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Jony Ive's designs have not only made Apple one of the most valuable companies in the world; they've overturned entire industries, from music and mobile phones to PCs and tablets.
But for someone who has changed the world as much as he has, little is widely known about Apple's senior vice president of industrial design. Unlike his former boss and creative partner Steve Jobs, Ive shuns the spotlight. Naturally shy and soft-spoken, he lets his work speak for itself and concerns himself only with his craft.
In the first book to focus on Ive, Leander Kahney offers a rigorous and systematic examination of a remarkably creative career and provides insight into the principles underlying Ive's success.
Having covered Apple as an editor since the 1990s and interviewed Ive on numerous occasions, Kahney offers a unique perspective on how this man designs killer products that attract fanatically loyal customers.
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By Scott Stamile on 04-16-15
A history of apple though the lens of design
I was hoping for more bio about Johnny. This read like a typical history of Apple covered by the many Steve Jobs biographies.
It does offer some new insight, but the secrecy of Apple and lack of direct interviews with Ive was disappointing.
The book is also very sterile, a linear narrative of the history of Ive and apple.
Narration is solid and well preformed. It expresses the calm British tone i've heard from interviews with Ive.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Idan B. on 06-15-14
Was hoping to get to know the man behind the name.
What did you like best about Jony Ive? What did you like least?
In short, it is not his story, it is a story about him. Most of the book is about telling the resume of this great artist. The story is told in third person most of the time and you don't get the feeling you are being entered into his mind, or understand who the person is. It tells the story of Apple, and it tells the story of how Jony got there, but not how Jony felt in certain occasions, or what went through his mind during different challenges. I was hoping to get more first person insight into his world, but it is okay of a book.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful