Venture-Backed Xiaomi Acquires Rigo Design

Beijing-based Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc. has acquired innovative design firm Rigo Design to make it an independent department inside Xiaomi responsible for product designs, according to a company announcement.

Deal terms were not disclosed.

Robin Zhu, the founder of Beijing-based Rigo Design, will serve as chief designer and be in charge of the new department.

Founded in 2008, Rigo Design help create to improve user experience. It has previously served clients including Microsoft Corporation, Lenovo Group Ltd., and the Ford Motor Company.