omerziv
A recent photo of me mid-thought.

Hi, my name is Omer Ziv.
I'm a product and UX guy.

I've been using the internet forever (well, since 1993) and had various internet-related jobs since 1999. I'm usually pretty happy hanging around in that area that connects design, code and actual content.

Geek Heaven

, originally from Israel but I've been living in Brooklyn for a few years now. I love New York.

I enjoy chatting with people about their own projects to see if I can help out. Are you doing something interesting? Please get in touch and tell me all about it.

I'm looking for your portfolio, where is it?

Well, it's been a few years since I designed anything all by myself. I think the descriptions below explain the kind of work I do better than screenshots, but please let me know if you want me to go into more detail about anything.

Yes, I'm asking you to read a long list. Yes, It's OK to skim.

Things I've done (in reverse chronological order)

Google

My last role at Google was as Product Manager for Material Design. Being a part of this talented team and helping improve designer-developer relationships was my nerdy dream job.

I started by working on the relaunch of Google Fonts, including a complete redesign of the directory and significant improvements to the open-source library of fonts. Following that, I worked on the new Material.io site, tools like the Material Theme Editor, and smaller projects like the Google Design site.

Google

I moved to New York to be a Product Manager for Google Docs. At Docs, I worked an effort to improve international support (including Right-to-left languages), documents templates, and that nifty automatic Document Outline.

Docs is one of my all-time favorite products, and the Docs team was an outstanding example of the benefits of a respectful relationship between Engineers, UXers and PMs.

Google I moved to California to be a Product Manager at Google Play.
I was part of a team that focused on discovery, mostly for Apps and Games, and learned a lot about things like Machine Learning and ranking algorithms.
Waze

After a few years of freelancing with Waze, I finally joined the company as the lead Product / UX guy. As a lead on the team, my job included both high-level planning of roadmaps and features, and day-to-day guidance of other PMs, designers and engineers, helping them push their own projects forward.

Going to work at Waze felt like hanging out with my best friends every day. We worked our asses off trying to build a smart, beautiful product and positively change our users' lives on a daily basis... and ended up getting acquired by Google.

The Junction I donated my time and held Product & UX Office Hours at The Junction, helping entrepreneurs with their products, user experience, design and copy.
Bacon Oppenheim When I finished art school, I joined BaconOppenheim for about a year. Dani and Hovav are both probably geniuses, they built an exceptional interactive studio in Tel Aviv.
During my year at the studio I worked with large clients like Google, the Israel Museum and Face.com, and continued my previous engagement with Waze.
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design I've been back at Bezalel a few times, but on the faculty's side, teaching an introductory HTML/CSS class to Visual Communication Design students, and assisting Gila Kaplan in her Book Design studio-class.
Open Knesset I volunteered at Open Knesset, an Israeli Open-Source Open-Government initiative that was undergoing a major redesign.
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
From Points to Pixels

I graduated from the Visual Communications department at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.

My Final Project at Bezalel was a blog named From Points to Pixels that examined Hebrew type design and it's shift from print to the web.

I worked with Gila Kaplan on a book for Yonatan Vinitsky's "The Neglected Genie". Yonatan is a very interesting artist, you should look him up.
Parsons the New School for Design   Boxee

I moved to New York for 6 months, and studied at Parsons for a semester on a student exchange program.

While living in New York I got to intern at Boxee and participated in the EyeWriter collab which was exciting, touching, important and awesome.

FlipWorld   Find Bruce I created 2 little iOS games with my friend Luka, named "Find Bruce" and "FlipWorld". They were fun, but you can't find them on any app store anymore.
8hands I worked with some really great people and learned a lot about social networks while working at 8hands (the 8hands website is offline now, but this video explains what it was all about).
Reshet TV I was part of a 3 person team that created Reshet TV's website back in 2007.
Mantis My first real job after serving in the army was at Mantis, where I got to design, code, and learn a little about what a Product Manager does.
Uhm.Nu

I created a website as a platform for collective writing named uhm.nu incorporated, in which almost 30 people posted content together over about 7 years.

It's in Hebrew and it started before they were called "blogs".

Swanky Back when the internet started, I was in the Swankarmy.

Places where you can find me:

A more detailed professional profile over on LinkedIn.
I'm social on Facebook and Twitter, sort of.
I upload photos to Instagram, and miss Flickr.
I use Email.

Thank you for reading.
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