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HTC’s lead designer leaves job after less than a year

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HTC’s lead designer has left the company after less than one year working in the position.

Jonah Becker, whose official title was HTC Vice President of Industrial Design, announced his departure on Twitter.

His tweet read: “It’s been amazing seventeen year journey with One & Co and HTC, but it’s time for a new adventure. Stay tuned for details of what’s next.”

Becker originally worked at design firm One & Co, however the company was eventually bought out by HTC to help create the company’s smartphones.

Neither Becker nor HTC has given a specific reason for the departure, although Engadget claims there is an “ever increasing power struggle between the design team and sales team these days”.

A separate source cited the switch from the One M8’s UltraPixel camera to the One M9’s 20-megapixel shooter is an example of this alleged design disparity.

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HTC’s statement on the matter reads as follows: “We can confirm that Jonah Becker has left HTC; he had been with the company since HTC acquired One & Co over six years ago.”

It continued: “We would like to thank Jonah for his work with HTC, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. He has been succeeded by Daniel Hundt, based in our San Francisco design officer.”

Becker originally became lead designer after the previous incumbent, Scott Croyle, left the company.

That means two of HTC’s lead designers have left the firm in a space of two years – that’s not ideal for design consistency.

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