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Jonathan Ive Is Knighted, Katherine Jenkins In Final Of Dancing With the Stars

23 May

Jonathan Ive – the designer of many of Apple’s iconic products has today been knighted at Buckingham Palace.

Sir Jonathan is the senior vice president of industrial design at Apple and has worked for the company in California since 1992. It is Ive who is the man behind the design of the iPod, iPhone, iMac and iPad as well as a host of other products.

With the sales of Apple products so strong worldwide it would be hard to argue against Ive being the most influential designer in the world at present.

He had the total respect of the late Steve Jobs who set up Ive in the Apple hierarchy in such a way that he has full control of what he does and the only person above him is the CEO.

His first contact with Apple products was whilst he was at Newcastle Polythechnic (now Northumbria University) when he found that he could finally use a computer having previously been frustrated when trying to use a standard pc. He credits this as a turning point in his career when he realised that creativity could be brought to the world of computing.

He is a private man and due to the potential worth of new products very few Apple employees have ever been allowed inside his design studio at Apple’s offices in Cupertino near his home in San Francisco. The studio has tinted windows and is said to be full of all manner of design and manufacturing machinery to let the designer have full rein of his creativity.

Ive says he is humbled and honoured by the knighthood having been made a CBE in 2005. He says that his design knowledge comes to him courtesy of “a very British design education.”

In 2004 Ive was named as the “Most Influential Person on British Culture” by the BBC and in 2008 The Daily Telegraph described him as the “Most Influential Briton in America.”

Katherine Jenkins – the Welsh singer has narrowly failed in her bid to win Dancing With The Stars.

The show is the US version of our Strictly Come Dancing and Katherine has been right at the top of her game for the whole series.

The show has given Katherine a chance to get better known in the US and she has proved to be a popular competitor on the show. She has already mentioned that she would like to perform on a Broadway stage and from the reaction she has received she can expect to now get some offers from America.

Katherine managed to pick up perfect scores for her dancing during the final of the competition and just missed out on taking the title after American Football star Donald Driver picked up the most votes for his country music themed freestyle routine.

Katherine seems to have thrown her heart and soul into the dance competition after moving to the US temporarily following her break up with fiance Gethin Jones in December last year.

31-year old Katherine took to Twitter after the final to say: ‘Being runner up on DWTS feels pretty amazing…Thanku to all who voted to put us 2nd! I never would have thought this possible at the start!’

Her professional dance partner Mark Ballas called the singer “an angel.”

It has just been announced that Katherine will be singing with opera star Jose Carreras at Preston Guild’s Proms In The Park this September. The concert is set for 07 September and tickets will go on sale next week.

 
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