UX Management and Innovation

UX Management

I was the UX Manager for Mobile Display UX team from June 2012-May 2013. This team was responsible for the design of Google's in-app and mobile web display formats, AdMob, Google Web Designer and the Mobile Ads Showcase App. In addition to career counseling and weekly one-on-ones with team members, I led regular design reviews for the team and spearheaded game-storming sessions and design sprints with the team.

Design Sprints

In December 2012, I suggested that Google should have an 'innovation week' promoting out-of-the-box thinking and cross-team collaboration. This idea snowballed and eventually became ‘Sprint Week’. During the event we bring Google designers and researchers together from around the world to collaborate on a wide variety of challenges the company faces. The solutions that are generated over five days often become full features of products like AdWords, Analytics and DoubleClick.

Since it's inception the event has happened twice and over 300 designers and researchers have taken part. Sprint Week has grown into the largest design collaboration in Google history.
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About Dave

Dave is a senior UX designer at Google in Mountain View, California. He is currently part of the Google Analytics team. Dave been with Google for two years and in that time he has spearheaded the design of Google Web Designer and AdMob Reporting.

Prior to Google, Dave ran his own creative agency in Boulder, Colorado where he designed mobile apps and web platforms for a broad range of startups such as Qwiki and Recargo.

Born in England, Dave now lives in Burlingame with his wife and their two sons. In addition to being an engaged father, Dave is an avid outdoorsman. He is a certified NOLS Outdoor Educator and Wilderness First Responder. He has backpacked across the Absarokas in Wyoming, hiked the Grand Canyon and ridden the Triple Bypass. Dave is an accomplished photographer and expert mountain biker and snowboarder.