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45 Facts You Should Know About Apple Design Guru Jonathan Ive

45 things about the Chief Design Officer of one of the most valuable companies on earth.

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(Photo : Mike Marsland/Getty Images) Jonathan Ive attends the front row for the Burberry Prorsum show on day 4 of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on September 17, 2012 in London, England.

Jonathan Ive recently got a promotion at Apple and now he is Chief Design Officer at the company. Here're 45 things about him that you should know:

  1. Jonathan Ive's full name is Sir Jonathan Paul Ive.
  2. He is from Chingford, London, England.
  3. He has been awarded Knighthood, one of the highest honors an individual in the United Kingdom can achieve.
  4. In 2005, he was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE).
    Sir Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice President, Industrial Design, Apple Inc with his Knight Commander medal following an Investiture ceremony hosted by the Princess Royal, at Buckingham Palace, on May 23, 2012 in London .
    (Photo : Rebecca Naden/Getty Images) Sir Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice President, Industrial Design, Apple Inc with his Knight Commander medal following an Investiture ceremony hosted by the Princess Royal, at Buckingham Palace, on May 23, 2012 in London .
  5. Ive is designer of many Apple products including MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, Mac mini, iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, Apple Watch and iOS.
  6. He also leads Human Interface software teams at Apple.
  7. Steve Jobs considered Ive to be his "spiritual partner."
  8. Ive's father was a silversmith.
  9. During high school years, Ive was passionate about cars and it was this interest that led to his career as a designer.
  10. Ive, after graduation, explored courses offered in car design.
  11. Ive studied industrial design at Newcastle Polytechnic and graduated with a first class Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989.
  12. After graduation Ive joined London design agency Roberts Weaver group, which was also his college sponsor.
  13. In his first encounter with Apple Mac, Ive was impressed by the intuitive mouse-driven system.
  14. One year after working with Roberts Weaver Ive joined London startup design agency called Tangerine.
  15. At Tangerine, he designed number of products, ranging from microwave ovens to toothbrushes.
  16. He also designed a toilet, bidet and sink for client (which was later rejected as the client stated that products were too costly and looked too modern).
  17. Ive was approached by Apple to join as a full-time employee while he was working at Tangerine, but he refused.
  18. Ive joined Apple as a full-time employee finally in 1992.
  19. Few of the first products designed by Ive, as an Apple employee include Newton and the MessagePad 110.
  20. Ive was promoted to Senior Vice President of Industrial Design in 1997, after Jobs returned to Apple.
  21. After Jobs return, he started with the iMac and then iPod, followed by iPhone and iPad.
  22. Ive's works are heavily influenced by Dieter Rams, the chief designer at Braun from 1961 until 1995.
  23. Ive is the only Apple designer with a private office.
  24. He heads a core team of designers of 15 people.
  25. The laboratory in which Ive works, is inaccessible by nearly everyone (including his children).
  26. His office includes a rugby ball, a design poster that ends with the phrase "think about all the fucking possibilities," and a Banksy print of the Queen overlaid with the face of a chimp.
  27. Unofficial biography of Ive is titled: Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products.
  28. At Apple, Ive is only the third C-level executive after CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri.
    Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple senior vice president of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters look on as an attendee looks at the new iPhone 5 during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on September 12, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Apple announced the iPhone 5, the latest version of the popular smart phone.
    (Photo : Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple senior vice president of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters look on as an attendee looks at the new iPhone 5 during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on September 12, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Apple announced the iPhone 5, the latest version of the popular smart phone.
  29. Ive has also designed products for charitable organizations.
  30. Ive designed a Leica camera for a charity auction that set a world record auction price for a camera. The camera was sold for $1.8m.
    A custom one of a kind Jonny Ive and Marc Newsom designed Leica rangefinder camera is displayed ahead of auction at Sotheby's November 22, 2013 in New York City. The camera is expected to fetch between $500-750,000. After nearly two years in the making, the charity auction, orchestrated by Jony Ive, Bono and designer Marc Newson is set to begin Saturday. Proceeds go to Bono's Product Red charity and is expected to raise over $2 million towards fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria
    (Photo : John Moore/Getty Images) A custom one of a kind Jonny Ive and Marc Newsom designed Leica rangefinder camera is displayed ahead of auction at Sotheby's November 22, 2013 in New York City. The camera is expected to fetch between $500-750,000. After nearly two years in the making, the charity auction, orchestrated by Jony Ive, Bono and designer Marc Newson is set to begin Saturday. Proceeds go to Bono's Product Red charity and is expected to raise over $2 million towards fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria
  31. For RED, Ive collaborated with Marc Newson to design an aluminum desk.
    A desk designed by Jony Ive and Marc Newson sits on display ahead of auction at Sotheby's November 22, 2013 in New York City. After nearly two years in the making, the charity auction, orchestrated by Jony Ive, Bono and designer Marc Newson is set to begin Saturday. Proceeds go to Bono's Product Red charity and is expected to raise over $2 million towards fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
    (Photo : John Moore/Getty Images) A desk designed by Jony Ive and Marc Newson sits on display ahead of auction at Sotheby's November 22, 2013 in New York City. After nearly two years in the making, the charity auction, orchestrated by Jony Ive, Bono and designer Marc Newson is set to begin Saturday. Proceeds go to Bono's Product Red charity and is expected to raise over $2 million towards fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
  32. Ive also collaborated with U2 frontman Bono to design and curate items for his (RED) charity auction, including a pair of solid rose gold Apple EarPods.
    Marc Newson, Bono and Jonathan Ive attend 2013 (RED) Auction Celebrating Masterworks Of Design and Innovation on November 23, 2013 in New York City.
    (Photo : Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images) Marc Newson, Bono and Jonathan Ive attend 2013 (RED) Auction Celebrating Masterworks Of Design and Innovation on November 23, 2013 in New York City.
  33. Ive loves techno music.
  34. He has also designed a Jaeger-LeCoultre sports watch.
  35. Ive helped J.J. Abrams design Star Wars' new lightsaber.
  36. Ive has been named one of the top 100 innovators in the world under age 35.
  37. He has been also awarded Design Museum's Designer of the Year.
  38. GQ magazine has named him the Product Designer of the Year (2007).
     Apple Senior Vice President of Design Jonathan Ive and Vanity Fair Editor-in-Chief Graydon Carter speak onstage during 'Genius by Design' at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 9, 2014 in San Francisco, California
    (Photo : Michael Kovac/Getty Images) Apple Senior Vice President of Design Jonathan Ive and Vanity Fair Editor-in-Chief Graydon Carter speak onstage during 'Genius by Design' at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 9, 2014 in San Francisco, California
  39. Fast Company ranked Ive at No. 1 in the list of "100 Most Creative People in Business."
  40. Guardian has named him "inventor of the Decade."
  41. Ive owns more than 730 U.S. design and utility patents.
  42. Ive married British writer and Historian Heather Pegg in 1987.
  43. He has twin sons.
  44. He considers Jobs as his 'closest friend.'
  45. Ive has been profiled by Bono in The 2013 TIME annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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