Jonathan Ive on Apple
Senior Vice-President of Design, Apple
The winner of the Design Museum's first Designer of the Year prize was Jonathan Ive senior vice-president of design at Apple in California. By combining what he describes as “fanatical care beyond the obvious stuff” with relentless experiments into tools, materials and production processes, he and the Apple design team have designed and developed a succession of iconic products including the iMac, iBook, Cube, Powerbook G4 and iPod MP3 player. For more information on his work at Apple, visit the Design Library.
Cluster of Apple iMacs, 1998
Born in London, where he spends his childhood.
Studies design and art at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University).
Becomes a partner at Tangerine, a London-based design consultancy where he works on a wide range of products from power tools to wash basins.
Moves to San Francisco to join the Apple design team.
Apple iPod, 2001
Appointed vice-president of industrial design at Apple.
Launch of the original iMac, which sells 2 million units in its first year.
Introduction of the Apple iBook, the 22” Cinema Display, PowerMac G4 Tower and iSub.
Launch of the Apple G4 Cube.
Apple introduces the Titanium PowerBook G4 and the iPod portable MP3 player.
17" Apple PowerBook G4, 2003
Launch of the new sunflower-inspired iMac with 15” and 17” floating screens. Introduction of the eMac, a version of the iMac specially developed for use in the education sector.
Apple launches the 12” PowerBook and the 17” PowerBook, which at 1” thick and 6.8 lbs is the world’s slimmest and lightest 17” notebook computer.
Wins the Design Museum's first Designer of the Year prize.
Launch of the multi-coloured iPod mini and ultra-slim iMac G5.
Appointed senior vice-president of design at Apple. Launch of the Mac Mini.
Jonathan Ive awarded a CBE on the 2006 New Honours List.
Receives a National Design Award in the product design category for his work on the iPhone.
Receives the MDA Personal Achievement Award for the design of the iPhone.
Jonathan Ive awarded a KBE for services to design and enterprise in the 2012 New Year Honours List.
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