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Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products by [Kahney, Leander]
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Sheds new light on technology's most-watched design team. Rare glimpses into working practices at Apple (The Observer)

Kahney does an excellent job. A real pleasure (GQ)

A look at the design philosophy that has made addicts of millions of us. One for the design geek/Apple freak in your life (Harper's Bazaar)

About the Author

Leander Kahney has covered Apple for more than a dozen years and has written three popular books about Apple and the culture of its followers, including Inside Steve's Brain and Cult of Mac. The former news editor for Wired.com, he is currently the editor and publisher of CultofMac.com. He lives in San Francisco.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9585 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (18 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ELXQYOI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written and takes you on a tour of Jony Ive's life from child prodigy to now the world's best known and most respected industrial designer. After reading this book, it is easy to see the synergies between Jonny Ive and Steve Jobs. Both have or had the ability to see the big picture as well as the minute details. Both are or were perfectionists, on a mission to create a better product and provide a better experience. Both are or were concerned about the invisible details as much as those things that are visible. The partnership they formed literally changed the world. And the creative genius that made Apple what it is today is still there, answerable to nobody else. And that creative genius, encoraged and supported by Jobs when he was alive, is Jony Ive.

Clearly Jony has a healthy ego, unsurpassed power and influence within Apple, and a wonderful lifestyle, which he truly deserves. But he also comes across as a genuinely nice guy who gives credit to others as much as himself, and will go the extra mile in anything he does.

What impressed me most is that Jony is much more than 'just' a designer. He is an innovator in production techniques as well and has come up with some amazing innovations like the Apple Unibody process that have revolutionised fit, finish and reliability on volume produced products. I had always imagined that another group of engineers would have been responsible for these aspects, but no it is all part of Jony's design process ... And is all the more impressive for that.

I was also hugely impressed by Jony's drive to make everything tactile and emotionally engaging.
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Disclaimer: as with most other people who would read this book, I've read both of the Steve Jobs biographies. (I'll confess I haven't read much other Apple History, though). Based on the limited stuff I've read, each book places their focus at the absolute centre of the Apple Universe, with all others as shadow players. This one tends to do the same for Jony Ive.

While it tries to pull together a number of different sources to cast some light into the shadows created by being such a central component of one of the most secretive companies in the world, it sometimes fails to bring them into a coherent timeline. As a result the narrative of the book can be a little jerky in places.

But, with all that said, it's a good read and as a fellow Brit I've got to be proud of the designer at the heart of Apple. I'm probably biased as I'm a recent convert to Apple equipment and have now plunged headlong, but it's a worthwhile book to read to round out the picture of Apple as painted by the Jobs biographies.
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A lovely book and a great, relaxing read. Purchased for a University essay, but turned out to be very fascinating and enjoyable beyond my initial research requirements from it. Highly recommended. A really eye-opener into the world of Jony Ive and Apple!
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As a fully signed up Apple nut and having worked in the design industry for nearly 20 years I have been waiting for a book like this for ages. It's a real shame that Lyander didn't get direct access to Jony or official Apple channels but to be honest he's done a grand job without it. There must have been some serious research behind it.

It's a great read and really gives you an idea of Jony the man, who is a quiet but truly inspirational character. I already liked his output but now I have a good insight on how Apple's design process works and there are plenty of tips on how I can apply some of those methods to improve my own design process.
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Interesting and indepth insight into Jony's entire career. A little bit disappointed that I didn't learn much knew, but this is perhaps because so much has already been written about him since Apple's unstoppable rise, that I have already read much of it through various interviews and news outlets.

Still worth a read though for the Apple fanatic or the industrial design enthusiast.
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Mostly conjecture along the lines of 'Jony must have thought this...' based upon fairly routine interviews with people quite distant from the man himself. Maybe my fault, I'm used to auto-biographies so it's much clearer what was said / thought by the subject themselves.
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A superb look at the man behind the design at Apple. Very interesting as it looks from his childhood and how his father taught him about caring about the whole design, to his moving to California and relationship with Steve Jobs and others at Apple.. Highly recommended.
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Having already read the biography by Walter Isaacson, I was interested to see the Apple success story from another viewpoint - the key designer Jony Ive.

Glad to say I'm not disappointed. The book gives a brief but informative grounding on Ive's background including the influence of this father Martin Ives who formulated the UK schools curriculum for "Design and Technology". It then goes on to describe his progress through college and early career in design studios in London, before moving to California and Apple.

The background information on how the the key Apple products (iMac, MacBook, iPod, iPhone and iPad) were designed is excellent, and I now have a renewed appreciation for the determination, effort and sheer perfectionism that goes into making Apple products.

Without being awfully sycophantic the author praises (or quotes others) Ive's skills as a designer, and paints a clear and unambiguous picture of his personality and close relationship with the founder - Steve Jobs. Clearly Ives, quietly spoken, calm and reflective was a good contrast to the more volatile Jobs - and together they built a remarkable business empire which at it's core is just pure perfectionism.

It also adds some more background on the other key characters at Apple, including the quite remarkable (ever smiling) CEO Tim Cook.

The book helps explain why (despite the doom-sayers) Apple has thrived despite the tragic death of it's founder, Steve Jobs.

An interesting, fact filled and informative read, and (in my case) quite an inspiration to anyone working in design, whether it be software, hardware, database or Industrial design.

Well worth the read.
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