Brits Name Apple's Jonathan Ive As Most Influential Person On Culture

It would seem that the iPod has been a success. You may have noticed that yourself, of course, but the British have made it official by naming Jonathan Ive, the UK-born designer of the iMac, iPod, and the rest of Appleis product line, the most influential person on British culture. Mr. Ive beat out such cultural phenomenons as Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, a host of actors from film and TV, and, well, everyone else. From a report from Ananova:

The man who designed the iPod has topped a list of the most influential people in British culture.

British designer Jonathan Ive shaped the original iMac computer and its portable cousin, the iBook, as well as the 21st century version of the Walkman.

The sell-out gadget, costing between £249 and £399, is slightly larger than a cigarette packet and can store up to 10,000 songs with users downloading music to the player from their computer.

The north Londoner, who was an art and design student at Newcastle Polytechnic, now works as vice-president of industrial design at Apple, in Silicon Valley, California.

He beat multi-millionaire author J K Rowling, who came in at second in the list of the 50 faces of British culture in 2004.

The BBC also notes that:

Among the experts who put together the list were Janine Gibson, editor of Media Guardian, designer Betty Jackson and Phillip Dodd, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Thereis more information on the list in both the Ananova article and the BBC article.