Apple's head of design, and arguably Steve Jobs's partner in crime, Jonathan Ive has been made Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE). According to the BBC, he has been honoured for excellence in form and function that are seen in Apple gadgets like the iPhone and the iPod. He was raised in Chingford in the U.K. Ive says he was interested in design from the young age of 14 and decided to attend Northumbria Polytechnic. which is now Northumbria University. Upon graduation, he started a design company with three friends and one of their clients was Apple who were so impressed with his work that they gave him a full time position. This was before Steve Jobs came back to Apple and the company was still in turmoil. However, as is well known, Jobs coming back was what Apple needed and being known for his attention to detail and design, Jobs described Ive as his spiritual partner.
Apple's Head of Design gets knighthood
Of course, there were the bad times when Jobs took the credit for Apple's gadgets' designs, which hurt the design team. Furthermore, the slack the company faced upon the release of the iPhone 4 with
antennegate did not fare well for the design team. However, Ive has been with Apple for 19 years now and has built up relationships that Deyan Sudjic, director of The Design Museum, calls “very rare”. This is the second time Ive has been recognized by the British government. In 2005, he was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE).