Apple's senior vice president of industrial design, Jonathan Ive, the genius behind the company's many iconic creations was knighted by Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace, Wednesday.
The British-born Ive who has led Apple’s design team since 1996, was bestowed the honor for his contribution to design and enterprise.
The 45-year-old, currently based in San Francisco, flew to Britain with his wife and eight-year-old twin sons to accept the award.
A thrilled Ive, who can now be referred to as Sir Jonathan, stated, “All I’ve ever wanted to do is design and make; it’s what I love doing. It’s great if you can find what you love to do. Finding it is one thing but then to be able to practise that and be preoccupied with that is another."
"I’m very aware of an incredible tradition in the UK of designing and making, and so to be recognised in this way is really wonderful.”
"We try to develop products that seem somehow inevitable, that leave you with the sense that that's the only possible solution that makes sense. Our products are tools and we don’t want design to get in the way. We’re trying to bring simplicity and clarity, we’re trying to order the products.—Jonathan Ivy
19 years with Apple
Born in Chingford, east London, Ive inherited the passion of creating things from his father, a silversmith.
He studied Industrial design at Northumbria Polytechnic, worked as a commercial designer in UK and then established a design agency called Tangerine with three friends in 1988.
Ive initially worked as a consultant for Apple in UK, but so impressed was the company with his work that they hired him full time in 1992.
Steve Jobs and Ive worked closely to turn around Apple in the late 1990s. The pair is credited with bringing to the world many innovative and ground breaking gadgets including the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad.
Ive said, "We try to develop products that seem somehow inevitable, that leave you with the sense that that's the only possible solution that makes sense.
Our products are tools and we don’t want design to get in the way. We’re trying to bring simplicity and clarity, we’re trying to order the products.I think subconsciously people are remarkably discerning. I think that they can sense care.”
Other industry awards
Ive has also been recognized for a number of industrial designs he created.
He was named the smartest designer in tech by Forbes Magazine, Designer of the Year in 2003 by the Design Museum of London.
He has been bestowed with the title of Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts and was a finalist for the NDA Product Design award in 2006.
Ive and his designs were also exhibited at a German art museum.