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Jony Ive, the renowned designer and former Chief Design Officer at Apple, has been awarded the Edison Achievement Award, the most prestigious honor from the Edison Awards. The award was presented by Wendell Weeks, the CEO of Corning, known for making glass for the iPhone, in a ceremony held in Florida.
Ive left Apple in 2019, reportedly due to frustrations over changes in the company’s culture. Despite this, he continued to consult for Apple until 2022. Alongside his work with Apple, Ive has also founded his own firm, LoveFrom.
In presenting the award, Weeks praised Ive’s dedication to improving people’s lives, saying that “you should see what he’s got on the drawing board… some of the best stuff yet”.
Ive, in his acceptance speech, thanked Weeks and the Edison Awards Steering Committee for the recognition. He also spoke about the importance of motivation in creative endeavors and how it is fueled by the desire to serve humanity.
He referred to a message from the late Steve Jobs that is now part of the “Make Something Wonderful” book in the Steve Jobs Archive. The email included the line, “I love and admire my species, living and dead, and am totally dependent on them for my life and well being”. Ive said that every time he reads the email, it reminds him of his true motivation and leaves him feeling grateful.
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In addition to his work with LoveFrom, Ive and his team recently redesigned the UK’s famous Red Nose for the Comic Relief charity and the royal emblem for King Charles.
Ive’s contribution to the world of design and technology has been significant, and his achievements have not gone unnoticed. The Edison Achievement Award is a well-deserved recognition of his remarkable work, and it serves as a testament to his impact on the industry.