We all know that Apple product designs are world famous and the man behind this is Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of Industrial Design. Earlier this year, his brilliant work was featured in a German exhibition. Today, BBC reports that he has been named a Knight Commander of the British Empire in the U.K.’s 2012 New Year Honours list. He described the honor as “absolutely thrilling.”
This allows Jonathan Ive to go by “Sir Jonathan.” The knighthood, which is for “services to design and enterprise,” is a step up from his previous title of Commander of the British Empire, which was awarded in 2005. Ive also said that he was “both humbled and sincerely grateful” by the commendation. In fact, Jonathan Ive grew up in Chingford, a town northeast of London, and credited his silversmith father of inspiring him as a designer.
Jonathan Ive started working for Apple in 1992, and according to Jobs’ biography he became a “spiritual partner” of co-founder Steve Jobs. Jobs also said that had left Ive with “more operational power” than anyone else at the company.
Well earned, sir.