Father of webOS notifications leaves for Apple
The man who "Invented the non-intrusive banner notification system used in webOS" and also did all sorts of other work for the OS, Rich Dellinger, is leaving Palm to return to his earlier employer, Apple, as a Senior User Interface Designer. Per his LinkedIn page (where we learned about the switch), Dellinger's other work included:
Acted as visual designer, interaction designer, and engineer on Palm webOS.
Co-developed the Application Framework used by webOS. Created the CSS structure and defined HTML layout and structure conventions in Mojo Application Framework, and for core Palm applications.
Co-invented software and hardware interaction models for a new generation of Linux-based, Palm-branded mobile devices.
Delliger represents the latest in what could be called a minor brain drain at Palm after SVP of Software and services Mike Abbot left to join Twitter and the main designer for webOS, Matias Duarte left to join up with Android. We wish Dellinger the best of luck at Apple.
Meanwhile, we feel that webOS has a pretty strong design foundation, so it's not time to panic about employees leaving the company ....yet.