About Dan Saffer

I’m an interaction designer and the author of four books on design: Designing Devices (2011), Designing Gestural Interfaces (2008), and Designing for Interaction (2006, 2009). My new book, Microinteractions, is AVAILABLE NOW.

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I’m a Creative Director at Smart Design in San Francisco.

Since 1995, I’ve designed devices, software, websites, and services. Millions of people every day use the products I’ve designed. I speak at conferences and teach workshops on interaction design all over the world. I’m the proud owner of a Masters of Design in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University, and my design innovations have received several patents.

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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 13-year-old daughter Fiona who attends San Francisco Friends School.

I coined the term “topless meeting,” which was an Oxford Dictionary Finalist for Word of the Year 2008 and Time Magazine’s #10 Buzzword of 2008.

I’m an ENTJ, a Thinker, a T-Shaped Person, and an Aquarius. I enjoy listening to indie pop music, reading historical fiction, watching copious amounts of television, and imbibing Guinness.

I play the cello. Badly. I have trouble drawing straight lines.