2008

Honorary Doctor

Honorary Doctor

Honorary Doctor

Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, Jonathan Ive, was appointed as 2008's honorary doctors at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg. The decision was taken by the Faculty Board together with the Academy of Design and Crafts.

London born designer Jonathan Ive (b. 1967), is the senior vice president of Industrial Design at Apple, reporting directly to the CEO. Since 1996 he has been responsible for leading a design team widely regarded as one of the world’s best.  Recognized with numerous design awards, Apple products have become celebrated design icons featured in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including MOMA in New York and the Pompidou in Paris. 

In 2003 he was named Designer of the Year by the Design Museum London and awarded the title Royal Designer for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts. Jonathan Ive is responsible for a range of products that include iMac, iPod, iPhone and the world's first computer in titanium, Powerbook G4.

-Jonathan Ive is a great inspiration for both working and prospective designers, says Eva Engstrand, University College Director of the Academy of Design and Crafts. Jonathan’s approach to design harmonizes with the way the Academy of Design and Crafts formulates its’ Design Programmes.