Jony Ive by Leander Kahney

Jony Ive

By Leander Kahney

  • Release Date: 2013-11-18
  • Genre: Industries & Professions
Score: 4.5
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An intimate look at the legendary British designer behind Apple's most iconic products - including the Apple Watch

With the death of Steve Jobs in 2011, JONY IVE has become the most important person at Apple. Some would argue he always was.

Steve Jobs discovered Ive in 1997, when he found the scruffy British designer toiling away in a studio surrounded by hundreds of sketches and prototypes. Jobs instantly realised he had found a talent who could reverse Apple's decline, and become his 'spiritual partner'.

Their collaboration produced iconic products including the iMac, iPod, iPad and iPhone. Designs that overturned entire industries and created the world's most powerful brand.

Little has been known about this shy, softly-spoken designer. Until now. This riveting book tells the story of a creative genius, from his early interest in industrial design to his meteoric rise, as well as the principles and practices that led Ive to become the designer of his generation.

'Sheds new light on technology's most-watched design team' Observer

'A real pleasure' GQ

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, he is currently the editor and publisher of He lives in San Francisco.


  • Very informative and great read

    By Zamil
    Great insight into Jony’s life. His life and subsequent rise at Apple is well noted in this book… along with some insight in the creation of the products we love today. Well written! Jony Ive is more than just a voice in Apple promo videos. He’s clearly the understated genius at Apple.
  • Well written, endlessly interesting.

    If you like all things Apple, or what goes on behind the scenes in designing some of Apples my iconic products, or what makes the great designer Jony Ive tick, you'll like this. Lots of really interesting tidbits, and none of it feels like fluff. Read within a week or so on my iPhone 6S (which I now have a much deeper appreciation for)
  • Under the skin

    By Jorn_AU
    This book gives you an incredible insight in the life of Jony Ive, one of the greatest designers that is alive. His incredible journey from a village in England to America. I could just not stop reading. Highly recommendable!!
  • Great Book and very interesting

    By Aleks6390
    This book is fantastic. It tells you everything about Jony Ive I was really excited for it to arrive at my door and the first thing I did was lay on the couch and start reading it. I recommend the book to everyone. The design studio is really described very good. All my kindest regards to the author. Alex :-)
  • C J

    By gingernut70
    Thanks for a great book. I really enjoyed learning how the products were put together and about Jony Ive. Very interesting.
  • Very interesting and well written

    By Adrune
    I read this book over the holidays and found it of immense interest. I have read other books on Apple but most of those focus on Steve Jobs. This book provides a different perspective, seeing some of the inspiration that leads to the design of the products I use every day. Very interesting and well worth a read
  • Brilliant

    By mathew_randall
    Well written and informative. Incredibly detailed, particularly for a man who has spent his career staying out of the spotlight. Awesome read!