Top 3 most influential tech designers
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To be an influential tech designer, you have to make your users’ lives easier and better. Here are our top three choices for the most influential designers in tech today.

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The tech world is filled to the brim with designers of all shapes, sizes and colors. Of them, only a handful can be considered truly influential because their vision, products or services have significantly impacted the world at large, not just the tech industry.

To be an influential tech designer, you have to make your users’ lives easier and better. It’s not just about churning out trendy products that will be hot today…but forgotten tomorrow.

Here are our top three choices for the most influential designers in tech today.

1. Sir Jonathan Ive

Photo of Sir Jonathan Ive. Photo Credit: Gary Cohen at Creative Commons

Photo of Sir Jonathan Ive. Photo Credit: Gary Cohen at Creative Commons

Sir Jonathan Ive is Apple’s SVP (senior vice president) of Industrial Design, and he’s best known for being a strong proponent of flat design at the company. Flat design is all about minimalism and doing away with things like gradients, drop shadows and other 3D effects in web design. Apple itself has been embracing flat design more and more in its products since Ive’s tenure as SVP. The company used to be a proponent of skeuomorphism, which emphasized 3D effects in design.

Since the launch of Apple’s flatter iOS 7.0, it’s clear that Ive’s influence at the company is very significant. For being able to change the course of design at Apple, Ive is indeed a big deal in the tech world.

2. Tony Fadell

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Photo Credit: OFFICIAL LEWEB PHOTOS at Creative Commons

Tony Fadell is extremely influential in the tech world since he’s had a huge impact with both Apple and Google. He’s affectionately referred to as the “Father of the iPod” due to his stint as Apple’s SVP of the iPod Division from 2006 to 2008.

If that isn’t remarkable enough, after leaving Apple, Fadell then founded Nest Labs, a home automation business. In the short time Fadell ran the company, it attracted the attention of Google, which bought Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in 2014.

3. J Allard

Photo Credit: Lara Ferroni at Creative Commons

Photo Credit: Lara Ferroni at Creative Commons

J Allard built quite the tech legacy for himself while he was working at Microsoft. In a nutshell, his job was basically to make all of the company’s products look aesthetically attractive. As both the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Experience Officer, he was responsible for the vaunted Xbox 360, the conceptual basis of Windows 8, and the Xbox Live Interface.

Since leaving the tech giant, Allard has continued to leave his mark in the tech design world. He’s currently the CEO of Project 529, which is a tech startup that’s busy creating software just for cyclists.

Influence through innovation

What do all of these tech designers and visionaries have in common? They didn’t just design cool products or services — they actually innovated by giving tech enthusiasts something new altogether in their respective niches. This is the attribute that makes all of these designers extremely influential in the tech world.

Whether it’s revolutionizing the design of products at Apple, coming up with one of Apple’s most well-known products, or being responsible for Microsoft’s first entry into the video game market, these designers left their indelible mark in the tech industry. And that’s exactly what it takes to create a legacy for yourself as an extremely influential tech designer.

Who is your favorite tech designer? Drop us a comment to let us know.

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