Jonathan Ive, the man behind Apple's iconic iPod and iMac, has become a CBE in the New Year Honours list.
Since the launch of the iMac in 1998, Mr Ive has driven the design of almost every piece of Apple hardware. Landmarks include the original iMac, iBook, Power Mac, PowerBook, Mac Mini and iPod.
Although many drool over the sleek look of Apple products, Mr Ive has always emphasised the need for a close union of form and function.
Famously private and rarely giving interviews, Mr Ive always seeks to stress the teamwork that goes into creating Apple's products.
The portable iPod music player has done the most to boost Apple's fortunes and in September 2005 it reported its best financial quarter for nine years. Sales of iPods were up 500% on the year before.
As a designer and an Apple aficionado—how often the two go together—I think that Ive is a fucking god. He comes across as a thoroughly nice guy too...