Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products

Jony Ive The Genius Behind Apple s Greatest Products Different and new is relatively easy Doing something that s genuinely better is very hard Jony IveIn Steve Jobs returned to Apple as CEO with the unenviable task of turning around the company he

  • Title: Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products
  • Author: Leander Kahney
  • ISBN: 9781591846178
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Different and new is relatively easy Doing something that s genuinely better is very hard Jony IveIn 1997, Steve Jobs returned to Apple as CEO with the unenviable task of turning around the company he had founded One night, Jobs discovered a scruffy British designer toiling away at Apple s corporate headquarters, surrounded by hundreds of sketches and prototypes It Different and new is relatively easy Doing something that s genuinely better is very hard Jony IveIn 1997, Steve Jobs returned to Apple as CEO with the unenviable task of turning around the company he had founded One night, Jobs discovered a scruffy British designer toiling away at Apple s corporate headquarters, surrounded by hundreds of sketches and prototypes It was then that Jobs realized he had found a talent who could reverse the company s long decline.That young designer was Jony Ive Jony Ive s collaboration with Jobs would produce some of the world s most iconic technology products, including the iMac, iPod, iPad, and iPhone The designs have not only made Apple a hugely valuable company, they ve overturned entire industries, built a loyal fan base, and created a globally powerful brand Along the way, Jony Ive has become the world s leading technology innovator, won countless design awards, earned a place on the 2013 Time 100 list, and was even knighted for his services to design and enterprise Yet despite his triumphs, little is known about the shy and soft spoken whiz whom Jobs referred to as his spiritual partner at Apple Jony Ive reveals the true story of Apple s real innovator in chief.Leander Kahney, the bestselling author of Inside Steve s Brain, offers a detailed portrait of a creative genius He shows us how Jony Ive went from an English art school student with dyslexia to the man whose immense insights have altered the pattern of our lives From his early interest in industrial design, fostered by his designer father, through his education at Newcastle Polytechnic and meteoric rise at Apple, we discover the principles and practices that he developed to become the designer of his generation.Based on interviews with Jony Ive s former colleagues and Kahney s own familiarity with the world of Apple, this book gives insight into how Jony Ive now senior vice president of design has redefined the ways in which we work, entertain, and communicate with one another.

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    1. I have to declare my hand here as I have had a long association with Apple, from commercially programming the Apple IIe through 10 years working for the company, to the many friends I still have there. I approached this book with an open mind - could Leander Kahney have persuaded the famously private Jony Ive to speak? The answer is a resounding 'no'. This book admits its failure to open up many primary sources, except as far as the beginnings of Jony's career is concerned. The rest is mostly re [...]

    2. This book is positively chockablock with insights regarding Apple's unique Industrial Design and Product Development process, making it a worthwhile read for people in the industry trying to get a better sense of how Apple keeps managing to churn out hit after hit. What makes Apple unique and how did it come to place Industrial Design at the core of it all?* Don't create a product just because you can be competitive. Build a product where you believe you will own the category.* Focus. Kill produ [...]

    3. Steve Jobs has always been a great admirer of creativity and innovations. Steve Jobs found a man who has good passion for creativity and design just like him. Jony Ive, An English man who proved his masterpiece in almost every apple product. Jony Ive, turned out to be the favourite of Steve. Steve will have a design in his mind and Jony will build it for Steve. Jony was very much into design as a passion rather than a job. After the success of apple 2, Jobs wanted to do something different. Stev [...]

    4. Nice read by a long-time Apple reporter. It's a challenge because in part, Ive's life story is sorta dull compared to Steve Jobs. No crazy fruititarian diets. No LSD trips. And in the telling, Ive never seems to experience setback. So the drama factor is low. Still, the book does a good job of explaining the messy and complex details of product design, which are laborious and tedious and rarely feature the simple narratives that later become myth.

    5. I would say the book deserves a rating of 4.5 stars which can be rounded off to 4 stars. It is rounded off to 4 stars and not 5 because of Walter Isaacson and his biography on Steve Jobs (titled Steve Jobs). I did a grave mistake of reading the book 'Steve Jobs' before this one. And so, my definition of a biography was set at soaring heights by Isaacson. The amount of research and number of pages on the guy on whom the book is based on defined the book 'Jobs' and which in turn defined what a bio [...]

