Who are Alan Dye and Evans Hankey, the design leads replacing Jony Ive?

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Following the announcement of Apple's chief design officer Jony Ive departing to his own independent design company later this year, design team leaders Evans Hankey and Alan Dye will gain more influence over how future Apple products are created. AppleInsider profiles the two design principals.




On Thursday, Apple revealed Jony Ive will be leaving the iPhone maker after nearly three decades at the company. His new creative firm, LoveFrom, will still allow Ive to work closely with Apple as it will be his firm's first client, but Ive won't be an actual Apple employee or member of management.

While no new chief design officer has been confirmed for the role, Apple advised in its announcement design team leaders Evans Hankey and Alan Dye will report to chief operating officer Jeff Williams.

"The team will certainly thrive under the excellent leadership of Evans, Alan, and Jeff, who have been among my closest collaborators," Ive said. "I have the utmost confidence in my designer colleagues at Apple, who remain my closest friends, and I look forward to working with them for many years to come."

Hankey position is the vice president of Industrial Design, which indicates she will be working mostly on hardware, while Alan Dye's position as vice president of Human Interface Design means he is in control of how software should appear and function to users.

Relatively little information is known about either of the two design leads, but both have served under Ive for a number of years, so both have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field.

Alan Dye

A graduate of Syracuse University, Dye has been at Apple since 2006, arriving at the company as a "creative director." Starting from the marketing and communications team, Dye's ideas for the boxes products were packaged inside, such as painting the corners by hand to eliminate scuffs, helped propel him into new roles, sending him into the human interface group at the company.

Alan Dye (left) with Jony Ive (center) and Richard Howarth [via The Telegraph]
Alan Dye (left) with Jony Ive (center) and Richard Howarth [via The Telegraph]


In that role, he worked on iOS 7, and worked closely with Ive at the conception of the Apple Watch, helping create the interface for the wearable device. In a 2015 interview, Ive said "Alan has a genius for human interface design. So much of the Apple Watch's operating system came from him."

At the time of Ive's ascent to CDO in 2015, Dye was joined by Richard Howarth to handle day-to-day affairs within the design teams, but their positions were diminished when Ive returned to have a more hands-on approach to management in late 2017.

During his time managing on behalf of Ive, Dye made appearances at Apple Stores, typically a choreographed attendance that is reserved for higher management levels, and only for a select few.

In the nine years between graduating and joining Apple, Dye had worked for Ogilvy and Mather's Brand Integration Group and as a designer for retailer Kate Spade. Dye also worked as a freelance graphic designer, with his work used by major publications and book publishers.

Evans Hankey

Few details about Hankey are available, with the design lead keeping far away from the limelight. This also extends to her LinkedIn profile, which simply lists her as working in "industrial design" at Apple, and having studied industrial and product design at Stanford University.

Evans Hankey (dressed in yellow) with other members of the design team [via MacGeneration]
Evans Hankey (dressed in yellow) with other members of the design team [via MacGeneration]


Hankey has been working for the design team for an unknown number of years, but managed the design studio as part of her role. Her experience is likely to help as she assumes more responsibility for the design team on behalf of the company.

A former member of the design team, May-Li Khoe called Evans "undercredited in my personal opinion," advising on Twitter Hankey had been doing a good job at the helm for quite some time. "To be frank, I found her pretty inspiring, Khoe admitted.

Aside from helping design many iconic products, Hankey has also been credited as an inventor on hundreds of patents and application filings.

In one interview, Ive confirmed an iPhone photographed for the book "Designed by Apple in California" was owned by Hankey, commenting "Isn't it cool? She destroys her objects. But I thought there was something so charming about that. I thought it was lovely to put that in. We design tools to be used, and she definitely uses them!"

The name Evans Hankey was also used in the original introduction of the Apple Watch, to demonstrate the interface for an incoming call.

