Jonathan Ive, the man behind the iconic designs of a number of Apple products, has been conferred knighthood by the Queen of England. He would now be known as Sir Jonathan Ive.
A section from the official announcement by the British Embassy reads:
The honour, for the lead designer at Apple Inc. of products like the iPod and iPad, was part of the New Year 2012 Honours List and was in recognition of Jonathan Ive’s services to design and enterprise.
In a statement, Ive had this to say about the knighthood:
“I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making. 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.”
This is Ive’s second honor from the Queen, his first being “Commander of the British Empire, ” which was awarded to him in 2006. He has also been the recipient of a number of other awards from institutes like The Royal Society of Arts and the Design Museum London.
Ive, who was born in the UK, has been with Apple since 1992 and has created exemplary designs which led to products like the iPhone and iMac. Jobs considered Ive as his spiritual partner, and told Walter Isaacson:
“He has more operational power than anyone else at Apple except me. There’s no one who can tell him what to do, or to butt out. That’s the way I set it up.”
At one point of time, before Jobs made a comeback at Apple, Ive contemplated leaving the company because it held little importance for design.
Even Jobs was on the verge of being knighted in 2009, but things went downhill after the former Apple CEO declined an invitation by then British PM Gordon Brown to speak at Labor Party’s annual conference.
We’d like to congratulate Sir Jony Ive on this honor. We can’t wait to see what he and Apple has in store for us in 2012.