Apple today announced that its chief design officer, Jonathan Ivey, will leave the company later this year to start his own independent design company. Although he is not employed by Apple, Ivey will continue to serve him, but the identity of the latter has changed from an employer to a client. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement that he expects the cooperation with Ivey to "go to the future":
“Jony is a unique figure in the field of design. He played an indispensable role in Apple's revival. From the groundbreaking iMac in 1998 to the iPhone to the unprecedented ambitious Apple Park. Apple will pass some exclusive The cooperation on the project continues to benefit from Jony's talent. After so many years of close cooperation, we are very happy that our relationship is constantly evolving and I look forward to a long-term cooperation with Jony."
After Ivey left, the company's design team leaders, Evans Hankey, vice president of industrial design, and Alan Dye, vice president of human-machine interface design, will report directly to Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams (the two previously reported directly to Ivey) jobs).
In the statement, Ivey also expressed some opinions on his departure:
“After 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of our ongoing efforts to create a unique design team, process and culture for Apple. Today's Apple is stronger, more vibrant and more powerful than ever. Talented. Under the excellent leadership of my closest partners, Evans, Alan and Jeff, the team will thrive. I am confident in Apple's designers and colleagues, they are still my closest friends, I I look forward to working with them for many years."
Apple did not mention in the statement the specific time that Ivey left the company, only mentioned later this year. In an interview with the Financial Times, Ivey said that his new company was created in collaboration with his friend Marc Newson and is called LoveFrom.
Ivey said that Apple will be the first customer of LoveFrom. Despite leaving Apple, he will continue to invest in the development of Apple products for many years to come.