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Project Ara Design Lead Leaves Google — Guess Where He Went

by Brandon Russell | July 2, 2014July 2, 2014 7:00 pm PST

Dan Makoski

Dan Makoski, who played a major role in the Moto X’s design and took the lead design role for Project Ara, has left Google. That’s pretty significant considering how beloved the products he’s been involved with are. Makoski said he took a VP of Design gig at Capital One, so he’ll still be exercising his creative muscle; it just won’t be with Google.

In a blog post on his personal website, Makoski explains his reasoning for leaving “one of the world’s most admired tech companies,” and says what he’ll miss most is working alongside the Project Ara team. Or, as Makoski calls them, “brilliant pirates.” While Makoski will no longer be involved with creating ground-breaking mobile devices, he will at least be working on creating more consumer-friendly experiences.

Makoski argues that “how people relate to their money” is ripe for new technology, and shares Capital One’s vision of how advancements can influence the future. He’ll apparently be building a “money team,” creating ways to help people connect with their finances.

Google hasn’t revealed who will replace Makoski, but a decision will likely be made soon. With Project Ara and the Moto X among his portfolio, Makoski’s departure from Google is certainly notable. From Makoski’s perspective, it just means no “subsidized massages” or free lunches.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.