Apple’s chief designer Jonathan Ive has been appointed a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Ive said he was "both humbled and sincerely grateful" for the award for services to design, and said the news was "absolutely thrilling." He told the BBC: "I am keenly aware that I benefit …
I used to work with a guy who's claim to fame was calling him "David Beckham farty pants" & watch him run home crying to his mum when they were kids. It seems plausible as they are both the same age & came from the same area.... slightly off topic but quite a funny story :)
Mourning Band Wagon
I'm sure that if Jobs was still alive Ive would not be getting this gong, at least not now.
It feels very much like UK.GOV is jumping on the Jobs mourning band wagon and doing the most public thing it can do, to the only high ranking British citizen at Apple.
Does Ive deserve a 'K' for his work? I'd say no.
for services to shiny toys?
When I opened my Mac Mini to upgrade the RAM...
...it was very well designed and compact. And I didn't realise there was an actual fan in there, as it was so quiet when running. An amazing piece of work, just soooo f**king expensive! :)
Well done Jon! You deserve it!
designer not engineer..
..because an engineer wouldn't have fscked up the antenna
held it wrong!
He wasn't able to read the writing on his gong because he was holding it wrong, luckily Her Maj had a rubber ring to put round it so he could hold it better.
hating apple is believing in santa
I had a thought this christmas. Being a person who hates apple products is like being the last person in class to realise Santa not real. Apple make nicely designed stuff, better than most PC's or phones, but they can cost more too. Were not morons for liking their stuff. The iMac, iPad, iPhone, macbook air and mac mini are all just lovely products, best in class to my eyes. Thats all. Good work jon and all the team.
So many begrudging remarks... as if Sir Jonathan's knighthood changed anything for you. He'll be knighted, you probably won't (and me certainly neither). So what?
Congratulations, Sir Jonathan!
iDub thee Sir jonathan..
...iRise, Sir Jonathan
[January sales: two crap jokes for the price of one!]
Good for him, but I hope he wasn't responsible for the Mighty/Magic mouse.
His team was...
... but nobody's perfect.
Note the word "team". Ive is the senior vice president of industrial design at Apple: he does not — contrary to what lazy journalists would have us believe — design everything Apple make single-handed. It's a team effort.
But the knighthood is well deserved: it's a good advert for British creativity. That is about the only industry the country has left—as many of the famously "creative" British accountancy firms will attest.
Anyone want to continue using consumer PC plastic?
We could of just whipped Apple out of history and used boring PC boxes with lines of code only the IT geek could get to grips with or browse the web with just lines of text? To any anti-apples here, we could all live in dire world of sub-standard boxes of electronics? Copying or not, they don't sell millions of electronic devices a month for nothing.
Fortunately, designers like Jon inspire to create products that anyone can use and make them as practical as possible. He may not be someone who does engineering, but you must have an understanding of engineering to imagine up products which we've come out of Apple's den in the last decade.
An knight-hood well deserved. Shame most of our manufacturing/designing in the UK has gone abroad.
I'm just impressed a lad from a POLY did so well for himself! Well done Jonathan, and no old school tie or Oxbridge leg-up involved either.
> Apple ... stuff ... can cost more too.
Can? Feel free to list the Apple kit that's cheaper than equivalent non-Apple products.
>The .. iPhone... just lovely products, best in class to my eyes.
Superior to mobile phones that can actually make calls?
> We could of just whipped Apple out of history and used boring PC boxes with lines of code only the IT geek could get to grips with or browse the web with just lines of text?
Apple invented neither the GUI nor the WWW.
I wonder if, at any point
HM actually has any input in this list? just a thought.
The PM has an honours list too, as possibly some others, Blair took good care of his "mates" with his departing one.
It just suprises me that HM knows and can choose single people from the 56 or so million UK residents and also knows the whole sum and names of UK nationals living abroad....or does she only get to sign the list and it's passed off as hers?.
Thatcher declined a hereditary one on grounds that it's not right, lennon handed his back, Piggot and many other crooks keep theirs....the honours list is worthless nowadays, when someone like Norman Wisdom waits 80 years for his, yet Beckham gets it in less than 30.
what an idea, Simon Cowell's new show, see which nobody they can big-up to get an honour in the new years list, to fill in after the hyped to Xmas number one slot.
So the Queen has publicly acknowledged Ive's abilities more than the late King ever did.
I've no objection about Ive getting a Knighthood. But I'm pretty sure Ronnie Corbett should have got one. Was it just because he played a crack-addled version of himself alongside Ricky Gervais that time?
This is a deal between the UK government, Apple and Jonathan Ive - Ive gets a K, Apple get senior employee with a K, Ive now allowed to locate design dept in UK, UK gets major tech company design dept.
"Fortunately, designers like Jon inspire to create products that anyone can use and make them as practical as possible. "
Even these typical fanbois.
Go on, son
You can take your iPod out of Essex, but you can't take the Essex out of your iPod.
Location, Location, Location
Point of pedantic order -- by the time Ive was born Chingford was no longer in Essex but was in London, having become part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest with the creation of that Borough in 1965.