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Apple design guru Jony Ive receives a knighthood

Alex Veiga (via SMH) | Jan. 3, 2012
The British monarch has awarded a knighthood to Jonathan Paul (Jony) Ive, a British citizen and head of Apple's design team since the mid-'90s.

Fans of the clean, inviting look of the iPhone, iPad and other blockbuster Apple products are legion, and that includes Queen Elizabeth II.

The British monarch has awarded a knighthood to Jonathan Paul (Jony) Ive, a British citizen and head of Apple's design team since the mid-'90s.

Ive received a KBE, (Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). The honour was announced over the weekend for services to design and enterprise.

Arise Sir Jony ... Apple's chief designer Jonathan Ive.

Arise Sir Jony ... Apple's chief designer Jonathan Ive.

"To be recognised with this honor is absolutely thrilling and I am both humbled and sincerely grateful," Ive said in a statement. "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."

Ive is credited with helping the late Steve Jobs bring the consumer-electronics company back from the brink of financial ruin in the late 1990s with his whimsical design for the iMac computer, which originally came in bright colors at a time bland shades dominated the PC world.

He later helped transform Apple into a consumer-electronics powerhouse and the envy of Silicon Valley with his designs for the iPod, the iPhone and, most recently, the iPad.

The knighthood is the second royal honour Ive has received. He was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) honour in 2006 for achievements in British design and innovation.

Britain's honours are bestowed twice a year by the monarch - at New Year's and on her official birthday in June. Recipients are selected by committees of civil servants from nominations made by the government and the public.

Most of the honours go to people who are not in the limelight, for services to community or industry, but they also reward a sprinkling of famous faces.

Oscar-nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter and music producer Steve Lillywhite were among those included with Ive in the Queen's New Year honors list for 2012.

Ive started out far from Apple's Cupertino, California, headquarters.

He grew up outside London and studied design at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) in Newcastle, England. After finishing school, he co-founded a London-based design company called Tangerine. There, he designed a range of products including combs and power tools. It was through Tangerine that he first got to work with Apple.

 

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