Facebook Design

29 Jun 09

The Facebook Design team just launched a public profile on Facebook. We’ll be sharing our design philosophy, processes, and content we find interesting.

What excites me the most is the opportunity to share retrospectives on past Facebook designs and the product decisions leading to our current interfaces. Publicly sharing our ideas and insights through this page is one of the first steps we’re taking to connect with the larger design community. That trend will only continue over the coming months.

I’ve been with our product design team for a year. It’s been one hell of a ride so far. We design and build the products and interfaces of Facebook, and we do so with a tiny group of ten.

We’re a pretty unique team.

Our designers write code. We’re responsible for Facebook’s user-interface library: an object-oriented extensible PHP library that renders the bulk of Facebook’s front-end. We write Javascript renderers for Chat and async endpoints for friend collection dialogs.

We move fast. We stay with a project for it’s entire development process, so we have no communication gaps to slow us down. That means we ship products in half the time and with half the resources needed by others.

We sweat the details more than any team I’ve ever been a part of — down to correcting a single pixel in the upper left of our search typeahead and applying the subtlest shading and detail on our icons.

We take a product from an idea to a launch before an audience of hundreds of millions. We’re modest enough to learn from our mistakes and have vision enough to make the right product decisions when faced with criticism. I’m proud and humbled to be a part of this team.

The Facebook Design page also includes updates from our communication designers, our user interface engineers, and our user experience research team. Check it out at facebook.com/design.

Huge respect to Ben Barry, likely the most talented designer I’ve ever met, who beautifully illustrated Facebook Design’s seal.

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