Apple’s senior vice president of Industrial Design, Jonathan Ive, was awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours list. BBC on Saturday reported that Ive can now style himself as Sir Jonathan as he has been made a Knight Commander of the British Empire.
Jonathan Ive expressed his feelings by saying that it was “absolutely thrilling” and was “both humbled and sincerely grateful”. Ive joined Apple in 1992 and reports directly to the CEO. In Steve Jobs biography it was revealed that Ive had complete operational freedom and Jobs considered him to be his “spiritual partner”.
Ive has been leading the design team responsible for Apple’s iconic products ranging from iPod, iPhone, iPad to the Mac. He is known to care for the smallest of the details concerning the product design, from production process down to packaging, he has repeatedly set new standards in industrial design.
This isn’t the first time Ive has been recognized in the honours list, in 2005 he was made a Commander of the British Empire. In a statement to the press Ive said:
I discovered at an early age that all I’ve ever wanted to do is design. I feel enormously fortunate that I continue to be able to design and make products with a truly remarkable group of people here at Apple.
Apple’s products have been featured in the permanent collections of museums worldwide and the honour awarded to Ive only adds to the anticipation building around the rumored all-new design for iPhone 5.