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Apple SVP Jonathan Ive receives knighthood

Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive was knighted today at Buckingham Palace. According to an interview piece with the Telegraph, Ive was knighted for services to design and enterprise, and honor he described as “incredibly humbling.” During the interview, Ive also made several comments about his work at Apple. “We try to develop products that seem somehow inevitable. That leave you with the sense that that’s the only possible solution that makes sense,” Ive said. “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. I think subconsciously people are remarkably discerning. I think that they can sense care.”

Ive also made some comments about unreleased products. When asked if he was to be remembered for just one of his Apple designs, which one would he pick, Ive took a long pause, and responded, “It’s a really tough one. A lot does seem to come back to the fact that what we’re working on now feels like the most important and the best work we’ve done, and so it would be what we’re working on right now, which of course I can’t tell you about.”

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Ive’s comment about the next one being the one he is most remembered for reminds me of another visionary in a different field - Akira Kurosawa. Whenever he was quizzed about what he felt was his best work, he always said it would be the next one (until he finally made Ran, which he maintained was his best work).

It is really great the Ive is now a Knight. There is something remarkably grounded about him, despite what he has achieved. The Ive-Jobs combination was lightning in a bottle and it will be a very long time until something as magical happens again.

Posted by sreedhar on May 24, 2012 at 2:59 AM (CDT)

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