Chris Lee

Real decisions aren't simple. I solve complex problems through a combination of curiosity, creativity, and analytical decision-making.

  • Product strategy
  • Interaction design
  • Motion design
  • Prototyping

Google Chrome

, Staff Designer

2013 to present.

Dozens of designers now work on Chrome, but when I started, there were about five of us. I was just a new college grad working on one of the world's most popular software products–but that didn't stop me from proposing bold new projects. This ability to creatively question the status quo was recognized with two promotions in my first couple years on the job.

It took some hard lessons to realize that execution is just as important as the idea. Over time, I refined the ability to carry some of the team's most ambitious projects all the way to success. Currently, I lead the design team for Chrome for Android, our largest platform, and help define our overall product strategy.

It's shameful that something so important is so intangible to describe, but Chris builds products. He *gets* what's important to systems and platforms, and then executes on them, and keeps executing on them until something takes hold in the org. He understands the value of planting seeds and seeing them come to fruition later.

– Glen Murphy, UX Director, Chrome & Android

Tabs & tab groups

Even as computing has gone mobile, we often fall back to our desktop computers for complex tasks like buying a new pair of shoes or planning a trip. I led a redesign of Chrome's tabs experience to help you get these things done on the go. Featured on the Google blog.

Tab groups help you organize longer running, multiple page tasks

Once you group tabs, you can compare them in just a tap

Information architecture

One of Chrome's largest UX challenges is how to scale to a growing feature set while staying simple. I led efforts to redesign Chrome to make core functionality more discoverable - and also easier to reach on larger phones.

Our first attempt used the spatial metaphor of a peeking, expandable sheet - later popularized in other apps. This approach gained a loyal fanbase but ended up being too radical of a change for our mainstream users.

We took what we learned and revised, keeping the address bar in a familiar position while exposing additional functionality in a separate bottom bar.

Volunteering

AfriScout

Google.org & PCI Global. August 2016.

App design for mapping application empowering African pastoralists to find pasture.

Nepal Human Development Report

Google.org & Kathmandu Living Labs. July 2015.

Website design and development for data visualization built for the Nepal government. Presented at Interaction 16.

Abide

Carpenters Code. 2015 to 2017.

Landing page design and development for Christian meditation app.

You and Me Forever

Crazy Love. 2014 to 2015.

App design for book by bestselling Christian author Francis Chan. Proceeds benefit work against poverty-induced prostitution in Ethiopia.