News, , , , , , — December 31, 2011 12:13 — 1 Comment

Apple design guru Jonathan Ive awarded a knighthood

He becomes a ‘Sir’ in Queen’s New Year’s honours list in recognition of his contribution to the Cupertino company’s phenomenal global success

Some would say Jonathan Ive deserved a knighthood simply for putting up with the irascible Steve Jobs for almost 20 years, but Apple’s head of design and senior vice president has been awarded the top gong for his outstanding work on the firm’s computers and tablets including the Macbook, iPod, iPhone and iPad.

So arise ‘Sir Jonathan’, or to his friends ‘Sir Jony’, a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE).

How would Jobs have reacted to the news? Ive was one of the few at Apple left to rule his own kingdom with little interference from Jobs, chiefly because he is good at his job and that is all that mattered to Jobs. “Sir”, indeed.

Ive described the honour as ”absolutely thrilling” and said he was “both humbled and sincerely grateful”.

The 44-year-oldwas born in Chingford, Essex, and studied industrial design at Northumbria Polytechnic — now Northumbria University. “I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making. I discovered at an early age that all I’ve ever wanted to do is design,” he said.

On graduation Ive started work as a commercial designer and then, with three friends, founded a design agency called Tangerine. One of the agency’s early clients was Apple, which was so impressed with the work he did on a prototype notebook that it offered him a full-time job in 1992.

His early years at Apple were not particularly happy as the company was then suffering a decline. Everything changed, however, in 1995 when Jobs returned to the company he helped found.

“What’s made him so outstandingly successful is the relationship he’s had with Steve Jobs and Apple,” Deyan Sudjic, director of The Design Museum in London, told the BBC. “He’s been working there for 19 years and has built up the kind of relationship that’s very rare.”

Jobs described Ive as his “spiritual partner” in the recent biography of the Apple co-founder written by Walter Isaacson. However, it also said that Ive was “hurt” by Mr Jobs taking credit for innovations that came from the design team.

Ive’s eye for design and Jobs’s legendary attention to detail have turned Apple into the biggest and most influential technology company on the planet.

The knighthood is the second time Ive has been recognised in the honour’s list. In 2005 he was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

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