If you happened to have run into Apple‘s resident design guru, Jonathan Ive, this weekend at a New Year’s party, let’s hope you didn’t embarrass yourself by just calling him Mr. Ive. Instead, after this past Saturday, when he was award knighthood by Queen Elizabeth, you’d need to refer to him as Sir Ive. Or better still, Sir Ive, Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. This latest award by the British monarchy for his design work was preceded in 2006 when Ive was given the Commander of the British Empire. Here’s his statement about becoming a knight:
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. I discovered at an early age that all I’ve ever wanted to do is design. I feel enormously fortunate that I continue to be able to design and make products with a truly remarkable group of people here at Apple.