Given her more prominent role, it is likely more information about Hankey, as well as Dye, will be revealed in the coming months as they take up their roles.
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  • Reply 1 of 21
    RajkaRajka Posts: 31member
    Sorry, I don't see too much genius in either the hardware or software made by Apple today. Yeah, there's a glimpse here and there, but sparkly things do not always provide the best user experience possible.
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  • Reply 2 of 21
    gutengelgutengel Posts: 339member
    Rajka said:
    Sorry, I don't see too much genius in either the hardware or software made by Apple today. Yeah, there's a glimpse here and there, but sparkly things do not always provide the best user experience possible.
    Can you be more specific about not seeing too much genius? So far all your 7 comments have be bashing Apple without real argument to support the criticism. If you think Apple is stupid, go spend your money somewhere else. I can do 70% of my work from from a super computer on my pocket and my watch ask me if I'm ok every time I fall while snowboarding; If that's not genius, I don't know what it is.
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  • Reply 3 of 21
    racerhomie3racerhomie3 Posts: 1,169member
    Evans & the others have some big shoes to fill.
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  • Reply 4 of 21
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,499member
    Evans & the others have some big shoes to fill.
    The biggest shoes still not filled are those of Steve Jobs. Where’s the vision?
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  • Reply 5 of 21
    matrix077matrix077 Posts: 788member
    Rajka said:
    Sorry, I don't see too much genius in either the hardware or software made by Apple today. Yeah, there's a glimpse here and there, but sparkly things do not always provide the best user experience possible.
    Who is providing the best user experience possible?
    StrangeDaysAppleExposedlolliverjony0
  • Reply 6 of 21
    Evans & the others have some big shoes to fill.
    The biggest shoes still not filled are those of Steve Jobs. Where’s the vision?
    Right, ever since Steve Jobs left earth Apple has really only been updating products that were in the pipeline when Jobs was here. Apple really hasn’t created anything “new.”
    dysamoriaAppleExposed
  • Reply 7 of 21
    dysamoriadysamoria Posts: 2,344member
    matrix077 said:
    Rajka said:
    Sorry, I don't see too much genius in either the hardware or software made by Apple today. Yeah, there's a glimpse here and there, but sparkly things do not always provide the best user experience possible.
    Who is providing the best user experience possible?
    No one. Apple used to (between 2006-2012). That company is not the same as today’s Apple.
    Sanctum1972
  • Reply 8 of 21
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 8,798member
    Rajka said:
    Sorry, I don't see too much genius in either the hardware or software made by Apple today. Yeah, there's a glimpse here and there, but sparkly things do not always provide the best user experience possible.
    What genius do you see in your Dell or HP or Alienware PCs? Inquiring minds want to know.
    dewmecornchipseanjlolliverjony0
  • Reply 9 of 21
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 8,798member

    Evans & the others have some big shoes to fill.
    The biggest shoes still not filled are those of Steve Jobs. Where’s the vision?
    Oh god. What are you expecting, a brand-new device-type never seen before? Do you know how infrequent those are? Jobs had the PC in the late '70s and early '80s, the portable music player in the '90s, and then the mobile phone in the '00s. Each of these device types gelled during those eras, and Apple produced the best one. They did not invent the idea of these devices. They made the best one. And as Jobs said himself, it wasn't just him -- it was the team of Apple.

    There is no reason to believe that is or will no longer be the case. As new devices gel in future eras, Apple will continue to produce their amazing takes on these devices. Asking "Where are the new devices, APPLE!" just shows you really have no clue how Apple operated in the past or the present. 

    But please, wring your hands, gnash your teeth. DOOOOOOM!

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  • Reply 10 of 21
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 8,798member
    Evans & the others have some big shoes to fill.
    The biggest shoes still not filled are those of Steve Jobs. Where’s the vision?
    Right, ever since Steve Jobs left earth Apple has really only been updating products that were in the pipeline when Jobs was here. Apple really hasn’t created anything “new.”
    First, you're wrong -- neither the Watch, nor the AirPods, were in the Jobs pipeline.

    Second, iterative product development is how Apple rolls. Gruber wrote about this almost a decade ago. Read up.

    https://www.macworld.com/article/1151235/macs/apple-rolls.html

    ...iterative product development is the name of the game. It’s now we got from the original iPhone/Mac/Watch/whatever to the current versions, or iterations.

    How some of you still don't understand how Apple works is baffling.
    edited June 28 DAalsethwelshdogfastasleepcornchipseanjlolliverjony0
  • Reply 11 of 21
    jdwjdw Posts: 802member
    What Apple product boxes are "painted at the corners by hand to eliminate scuffs"?
    cornchip
  • Reply 12 of 21
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 833member
    I guess that's the end of the videos with a British accent promoting Apple's new products. Or is it? What accents do Alan and Evans have? Does anyone know? French? Italian? German? Deep South accent? Boston accent?
  • Reply 13 of 21
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,681unconfirmed, member
    Evans & the others have some big shoes to fill.
    The biggest shoes still not filled are those of Steve Jobs. Where’s the vision?
    Right, ever since Steve Jobs left earth Apple has really only been updating products that were in the pipeline when Jobs was here. Apple really hasn’t created anything “new.”

