Jony Ive has received a whole host of awards for his design efforts at Apple, but as a life-long fan of children’s TV show Blue Peter, none of them may be as special as his latest from the BBC: a gold Blue Peter badge. Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design now joins a list of just 1,000 people awarded with a gold badge, which also includes David Beckham, JK Rowling, and the Queen.
Blue Peter is the longest-running children’s television show, first hitting screens in 1958, and the gold badge is its highest accolade. London-born Ive fondly remembers the show, as he told presenter Barney Harwood during an interview that will be broadcast in a gadget special on Saturday, February 16.
Upon receiving his gold badge, Ive called the honor “absolutely incredible.” He also showed Harwood “something very special,” which he and his team at Apple had been working on: a large Blue Peter badge machined from solid aluminum, which took more than ten hours to make.
You can catch the interview below.
“Sir Jonathan Ive is an inspiration to children around the world and we were ecstatic to hear his comments and design advice to our viewers who will remember such feedback for a lifetime,” said Ewan Vinnicombe, Acting Editor of Blue Peter.
Those in the U.K. can catch the interview on the CBBC channel at 10 a.m. (GMT) tomorrow.