Given how secretive Apple is, it’s no surprise that we know relatively little about the role of Jony Ive’s designer BFF Marc Newson, who works on so-called “special projects” for the company.
In a recent interview, however, Newson spilled a few beans about his work at Apple — including the fact that it consumes about 60 percent of his time, and is a job he hopes to hold “indefinitely.”
Who can blame him?
“I don’t really have [a job title] but I work on special projects,” Newson noted.
As to a vague timeline on his employment at Apple, Newson says that he never had the chance to work directly with Steve Jobs, although he met him. While that doesn’t completely preclude the possibility he did work at Apple prior to 2011, it makes it seem unlikely — particularly given how involved Jobs was with Apple’s design department.
We know that Newson was involved with the design of the Apple Watch, and that this was a project first seriously discussed after Jobs’ death.
The interview is interesting because, by claiming Newson would like to be at Apple “indefinitely,” it lends credence to the fact that his best friend and colleague Jony Ive won’t be leaving Apple any time soon, either — following the news of his recent promotion to Chief Design Officer, which some people took as meaning a foot out the door at Apple.
Newson additionally stoked the rumor-mill fires about a potential Apple Car, commenting that “There is certainly vast opportunity in that area to be more intelligent.”
Finally he describes how much of a fit he is for Apple’s culture:
“Apple is exceptional. It does things exactly the way they need to be done, or not at all. The way a product is made is as important as its design. Everything has to be correct.”
Does that really sound like the kind of job any self-respecting designer would throw in the towel on? No wonder Newson wants to be Apple 4 life.
Source: The Evening Standard
Via: The TechBlock