Apple Design VP Jony Ive Unveils First Phone Design and Lessons from Steve Jobs

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For better or for worse, it's hard to imagine a time when we weren't attached to our mobile phones around the clock. It wasn't a revolution that took place overnight, but it was a sea change in how we connected with others and how business got done. As much as it was about functionality, Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, Jony Ive, in a recent interview with Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter at the New Establishment Summit, notes that beautiful products have to be harmonious; a beautiful product that doesn't work is ugly. To emphasize the point, Ive has just revealed the first phone he ever designed and spoke at the event about how he has evolved as a designer just as Apple has grown. The prototype, unlike the sexy curves of the iPhone we recognize today, was angular, bulky, and included an attached microphone. Needless to say, we're far happier with the models we have today. Follow the link to see the rest of the interview, which follows Ive's career, details his thoughts on the future of design, and where he's going from here.