Early life and Education
Sir Jonathan Paul “Jony” Ive was born on 27 February 1967 in Chingford, London. Ive attended the Chingford Foundation School, then Walton High School, in Stafford. During his high school years, Ive was passionate about cars and it was this interest that led to his later career as a designer. He inherited drawing and technical skills from his father, and was interested in designing and drawing from the early age of 14. He always wanted to pursue his dream, but was not sure about what to design. His designing interests ranged from furniture and jewelery to cars and boats. Jony earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Newcastle Polytechnic. He also holds honorary doctorates from the Royal College of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design and Northumbria University.
Jonathan Ive joined a London start-up design agency called Tangerine located in Hoxton Square where he designed a diverse array of products, such as microwave ovens, toilets, drills and toothbrushes. Apple was also a Tangerine client. Ive worked as a consultant for Apple’s Chief of Industrial Design at the time, Robert Brunner, and eventually became a full-time Apple employee in 1992. He became the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design in 1997 and subsequently headed the industrial design team responsible for most of the company’s significant hardware products. Ive was appointed Chancellor of the Royal College of Art in London on 1 July 2017.
Responsibilities at Apple
Jonathan Ive is Apple’s Chief Design Officer. Jony is responsible for all design at Apple, including the look and feel of Apple hardware, user interface, packaging, major architectural projects such as Apple Park and Apple’s retail stores, as well as new ideas and future initiatives.
In 2003 he was the inaugural winner of the Design Museum‘s Designer of the Year Award.
In a 2004 BBC poll of cultural writers Ive was ranked the most influential person in British culture.He was given the Design and Art Direction (D&AD) President’s Award in 2005 and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s Product Design Award in 2007.
In 2012, D&AD named Jony and his team the Best Design Studio of the past 50 years. Their work is featured in the permanent collections of museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Pompidou in Paris. In 2012, he was also 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.