Director of Immersive Design at Google. VR AR UX
Jon has been designing for Google since 2006. Jon was the first designer for Google Autocomplete, was the instigator for Google Instant, and led the Search UX team through three redesigns and the addition of new features such as the Knowledge Graph and voice search. Jon was the instigator of material design.
Jon is a native of Austin, Texas. Prior to design, Jon performed improv and sketch comedy on Austin's famous 6th Street. He has owned a comedy club, co-founded a comedy festival, been a late night radio DJ, performed with Amy Poehler and the Upright Citizens Brigade, won a business plan competition sponsored by whisky, and drank margaritas with Gov. Rick Perry and Bruce Sterling (not at the same time).
Jon is a founding member of The Mars Society and was responsible for performing on-site reconnaissance of the site that was ultimately selected near Hanksville, Utah for the Mars Desert Research Station.
Jon was in the courtroom the day Judge Sparks made his decision in Steve Jackson Games vs the United States Secret Service – the case that directly led to the creation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (of which Jon is a member).
Jon has been in the path of two tornadoes, been chased or attacked by nearly a dozen different species, traveled over a thousand feet deep beneath the sea, discovered dinosaur bones, run a BBS, wrote an addendum to the Principia Discordia, starred in viral videos seen by millions, and was included in Gregory Peck's biography.
He lives in Mountain View, California with his wife Susan and son Thomas.