Apple's Design Chief Is Now a Knight British native Jonathan Ive earns honor in homeland By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Dec 31, 2011 1:06 PM CST 13 comments Comments Apple design chief Jonathan Ive in a file photo. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) (Newser) – Apple's lead designer has a new title: Knight Commander of the British Empire. Or just Sir Jonathan if you like. Jonathan Ive has been awarded a knighthood in his native England, reports the BBC. The 44-year-old worked closely with Steve Jobs and has played a large role in creating everything from the iPhone to the iPad. The San Jose Mercury News goes so far as to say that "he more than anyone else may define the way Apple creations look and feel in the future" in the wake of Jobs' death. "I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making," said Ive, who pronounced himself humbled and grateful. "I discovered at an early age that all I've ever wanted to do is design."