“Because without Karen, Sir Jonathan Ive, Apple’s head of design who is credited with the distinctive aesthetics of the iPhone and iPad, might never have entered the industry,” Merz reports. “‘I worked with his father [a silversmith who became a design technology teacher and later a schools inspector] on the panel of a design competition for students,’ the 87-year-old tells me in the living room of the converted Cambridge townhouse where he has lived for 20 years. ‘He got in touch with me a bit later and said, my son Jonathan’s at university in Newcastle and thinking about giving up his industrial design course. Maybe you could revive his interest?’”
Merz reports, “Karen invited father and son to the Letchworth offices of Ogle, the design company he led from 1962 to 1999, and which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary. ‘I showed them around, and the outcome was that Jonathan stuck to industrial design and made a huge success of it.’ If the student Jony was impressed by Karen’s work, now the feeling is mutual, with the older designer owning an iPhone, Apple computer and iPad.”
Much more in the full article here.