Instagram’s chief designer jumps ship, joins Dropbox

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Dropbox has been on something of a roll in recent months. The company is undoubtedly the king of third party cloud service providers, and having purchased Mailbox earlier in the year, Dropbox is clearly on the way up. But it’s always had something of a weak point in my opinion: App and interface design. Its iOS, Mac and Androids may well be perfectly functional, but they’re not exactly setting the world ablaze with their graphic design. Fortunately, changes are at hand to change that.

Tim Van Damme, head designer at Instagram is making the move across to Dropbox. As noted by the talented designer in his online post:

“Friday will be my last day at Instagram.

The past 18 months were some of the best of my life, both personally and professionally. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in this business, on an app that transformed the way people interact with each other every single day, and also made a lot of new friends.

But it’s time to move on, time to solve a different set of problems.

I’ll be taking some time off with my family, and join the amazing Dropbox team early August.”

Instagram’s look and feel has been Van Damme’s area of responsibility since he joined the company, and he’ll now be plying his trade for the cloud service giant instead. Personally, I’m hoping for a huge app revamp. Getting rid of the sterile, old-school computer like interface and replacing it with a much more modern, smartphone optimized look would be my preference.

Via: AllThingsD

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