In a fascinating profile of the 44 year old designer, Rob Waugh, reporting for Britain's Daily Mail, describes how the once designer of toilets rose to become the near-mythical designer of Apple products, including everything from the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone and iPad, and just about everything in between.
The Daily Mail article points out how Jonathan Ive was not only Apple's gain, but clearly Britain's loss, as noted by fellow British designer Sir James Dyson, the man behind the Dyson vacuum, who the Mail quotes as saying:
‘Britain has a strong tradition of design and engineering,’ he says. ‘But after we’ve trained brilliant minds, we need to keep them in Britain. Then the designs being exported to the world can create wealth here.’
In a way, you could say that Jonathan Ive is the man behind the man!
Truly, if Steve Jobs is the man behind Apple's success (and he is), then it can also be said that it's equally true that Ive was a huge factor behind that success, as the two of them both seem to think and act like one, with each propelling the other higher and higher, and the two of them together propelling Apple even still.
In conclusion, not only is Rob Waugh's post a great read, but it's also clear from reading it that Jonathan Ive has played just as an important role in Apple's success as Jobs himself. In the end, all I will say is: Good work Johny!
And that's my 2 cents 4 this sunny Monday, March 21, 2011
Jonathan Ive photo via: The Daily Mail, copyright Dave Benett