Jony Ive nama yang tidak asing lagi dalam Apple Inc akan meninggalkan Apple setelah lebih 27 tahun berkhidmat. Beliau dikhabarkan akan membuka syarikatnya sendiri pada masa hadapan.
Menurut memo yang dikeluarkan oleh Apple Inc, Jony Ive bakal membuka sebuah syarikat yang diberikan nama LoveFrom dan bakal beroperasi seawal 2020.
Cupertino, California — Apple today announced that Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, will depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients. While he pursues personal projects, Ive in his new company will continue to work closely and on a range of projects with Apple.
“Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated, from 1998’s groundbreaking iMac to the iPhone and the unprecedented ambition of Apple Park, where recently he has been putting so much of his energy and care,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “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 working closely together, I’m happy that our relationship continues to evolve and I look forward to working with Jony long into the future.”
Design team leaders Evans Hankey, vice president of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye, vice president of Human Interface Design, will report to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. Both Dye and Hankey have played key leadership roles on Apple’s design team for many years. Williams has led the development of Apple Watch since its inception and will spend more of his time working with the design team in their studio.
“After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer. Today it is stronger, more vibrant and more talented than at any point in Apple’s history,” said Ive. “The team will certainly thrive under the excellent leadership of Evans, Alan and Jeff, who have been among my closest collaborators. I have the utmost confidence in my designer colleagues at Apple, who remain my closest friends, and I look forward to working with them for many years to come.”
Apple’s design team, recognized with countless design awards, brings together creatives from around the world representing multiple disciplines, including user interface, industrial design, graphic and font design, haptics and sound design.
Impak yang telah ditinggalkan oleh Jony Ive dalam Apple Inc sangatlah besar. Rekabentuk iMac, iPod, iPhone dan juga Apple Park merupakan beberapa buah fikiran beliau yang kita nampak pada hari ini.
Walaupon Jony Ive meninggalkan Apple, namun syarikat yang bakal ditubuhkan beliau dikatakan akan masih bekerjasama dengan Apple dalam beberapa projek akan datang.
Ive telah menerima banyak anugerah untuk rekabentuk dan paten. Di United Kingdom, Ive telah dinobatkan Royal Designer (RDI), Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering dan Knigh Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Walaupon kehilangan ini agak besar bagi Apple, diharapkan Apple masih dapat meneruskan legasi yang telah ditinggalkan oleh Ive.