Dropbox Loses High-Profile Design Head Soleio
In a Facebook post tonight, Dropbox’s high-profile head designer Soleio said he was leaving his job at the cloud storage company.
“Today marks my last day as a full-time Dropboxer,” he wrote. “I’m transitioning back to serving as a company advisor over the coming month.”
A Dropbox PR spokeswoman confirmed the move, but said that Soleio would continue to help the San Francisco company on a number of initiatives. One of Dropbox’s top designers, Gentry Underwood, has actually been leading design for the last three months, she added, although the company had not announced the change.
Underwood, who had previously been the head of consumer products at Dropbox, came to the company via its acquisition of Mailbox, where he was its CEO and co-founder.
It’s still a big departure, since Soleio — he typically uses the one name, but his last name is Cuervo — had led a team of 40 people on some key initiatives at the company. That includes its Carousel photo app and also its stealth efforts to build enterprise apps to compete with Google, Microsoft and smaller players like Quip.
Before joining Dropbox, Soleio was the second designer hired at Facebook and was credited with its famous “Like” button. He left in 2011 and his hiring at Dropbox in 2012 was a big coup — he has been much touted there as focusing on creating beautiful consumer apps, some of which have worked and some not as much.
In his Facebook post, Soleio said he was going to focus on design education reform.