Ive, Sir Jonathan Ive: Apple’s chief designer granted knighthood

Ive, Sir Jonathan Ive: Apple’s chief designer granted knighthood
One of the most influential designers of our age, Jony Ive, was granted knighthood in the New Year Honours List in the UK, so you might want to address Sir Jonathan Ive properly. A BBC report said the full title is Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and British-born Ive has commented that it’s “absolutely thrilling” to receive such an honor.

Ive is seen by many to be the key figure, almost equalling Steve Jobs in importance, when it comes to Apple’s latest creations. Inspired by the integral and simplistic design principles of Dieter Rams, Ive has started changing the looks of Apple products since 1996 when he headed Cupertino’s design team. He is the pioneer behind the unibody concept in Apple devices like the MacBook Pro, and of course the iPhone, where the choice of materials has played a big part in differentiating it.

Ive was schooled at England’s Newcastle Polytech where he graduated in arts and design. He was also granted Designer of the Year award by the Design Museum London and The Royal Society of Arts honored him with the Royal Designer for Industry title.

In 2011, rumors spread about the possibility of him leaving Cupertino, but Ive remained in Cupertino. He has however mentioned that the UK is a big inspiration for his work: “I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the U.K. of designing and making.”

Interestingly, Apple’s founder Steve Jobs was blocked from getting knighthood by ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown over his refusal to speak at an event.

source: 9to5Mac



1. bbblader

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6. sdsddfadfasdfasd

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13. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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2. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

He surely helped UK by selling iProducts for American company, he had to be knighted!

3. RazaAsad

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

Ive deserves that.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

for designing things? since when do you earn knighthood without doing anything that is some way beneficial to society. dont get me wrong, im not knocking Ive, but its a real problem when you just get knighted for having some fame. It used to actually mean something when you were knighted.... now it just means your famous. He's not the first to be knighted for that and he wont be the last.

5. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

For having some fame? I think you should read the article a couple of times, read the source and watch the video's.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I'm pretty sure my reading comprehension is in tact. Other than designing iPhone and MacBook what has the guy done that has benefitted society to award such a high honor? Nothing. He's just a famous brittish citizen.

8. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

So the people from the New Year Honours List in the UK and people who grant knighthoods in UK (not USA) against your opinion (USA guy): "it's only for the fame". choose now.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ok. Try that again but more coherently this time. Lol.

10. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

BTW, Steve Jobs is candidate for Grammy "for contributing to music industry". When you realize that this is not contributing to "music", but to "music industry", it becomes clear why Jonathan Ive is knighted also...

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

umm.. no.. no it doesnt. John Ive designed consumer products.... same as thousands of other people. Just because the company he works for has a cult following doesnt make him better than anyone else. I dont think Jobs should get some sort of crap posthumous Grammy either. The only thing Jobs did was centralize an MP3 store, throw on tons of DRM and take a cut off the top. He didnt create one note of music and he didnt "revolutionize" anything. It was just another evolution of what was already out there. People throw around words too often that dont mean what they are trying to use them for. He should get a pat on the back for making the music industry conform faster than they would have otherwise to a digital music store..He already got his pat on the back by the billions he made off the iTunes store. Should he get an award for it too? No..

12. jacko unregistered

well said

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