HTC’s head of design Claude Zellweger is leaving the company and will take a new roll with Google’s Daydream VR team. You’re probably familiar with Zellweger’s work, even if you haven’t heard of him. Zellweger was responsible for the design of some of HTC’s most popular modern smartphones including the HTC One series of devices; he even worked on the original One M7.
Zellweger is the latest of a series of high-profile HTC execs to depart the company. One of the company’s more forward-facing US designers, Scott Croyle, left in 2014. HTC’s former CEO Peter Chou secretly departed the company in 2015. A different design exec, Jonah Becker, also left HTC in 2015. That’s just to name a few, though Zellweger is the last original member of One & Co., a design company HTC acquired back in 2008, Engadget said.
@vladsavov I am joining Google Daydream, so you can redirect your criticism:).
— Claude Zellweger (@Claudibus) January 26, 2017
From Vive to Daydream
Zellweger reportedly spent his final days at HTC working on the HTC Vive, though his tweet above suggests he was also involved in the new HTC U Ultra smartphone that will launch next month. Not to knock Zellweger, but the Vive isn’t a particularly pretty VR headset, in fact, it’s a bit clunky-looking. That seems to be par for the course for PC-based VR solutions right now.
Google’s Daydream is admittedly a bit prettier on the eyes, though it’s also a hair boring. Perhaps Zellweger’s design expertise can help Google create something much more compelling. My guess is we’ll need to wait until there’s a new Google Daydream VR headset model before we see Zellweger’s work at Google make an appearance, but that might not be too far off.