The man who gave the ZX80, ZX81 and ZX Spectrum their distinctive look has died after receiving treatment for cancer

The designer of the distinctive look of Sinclair’s 1980s home computers has died. Rick Dickinson, who was in his 60s, was being treated for cancer in the US after a lengthy illness.

Dickinson was the in-house industrial designer at Sinclair from 1979. He worked there during the period in which the ZX80, ZX81 and ZX Spectrum computers were released. The ZX80 was marketed as the first home computer in the UK to cost less than £100.

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