Apple has made an important announcement today revealing that Jony Ive, its Chief Design Officer will be leaving Apple to form his own design company called LiveForm. Ive will be leaving Apple by the end of this year, but will continue to work with Apple from his new company. Along with Apple Ive’s new company will have other clients as well.
Jony Ive has been with Apple for 30 years and has been instrumental in the revival of the company in the late 90s. In addition to working on revolutionary products such as iMac, iPhone etc Jony Ive also played a role in the design of Apple Park.
With Jony Ive’s departure from Apple the company’s design team leaders that includes Evan Hankey, Vice President of Industrial Design and Alan Dye, Vice President of Human Interface Design will report to Apple’s Chief Operating Office Jeff Williams.
“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.”
You can read Apple’s full press release here.