With the passing of Steve Jobs, everyone from investors to consumers are asking the same question: who will continue Apple's tradition of state-of-the-art design and unparalleled usability? Some news outlets are reporting that Jobs left a pretty clear product road map that will carry the company for the next four years. But even if he didn't, we think Apple will be fine in the hands of the newly appointed CEO Tim Cook and the Senior VP of Design, Jonathan Ive.

Born, raised, and educated in England, Ive, 44, was hired by Apple in 1992 after consulting on a few of its products. When Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997 and saw some of Ive's prototypes, he made the Brit Senior VP of Design, a position he's since held. Starting with the original iMac and going all the way to the iPad, Apple has churned out some of the most design-forward products in history, while under his direction. As long as the award-winning designer is employed in Cupertino, Calif., we think Apple will be just fine. Want to know more about the design wunderkind? Keep reading.

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