Apple’s chief designer Jonathan Ive is one of the most well-respected designers in the world. But the shy British-born creator rarely talks about his work in public (aside from Apple product introduction videos). Ive, who brought consumers everything from the original Bondi Blue iMac to the most recent iPhone 5S, opened up about his process, his team, and his friend Steve in a recent interview. He says his team of designers “is really much smaller than you’d think — about 15. Most of us have worked together for 15 to 20 years.” That comes in handy: “We can be bitterly critical of our work,” he says. “The personal issues of ego have long since faded.” Here’s a closer look at how Ive’s designs have changed your life in ways you may not have realized.