Apple has lost one of its most important designers

One of Apple’s most important designers, Christopher Stringer, is leaving, according to The Information.

Stringer hasn’t announced where he’s going next, but his departure comes less than a year after another long-time Apple industrial designer, Danny Coster, left to join GoPro.

Stringer has, according to the report, has been at the company for 21 years and is a member of chief design officer Jony Ive’s 20-strong team.

The veteran designer doesn’t have much of a public profile but he did appear in Apple’s 2012 patent lawsuit against Samsung to represent his team.

During the case, he said he had been involved with the design of every Apple product since 1995. He was involved with the design of the first iPhone and said Samsung had “ripped off” the team’s work. “It’s a huge leap in imagination to come up with something new,” Stringer said at the time. “That’s what we did.”

Apple shook up the design team in 2015 when it promoted Ive to his current role and made another long-time employee, Richard Howarth, vice president of industrial design.

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