Vista designer hops over to Frog

Tjeerd Hoek, who helped lead the team that designed the new Windows, will be based at Frog's Seattle studio

After helping lead the team that designed many of Windows Vista's key features, Tjeerd Hoek is leaving Microsoft.

Hoek is joining creative house Frog Design as executive creative director of software and hardware convergence and will be based at its Seattle studio. Hoek spent 13 years at Microsoft, beginning as a designer in the Office unit before moving on to MSN and most recently, to the Windows unit, where he was director of user experience design.

"I have truly enjoyed my time with Microsoft, and I am excited about the opportunity to bring my experience to Frog," Hoek said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to working with such a diverse team to create products that are revolutionizing industries, experiences, and ways of life."

He is just one of many Softies to move on from the Windows unit post Vista, including, most notably Windows chief Jim Allchin. Lili Cheng, who moved over to the Windows team from Microsoft Research to help out on the user experience side, has since returned to the research side.