    6. A great book but probably many would find dry and over detailed, I however found it had the right amount of detail. The author gives us an in depth look at the Apple Industrial Design Group (IDg). Having been a long time Apple user (since 1980) it was great to see some of the underlying thought processes involved in the design of Apple products. This book goes beyond just design and shows us how Jony Ive has pioneered many new manufacturing processes, he has extended the way many things are buil [...]

    7. Dlaczego nie mamy w Polsce swojego Ive'a? To bardzo proste: nad Wisłą Jony zostałby zatłuczony siekierami jak Miciński, albo musiał się otruć jak Witkiewicz na wieść o nadchodzącym ze wschodu "Done Manifesto". Zaszpachlować, podeprzeć patykiem, a wieczorem uczcić życie przy wódeczce to objawy kultury, która nieprędko wykształci własnych geniuszy. Jeśli w ogóle, bo przy tym, co my tutaj robimy, bardziej prawdopodobne jest, że zastąpią nas roboty.

    8. Interesting read, reveals some alternate views on the apple history not from Steve Jobs perspective. Jony Ive is an amazing designer and very interesting to read about. Book was a little slow to get going but worth seeing it through.

    9. Good Profile of Jony Ive. I wish it was more detailed.Favorite Quotes from the book:-----(Referring to one of Jony's teachers in design school) “And he had these fantastic big brushes in his pocket. When he came round, he wouldn’t just stop and talk to us; he would make us brush off what we were working on and clear a little space. Even if it was terrible, and in our minds didn’t deserve any clearing of space, there was something about respecting the work; the idea that actually it was imp [...]

    10. Save yourself the time, money, and headache and read something else. I am hard pressed to think of anyone whom I would recommend read this book over any number of freely available articles and interviews online.That's your "TL;DR". There's a lot that really disappointed me in this work; here are the three most salient issues.1.) The title is "Jony Ive," which would lead you to believe that this book is a biography about Sir Jony Ive's life thus far. (This is, of course, what I was interested in [...]

    11. An interesting book covering the life of Jony Ive and the design issues at Apple during Ive's employment. I have not kept up on Apple design over the years but have read a number of articles along the way, so I found that most of the topics and discussion in this book about Apple products were familiar. There were also quite a few new things I learned about the products, the design process, and in particular about Jony Ive. Two things bothered me though. First, Ive apparently didn't participate [...]

    12. I really wanted to like this. I had been hoping for a rich, detailed look at Ive, who has been so instrumental in Apple's resurgence since the first iMac. It was a quick read and I finished it in a few days, but in the end I found it kind of light, like a sports hero book for a young adult audience. There were several stories I had wanted to hear more about--like how the iPhone demo in early 2007 was so fragile that they spent frantic weeks figuring out exactly in what order to demo the things f [...]

    13. A fan of Apple would think that Steve Jobs was the one who ran the company, designed products, and controlled everything about Apple. Well they would be wrong, since Steve did control most parts of the company, theres a reason Apple is still putting out great designed products with Steve long departed from the world.After reading about Steve and Woz, only Jony's story was left to explore in the great minds of Apple Inc. Jony Ive was the mastermind behind the whole Apple product line revival ,wit [...]

    14. Jony Ive, a British designer and a great man behind the design of most of the Apple products. Leander really penned it nicely and it amazed me when they mentioned as it is even possible for them to run Apple without Jobs but hard without Jony Ive. Though everyone had a belief that Jony may take up the CEO role, the calm man proved that he is interested in designing products (his passion) rather than running the business. As a company, Apple concentrated only on the design, the finish of their pr [...]

    15. An excellent read that is able to elucidate the fanatical approach that Jony has regarding all things related to design in Apple. From the verbal catfights, the use of ONLY polished aluminium screws on a casing, the universal approach to design to be culturally inclusive, the tens of models of the home button on the iPhone prototypes, the relationship of the Helvetica Nueu font with retina display, the move away from skeumorphism in iOs7, and many, many more stories, all told with the ultimate a [...]