    Airpods and Apple Watch had no Jobs direction these were the first Cook products and they are massive hits. Some statistics even showing Airpods as the 2nd most successful Apple product in history.

    Fairly, Jobs did have his hand in the iPod Watch from 2007 but the Apple Watch of today was made from scratch.

    I see strangedays beat me to it but I had to add. This rhetoric is a pet peeve of mine along with the "Apple died with Steve" myth even though Apple is 5x larer under Cook and Services will make Apple even more of a behemoth.
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  • Reply 14 of 21
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,681unconfirmed, member


    Quite the team and for all we know that lady in the back can be a design genius.

    I won't quote the troll but Hankeys career looks interesting. Seems like she was very involved with Airpods. Remember, Ive and Cook picked these people so they have to be genius in their own right. IDK why random people online think they can lead Apple better than Cook.

    fastasleepcornchipseanjStrangeDayslolliverjony0
  • Reply 15 of 21
    Evans & the others have some big shoes to fill.
    The biggest shoes still not filled are those of Steve Jobs. Where’s the vision?
    Unfortunately, those shoes will not be filled any time soon, if ever.
    AppleExposedSpamSandwichcornchip
  • Reply 16 of 21
    Rajka said:
    Sorry, I don't see too much genius in either the hardware or software made by Apple today. Yeah, there's a glimpse here and there, but sparkly things do not always provide the best user experience possible.
    I don't see much genius in your statement either. However, I'll take Apple's word over yours.
    AppleExposeddanhseanjjony0
  • Reply 17 of 21
    I know it's risky for Apple to lose a guy like Ive; but I definitely see a silver lining here. Apple designs have trended toward the beautiful over the useful, choosing design logic over human logic. How else do you explain how you had to recharge the iPad pencil, or sacrificing battery life in order to make iPhones thinner and thinner? Or an iOS interface with a font so spare It was difficult to see. Apple products may wind up in museums of modern art, but they shouldn't be designed for that end. They should be designed to be used. 

    If the designers stepping into the void put more value in practicality over aesthetics, we might get some new design energy leading to products ordinary people want to use, not just art school grads.
    danh
  • Reply 18 of 21
    dewmedewme Posts: 2,197member
    I think Jony's departure is being handled very graciously by Apple. I largely attribute this to Tim Cook's amazing balance of business leadership and human empathy.  Jony's contributions to Apple are undoubtedly astounding and have been hugely impactful to Apple's business success over the past nearly 30 years. But Jony is still just a man who has to live his life to its fullest on his own terms. Jony has nothing to prove and owes nothing to anyone - other than himself. Jony is now free to pursue a wider variety of interests, and he will always have a special relationship with Apple, and vice versa. He is no longer bound to the rigors and pressure of executing on the daily and immense challenges facing the world's most valuable company. He only has to answer to himself.

    This change should come as great relief to Jony and free his mind to pursue whatever it is that brings personal, professional, and spiritual satisfaction to him. Perhaps Jony's "best" days are behind his from a perspective of things that matter to Apple in the present, but from Tim Cook's perspective it is imperative that Jony's departure from day-to-day life at Apple does not change Apple's cultural and working expectation that Apple's best days are still ahead of it. In fact, the design leadership and insights that Jony provided to Apple over the years will continue to serve as fuel for Apple's future success, much like the ingrained legacy of Steve Jobs lives on in everything Apple continues to do in the present.
    edited June 28 cornchipseanjStrangeDayslolliverjony0
  • Reply 19 of 21
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 400member
    One word: Ethos

    Think about it for a second. In fifty years, when Cook and Ives, and Federighi, Schiller and all the others that currently run and mold Apple today, will all be but read about in the history books, and Apple will still be a company (hopefully) churning out insanely great products. We cannot stay stagnate and expect greatness. Change is inevitable. 
    StrangeDays
  • Reply 20 of 21
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 3,297member
    Evans & the others have some big shoes to fill.
    From this article and the others, it sounds like they've already been filling those shoes for quite some time now.
    cornchipStrangeDayslolliverjony0
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