June 1, 2012 – Are you reading this story on an Apple product? Perhaps a MacBook, iPhone, or iPad? Well, the man who helped to design these Apple gadgets (and several others) was recognized by the British Empire for his services to design and and enterprise on May 22 when he was knighted at Buckingham Palace in London, England.
Jonathan Ive, who is now known as Sir Jonathan Ive, joined the Apple team in 1992 and worked closely with the late Steve Jobs in designing Apple products. The two were good friends and considered themselves "spiritual partners."
He is currently Apple's Senior Vice President of Industrial Design and in 2003 was named Designer of the Year by the Design Museum London and has received numerous other honours. He was very crucial to the development of the original iPod.
Many credit him with being responsible for Apple's products' simple, clean, and distinctive looks and believe that our favourite Apple products would not look the way they do today without Ive.
Ive was very proud to be knighted, especially because he was born in London and his family has roots in England.