Claude Zellweger has announced via twitter that he is leaving HTC to join the ranks of Google, making a leap from desktop to mobile virtual reality with Daydream.
Day of movements in Silicon Valley with the incorporation of Hugo Barra to Facebook to lead the virtual reality division of Oculus, and that of Claude Zellwegger who has joined Google as a new designer at Daydream VR, he left HTC where he led the HTC Vive design team and played an important role in the development of the design language of HTC phones.
@vladsavov I am joining Google Daydream, so you can redirect your criticism:).
— Claude Zellweger (@Claudibus) January 26, 2017
“HTC can confirm that Claude Zellweger has left the company. We appreciate your considerable contribution to HTC, and wish you the best in your future endeavors. HTC continues to invest in talent and recruitment as part of our broader strategy to ensure the continued strength and integrity of the company’s organizational structure,” HTC told The Verge.
Zellweger’s work with the Vive viewer underwent many design studies and iterations before reaching a consumer-friendly version. This experience gained with the HTC device will help guide the design of the Daydream mobile platform and its View viewer. HTC has not had much luck during these years with its chief designers, as in the last three years it has lost three of its most experienced designers.