The mysterious Richard Howarth: Apple’s second most powerful British designer

“Jony Ive was promoted to become Apple’s Chief Design Officer yesterday,” Mic Wright reports for TNW. “That meant two relatively unfamiliar names were suddenly thrust into the spotlight: Alan Dye and Richard Howarth – who are now Apple’s Vice-Presidents of User Interface Design and Industrial Design, respectively.”

“But while Dye has been a relatively public presence – I profiled his rise from iPhone box designer to ruler of Apple’s UI design earlier today – his British colleague, Howarth is a different matter,” Wright reports. “Despite – or perhaps because of – being intimately involved in the creation of the iPhone from day one, named on numerous Apple hardware patents, and spending 20 years as part of Ive’s team, he’s very hard to pin down.

“A US Patent and Trademark Office search reveals 806 patents naming him as a co-inventor,” Wright reports. “They include every generation of the iPhone, the original MacBook Air (among other models), and a huge range of stands, covers, cords and accessories.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s industrial design remains, as it has been for many years, in very capable hands.


        1. The proper material name is actually “luminium”. The French manufacturers who innovated the material would say their products were made from luminium, i.e. “à luminium”. Then anglophones all over the world bastardized is as they typically have every other non-English term.

          More examples of aglophone bastardization: The jeans that Steve Jobs wore. The material was not “denim”, but rather “serge de Nîmes” — a cotton twill fabric invented in Nîmes, France. The term “jeans”, from “Gênes”, the French name for the Italian port of Genoa where early twill pants were popularized and shipped.

          Someday people will wake up and realize that English is at over 1/3 Latin-based, perhaps 1/3 Germanic, and the rest adapted from other languages. There is nothing the Queen of England pronounces or spells any more correctly on her island than in the rest of her former empire.

          1. No one gives a sheet, Mike. The US culture consumes and moves through innovations at a very very rapid pace. There is little time to squat and ponder all the nice, long, eloquent names for things.

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