Born in Essex in 1967, Jonathan Ive showed a natural flair for design technology from an early age that would lead him to become one of Apple’s most famed employees. Born into a creative family with a silversmith for a father, it was only a matter of time before Ive’s own skills in design were realised. His interest in technology was cultivated in his teens, with Ive designing his first phone whilst still studying for an Arts degree at University in Northumbria. It was his keen eye for quality that allowed him to earn awards, even before he had graduated.
It was whilst he was still at University that employers were beginning to pay attention to his talent, with Ive securing his first job with a company that had sponsored him through further education. This didn’t deter other companies from providing him with more lucrative offers and Ive soon moved on. His second step into the career industry saw Ive take a job as a senior member of the design firm Tangerine, which allowed him to utilise his design skills in a wide range of products including power tools and wash basins. But for Ive, the job offers continued to flood in. Despite companies’ best efforts, only one was successful in drawing Ive away from Tangerine, and only after a series of attempts. That company was Apple.
Since joining Apple in 1992, leaving England for San Francisco to join the design team, Ive has been one of the major forces behind Apple’s seamless, high-quality products. His design philosophy focuses on quality and visual appeal rather than how much they cost, and this seemingly extravagant attention to detail has seen Apple’s products go from strength to strength in popularity. His ideas even pushed Apple into creating white products, despite the fact that Steve Jobs was initially against the idea.
Jonathan Ive is currently
chief design officer at Apple. His experience in the field has allowed him to oversee and direct Apple’s design team, which is considered to be one of the best in the world.
Along with his technological successes, Jonathan Ive is also a keen charity supporter. In 2013 Ive, along with Marc Newson and the musician Bono, arranged a charity auction to raise funding for research into combatting Aids in Africa. The auction raised more than $13 million, which was then matched by The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation meaning that the final total raised was $26.2 million.