Marc is Co-Founder of North Technologies. His background is in designing consumer apps. Previously, Marc was the co-founder of fflick, which Google acquired in 2011. Following the acquisition, Marc was part of the team to redesign YouTube in 2011 and again in 2012 leading the site wide redesign. Marc is a sought after design collaborator working with teams all across Google working on a broad range of products including design collaboration on the Google X self driving car project and Chromecast. Before that, Marc led design teams at Oakley and Digg and co-founded a number of companies including TeeFury and DesignbyHumans.
What do you do?
I surf, paint and design software for North Technologies - a company I co-founded in the fall of 2014 with Kevin Rose.
What do you find most rewarding about your role? Most challenging?
The most rewarding aspect of being a designer is the moment you glimpse someone using a product you had a hand in creating. Our most recent project is called Watchville. We have a time view inside Watchville which aids a watch lover in setting their automatic watches. The entire interface is created with code (big props to our amazing engineering team Caleb Davenport and Jonathan Baker).
We spent a lot of time on the movement, layout and spatial relationships between the time elements. I got a note from someone who downloaded our app and applauded our placement of the second and minute hands on the dial. The placement of the watch hands in relation to the dial markers is such a small design detail, but I was so stoked they noticed because we spent a great deal of time thinking about the shape of the minute and second hands, the size of the minute markers, how far the minute hand should overlap the minute markers, how the second hand moves around the face - all these little micro design decisions add up to one simple time interface and the fact someone noticed enough to send us a note just made me so happy.