Cupertino, California – Apple announced today that Apple's Chief Design Officer, Sir Jony Ive, will be leaving the company later this year to start an independent design firm that will include Apple as its core customer. While pursuing personal projects, Ive will continue to work closely with his new company, working with Apple on a number of projects.
"Jony is a unique figure in the design world, and his role in Apple's revival can not be overemphasized, from the groundbreaking iMac from 1998 to the iPhone and Apple Park's unprecedented ambitions, where he's been lately Energy and energy invested care about you, "said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. "Apple will continue to benefit from Jony's talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built. After so many years of close cooperation, I am glad that our relationship is evolving, and I look forward to working with Jony into the future. "
Design team leaders Evans Hankey, vice president of industrial design, and Alan Dye, vice president of human interface design, report to Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer. Both Dye and Hankey have played a key role in Apple's design team for many years. Williams has led the development of the Apple Watch from the beginning and will spend more time with the design team in her studio.
"After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am very proud of the continued work we have done to create a unique design team, process and culture at Apple. Today it's stronger, more vibrant and more talented than ever in Apple's history, "Ive said. "The team will certainly be successful under the excellent leadership of Evans, Alan and Jeff, among my closest associates. I have the utmost confidence in my design colleagues at Apple, who remain my closest friends, and look forward to working with them for many years to come. "
Award-winning Apple design team brings together creatives from around the world to represent various disciplines, including user interface, industrial design, graphic and font design, feel and sound design.