Google designer Kristen Beck interview on Chromecast and being one of Google's 'albino deer'
Masha Yudin stashed this in Innovations
"When Page declared in 2011 that Google would start prioritizing user experience and making products look pretty, employees felt like it was an "almost hallucinatory moment," according to Fast Company."
By albino deer, she means a rarity at Google.
Of Google's ~57,000 employees, fewer than 30 hold industrial-design positions.
Beck and her colleagues work on all of Google's hardware products — think Chromebooks, Google Glass, Nexus smartphones — as well as their packaging.
I find it telling that Google waited until 13 years into its existence before prioritizing user experience.
That makes user experience sound like more of a nice-to-have than something essential to Google.