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Apple Design Chief Jony Ive has been awarded the 2018 Stephen Hawking Fellowship, the Cambridge Union announced on Tuesday.

Charles Connor, Cambridge Union Society President, said Ive was one of the "most influential individuals in modern technology" when announcing the award.

Ive will speak during the Michaelmas term (the first academic term) at Cambridge University's Debating Chamber, where he is expected to offer "reflection on his career, split with a more general reflection on technology and design as a whole."

The fellowship, which is an honorary scholarship to recognize the recipients' contributions to STEM fields and social discourse, was created by the Cambridge Union Society in partnership with professor Stephen Hawking in 2017.

Stephen Hawking delivered the Inaugural Fellowship Lecture in November of 2017 after the Union Society approached him about the creation of a fellowship in his name. It was one of his last public appearances before his death in 2018.

Article Link: Apple Design Chief Jony Ive Awarded 2018 Stephen Hawking Fellowship
 

macduke

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Every time I see Jony’s face on MacRumors my heart skips a beat because I fear he’s stepping down or worse. Some people here seem to hate him but I never want him to leave Apple. He was Steve’s favorite and for good reason. Sure some of his videos are ridiculous but he does good design work for the most part.
 

Nicksd84

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Every time I see Jony’s face on MacRumors my heart skips a beat because I fear he’s stepping down or worse. Some people here seem to hate him but I never want him to leave Apple. He was Steve’s favorite and for good reason. Sure some of his videos are ridiculous but he does good design work for the most part.

Hard disagree. The iPhone 6 model design was horrible to use in the hand. No hard sides to hold on to and a slippery as soap back.
 

MarkB786

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Wow. Those iPhone curves must have amazing math behind them. Like fourier transform astrophysics stuff. Who knew?

Maybe Louis Vuitton could have been awarded this amazing fellowship if he was still around.No, wait; he wasn't a Brit.
 
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centauratlas

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He is fine for some things, but he needs someone to exercise a bit of control over him which Steve J did. The obsession with thinness is fine for some products, e.g. perhaps a MacBook Air or Apple Watch, but not others, e.g. a MacBook Pro or Mac Pro. They are different markets with different needs and use cases.

Sure, making them look good is fine, but not at the expense of functionality and some of the thinness over function decisions have been poor. If the MacBook Pro is 1/2 inch thicker but more functional or the Mac Pro is the old cheese grater design, those are fine for the markets for which they are designed.
 

richinaus

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He is fine for some things, but he needs someone to exercise a bit of control over him which Steve J did. The obsession with thinness is fine for some products, e.g. perhaps a MacBook Air or Apple Watch, but not others, e.g. a MacBook Pro or Mac Pro. They are different markets with different needs and use cases.

Sure, making them look good is fine, but not at the expense of functionality and some of the thinness over function decisions have been poor. If the MacBook Pro is 1/2 inch thicker but more functional or the Mac Pro is the old cheese grater design, those are fine for the markets for which they are designed.

yep, like Jobs didn't exude total pride when launching the MacBook Air. Thinness over function.

But I don't think there is a single apple product that prioritises thin over function.
More like your wants are not met by Apple, and that is your problem.
 

Tamagotchi

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Every time I see Jony’s face on MacRumors my heart skips a beat because I fear he’s stepping down or worse. Some people here seem to hate him but I never want him to leave Apple. He was Steve’s favorite and for good reason. Sure some of his videos are ridiculous but he does good design work for the most part.

I think you’ve forgotten about Scott Forstall. Apple is in need of someone like him - to bring in some innovation, for once, and to stop milking the cow. IMO get rid of Cook and Ive.
 

Colonel Blimp

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Hard disagree. The iPhone 6 model design was horrible to use in the hand. No hard sides to hold on to and a slippery as soap back.
Just out of curiosity, how does a single design, however horrible, support your "hard disagree" with macduke's statement that Sir Jonathan "does good design work for the most part" [emphasis added]?
 

Glavin

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Every time I see Jony’s face on MacRumors my heart skips a beat because I fear he’s stepping down or worse. Some people here seem to hate him but I never want him to leave Apple. He was Steve’s favorite and for good reason. Sure some of his videos are ridiculous but he does good design work for the most part.
Every time I see that photo of Jony's face (seemingly the only one MacRumors can display) I quickly scroll away out of concern that I might later find two holes bored into my chest.
 
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newyorksole

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Hard disagree. The iPhone 6 model design was horrible to use in the hand. No hard sides to hold on to and a slippery as soap back.

You know the guy did say “for the most part”.

Obviously not all of Jony’a designs were amazing and revolutionary, but he has an EXCELLENT track record.
 

twistedpixel8

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Every time I see Jony’s face on MacRumors my heart skips a beat because I fear he’s stepping down or worse. Some people here seem to hate him but I never want him to leave Apple. He was Steve’s favorite and for good reason. Sure some of his videos are ridiculous but he does good design work for the most part.

Hardware. He should have stuck to hardware. He has made a complete mess of the iOS interface.
 

richinaus

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You know the guy did say “for the most part”.

Obviously not all of Jony’a designs were amazing and revolutionary, but he has an EXCELLENT track record.

Great design is iteration. New and revolutionary happens rarely.
I don't recall seeing much amazing and revolutionary design in the tech world from anyone else.

We have been truly spoilt by Apple and should appreciate what Ive has done. It is truly excellent.
If it was easy he wouldn't stand out.
 

palmerc2

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Every time I see Jony’s face on MacRumors my heart skips a beat because I fear he’s stepping down or worse. Some people here seem to hate him but I never want him to leave Apple. He was Steve’s favorite and for good reason. Sure some of his videos are ridiculous but he does good design work for the most part.

In the promo video for the iPhone 5C when he said it was “unapologetically plastic” I eye rolled so much.
 
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