HTC lead designer Jonah Becker abandons ship after a year on the job
posted by Luis D. / Mar 27, 2015, 4:21 AM
To make a short recap, Becker became lead designer last April, as Croyle, former SVP of Design and User Experience at the time, announced his departure. Croyle led the team responsible for devices such as last year's impressive HTC One M8. Following his departure, it was Becker who took the helm. Scott Croyle is currently in Nextbit Systems, a San Francisco-based startup. Becker, who hasn't announced his future plans, will be succeeded by HTC's former Creative Director, Daniel Hundt. As for Claude Zellweger, he will remain at his position of chief industrial designer at HTC. Hopefully, the diabolical pattern of design executives leaving won't see him storming out of HTC's gates next year.
source: Android Central
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everybody is leaving htc, what is happening inside the company?
posted on Mar 27, 2015, 4:24 AM 2
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So he joins htc, designs the ugliest flagship in the history of the company and leaves... Double agent :P?
posted on Mar 27, 2015, 5:31 AM 8
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i would like to know... really. i've been folowing HTC since my first smartphone in 09... they're still my favorite OEM because they've kept to slightly smaller form factors, and have always been the most aesthtically pleasing phones on the market to me. i would love to see them come back again.. the One series has been phenomenal.. but as much of a fangirl as i am, i really wish they would have gone more with the "revolutionary" m9 render that came out a little before the announement lol
posted on Mar 27, 2015, 12:04 PM 0
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Maybe he designed something soo good (presumably the one evleaks leaked) then HTC's higher ups didnt approve and the end result looked too identical to the m8 that he resulted to quiting by hearing and seeing people disappointed with the m9's design? HAHAHA no logic here #sorry
posted on Mar 28, 2015, 2:03 AM 1
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I totally agree with your post.. That is most likely what happened.. HTC is probably convinced that what they have with the M8 is gold. so they figure the would use the same style on the M9, but in my opinion, that is going to be a HUGE MISTAKE...
posted on Mar 29, 2015, 3:50 AM 0
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yeah im in the same boat as you are sir. For me its not bad that the next iteration will be from the likeness of the M8 and i'd say it a million times the evleaks render looks so good and still has the resemblance or the feel and vibe of the M8 and people were very stoked about it. Buyt making it look too identical, heavier thicker not removing the black bar, its like they never listened to their customers. the iPhone can do that same repetetive design for three years because they already have a huge following almost like a cult but HTC cannot do that. what they need for the M10 is at least the evleaks render or better than that, Shorter thinner or if the chunkiness remains have at least the battery prowess of the z3 to justify the thickness and stick with their ultrapixel just do it in 8mp or 12. because the iphone had done a very good camera with just 8 imagine if the Ultrapixel tech could be developed for that. but i guess id be just wishing we all will be xD Sorry long post :)
posted on Apr 03, 2015, 11:40 PM 0
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The question is, what did he actually do for a year at HTC ?!
posted on Mar 27, 2015, 4:25 AM 6
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As article says he lead the team that designed M8.
posted on Mar 27, 2015, 5:10 AM 1
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The lead designer hardly does all the work. He did some part of it, but from the looks of the handset, it was already 80% designed 2 years back! Maybe he wasnt given the freedom that he was looking for. Who knows..
posted on Mar 27, 2015, 6:53 AM 3
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This probably bodes poorly for next year as well. If he saw a change in the mentality suggesting they were ready to let their "design language" evolve, it seems he would have stayed. No designer likes to come into a new company with big ideas and then just leave it all the same, you can't even tell the difference from M8 to M9 on the front face, so I'm sure he was frustrated. Like Ivy he probably wanted to put his mark on something and left for some place he could.
posted on Mar 27, 2015, 8:43 AM 1
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