The University of Northumbria has awarded iMac designer, Jonathan Ive with an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law.

Ive (33) is vice-president of industrial design at Apple, and graduated from Northumbria in 1989. He gained a First Class Honours Degree in Design for Industry from Northumbria's predecessor, Newcastle Polytechnic.

Ive achieved notoriety with the award-winning design of Apple's revolutionary iMac,

In May 1999 Vogue magazine described the launch of the iMac as “one of Spring’s hottest fashion statements". Over two million iMacs were sold in the first year of production, and it collected various awards including Object of the Year by The Face magazine.