Apple’s senior vice president of design Jonathan Ive attended a fundraising dinner this week at the university where he studied industrial design.
Ive, who is a graduate of Northumbria University (formerly known as Newcastle Polytechnic), spent some time on campus with several students in the design program. The fundraiser saw more than 150 guests, who gathered together to raise money for a new Enterprise and Innovation Fund.
British industrial designer Tom Karen, who worked with Ive’s father, said:
“I worked with his father [a silversmith who became a design technology teacher and later a schools inspector] on the panel of a design competition for students.
He got in touch with me a bit later and said, my son Jonathan’s at university in Newcastle and is thinking about giving up his industrial design course. Maybe you could revive his interest? I showed them around, and the outcome was that Jonathan stuck to industrial design and made a huge success of it.”
Ive is accredited with being the designer behind many of Apple’s products, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and the entire Mac lineup. Recently Ive’s design team was placed in charge of software design, with the challenge of redesigning the company’s mobile operating system. Apple release iOS 7 last year which featured the biggest change to the user interface design since the iPhone was launched in 2007.
[via The Telegraph]