Jonathan Ive, that is. In a vote to find the "Favourite British Visionary Innovator 2012", he received
nearly half of all votes cast in a field of ten nominees.
|Sir Jonathan Ive, KBE|
Senior VP of Industrial Design with Apple, Inc.
The IPKat heartily congratulates Mr Ive on his recognition in this poll, which was run by the UKIPO to celebrate World IP Day.
Not wishing for a moment to detract from this vote, the IPKat confesses that he is a little startled by the scale of that victory, given the other illustrious names in the poll (see the bar chart at the end showing the breakdown of the vote). However, Apple is a company which is conspicuous by the devotion, loyalty and love that it instills in those who are won over to its products, often referred to, in less than complimentary fashion, as fanboys, and it is possible that such devotees have a greater tendency to vote than (say) those with a penchant for the architecture of Sir Norman Foster. And indeed even to those who are not fanboys, the design of Apple's product range shows a devotion to aesthetics and industrial design which has been leagues ahead of the chasing pack. While Steve Jobs may have instilled this ethos in Apple, Jony Ive is the person whose work captured that ethos.
Those of us who practice in that neglected corner of IP which is concerned with protecting design rights will be thrilled that industrial design is front and centre on World IP Day.