Former Apple design boss Jony Ive has hired at least four of his former Cupertino colleagues to work at his LoveFrom design firm.
According to a new report from The Information, Ive has reportedly hired Chris Wilson, Patch Kessler, and Jeff Tiller, and Wan Si since leaving Apple in 2019. All four worked with Ive on Apple’s design team.
Wilson created GUI elements such as icons and menus, Kessler worked in product design and helped create the MacBook Force Touch trackpad, and Tiller is a communications specialist who worked for the Apple design team, explains the report. Wan Si was part of the design team that worked on the interface of the iPhone’s Weather app and designed the buttons in the iOS Control Center.
“The two designers, for example, share credit on a patent for the Health app icon in Apple’s iOS operating system and also were part of a team that designed the Apple Watch’s home screen,” reads the report. “Wan contributed to the interface of the iPhone’s Weather app and the design of buttons in the iOS Control Center, while Wilson helped design the iCloud icon and several user interfaces for the Apple Watch’s operating system, according to patent filings. Wilson joined LoveFrom in July 2020, while Wan came on board in May 2021.”
Jony Ive left Apple in 2019 after working there for over 30 years. He was joined by another Apple employee, Marc Newson, to form his own independent design firm called LoveFrom. Since then, the company has kept a low profile, doesn’t even have a website, and its only client other than Apple is Airbnb, which signed a multi-year deal in 2020.
The company is registered at one of Ive’s homes in San Francisco and has filed one trademark with the U.S. Patents and Trademark Office for the term “LoveFrom Jony.” After Ive left, Apple’s Industrial Design Group has been headed by Evans Hankey and Alan Dye.