About Dan Saffer

I’m a product leader, designer, and the author of four books on design: Designing Devices (2011), Designing Gestural Interfaces (2008), Designing for Interaction (2006, 2009) and Microinteractions (2013). I’m currently working on a post-post-apocalyptic scifi novel.

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I’m currently VP of Product at Mayfield Robotics, hard at work making an adorable home robot.

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 UX design all over the world.

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I curate articles, books, presentations, and videos on design going back to the 1940s for The Interaction Design Library. I also collect articles about and by Brian Eno in the Enoanthology.

I’m married to Rachael King, a business and technology journalist for the Wall Street Journal, and we have a 15-year-old daughter Fiona who attends The Bay School of San Francisco.

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