Optimistic, Singular and New
This collection, drawn from schools across the college, is an impossibly small selection from an extraordinary body of work.
Making any sort of choice is of course absurdly challenging, but viewing the work was so very joyful, exhilarating and an overwhelming privilege. The work is so very good. It is optimistic, singular and new. There is a clarity and boldness that perhaps speaks to the absence of familiar tools or the usual distractions.
To reconsider fundamental approaches to their work at a time of complete chaos and uncertainty demonstrates a remarkable drive and resolve and is ultimately a victory for creativity in its many areas of practice. This is a particular body of work that I believe will be regarded as significant in the future.
I do encourage you to spend time taking a good look and join me celebrating this year’s wonderfully inspiring graduates. What a year.
Jony Ive is a designer and founder, in 2019, of the San Francisco based creative agency LoveFrom, which includes Apple amongst its first clients.
In his role as Chief Design Officer of Apple, Sir Jony Ive KBE was responsible for all design at Apple, including the look and feel of hardware, user interface, packaging, major architectural projects such as Apple Park and Apple’s retail stores, as well as future projects.
Designer of the iMac, PowerBook, MacBook, iBook, iPod, iPhone, iPad, AppleWatch, AirPods and HomePod, the team he led over more than two decades created products that are widely regarded as having transformed the industry and have helped make technology approachable through the simplicity, beauty and elegance of their design.
He holds over 5000 patents, with his work earning many plaudits, including, amongst others, Honorary Doctorates from the Royal College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Northumbria University and both Cambridge and Oxford Universities.
In 2013 Sir Jony was made a Knight Commander of the British Empire ‘for services to design and enterprise’.
In 2017, he was appointed Chancellor of London’s Royal College of Art and in 2018 he was awarded the second ever Professor Stephen Hawking Fellowship by the Cambridge Union Society.
Born in London and frequently voted as one of Britain’s most culturally influential figures, Ive studied Industrial Design at Newcastle Upon Tyne Polytechnic, graduating in 1989 and co-founded London-based design consultancy Tangerine. In 1992 he joined Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California, where founder Steve Jobs subsequently referred to him as ‘his creative partner’.