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Alan Dye '97

Alan Dye ’97, Apple’s vice president of user interface design, will deliver the 2016 convocation address to bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) at the college’s convocation ceremony on Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

Dye earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Design’s communications design program. Since graduating he has returned to the school as a guest speaker and, with his wife Elizabeth ’97, established the Elizabeth and Alan Dye Award for the outstanding senior in communications design.

“Alan is guiding how people use innovative products that are, for many of us, an essential part of our everyday lives. His achievements as a designer and leader of design are amazing,” says Ann Clarke, dean of VPA. “He is an outstanding representative of the University and the college, and I’m delighted to welcome him back to campus to share his experiences and advice with our graduating students.”

Dye, who reports to CEO Tim Cook, joined Apple in 2006 as creative director with the Marketing Communications team, following previous design lead roles at Kate Spade and Ogilvy & Mather.

Before joining the User Interface team, Dye led global design efforts across all aspects of communications, from identity and packaging, through retail and interactive experiences.

In 2012, Dye joined Jonathan Ive’s team to lead the User Interface group responsible for the design of iOS 7, iOS 8 and watchOS. Dye’s team continues to develop innovative experiences across all of Apple’s products, and their work has been recognized with numerous design awards.

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