About Dan Saffer

I’m a product design leader and the author of four books: Designing Devices (2011), Designing Gestural Interfaces (2008), Designing for Interaction (2006, 2009) and Microinteractions (2013).

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I currently work at Twitter on strategic design projects.

Since 1995, I’ve designed devices, apps, websites, wearables, appliances, automotive interiors, services, and robots. Millions of people every day use the products I’ve designed and my design innovations have received several patents. I speak at conferences and teach workshops on product design all over the world.

You can find me on these social networks:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook (Friends and Family only)
  • Medium
  • Quora
  • LinkedIn
  • Kindle

I curate articles, books, presentations, and videos on design going back to the 1940s for The Interaction Design Library.

I’m married to Rachael King, a business and technology journalist for the Wall Street Journal, and we have a 16-year-old daughter Fiona who attends The Bay School of San Francisco. I also have a neurotic Bedlington Terrier named Pixel.

I coined the term “topless meeting” (for a meeting without laptops) which was an Oxford Dictionary Finalist for Word of the Year 2008 and Time Magazine’s #10 Buzzword of 2008.

I’m an ENTJ, an Aquarius, and a stereotypical member of Gen X. I enjoy listening to indie pop music, reading historical fiction, watching copious amounts of television, and imbibing Guinness and single malt whisky.

I play the cello. Badly.

Even though I have a Master’s degree in design, I have trouble drawing straight lines. This says something about me, I think.