Most recently, Jon was Senior Director for Ambient Computing at Google where he was responsible for driving the vision of ambient and ubiquitous computing throughout the company.
In addition to Ambient Computing, Jon was also the User Experience (UX) Domain Lead for all of Google, overseeing UX productivity, tools, product excellence, and development velocity.
Jon joined Google in 2006. He was the first designer for Google Autocomplete (predictive search queries), and led the Search UX team through three redesigns, the transition from desktop to mobile, and the addition of new features such as the Knowledge Graph and the Assistant. Jon is a co-founder of Material Design, Google’s design language for all applications and the Android platform.
In 2014, Jon co-founded the Google AR/VR team, leading UX, and shipped Google Cardboard, Daydream, Tilt Brush, JUMP, Expeditions, Earth VR, ARCore, Poly, Blocks, VR180, Playground, and more. Under Jon’s design leadership the team won numerous awards, including the Lumiere Century, Cannes Lion (Gold and Silver), IF Design, Red Dot, UX Awards (Gold and Silver), Proto, MWC Global, and more.
Jon is a native of Austin, where he received a degree in theatre from the University of Texas. While performing improv and sketch comedy on Austin’s famous Sixth Street, instead of waiting tables he honed his web design skills. Eventually that paid the bills better than comedy.