Apple designer Jonathan Ive honoured by Queen Elizabeth II
From the office of British Consulate General, San Francisco
December 30, 2005, 4:15 p.m.
Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice-President of Design at Apple, has been
awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British
Empire) by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Year's Honours. The
award recognises Jonathan's international achievement in the field
of industrial design, having led the team responsible for the
design of groundbreaking products such as the iMac, iBook, Powerbook
and iPod at Apple.
Announcing the award today in San Francisco, Martin Uden, the
British Consul-General in San Francisco, said, "I am delighted
that out of the many Brits working in Silicon Valley, Jonathan
has been honoured in this way. His creation of these icons of
modern life places him head and shoulders above his contemporaries
and shows the relevance to us all of excellence in design. Even
in the tremendously rich and diverse field of design in the UK,
whether artistic or industrial, Jonathan's contribution is a real
stand-out. This is a rare honour to be given to Britons overseas
and Jonathan can be truly proud to have been recognised in this
"It is a personal and professional honour to receive this
award from Her Majesty," said Ive. "The CBE is a rewarding
acknowledgement of my work as a designer. As a Briton, I couldn't
be more thrilled."
Since 1996, London born Ive has been responsible for leading
a design team widely regarded as one of the world's best. Recognised
with numerous design awards, Apple products have become celebrated
design icons featured in the permanent collections of museums
worldwide including MOMA in New York and the Pompidou in Paris.
Ive holds a Bachelor of Arts and an honorary doctorate from Newcastle
Polytechnic. In 2003, he was named Designer of the Year by the
Design Museum in London and awarded the title Royal Designer for
Industry by the Royal Society of Arts.
British Honours are awarded on merit for exceptional achievement
or service to British interests. Announcements of these awards
are made twice yearly, at the New Year and on the occasion of
Her Majesty's Official Birthday in June.
The rank of Commander is the third most senior rank of the Most
Excellent Order of the British Empire, an order created by King
George V in 1917. It is awarded to individuals in recognition
of their contribution and service to British interests in the
UK and overseas.
Senior Vice President, Design, APPLE
British-born designer Jonathan Ive is the Senior Vice President
of Design at Apple. Reporting to the CEO, he is responsible for
the look and feel of all Apple hardware. Since March 1992, Ive
has been instrumental in building and leading a design organisation
that is considered one of the world's best. The team grabbed the
world's attention in 1998 with the release of the first iMac.
Selling over two million in the first year, the iMac's design
was cited as "one of the century's lasting images" by
Ive and team have received numerous awards and accolades from
the most prestigious design institutions, including D7AD, Red
Dot, iF, IDSA, Royal Society of Arts and many others, and Ive's
impact on design and popular culture is widely recognised. His
work has been exhibited in Europe, North American and Asia, and
is featured in permanent collections at museums including New
York's Museum of Modern Art and the Pompidou in Paris.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts and an honorary doctorate from Newcastle
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