“I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making,” he said. “I discovered at an early age that all I’ve ever wanted to do is design.”
“He’s a fantastic craftsman,” Ive said, as noted in Jobs’ biography. “His Christmas gift to me would be one day of his time in his college workshop, during the Christmas break when no one else was there, helping me make whatever I dreamed up.”
“I discovered the Mac and felt I had a connection with the people who were making this product,” he said. “I suddenly understood what a company was, or was supposed to be.”
After graduating, Ive worked as a designer in the U.K., eventually founding a design agency. Apple hired the firm to do design work and was so impressed by Ive’s work that it offered him a full-time position.
“There’s no one who can tell him what to do,” Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson. “That’s the way I set it up.'”
While Jobs and Ive were close friends, Ive did admit to Isaacson that he felt Jobs had stolen the credit for some of his ideas.
“[Jobs] will go through a process of looking at my ideas and say, ‘That’s no good. That’s not very good. I like that one,'” Ive told Isaacson in an interview. “And later I will be sitting in the audience and he will be talking about it as if it was his idea. I pay maniacal attention to where an idea comes from, and I even keep notebooks filled with my ideas. So it hurts when he takes credit for one of my designs.”