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iPod designer Jonathan Ive awarded highest British design honor

“Few people recognise Jonathan Ive. Few could tell you what he does. But most of us know, admire and use his work. Ive, who has just been awarded the highest British design honour with his appointment to the RSA’s Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry, is ‘Mr Mac’. He is the British designer who has reinvented the computer, the personal stereo and much else besides. By banishing beige boxes and replacing them with sculptural, easy-to-get-to-grips-with products, such as Apple’s iMac and iPod, Ive has transformed the way we look at the electronic stuff that surrounds us.”

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Bravo… Bravo….  Good JOb :thumbsup:

Posted by Bababooey on December 21, 2003 at 2:03 PM (CST)


It’s about time he was formally recognised for his work!

Posted by dottz on December 21, 2003 at 2:24 PM (CST)


i hear he just barely beat Michael Graves of Target fame.  The guy makes equisite toasters.

Posted by dave on December 21, 2003 at 7:17 PM (CST)


Great article. Very well written.

Posted by Agent Orange on December 21, 2003 at 11:53 PM (CST)


“i hear he just barely beat Michael Graves of Target fame. The guy makes equisite toasters.”

yeah for no other than Alessi Brand, sidenote, Michael Graves design buildings too, very post-modern.

So many good designers out there, but I do agree Jonathan Ive winning this time as his designs are more well-known and actually making a DIFFERENCE

Posted by gdfjghf on December 22, 2003 at 5:07 AM (CST)


<sarcasm>I’m surprised that the teenage intern who “designed” the Dell DJ wasn’t a contendor for this prize.</sarcasm>

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on December 22, 2003 at 7:52 AM (CST)


Michael Graves’ designs for Target are terribly tacky compared to Ive’s work. It’s true that Graves’ is a Postmodernist. Postmodernism is not only tacky, but passe and insulting to consumers. The whole concept of Potmodernism is based on the idea that good design is inaccessible to the masses, neccessitating in the inclusion of elements of the local vernacular. Ive’s adds nothing so that we poor, helpless, tasteless consumers can appreciate his designs. He knows that truly good design can inspire, regardless of a consumers level of education.

Posted by iHateDesigners on December 22, 2003 at 8:19 AM (CST)


Graves designs only the *outside* of the appliances for Target.  The mechanisms are fairly shoddy standard Black and Decker.  That’s not design, that’s decoration.  The ipod integrates form and function—that’s real design.

Posted by grubstreet on December 22, 2003 at 9:27 AM (CST)


Agree. The Starck stuff for Target is more pure.

So does anyone know if papa Jonathan uses a case? I’m guessing no.

Posted by McTeague on December 22, 2003 at 11:20 AM (CST)


“The iPod is like a cigarette pack for those addicted to music instead of tobacco.”

Exactly how I feel.

Posted by wheelz on December 22, 2003 at 1:53 PM (CST)


You folks obviously haven’t seen Graves’ spatula work.  The encapsulate the human spirit, the eb and flow of humanity.  Not to mention the teflon coating is great for scrambled eggs!

Posted by dave on December 23, 2003 at 10:27 AM (CST)


If you want to see the design work that Graves actually puts thought into check out the Alesssi line. The Target line is a sad shoddy imitation that really cheapens his (once) good name.

Posted by macguy on December 28, 2003 at 11:26 AM (CST)

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