Just as Apple fans would weep if Jony Ive announced he was leaving Cupertino, so are the Android faithful aghast over the recently announced departure of HTC's senior vice president of design, Scott Croyle.
Croyle was the mind behind the iconic designs of both HTC One handsets. The company doesn't provide much information about his exodus, other than that he'll be slowly transitioning out of his current role at the company. "Scott Croyle will be focusing on special projects and dedicated on next generation developments," HTC wrote us in an email.
Croyle will serve as an advisor to HTC, since he still has very close ties with senior management and the product development team. However, there will be some shifting of roles at the company: Drew Bamford, who oversaw the production of Sense UI, has been put in charge of all HTC software and services, while Jonah Becker, who came to the company with Croyle, is likely the next candidate to fill the position.
This news just adds to a growing list of shakeups at HTC in the last year. Its only saving grace has been the fact that the company exceeded expectations with the industrial design of both the One (M7) and One (M8) handsets. Few other smartphone manufacturers have followed suit in this all-aluminum pursuit.
Unlike the last few announced departures, however, it sounds like Croyle is still sticking around to offer advice as he meditates on his next venture. Let's just hope that the company's eye for design doesn't move on with him.