Jonathan Ive, Apple VP of Industrial Design, has been honored with a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen, who just happens to own a £169 silver iPod. Many say that this event is highly-deserved as Ive is the man behind the successful iPod and iMac products of Apple Computer, to name a few.
Ive pursued industrial design at Newcastle Polytechnic. Upon his graduation, he worked for design studio Tangerine, which he promptly left when one of its customers (guess who?) made him a job offer.
Ive took the job offer, relocated to California and was part of Apple in 1992. He soon became known in 1998 thanks to the launch of the Bondi Blue bubble-shaped iMac. Since then, Ive has won numerous design awards for Apple such as those for the Power Mac G4, Cube and PowerBook.
A little background on the CBE. Its motto is “For God and the Empire”. It was founded by George V in 1917 to recognize all levels of service to the British Empire during the First World War. It has since developed to include service and achievement in various disciplines.
So what has Apple got to say about Ive receiving CBE honors? “We are as proud as could be that Jonny is receiving such a prestigious commendation.”