Apple's SVP of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive To Be Knighted At Buckingham Palace Today
Apple’s Senior Vice President of industrial design, Jonathan Ive will be knighted at Buckingham Palace today. Apple’s British designer, Jonathan Ive, better known as Jony among his Apple colleagues had great New Year’s eve because his name was listed in New Year’s honours list. He along with other figures who were listed in New Year’s honours list will be knighted by the Princess Royal. Sir Jonathan Ive, as he will now be known, becomes a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) for “services to design and enterprise”. Jony Ive have designed Apple’s insanely popular consumer products including iPod, iPad, iPhone, iMac, MacBook Pros and Apple’s crown jewel the MacBook Air.
He was a good friend or as Walter Isaacson quoted in Steve Jobs’ biography “spiritual partner” of company’s co-founder and ex-CEO late Steve Jobs. It was also mentioned in Steve Jobs’ biography that Ive enjoys a complete operational freedom at Apple headquarters.
Jonathan Ive is son of a sliversmith from United Kingdom, he completed his study in Industrial Designat Newcastle Polytechnic, now known as Northumbria University. Ive joined Apple back in 1992 and he was promoted to the rank of Senior Executive in 1997 after Steve Jobs’ come back at Apple. He is also the brain behind Apple’s beautiful iMac which brought the fruit company back on winning track. All Apple products are immensely appraised in the design industry because of their simplicity.
This is not the first award for Ive but it’s definitely the biggest one, he was named Designer of the Year by the Design Museum London in 2003, and awarded the title Royal Designer for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts, among his numerous honours.
Jony Ive didn’t release any statement regarding today’s ceremony but in December last year when his name was listed in New Year’s honours list he said :
“I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making,” Ive, 44, said in a statement. “To be recognized with this honour is absolutely thrilling and I am both humbled and sincerely grateful. 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.”