Doug Bowman is an outstanding web designer

…who was, until recently, Visual Design Lead at Google.

He now works for Twitter.

It saddens me to see so many people knocking Doug for the less-than-inspiring design work found in many of Google’s products. Take this Gawker / Valleywag article, particularly the comments, for example.

If anyone of these deriders knew of Doug and the standard and quality of the work he produces, they’d be holding their tongues.

It helps to know the full story, so here it is from the horse’s mouth. It also helps to know a bit of background from others, like Joe Clark, and to get a picture of the sort of people that run the show at Google, such as Marissa Meyer.

It’s surprising Doug stuck it out at Google for as long as he did – with such a vast array of products, and what appears to be just one visual designer amongst a multitude of engineers and mathematicians – it must have been an incredibly trying experience.

All the best, Doug, for your move to Twitter! I hope they can really let you go to work, and I can’t wait to see the outcome!

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3 Responses to Doug Bowman is an outstanding web designer

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  2. I agree wholeheartedly that Dan was a victim of an established system weighted heavily toward engineers rather than designers.

    I heard from a current employee that there are 8000 devs to 100 designers. Not a good ratio for any sort of good design or usability to come through.

    Hence the awful Google favicon and other design missteps. 🙂

  3. cool, i will bookmark it,

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