02-26-14 08:05 AM
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  1. nonesuchnick's Avatar
    According to a tweet from Wall Street Journal's Will Connors.

    https://twitter.com/wconnors/status/438023221657759744

    Nick
    02-24-14 02:00 PM
  2. nonesuchnick's Avatar
    Full article (paywalled) here:

    http://on.wsj.com/1jusxH5

    Nick
    Grumblegrumble likes this.
    02-24-14 02:02 PM
  3. eldricho's Avatar
    Might be why we might be seeing the BlackBerry 'Belt' back then


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    02-24-14 02:16 PM
  4. wincyUt's Avatar
    It seemed like BlackBerry had too many VPs. VP user experience ? What type of job function is that ?

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    02-24-14 05:22 PM
  5. alan510's Avatar
    BlackBerry cut something like 4,000 jobs. You have to expect some of the VPs would have to go as well.
    02-24-14 05:55 PM
  6. needforbbx's Avatar
    The BlackBerry Ltd. BB.T +6.88% executive in charge of software design and one of the key drivers behind its current operating system has left the company, the latest in a string of executive departures under the new leadership of Chief Executive John Chen.

    Don Lindsay, BlackBerry's vice president of user experience since 2009, left the company in January, according to a person familiar with the matter.

    Mr. Lindsay, a longtime Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. MSFT -0.76% designer, was instrumental in the development of BlackBerry 10, the operating system the company debuted along with several new devices early last year.

    Mr. Lindsay was also a key player in the company's 2010 acquisition of The Astonishing Tribe, the small Swedish company that became the backbone for the look and feel of BlackBerry 10.

    A BlackBerry spokeswoman confirmed Mr. Lindsay's departure.

    Since taking over at Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry in November, Mr. Chen has overseen a wide-ranging executive overhaul, ousting most of the senior leadership team and installing several of his former colleagues from SAP AG in top positions.

    Earlier this month, Andrew Bocking, the BlackBerry executive in charge of the company's messaging application BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM, left the company. In December, executives in charge of global sales and mergers and acquisitions also departed.
    02-24-14 08:40 PM
  7. RubberChicken76's Avatar
    It seemed like BlackBerry had too many VPs. VP user experience ? What type of job function is that ?
    User experience design - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    02-24-14 09:33 PM
  8. eldricho's Avatar
    Well, looks like we would have to thank her for coordinating the BlackBerry 10 layout along with her team

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    02-24-14 09:47 PM
  9. RubberChicken76's Avatar
    Well, looks like we would have to thank her for coordinating the BlackBerry 10 layout along with her team
    He's a guy. :-)

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    02-24-14 09:49 PM
  10. DaedalusIcarusHelios's Avatar
    As someone who loves BB10, I see this as a loss. I am worried with the "belt" talk that BB10 will become more utilitarian and simple. I want my bling with my efficiency.
    anon(5818411), milo53 and eldricho like this.
    02-24-14 10:08 PM
  11. milo53's Avatar
    Wow, so much for design team. Looks like all future design functions will be done by Foxconn.
    02-24-14 10:34 PM
  12. eldricho's Avatar
    He's a guy. :-)
    Damn it, second time today
    Guess that's what happens when you have that one girl in your mind all day lol

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    02-24-14 10:35 PM
  13. xBURK's Avatar
    He's a guy. :-)
    After watching that video you posted, It really reminds me that BB10 should be a success in every regard. Not sure of the reason for his departure, but he is one of the main reasons we enjoy BB10 everyday. That in itself makes you wonder if BlackBerry is losing someone they shouldn't?

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    02-24-14 10:52 PM
  14. RubberChicken76's Avatar
    Wow, so much for design team. Looks like all future design functions will be done by Foxconn.
    Don did software design ... and had many others on his team who will step up. Todd Wood and his team did hardware design.
    r0v3rT3N likes this.
    02-25-14 06:58 AM
  15. RubberChicken76's Avatar
    Damn it, second time today
    Guess that's what happens when you have that one girl in your mind all day lol

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    Ha! Been there and done that. ;-)
    02-25-14 06:59 AM
  16. r0v3rT3N's Avatar
    Wow, so much for design team. Looks like all future design functions will be done by Foxconn.
    That makes complete sense, a company with thousands of employees only had one person on the design team.

    Posted from my Red Zed
    stevepar likes this.
    02-25-14 09:24 AM
  17. chalx's Avatar
    BB10 OS UX is great. I hope BlackBerry will not change direction.

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    02-25-14 02:24 PM
  18. greatwiseone's Avatar
    Probably quit when John Chen wanted to put th button bar back in. Lol

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    02-25-14 02:43 PM
  19. nonesuchnick's Avatar
    Probably quit when John Chen wanted to put the button bar back in. Lol
    Honestly, that may not be far from the truth. You create a new, modern, and unique, gesture-based touch user interface and then the management comes along and mashes it together with buttons and 5-year old trackpad technology to satisfy the complaints of users. I'm not saying BlackBerry shouldn't listen to users, I'm just saying that hardware buttons taking up space go completely against the original "content is king" key principle of the BB10 UI guidelines. So I can understand why the guy ultimately responsible for the design might be frustrated, or see the writing on the wall, and leave.

    Nick
    02-25-14 03:41 PM
  20. marksthespot60's Avatar
    I don't think he did much. UX always seemed like an afterthought or non-existent thought.

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    02-25-14 08:04 PM
  21. allengeorge's Avatar
    Two words: "The Belt".

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    02-26-14 12:53 AM
  22. thurask's Avatar
    Two words: "The Belt".

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    On a related note, did anyone call those five buttons the belt before a few days ago? I never hear "BlackBerry Belt" (besides holsters) and now it's belt belt belt belt belt...

    Makes me want to hit people with a belt.

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    02-26-14 01:09 AM
  23. Superfly_FR's Avatar
    Another BlackBerry senior exec gone, VP User Experience Don Lindsay-1902966_10152278050657147_1814292026_n.jpg
    2cents and a smile.
    02-26-14 03:53 AM
  24. eldricho's Avatar
    On a related note, did anyone call those five buttons the belt before a few days ago? I never hear "BlackBerry Belt" (besides holsters) and now it's belt belt belt belt belt...

    Makes me want to hit people with a belt.

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    Step 1: Imprint a BlackBerry logo into a belt
    Step 2: Hit people with belt

    It's the BlackBerry Belt they want, they'll get it more than a couple of times
    It's kinda always like this, isn't it? Like the Liquid Graphics term a few years back :P

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    02-26-14 05:22 AM
  25. nabil114's Avatar
    According to a tweet from Wall Street Journal's Will Connors.

    https://twitter.com/wconnors/status/438023221657759744

    Nick
    He is still working as an advisor. Don Lindsay | LinkedIn
    02-26-14 05:27 AM
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