Jony Ive keluar dari Apple

Jony Ive, Chief Design Officer Apple dan sahabat Steve Jobs akhirnya memutuskan untuk keluar dari Apple akhir tahun ini. Selepas dari Apple, Ive dikabarkan akan mendirikan firma desain bernama LoveForm bersama Marc Newson. LoveForm rencananya dirilis pada 2020 dan Apple merupakan client pertama mereka.

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Apple today announced that Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, will depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients. While he pursues personal projects, Ive in his new company will continue to work closely and on a range of projects with Apple.

Apple belum menunjuk siapa pengganti posisi Ive di Apple. Evans Hankey dan Alan Dye yang merupakan teman kerja Ive, akan melapor langsung ke Jeff Williams sang Chief Operating Officer.

Secara terpisah, Apple juga mempromosikan Sabih Kahn sebagai Senior Vice President of Operations.

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Apple today announced that Sabih Khan, a 24-year Apple veteran, has been named to the company’s executive team as senior vice president of Operations. Khan has played an important role in delivering each of Apple’s innovative products to market since the late 1990s, leading key product operations and supply chain functions. He continues to report to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.

Menurut saya agak aneh melihat dua kepala desain di Apple melapor langsung ke Jeff Williams dan bukan Tim Cook. Berdasarkan beberapa sumber yang saya baca, Jeff Williams memiliki kemungkinan besar untuk menjadi CEO Apple, menggantikan Tim Cook.

Wawancara dengan Jony Ive seputar Apple Park

Nick Thompson lewat Wallpaper Magazine merilis hasil wawancaranya dengan Apple Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive. Dalam wawancaranya, Jony Ive memberikan informasi seputar Apple Park serta iPhone X.

And criticism of the building’s hunkering insularity seems to misunderstand what it is there to do. It is a building about process. And Ive is clear that for his design studio as for all Apple employees, it will mean a new way of working. ‘That’s one of the things that I am absurdly excited about. At the moment, there are a number of physically really disconnected design studios, and now we can share the same studio. We can have industrial designers sat next to a font designer, sat next to a sound designer, who is sat next to a motion graphics expert, who is sat next to colour designer, who is sat next to somebody who is developing objects in soft materials. And adjacent to every set of closed offices there is a very large open area of collaboration. It’s not just a corridor; these are large spaces that are repeated all the way around the building.’
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But the thing that has made the iPhone the absolute game-changer is its multi-touch screen – it’s a point that many missed at its launch, including Blackberry, much to its cost. Multi-touch technology meant that a single object could be a million different things at the same time.

‘If you think of what multi-touch afforded, on the one hand it was so powerfully intuitive, because you could directly manipulate content,’ says Ive. ‘But because it wasn’t effected by physical buttons, you could create an interface that was very specific to an application. That’s why the App Store could be and you could have such an extraordinary range of applications and user interfaces.’
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Jony Ive dan Apple Park

Wall Street Journal baru saja menerbitkan artikel menarik hasil wawancara dengan Chief Design Officer Apple, Jony Ive. Dalam wawancara tersebut, Ive menceritakan bagaimana proses awal mula terlahirnya ide akan Apple Park.

For much of the past decade, a plot of land in Northern California’s suburban sprawl has been the focus of Ive’s imagination. Walking in London’s Hyde Park in 2004, Jobs fantasized with Ive about building a campus centered around a quad, like Stanford University, with plenty of parkland for meandering and meeting, Ive says. At the time, the first iPhone was in the works, and Apple’s revival, thanks to the iPod and iMac, meant the company had outgrown its digs in Cupertino, California, capable of housing 3,000 people in the six buildings that make up Infinite Loop. Apple slowly began plotting for a new space, buying 175 acres of a former Hewlett-Packard site that Ive described as “acres of parking,” one freeway exit south of Apple’s existing headquarters.

In the early days of planning, Ive and Jobs shared “drawings, books, and created expressions of feelings,” says Powell Jobs, who often witnessed the longtime partners collaborating. Some principles were a given, such as the belief that natural light and fresh air make workers happier and more productive.

Satu hal yang menarik dari saya adalah bagaimana Ive memperlakukan proses desain Apple Park sama dengan produk Apple lainnya.

From the beginning, Ive had an “absolute obsession with the idea that it was built like a product, not like a piece of architecture,” says industrial designer Marc Newson, one of Ive’s oldest friends, who has contributed to Apple designs in recent years.

Selain itu, pemilihan bentuk bangunan Apple Park yang seperti cincin raksasa juga bukan tanpa alasan. Seperti yang dijelaskan oleh Ive di WSJ

“One of the advantages of this ring is the repetition of a number of segments,” says Ive. “We could put enormous care and attention to detail into what is essentially a slice that is then repeated. So there’s tremendous pragmatism in the building.” The ring would be made up of pods—units of workspace—built around a central area, like a spoke pointing toward the center of the ring, and a row of customizable seating within each site: 80 pods per floor, 320 in total, but only one to prototype and get right.

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Apple luncurkan buku berjudul “Designed by Apple in California”

Apple dalam waktu yang tak biasa merilis sebuah buku yang didedikasikan untuk almarhum Steve Jobs berjudul Designed by Apple in California. Buku ini berisi 450 foto produk Apple dalam rentang waktu 20 tahun. Dalam rilis persnya:

Apple today announced the release of a new hardbound book chronicling 20 years of Apple’s design, expressed through 450 photographs of past and current Apple products. “Designed by Apple in California,” which covers products from 1998’s iMac to 2015’s Apple Pencil, also documents the materials and techniques used by Apple’s design team over two decades of innovation.

The book is dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs.

Berkolaborasi dengan fotografer Andrew Zuckerman, buku tersebut didominasi dengan warna putih dan dibuat dalam dua ukuran. Ukuran kecilnya dihargai $199 dan yang besar dijual dengan harga $299. Keduanya tersedia mulai 16 November di beberapa Apple Store pilihan atau kamu juga bisa memesannya di website Apple.

Di bawah ini beberapa contoh isi buku Designed by Apple in California:

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Designed by Apple in California

Designed by Apple in California

Designed by Apple in California

Designed by Apple in California