Apple's vice president of industrial design, Jonathan Ive, has won a prestigious US design award.

Ive was granted the 2007 National Design Award for product design by the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Awards will be formally handed over at a gala dinner on 18 October during the US National Design Week.

The National Design Award team said: "Ive’s streamlined design aesthetic, combined with a strong knowledge of the engineering process, has brought design into the public consciousness in an unprecedented way. Creating some of the most innovative products of the past decade, ranging from the whimsical, candy-colored iMac to the spare iBook to the now iconic iPod, Ive has not only made complex technological devices user-friendly, he has designed sculptural, desirable objects."

Ive last week received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Arts, London. He also holds a BA and an honorary doctorate from Newcastle Polytechnic.

In 2003, Ive was named Designer of the Year by the Design Museum London and was awarded the title Royal Designer for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts. He also holds a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).