    16. Nice book. I think it's a little bit harsh to criticise the author for not managing to line up any fascinating new interviews from someone who is extremely publicity-shy. It's not a patch on Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs of course, but that was always likely to be the case.If you're interested in design then, as others have said, this is a great look into how Apple's design team has evolved over the last few decades. There's some great stuff about industrial design and Apple's relationship [...]

    17. It had its inspiring and interesting bits. But it read almost like a commercial for Apple. Almost completely sugar-coated and noncritical, which doesn't do Ive justice. Also I had unrealistic expectations that this might reveal more about Apple's famously secret design and production processes, but, hey, they're famously secret.

    18. Well written book giving you chance to explore the life of Apple's head of design Johny Ive. Book also covers the process how Apple created its products and what it is like to work there. Enjoy the closer look into some of the secrets of Apple's design practices and how Johny Ive made it to the top.

    19. Great look into the priorities and mindset that makes Apple products different, and the man behind the magic. Too bad the biography is all based off of anecdotal information and a few sources, but it's the closest thing we have describing how Apple comes up with their products.

    20. This is the perfect compliment to the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson as this fills in the events of Apple's decline during Steve Jobs absence and you get to see why Steve Jobs adhered so much to Jony's requests during a production of a product.

    21. I love design and I loved this book. If you're not too keen on design this book may not be as interesting.

    22. Excellently researched. Has some very interesting insights into the working of both Jony Ive, and, by extension, Apple.

    23. A história do braço direito de Steve Jobs, suas particularidades e os trâmites para conseguir o que queria. Interessante o livro mostra em determinados momentos um lado pouco conhecido do Sir Ive.

    24. Highlights why we need less mba folks and more people who can make stuff. Love what it says about education. craftsmanship and pride are key to making brands that matter.

    25. This book is an interesting book because it has lots of information about how Sir Jonathan Ive's designs in Apple are so successful. If you're a person who likes biographies and doesn't mind a few occasional technical terms, then this is the book for you. This book explains how Steve Jobs met Jony Ive and the intricate relationship that ties the two together. He describes a good design as intuitive and interactive. This book describes the ups and downs in Apple's history and how Jony Ive changed [...]

    26. Jony Ive is one of phenomenal designer at this century. Since childhood his passion and curiosity about tinkering already proven. His passion with designing product that tangible and enjoyable are showed by his design. Learn a lot about apple design world from this book. Some said, Both Rubinstein and Tony Fadell (head of engineering) are the victim of Jony relations with Jobs. Jobs and Jony are focused on design first then, engineering and business. They approach are radical at technology world [...]

    27. This book is well written and well researched. If you want to learn about how the mind of design genius Jony Ive works, don't read this book. The tagline is slightly misleading. Jony Ive's life is explored in about 3 chapters. The remainder of the book is concerned with the achievements of the Industrial Design Group in Apple. It was interesting and there's some cool stories. If you're into that, this book explores this very well. I was hoping for a deeper exploration into the thought patterns a [...]

    28. A terribly uninteresting account of Ive's life and his work. The book is a consumerist description of Ive's journey, full of overinflated comments on his talent and work across decades. Readers can consume exaggerated praise for Ive to no end; unfortunately this leaves Ive's character flat and unidimensional. We know nothing about his character, his person, his failures. I would have preferred a article.

    29. An adulation rather than a biography. The author credits his editors, but there are far too many typos and therefore, I suspect, some factual inaccuracies.The book is thin on the ground on Ive himself and inevitable thin on the ground on information inside Apple. Three messages recur: Ive has great taste, strives to simplify design and to achieve quality. Good for him.Nevertheless, a quick unchallenging read for a train, plane or series of coffee shop moments.

    30. By Richard BealesJonathan Ive is the British perfectionist who leads Apple’s design team. A new book about him by journalist Leander Kahney shows his huge influence uniting form and function at the U.S. tech giant. But Ive the man remains largely hidden behind a screen that’s as obsessively crafted as any of the company’s gadgets.Widely known and highly decorated in the design world, Ive isn’t always given his due as an architect of the company’s resurgence alongside Apple co-founder S [...]

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