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Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp joins Jony Ive’s design firm – TechCrunch

Pinterest today announced that co-founder Evan Sharp is stepping down from his full-time role at the company, where he served as Director of Design and Creative, to join Jony Ive in his new collective. creative LoveFrom. After his last day today, Sharp will take on a consulting role with Pinterest, which will focus on strategy, product, design, brand and corporate culture. He will also continue to serve on the Pinterest board.

Sharp was founded in March 2010 by Sharp co-founders Ben Silbermann and Paul Sciarra, and Pinterest now assigns Sharp to lead the company as it evolves from a visual discovery engine to a platform. form of global inspiration. At Pinterest, Sharp oversaw product strategy and user experience, including the architecture of its Shopping and Creator platforms.

“Looking back on the past decade, I feel filled with gratitude and pride for what our team and community have accomplished. Together, we built Pinterest: a technology company and a platform that is a positive “home of inspiration” for hundreds of millions of people around the world, ”Sharp said in a statement. “After much reflection on how best to develop my capacity to serve, I decided to change direction and join Jony Ive and the remarkable creative collective he has brought together at LoveFrom. I look forward to continuing to partner with Ben and the Pinterest team on the company’s ambitious evolution to the global platform where creators and merchants inspire people to create lives they love. “, he added.

“Evan’s unique talent, vision and passion have helped make Pinterest an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world,” said Ben Silbermann, co-founder and CEO of Pinterest. “I am grateful for his partnership, leadership and friendship over the past 10 years and grateful that he will continue to support Pinterest as a member of the board of directors and in his new role as an advisor.”

Pinterest tells us that Sharp’s role was a one-time co-founder role, so it won’t be replaced. He also did not have a current team that officially reported to him, so there is no change in the reporting structure. Instead, the design team will continue to operate under the direction of Product Manager Naveen Gavini, and under the direction of Chief Design Officer Lindsay Mindler.

It is not yet clear what Sharp’s role will be at LoveFrom, but several former Apple employees have already joined Ive in the collective, including Wan Si, Eugene Whang, Chris Wilson and Patch Kessler. (Jeff Tiller, however, left this summer.)