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Queen honors iPod designer

Apple design guru Jonathan Ive, best known for his work on the iPod and iMac, was named on Friday in the Queen’s Honours List for his achievements in industrial design.

“London-born Jonathan Ive, 38, Apple’s senior vice president of design, on Friday was awarded the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth,” reports Reuters. “The rank of CBE is the third most senior rank among the five British classes of chivalry. It was created in 1917 by King George V to honor noncombatants at the height of World War I. Only the first two orders qualify for knighthood.”

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1

Just missed out on being a “Sir”. That sucks, OBE him! :(

Posted by Jack Bauer on December 31, 2005 at 7:39 PM (PDT)

2

redicules…

Posted by tom on December 31, 2005 at 9:30 PM (PDT)

3

“redicules”

Er, what?

Ridiculous? Ridicules? Which is it supposed to be?

BTW, it’s NOT ridiculous for someone in a design field to get recognized for their achievements. Considering the impact Apple products have had—particularly the iPod—on the consumer marketplace globally, there’s nothing wrong with Ive getting his props from the Motherland.

Posted by flatline response on December 31, 2005 at 9:59 PM (PDT)

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“BTW, it’s NOT ridiculous for someone in a design field to get recognized for their achievements. Considering the impact Apple products have had—particularly the iPod—on the consumer marketplace globally, there’s nothing wrong with Ive getting his props from the Motherland.”

Yes, it is conceivable that someone in design might be worthy of such recognition. Ives, though, is not. He’s become a bit of a figurehead to hang a lot of the iPod’s success on, but not only was his design not particularly original (the basic rectangle with a screen and a circular control pad was long established as a DAP design), it wasn’t even *his* design that brought the iPod such success. The iPod started getting successful with the 3G, which other than being white with a chrome back bore no unique resemblance to his design, and it was the 4G and mini which really cemented the iPod’s success. The 4G only bears superficial resemblance to his design and the mini is not even remotely similar unless you want to count the been-around-since-1998 design style of a rectangle with a screen and circular controls as somehow Ives’ inspired work.

The guy/team who came up with the click wheel, the advertising firm who sold Apple those silhouette ads initially, whoever pitched the idea for candy coloured shiny minis, and, most importantly, whatever Apple-board-hired goons who beat Jobs senseless with a rubber hose in the dark of night to get Apple to fully support the other 98% of the world on Windows deserve this award far more than a slightly nutty designer who made the least successful iPod and then quit the company.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on January 1, 2006 at 7:28 AM (PDT)

5

Who gives a s***e about a meaningless, outdated, colonial award ceremony anyway?


oh and the Nano still scratches when mixed with cotton wool

Posted by The Mac Daddy on January 1, 2006 at 3:15 PM (PDT)

6

There’s nothing “colonial” about the Royal Honours… those would have something to do with colonies.

He didn’t get the award for the iPod alone (though he did design the entire family)- he also designed the iMacs (and the eMac), PowerMac (including G4 Cube), Titanium PowerBook, Mac mini, XServe (and RAID), AirPort Base Stations, and Cinema/Studio Displays.

He was also involved with the Harmon-Kardon SoundStick speakers.

Posted by EricS2008 on January 1, 2006 at 3:32 PM (PDT)

7

Ahhh, Codemonkey being his usual jerk self as always…..I think Jonathan deserves the award, he’s done a lot of great work for apple so kudos to him!

Posted by matrixsjd on January 1, 2006 at 3:51 PM (PDT)

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“Ahhh, Codemonkey being his usual jerk self as always…..”

Care to point out where I’m a jerk, or is that just the site approved response for anyone who doesn’t agree that Apple or its products are anything overly special?

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on January 1, 2006 at 6:04 PM (PDT)

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EricS2008

err the honours system IS most definitely remnants of Britian’s colonial past. If it isn’t then tell me why figures such as Pandit G (Asian Dub Foundation), Eamonn Andrews, Benjamin Zephaniah declined and John Lennon returned his

O.B.E = Order of the British Empire..sounds kinda colonial to me

Posted by The Mac Daddy on January 1, 2006 at 7:01 PM (PDT)

10

John Lennon returned his because he didn’t like the wars Britain was involved in (and he thought Cold Turkey should have stayed on the charts longer). I believe his letter read:

“Your Majesty,

I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and “Cold Turkey” slipping down the charts.

