Relax😎 Jony Ive is leaving Apple to launch his own design firm and will have Apple as a client.
2. Born in London, England, Ive explored studying automotive design at some of the city's major universities. He briefly considered then ditched the Royal College of Art: "The classes were full of students making vroom! vroom! noises as they drew.”
3. Ive’s designs in university earned him the RSA Student Design Award and stipend which he used to take a trip to the US. In Palo Alto, he met with design experts, including Robert Brunner, a designer who ran a small consultancy firm that would later join Apple.
4. Ive joined Apple in 1992 after a stint designing toilets and bidets back in the UK. Early design failures made Ive nearly quit Apple multiple times but his boss at the time managed to retain Ive as an employee by explaining that Apple was "going to make history."
5. After the return of Steve Jobs to Apple, Ive led design and was responsible for most of the company's significant hardware products, including the iMac, which helped pave the way for many other designs such as the iPod and eventually the iPhone and the iPad.
6. During the early 2010s, Jobs declared that Ive “has more operational power than anyone else at Apple except me." The offices of Jobs and Ive were linked through a hidden, built-in corridor with single-access doors. Ive played a pivotal role in the design of new Apple Park.
7. In 2011 it was reported that Ive was paid $30 million in base salary with a $25 million stock bonus for the year. His compensation ceased to be publicly disclosed by the firm thereafter, rendering him the only Apple executive to be afforded such as provision.
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