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Jonathan Ive takes home MDA award for iPhone

updated 11:50 am EDT, Wed July 2, 2008

Jonathan Ive MDA award

The Mobile Data Association has presented an award to Apple's lead designer, Jonathan Ive, according to an announcement. Ive -- who is technically the senior VP of Industrial Design at the company -- has received a Personal Achievement Award, given in recognition for his design not only of the iPhone hardware but aspects of the touch-based user interface. The combination has "redefined the mobile phone as we know it," the MDA comments.

The trade group also notes the importance of including Safari on the iPhone, said to have "pushed mobile content into the forefront of the consumer consciousness." The iPhone "sets the bar very high for all present and future competitors," the MDA goes on, and is "shaking the mobile phone industry."

Other winners at the awards include the likes of Motorola for its environmental efforts, T-Mobile for having best network service, and Mobyko as the best consumer-level application. [Image courtesy of setteB.IT]




by MacNN Staff

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  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    appropriate credit?

    I don't have any inside information about this, but it struck me as odd that Ives won this award in part because of the software of the iPhone. He's mostly a hardware guy, right? He's not the user interface architect for the iPhone. It just seems like, in this case, he's being credited--in part--for great work of other people, who don't even work for him. Am I wrong?

  1. Chris Hutcheson

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    appropriate credit

    I don't have any more info than you, but it would seem to me as the senior design person that he would probably be responsible for the overall look and feel, and that that would extend to software as well as hardware.

    Having said that, he probably has to rely on others to do a lot of the legwork, You'd hope he'll recognize their contribution somehow as well..

    Cheers
    Chris

  1. MeandmyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Agree with Chris

    An actor may win an Oscar, but it took a whole lot of people doing their thing which culminated in the receipt of that award.

  1. Chip_Before_PC

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Sir, Jonathan Ive...

    If I'm not mistaken as knighted UK Citizen to properly address him... I seem to remember that he was knighted three or four years ago for his outstanding contributions... I could be wrong.

  1. doolz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    CBE...

    No, he got a CBE - Commander of the British Empire
    Only the two highest - KBE and GBE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OrderoftheBritishEmpire) can be called called Sir or Dame.
    Great designer though.....

  1. matt_s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Ive

    Maybe Ive should get an award for having the same metal laptop enclosure design for six consecutive years, year after year after year after year after year.

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