Laura Javier is a product designer at Instagram and Facebook—
For over six years, I've worked with a bunch of talented people on projects spanning camera, photos, video, privacy, profile, composer, pages, platform, news feed and more. Most recently, I've moved over to focus on the Instagram team.
At Facebook, product designers work on small teams and are responsible for end-to-end experiences: what we should build and why; how it should work; how it should look and feel.
Camera, Stories, Direct
My team made a new camera in the Facebook app to give people more ways of expressing themselves and sharing what they’re up to in Facebook Stories and Direct. Here's the press announcement.
Moments is a private photo sharing app under the Facebook Creative Labs initiative on both iOS and Android. We want to help you get the photos you didn't take — all the photos your friends snapped but forgot to send to you after vacations, parties, and weekend trips.
Moments makes exchanging photos easier by using facial recognition to suggest the right friends to send your photos to. The end result is organized space where you can collect photos together — with just the friends you were with at the time.
Bonus: had fun with the brand and was recognized as one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business 2016.
Art History is Actually Hilarious
Written and designed by yours truly: a satirical guide to 25,000 years of art history for everyone who fell asleep during those slide lectures and missed the comedy. Completely unabridged, semi-critically acclaimed, and perhaps a little facetious.
Laser printed on Mohawk 80lb glossy cover, Japanese side-sewn with a soft cover.
Elements of Happiness
The Harvard Study of Adult Development is the longest prospective study of mental and physical well-being ever conducted. For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been following 824 individuals through war, career, marriage and divorce, parenthood and grandparenthood, and old age. How can a life be visualized? Can a happy life be captured in numbers and diagrams?
In this book (which adapts the text of George Vaillant's Aging Well), I've taken ten representative case studies and visualized their salient character traits, personal timeline, social supports, and physical health to draw conclusions about "the happy life."
On the side
Makin' stuff iz fun
I get infected pretty often by the OH GOD I WISH I COULD DO THAT THING bug, which hits you when you see someone else at the top of their game making something amazing — then you try to do That Thing, realize it's Not Very Good Is It, eat some Humble Pie (only known analgesic for the OGIWICDTT bug), but still Learn Something in the process.
So on the side, I like pretending to draw stuff, paint stuff, sculpt stuff, letter stuff, model stuff. When I grow up, maybe I'll do that stuff For Realsies.