounded by means of hundreds and hundreds of sketches and prototypes. It was once then that Jobs discovered he had stumbled on a expertise who may possibly opposite the company’s lengthy decline.

That younger clothier was once Jony Ive. 

Jony Ive’s collaboration with Jobs may produce some of the world’s such a lot iconic expertise products, including the iMac, iPod, iPad, and iPhone. The designs haven't purely made Apple a highly valuable company, they’ve overturned whole industries, built a dependable fan base, and created a globally powerful brand. alongside the best way, Jony Ive has turn into the world’s major expertise innovator, received numerous layout awards, earned a spot at the 2013 Time 100 checklist, and used to be even knighted for his “services to design and enterprise.”

Yet regardless of his triumphs, little is understood concerning the shy and soft-spoken whiz whom Jobs referred to as his “spiritual companion” at Apple. Jony Ive reveals the precise tale of Apple’s genuine innovator-in-chief.

Leander Kahney, the bestselling writer of Inside Steve’s Brain, bargains an in depth portrait of an inventive genius. He exhibits us how Jony Ive went from an English artwork university pupil with dyslexia to the man whose great insights have altered the pattern of our lives. From his early curiosity in industrial design, fostered through his dressmaker father, via his schooling at Newcastle Polytechnic and meteoric upward thrust at Apple, we find the foundations and practices that he constructed to develop into the clothier of his generation.

Based on interviews with Jony Ive’s former colleagues and Kahney’s personal familiarity with the area of Apple, this booklet supplies perception into how Jony Ive (now senior vice chairman of layout) has redefined the ways that we paintings, entertain, and speak with one another.

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