Peter Skillman leaves Palm, this one hurts
Palm's Vice President of Design, Peter Skillman, is leaving Palm, reports TechCrunch. Skillman was behind the riverstone design of the Palm Pre, as we reported over a year ago before the launch of the Pre:
The team literally kept photos of Zen gardens in their office and used them to help decide whether a feature or design element would fit on the Pre -- if it didn't fit in the garden, it likely didn't fit on the Pre.
Skillman had been with Palm for over 11 years and was one of the most intelligent and engaging minds at Palm we've had the pleasure of interacting with over the years. Skillman got it, and was one of the major reasons I didn't give up hope that Palm could 'get it' in the lean years between the Centro and the Pre. From discussing how to intelligently add features to phones well before webOS was a glimmer in Rubinstein's eye to showing how the Touchstone can affix to a wall, Skillman has been a favorite around these parts. We wish him the best of luck.
After the break, our January 2009 video of Skillman demonstrating the original Palm Pre.