HTC lead designer Jonah Becker abandons ship after a year on the job

HTC lead designer Jonah Becker abandons ship after a year on the job
For a place whose very air is permeated by wonderful design practices, HTC has some trouble holding its chief creative talent. HTC had to appoint a new lead designer for the second year in a row as former VP of Industrial Design Jonah Becker departed after a year on the job. Previously, Mr. Becker spent over six years in HTC after the company bought out his design firm One & Co and brought fellow design leaders Claude Zellweger and Scott Croyle on board.

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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23 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

everybody is leaving htc, what is happening inside the company?

5. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

So he joins htc, designs the ugliest flagship in the history of the company and leaves... Double agent :P?

19. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

HTC has to approve anything first before production begins. May be he couldn't do better.

18. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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

21. DeusExMobular

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

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

22. FerneyZan

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

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...

23. DeusExMobular

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

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 :)

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

The question is, what did he actually do for a year at HTC ?!

3. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

As article says he lead the team that designed M8.

8. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

so he didnt do anything...

9. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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..

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Collect a paycheck?

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

This ship is sinking slowly and steady

6. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

M9 is a joke. This year is going to be epicly bsd for htc.

7. frankg

Posts: 172; Member since: May 14, 2014

He probably got into a fight wiht Chou about bezels. He was screaming: "LESS!" and Chou was screaming: "More!, make the device wider and taller, with shape edges and a horrible camera!".

10. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Did he abandon HTC or did get kicked out?

11. justme

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

"Wonderful design practices?" Phones look like g-d radiators.

12. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

designed the awesome looking M7, then made it more beautiful for M8. For M9 he had no idea to make that phone even more beautiful. Designed the M9 with a brick in mind, Left the company!

13. talon95

Posts: 976; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

If he chose to leave he probably had a lot of good ideas in mind for the M9 but wasn't allowed to implement them. Designers don't leave when they get their way, they leave when they don't.

14. talon95

Posts: 976; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

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.

15. BillyBoy

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

The new HTC CEO must bring something new. M9 and M9+ are stil Chou babyes.

17. drunkenjay

Posts: 1618; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

I actually liked the htc m7 but hated the m8 and now the m9 design.

20. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Hey Jonah, you SUCK!! He's probably to blame for the E9.

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