Monday, July 7, 2008

Do You Know This Man?

As an example of the anonymity of many designers, here is a person who has been in the news and whose designs are familiar to everyone, but most students and teachers wouldn't recognize his name or be able to pick him out of a line-up.

Jonathan Ive is Apple's Senior VP of Industrial Design and is internationally renown as the principal designer of the iMac, the iPod (right) and the iPhone. He has won many design awards in the past and recently won yet another one, this time for the iPhone. Ive won a Personal Achievement Award for the physical design of the Apple IPhone and its user interface which "sets the bar very high for all present and future competitors and as such, is shaking the mobile phone industry."

Critics regard Ive's work as being among the best in industrial design, and his team's products have repeatedly won awards such as the Industrial Designers Society of America's Industrial Design Excellence Award. Ive was the winner of the Design Museum's inaugural Designer of the Year award in 2002, and won again in 2003. In 2004, he was a juror for the award.
Ive is known to be unselfish in how he is attributed: In interviews, for example, he always emphasises the teamwork that goes into the products for which he receives recognition and fame.

For K-12 Design Education programs you couldn't find a better designer to talk about who has touched the lives of students more than Jonathan Ive. For young designers, this is who you would want to grow up to be.

Click on the heading above for a 6 minute interview with Ive.

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