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’m currently Director of Product Design at Flipboard.

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:

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

I have a 20-year-old daughter Fiona who attends Smith College. 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.