Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products

Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products

by Leander Kahney
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Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products by Leander Kahney

“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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ISBN-13: 9781101614846
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/14/2013
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 598,281
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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, and now the editor of 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.