Are you new to the UX Design world? Here are some people you should know about / by Gavin Lau

These are some designers who have had a powerful impact in the industry and you can get inspiration from.

John Maeda

John Maeda joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2013 as Design Partner, where he works within KPCB’s ProductWorks program helping entrepreneurs and portfolio companies to build design into their company cultures. He served as the 16th president of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) from 2008 through 2013. During his tenure, RISD saw increased applications, fundraising, and career placements. Prior to RISD, John spent 13 years at the MIT Media Lab as a professor and head of research.


Luke Wroblewski


Luke is currently a Product Director at Google. Earlier he was the CEO and Co-founder of Polar (acquired by Google in 2014) and the Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Bagcheck (acquired by Twitter in 2011).


Julie Zhuo

Product design VP at Facebook. Zhuo, joined Facebook in May 2006, when she was just 22 years old. She was the company’s first intern when its social network was still largely limited to people with email addresses from educational institutions. After only a month she was hired fulltime as an engineer.


Matías Duarte

Matías is Vice President of Design at Google, he was the Director of Android User Experience.


Braden Kowitz

He founded the Google Ventures design team in 2009 and pioneered the role of “design partner” at a venture capital firm. He has advised close to two hundred startups on product design, hiring, and team culture. Before joining Google Ventures, Braden led design for several Google products, including Gmail, Google Apps for Business, Google Spreadsheets, and Google Trends.


Don Norman

He is best known for his books on design, especially The Design of Everyday Things. He is widely regarded for his expertise in the fields of design, usability engineering, and cognitive science. He is also a co-founder and consultant with the Nielsen Norman Group.


Jakob Nielsen

Dr. Nielsen established the “discount usability engineering” movement for fast and cheap improvements of user interfaces and has invented several usability methods, including heuristic evaluation.



Geoff Teehan and Jon Lax

Geoff and Jon are Directors of Product Design at Facebook. they are also known as the founders of the acclaimed product design firm Teehan+Lax which he ran for 12 years before joining Facebook in 2015.


Jake Knapp

Jake Knapp created the Google Ventures sprint process and has run more than a hundred sprints with startups such as 23andme, Slack, Nest, and Foundation Medicine. Previously, Jake worked at Google, leading sprints for everything from Gmail to Google X. He is currently among the world’s tallest designers. He is author of the Sprint Book.


Golden Krishna

Designer and author of the book “The Best Interface is No Interface” Golden Krishna currently works at Google on design strategy to shape the future of Android.