Rick Dickinson, a graduate of Newcastle Polytechnic, was the in-house industrial designer of Sinclair Research Ltd, having joined Sinclair before he had even finished his degree. He was given the job of designing the case and keyboard of the ZX80 and ZX81 (with the Spectrum and QL following subsequently) and is the man responsible for the unique design of the early Sinclair computers. The touch-sensitive keyboard and "cheese wedge" case of the ZX80 and ZX81, and the rubber keyboard of the Spectrum, were Dickinson's ideas. He holds the patents for the ZX80 and ZX81.
Dickinson also designed the TV80 casing and Sinclair QL. He was also the designer of the case of the flat-screen TV and the Gizmondo handheld console (originally the Gametrac).
In 1986, he founded Dickinson Associates, an industrial design consultancy.
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