With Love,
John Lennon of Bag”

November 25 1969, when it was written, was ten years after Nigeria held its first elections, prior to gaining independence from Britain in 1960.

Posted by EricS2008 on January 1, 2006 at 8:11 PM (PDT)

11

@Mac Daddy
It’s not actually an award ‘ceremony’.
Its not the f******g Oscars.

Posted by Matt Tilda on January 1, 2006 at 11:29 PM (PDT)

12

Yes, it is conceivable that someone in design might be worthy of such recognition.

It’s more than conceivable, it’s reality in that universe that is Her Majesty’s empire. The British often honor their own for their influence and impact in the fields of architecture and the environmental design realm, for example. Even Donald Healey got the CBE for his cars, though how often do you see anyone other than a Brit (or Brit wannabee) lust after a Austin-Healey or Jensen-Healey? Apple, whether you like it or not, makes products that have tremendous impact on the consumer marketplace in general, and in the profession of industrial design specifically. How can anyone forget how influential the original iMac was on product design? (“if I ever seen another unrelated, non-computer widget done up in translucent clear and blue plastic…”). And considering that in this time and place that iPods RULE—like it or not—it’s no surprise that the Buckingham Palace is queing up the 45—or should it be AAC—of “God Save The Queen” and ordering up the requisite t-shirts with the Union Jack and Apple logos for sale at yer neighbourhood British souvenir kiosk, Sir Paul’s and Apple Corps’ (MORE Brits) protests notwithstanding.

As for end product vs. original concept: industrial designs often goes through many iterations before reaching the final product; so what of it? It’s the initial design precepts, concepts and ideas that count first and foremost, anyways, even if the initial ‘napkin sketch’ wasn’t done verbatim. On a tangent, Chihuly gets his props for glass design that HE HIMSELF doesn’t even make (just orchestrates, while his minions do all the actual dirty work). In this case, the man IS the top dawg—tough noogies, self-righteous Lake Superior State University—of product design for Apple. If those concept survives the development phase into production, why shouldn’t he get props if it’s his team that made the changes and mods anyways?

BTW, it’s Ive, not Ives. ‘Sides, if the Queen wants to thump that proverbial Luv Dat UK Pride Thang, that’s certainly their bloody right.

That’s my ramble for 2day…

Posted by flatline response on January 2, 2006 at 7:37 AM (PDT)

13

Matt Tilda, hope you get an O.B.E for being so pedantic. Shame on me for calling those dinky little medals a ‘ceremony’..Oh the shame of it..Think I’ll take my iPod and disappear for a few years til the flak dies down..I just feel so humbled and embarrased…........my ar*e


And Eric,  if you know anything about Lennon you’d know that he was being flippant and sarcastic and was making a mockery of those useless pieces of metal.


Oh and I’m glad Jonathon Ive(s) got recognition, just a shame that he got it from some old fart with a crown and a stoopid voice

Posted by The Mac Daddy on January 2, 2006 at 12:31 PM (PDT)

14

These awards are given to people who are considered outstanding IN THEIR FIELD. Who would disagree that Ive is an outstanding designer?

As for their worth… these awards are given to people nobody cares about every year (tax collectors, accountants etc.), they don’t mean much except to the people that recieve them.

Posted by Menko on January 2, 2006 at 1:55 PM (PDT)

15

I find the Mac Daddy’s comment objectionable.

The Queen is not ‘some old fart with a crown’ and nor is her voice remotely ‘stoopid’.

And Code Monkey, your mean-spirited refusal to give credit to Ive (whose loafer you’re not good enough to lick) does make it look like you’re being just as much of an anti-Apple troll as usual.

Posted by Jackonicko on January 2, 2006 at 5:27 PM (PDT)

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