AMA: I'm Matias Duarte, a VP of Design at Google!

almost 9 years ago from Matias Duarte, VP Design, Google

  • Nirawit JittipairojNirawit Jittipairoj, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

    The webOS phones had a striking unity between the software and hardware design, with the playful icons and colors and the pebble-inspired design. Some other amazing phones like the Nokia N9 had married the software and hardware and felt great to use.

    Now that you are working on Android and have less control of hardware design for non-Nexus devices, do you still see this issue as a problem? If so, how do you think this can be addressed while still giving manufacturers the ability to express their brand?

    What advice do you have for students looking to get into the field? You mention motion design a lot in your talk, is that valued over HCI and more static visual and interaction design?

    Old-school designers seem to be very authoritarian but it seems that newer, tech-focused designers have to take a softer approach. You have successfully led teams at many different tech companies and pioneered many new interfaces and design languages. What do you think made you so successful at this, do you see your ability to code as a factor?

    Thank you, you are my greatest source of inspiration!

    5 points