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Who is Jonathan Ive and why should you know his work?

You may not have heard of him, but Jonathan Ive is one of the most influential figures in the world of technology. And he has been for some time.

Ive is Apple’s senior vice president of industrial design, and was at Buckingham Palace today to receive a knighthood from Princess Anne.

It is the second time the British designer has been in town to meet royalty – he was made a Commander of the British Empire back in 2005.

Ive, or Sir Jonathan Ive as he’ll be known from now on, was knighted for “services to design and enterprise”. When you look at his achievements over the years, it’s easy to see why.

Apple and Ive

When we think of the people behind Apple’s huge success over the past 15 years, we inevitably think of Steve Jobs. But Ive has been just as vital to the US tech giant’s success.

After being poached by Apple back in 1992, Ive quickly rose through the ranks to become head of the Apple design team in 1996.

One of Ive’s most iconic designs is the iMac G3, otherwise known as Bondi Blue. It is one Apple’s most memorable devices, and pulled the company back from the brink of bankruptcy.

When Steve Jobs rejoined Apple, he and Ive set about reinventing the company into the stylish tech powerhouse we know today.

Steve Jobs’ right hand man

Jobs described Ive as his ‘spiritual partner’, and the combined expertise of both men lead to the hugely successful iPod. The rest, as they say, is history.

As well as the iPod, Ive is also played a large part in the design of the iPhone and iPad – some of the most successful devices of the last ten years.

“I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making,”

“To be recognised with this honour is absolutely thrilling and I am both humbled and sincerely grateful,”

Ive told the Telegraph in an interview


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