Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products

Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products

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by Leander Kahney
     
 

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“An adulating biography of Apple’s left-brained wunderkind, whose work continues to revolutionize modern technology.” —Kirkus Reviews

In 1997, Steve Jobs discovered a scruffy British designer toiling away at Apple’s headquarters, surrounded by hundreds of sketches and prototypes. Jony

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“An adulating biography of Apple’s left-brained wunderkind, whose work continues to revolutionize modern technology.” —Kirkus Reviews

In 1997, Steve Jobs discovered a scruffy British designer toiling away at Apple’s headquarters, surrounded by hundreds of sketches and prototypes. Jony Ive’s collaboration with Jobs would produce some of the world’s most iconic technology products, including the iMac, iPod, iPad, and iPhone. Ive’s work helped reverse Apple’s long decline, overturned entire industries, and created a huge global fan base. Yet little is known about the shy, soft-spoken whiz whom Jobs referred to as his “spiritual partner.”

Leander Kahney offers a detailed portrait of the English art school student with dyslexia who became the most acclaimed tech designer of his generation. Drawing on interviews with Ive’s former colleagues and Apple insiders, Kahney “takes us inside the creation of these memorable objects.” (The Wall Street Journal)

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“An adulating biography of Apple’s left-brained wunderkind, whose work continues to revolutionize modern technology.”

—Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/02/2013
Supported by essential, insider research, Kahney (Inside Steve's Brain), who has covered Apple for over a dozen years and is now editor of CultofMac.com, puts the spotlight on Jony Ive, one of the most significant designer minds behind Apple's remarkable products. Ive grew up fascinated with taking things apart and, after a rebellious goth stage in the 1980s, showed excellent design skills at school. Following an apprenticeship at the prestigious Roberts Weaver Group, Ive teamed with another London designer, Martin Darbyshire to found Tangerine Design, and it was those cutting-edge designs that brought him to the attention of Apple's Bob Brenner. Apple tried to recruit Ive several times before they landed him in 1992, putting his maverick creativity to work on a wide of products such as iMac, iBook, Power Mac, and iPod. When Steve Jobs returned to Apple before his death, he said of Ive: " has more operational power than anyone else at Apple except me." It is the powerful message of unbridled creativity and a rebel spirit of Ive that Kahney captures so ably in this respectful tribute to the man. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-03
The life and creative influence of Apple's unassuming design savant. Former Wired.com news editor and Apple authority Kahney (Inside Steve's Brain, 2008) examines the company's senior vice president of industrial design, Jonathan "Jony" Paul Ive, a 46-year-old British expatriate and technological whiz. Born in a conservative London suburb and raised by an intuitive, innovative silversmith father and a psychotherapist mother, Ive's penchant for tinkering wasn't hampered by a dyslexia diagnosis in his teens (a dysfunction shared with Steve Jobs, the author notes). Emboldened by his father, Ive excelled in drawing and sophisticated technical design throughout college and, upon bonding with the Apple's Mac platform, worked through an escalating series of high-profile assignments and co-partnered his own firm. In 1991, he scored an Apple consultancy and induction into then–Chief of Industrial Design Bob Brunner's "dream team." Ive's induction into the computer hardware culture was seamless since he had already taken several exploratory jaunts to northern California, an area that attracted him for its embrace and cultivation of emerging tech talent. Through an impressive roster of interviews with a variety of authors, design experts, and former and current Apple employees, Kahney conveys the urgency and the demand for Ive's immense talent within the tech universe. In the endnotes, the author takes delicious delight in describing Apple's notoriously steely reputation for secrecy and remarks that while those same forthcoming interviewees are more than likely bound by Apple's stringent nondisclosure agreement, the book wouldn't have been possible without their risky participation. From his award-winning work with the Newton MessagePad to the iMac, iPad Mini and a seventh-generation operating system, Ive has become an indirect preceptor on how the world exchanges information. An adulating biography of Apple's left-brained wunderkind, whose work continues to revolutionize modern technology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591847069
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
763,888
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“An adulating biography of Apple’s left-brained wunderkind, whose work continues to revolutionize modern technology.”
—Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Leander Kahney, the bestselling author of Inside Steve’s Brain and Cult of Mac, has covered Apple for more than a dozen years. He is the former news editor of Wired.com, and now the editor of CultofMac.com. He lives in San Francisco.

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Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells the extremely fascinating story of one of the behind-the-scenes engineer/designer for Apple, Jony Ives. Ives majorly contributed and helped produce some of Apple's most important products such as; the iMac, iPod, iPad, and iPhone. Not only did he contribute greatly to the success of Apple as a whole, but also revolutionized the industry. For most companies base their products off of Apple's original products. Ives and Jobs' partnership started in the late 1900s, specifically around 1997. The book is a biography so it is told by Leander Kahney about Ive. Kahney has studied Apple for over 12 years and has written 3 books on the company. This was an extremely well-written and eye-opening book. It's main purpose is to expose the people who deserve enormous credit in large scale companies that usually end up not getting the credit. Jony Ive was an exceptionally inspirational man who completely changed the way technology is now thought of. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
Very interesting behind-the-scenes look at one of the most innovative companies of our day, and the devices that have changed many of our lives. I would love to read more about this company and its engineers. We hear a lot about Mr. Jobs, and to be sure, he was a tallented salesman. However, without people like "Woz" and Mr. Ive, he would have had nothing to sell. He couldn't have done it without the "worker bees" and "Brains" of the company. More books like this, please! : ) 
punctuation More than 1 year ago
A good book that goes some way to penciling in some of the background of the slightly mysterious Jony Ive. The book focuses a lot on the rise of Apple's design department but, curiously, much is written almost at arm's length with very little first-hand accounts of Ive's career. It reads, at times, a little like a dossier of background information rather than an autobiography and there is a slightly disproportionate amount of mention of IDEO although this is forgivable since they appear to have supplied many of the key design team of Apples greatest product design hits. That said, it's a must-have for Apple fans as well as anyone who is either considering a career in design, especially (as the book calls it) ID or industrial design. Definitely worth getting.