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The How and Why of Google UI

Marissa Mayer
Product Manager, Google, Inc.


Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)


Google has centered the design of its interface around user needs and demands. This talk will focus on our internal approach to user-centered design as well as the results that we have achieved. Google’s product development process is fairly unstructured and flexible. All employees take part in the product definition and great ideas flow. We work to foster flexibility and creativity. I’ll analyze the strengths and weaknesses of our approach and provide examples of how this process has contributed to Google’s products and, specifically, our user interface.

Speaker's Bio

Marissa Mayer has been with Google since June, 1999. Currently product manager for and formerly the technical lead for the user-interface team, she has spearheaded almost every user-interface change to Google’s website in the past four years. While at Google, she has worked on search classification, the Google web directory, image search, and Google News. She has also internationalized Google’s interface, and has lead much of the UI design and development effort including establishing user testing. Several patents have been filed on her work. Concurrently with her full-time work at Google, Marissa has taught introductory computer programming classes at Stanford to over 3,000 students and has received both the Centennial teaching award and the Forsythe award for outstanding contribution to undergraduate education.