Cupertino, California – Apple today announced that Sir Jony Ive, Apple's chief design manager, will travel the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design firm that will count Apple among its primary customers. While pursuing personal projects, Ive continues to work closely with a number of Apple projects on his new company.
"Jony is a unique figure in the design world, and his role in Apple's awakening cannot be overstated, from 1998's groundbreaking iMac to iPhone and the unparalleled ambition of Apple Park, where he recently put 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, I'm happy for our relationship to continue to evolve and I look forward to working with Jony long into the future. "
Design Team Managers Evans Hankey, Director of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye, Vice President of Human Interface Design, will report to Jeff Williams, Apple's Chief Executive. Both Dye and Hankey have played important leadership roles in Apple's design team for many years. Williams has led the development of Apple Watch since its inception, and will spend more time working on the design team in their studio.
"After almost 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the enduring work we have done to create a peerless design team, process and culture. Today it is stronger, more vibrant and more talented than Ever in Apple's story, Ive says. "The team will surely enjoy the good leadership of Evans, Alan and Jeff, who have been among my closest partners. I trust my designer colleagues at Apple, who are 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, gathers advertising from around the world representing multiple disciplines, including user interfaces, industrial design, graphics and writing design, haptics and audio design.