Jonathan Ive, the London-born designer responsible for most of Apple's ultra-sleek gadgets over the past two decades, received knighthood of the United Kingdom in a formal ceremony conducted at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.
Sir Jonathan, as he is now rightfully called, was made a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) in December of last year, but the formal bestowment of the honor -- sword and all -- wasn't conducted until this week, according to the BBC. Knighthoods are reserved for individuals who have made significant contributions to improving the national life of the UK.
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The designer originally received knighthood as part of this year's New Year Honour List, an annual tradition wherein the Queen presents royal commendations for the year. Sir Jonathan told the BBC in December that the achievement was “absolutely thrilling,” adding that he was “both humbled and sincerely grateful.”
Apple hired Sir Jonathan in 1992 after taking notice of his work for a design agency. He quickly moved up the ranks, becoming the lead designer for the Apple in 1996. His design legacy at Apple includes the iMac G3, iPod, iPhone and iPad, all of which revolutionized gadgetry design.
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Sir Jonathan, who studied at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) in the UK, is known for helping Apple create devices that the public absolutely loved, filling a need that most people didn't realize existed. His design philosophy was simple: form and function aren't trade-offs, but ought to be complimentary.
"We try to develop products that seem somehow inevitable," Jonathan told The Telegraph in a rare interview about his knighthood. "That leave you with the sense that that’s the only possible solution that makes sense. Our products are tools and we don’t want design to get in the way. We’re trying to bring simplicity and clarity, we’re trying to order the products."
Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple, once described Sir Jonathan as his "spiritual partner," according to Jobs' biography.
Sir Jonathan now lives in San Francisco, Calif. with his British wife and two sons. He was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), one level below the Knight Commander, in 2005.
This story originally published on Mashable here.
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