Signing out

19 Sep 2009 - 2:17am
4 years ago
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Andrei Herasimchuk
2004

Alrighty folks, for some this is probably good news; for others,
you'll have to wait until I get my new blog up and running to hear me
rant about all things design related in the tech sector.

I'm signing off the list.

Why? I've decided to take a position at Yahoo! to help in the design
of their applications with a heavy focus on next generation products
and emerging markets. I'm leaving Involution Studios in the hands of
my more than capable business partner of five years, Dirk Knemeyer.
It's been a blast running my own design studio, but there's not many
opportunities in one's career where working on products that hundreds
of millions of people use crosses one's path. I was lucky enough to
have it happen early in my career with Adobe Systems, and now the
opportunity is presenting itself again with Yahoo! So after a lot of
thought, I've decided to join the ranks of Yahoos everywhere and see
what I can do back in that mix.

Given my role and position over at Yahoo!, I've decided it would be
best for me to avoid causing controversy for my new employer via the
IxDA mailing list, but I'm sure I'll say things at future conferences
where some of you can still have your IxDA villain. And for what's it
worth: Yes, I still believe that if you don't learn how to draw and
sketch and make things with your own two hands, you are not a
designer. There, I said it.

My decision to stop contributing to this list nothing to do with the
IxDA organization or anyone on the list, and more to do with the fact
I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut. Please see: Previous
paragraph.

For those of you who are looking to get in touch with me, please feel
free to find me at Yahoo via andreih at yahoo-inc dot com. You can
also find me on Twitter with @trenti, or on Facebook and LinkedIn if
you can successfully spell my name. I'm still a contributing editor
over at Print Magazine, so you can always read my random thoughts on
all things tech there as well.

For those of you who are interested in product and software
application design jobs where you will be challenged and expected to
do all of the graphic, interaction and information design along with
being expected to code your own front-end prototypes at some level and
have a vital role in product vision, please feel free to contact me.
I'll be looking for top tier talent to help to add to Yahoo's ranks.

And yes, I thought a long while before choosing my title, so consider
this message my final word on the whole semantic argument about the
interface v. interaction v. user experience design debate.

Take care all and best of luck.

--
Andrei Herasimchuk
Sr. Product Designer, Yahoo!

e. andreih at yahoo-inc dot com
p. 408-349-3940

Comments

19 Sep 2009 - 4:08am
robenslin
2008

Hi Andrei (if you read this),

As a quiet observer of this list I'd personally like to thank you for
all you've taught me. No text book, blog post, article can replace the
valuable input you've provided me.

If there was some way to sign a 'bring Andrei back' request I'd do it
now.

Finally, good luck with your new adventure - I'm sure Yahoo! are uber
excited to have you make a difference there.

Happy adventures,

-- Rob

On 19 Sep 2009, at 08:17, Andrei Herasimchuk <andrei at designbyfire.com>
wrote:

> Alrighty folks, for some this is probably good news; for others,
> you'll have to wait until I get my new blog up and running to hear
> me rant about all things design related in the tech sector.
>
> I'm signing off the list.
>
> Why? I've decided to take a position at Yahoo! to help in the design
> of their applications with a heavy focus on next generation products
> and emerging markets. I'm leaving Involution Studios in the hands of
> my more than capable business partner of five years, Dirk Knemeyer.
> It's been a blast running my own design studio, but there's not many
> opportunities in one's career where working on products that
> hundreds of millions of people use crosses one's path. I was lucky
> enough to have it happen early in my career with Adobe Systems, and
> now the opportunity is presenting itself again with Yahoo! So after
> a lot of thought, I've decided to join the ranks of Yahoos
> everywhere and see what I can do back in that mix.
>
> Given my role and position over at Yahoo!, I've decided it would be
> best for me to avoid causing controversy for my new employer via the
> IxDA mailing list, but I'm sure I'll say things at future
> conferences where some of you can still have your IxDA villain. And
> for what's it worth: Yes, I still believe that if you don't learn
> how to draw and sketch and make things with your own two hands, you
> are not a designer. There, I said it.
>
> My decision to stop contributing to this list nothing to do with the
> IxDA organization or anyone on the list, and more to do with the
> fact I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut. Please see: Previous
> paragraph.
>
> For those of you who are looking to get in touch with me, please
> feel free to find me at Yahoo via andreih at yahoo-inc dot com. You
> can also find me on Twitter with @trenti, or on Facebook and
> LinkedIn if you can successfully spell my name. I'm still a
> contributing editor over at Print Magazine, so you can always read
> my random thoughts on all things tech there as well.
>
> For those of you who are interested in product and software
> application design jobs where you will be challenged and expected to
> do all of the graphic, interaction and information design along with
> being expected to code your own front-end prototypes at some level
> and have a vital role in product vision, please feel free to contact
> me. I'll be looking for top tier talent to help to add to Yahoo's
> ranks.
>
> And yes, I thought a long while before choosing my title, so
> consider this message my final word on the whole semantic argument
> about the interface v. interaction v. user experience design debate.
>
> Take care all and best of luck.
>
> --
> Andrei Herasimchuk
> Sr. Product Designer, Yahoo!
>
> e. andreih at yahoo-inc dot com
> p. 408-349-3940
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19 Sep 2009 - 4:23am
Alan James Salmoni
2008

Best of luck Andrei! Great news for you - and I'll look for
improvements in Yahoo!'s products soon (my wife and her friends use
Yahoo! a lot). Don't forget to call those programmers out when
they're being lazy! ;-)

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19 Sep 2009 - 7:45am
Yohan Creemers
2008

Hi Andrei,

I regret that you're signing off the list. Strong opinions make great
discussion.
Why not ask the list manager to put your account back under moderation? Just
kidding.

I sincerely hope you will find some time to publish new articles in your
blog again.
Looking forward to catch up next month, when you're in Utrecht for the
Design by Conference 2009.

Have a great time at Yahoo!
Yohan
[Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V] Product Designer, Ylab

19 Sep 2009 - 11:22am
Dan Harrelson
2007

Andrei,

This seems like a very odd move on your part. I don't get it.

I've never known Yahoo! to restrict the chatter of their staff on
the interwebs. I also don't see a tendency for folks on this list to
confuse a someone's personal views with that of their employer. Tell
us again why you can't still talk to us?

Nonetheless, good luck on the new adventure.

...Dan

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19 Sep 2009 - 12:27pm
missu
2009

Congratulations on the new position at Yahoo. I hope it is everything
you want it to be and more. I

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19 Sep 2009 - 12:31pm
missu
2009

lets try this again. Apparently the comment system doesn't like the
greater than sign ...

Congratulations on the new position at Yahoo. I hope it is everything
you want it to be and more. I heart Yahoo so it will be great to see
the company continue to change, have a unified design site wide and
grow into a great internet empire.

--Ulina

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