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Helping to make the Web a more useful place
I'm a software product designer who lives in Austin, Texas. I've worked at Google, Bloomberg, and The Economist. I help to design desktop, mobile, and Web-based software products that make sense. I researched and designed Google's Geo-Targeting Tool that enables 361,111 people each minute to find relevant, local results—pizzerias, booksellers, galleries, rathskellers, roti shacks and the like—when searching on Google.com. Eric Schmidt was nice enough to mention this project in his letter to the board of directors: "One of the key achievements of 2007 was the significantly improved user experience for geo-targeting." This was my starter project at Google.
I also worked on Google Docs, a suite of collaborative document editors. I designed the new auto-suggest search user interface (obvious in retrospect, but works like a charm!), and I designed the 1.0 version of shared folders and other features for the 13 October 2009 release of Google Docs. When I first started working on the Doclist, as we called it at Google, I pitched the idea that collaborative workspaces would set cloud apps apart from desktop productivity apps. Shared folders are just the start of that.
Over the last 14 years I've helped both startups and established companies to conceive and design Web, mobile, and desktop products.
Whether I'm helping billions of people find local results on Google.com, helping The Economist launch a new social media platform, or re-inventing the user experience of the Bloomberg Terminal, I get a kick out of collaborating on software products that inspire feelings of clarity, pleasure, and success in the user.