Jonathan Ive, ‘iPhone’, 2007, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Jonathan Ive

iPhone, 2007

Glass, aluminum, plastic
4 1/2 × 2 2/5 × 1/2 in
11.4 × 6.1 × 1.2 cm
Permanent collection
About the work
Exhibition history
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York

Designed by Jonathan Ive, (English, b. 1967) and Apple Industrial Design Team.
Cooper Hewitt, …

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Manufacturer
Apple Computer, Inc. (Cupertino, California, USA)
Image rights
Photo by Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution
Jonathan Ive
English, b. 1967
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As senior vice president of design at Apple, Jonathan Ive is not only responsible for introducing products that have shaped industrial design trends of the early 21st century—including the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad, among others—but for determining how we interact with technology. Ive’s design for the vibrantly colored and pleasingly shaped iMac (1998) revitalized Apple and signaled a paradigm shift by demonstrating that personal computers could be user-friendly tools, both as objects and operating systems. With the launch of the iPod (2001), Ive presented a new class of personal device that offered powerful capabilities controlled by an elegant, intuitive navigation system. The genial aspect of Ive’s designs belies the exacting, painstaking process that goes into perfecting each product. "When you realize how well you can make something,” Ive has said, “falling short, whether seen or not, feels like failure."

Jonathan Ive, ‘iPhone’, 2007, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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About the work
Exhibition history
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York

Designed by Jonathan Ive, (English, b. 1967) and Apple Industrial Design Team.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, Gift of Roland L. Trope, 2009-29-1.

Medium
Manufacturer
Apple Computer, Inc. (Cupertino, California, USA)
Image rights
Photo by Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution
Jonathan Ive
English, b. 1967
Follow

As senior vice president of design at Apple, Jonathan Ive is not only responsible for introducing products that have shaped industrial design trends of the early 21st century—including the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad, among others—but for determining how we interact with technology. Ive’s design for the vibrantly colored and pleasingly shaped iMac (1998) revitalized Apple and signaled a paradigm shift by demonstrating that personal computers could be user-friendly tools, both as objects and operating systems. With the launch of the iPod (2001), Ive presented a new class of personal device that offered powerful capabilities controlled by an elegant, intuitive navigation system. The genial aspect of Ive’s designs belies the exacting, painstaking process that goes into perfecting each product. "When you realize how well you can make something,” Ive has said, “falling short, whether seen or not, feels like failure."

Jonathan Ive

iPhone, 2007

Glass, aluminum, plastic
4 1/2 × 2 2/5 × 1/2 in
11.4 × 6.1 × 1.2 cm
Permanent collection