After five years as Facebook’s director of design, Kate Aronowitz has announced that she will soon be leaving the company.
“Goodbyes are always hard, but I wanted to let everyone know that I will be leaving Facebook in a few weeks,” Aronowitz posted on her Facebook feed. “Facebook has been a home to me for the last five years, and I leave with lifelong friends and many incredible memories. The vision, leadership, and product we’ve built together continue to inspire me, and I will miss you all.”
According to Aronowitz, her next move will be to do some consulting, a transition she hopes will allow her to spend more time with her family.
Aronowitz has overseen the social network’s biggest design initiatives over the past five years.
First hired by Facebook in 2008 after successful stints at LinkedIn and eBay, Aronowitz has overseen … Read More »
Design can be preventive medicine. While the growth of girth–childhood obesity nearly tripling over the past 30 years–has numerous culprits, much of America’s built environment moves cars rather than people around, and rewards sitting rather than walking. A design diet can help get America moving again, by re-imagining and re-designing the major metropolitan areas where two-thirds of Americans live. Buildings and communities can and should be health-promoting, rather than health-inhibiting. How do we make this happen?
In pondering this question, my colleagues and I at the American Institute of Architects sought out the intellectual firepower of a world class university. After conversations, brainstorming sessions, and further analysis, we built a 10-year partnership between the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) for Decade of Design: Health + Urbanism. We had already established the Decade of Design … Read More »
The Nintendo Wii console was a massive hit. The sequel which debuted late last year, the Wii U, was a massive flop. In turn, Nintendo is leaking money, and may soon be hemorrhaging it.
And that leaves Nintendo’s President, Satoru Iwata, answering to nervous investors, business-minded folks who see that Nintendo may have lost living rooms around the same time that the company is handing over the marketshare from its mobile Nintendo DS line to smartphones–and maybe more importantly, the unstoppable technological juggernauts like Google and Apple who rule smartphones today.
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, critics argue. Just look at Rovio (makers of Angry Birds). Nobody knew about the Finnish developers five years ago. Today, they’ve distributed 2 billion copies of their game, largely thanks to iPhones, their omnipresent connections, and their lucrative in-app purchases. If stupid old Angry … Read More »