Hi there!

My name is Noah Levin and I'm an Interaction Designer at Google working on the search team.

Learn a bit more about me or follow me on twitter to see what I'm up to.

I'm a Pittsburgh Native

I recently received my Master's Degree in Human-Computer Interaction from CMU. I also did my undergrad there studying Information Systems with a Minor in Design.

I had a blast last summer working on my HCI capstone project with NASA. Before that, I worked as an Interaction Design intern at a small design firm in Pittsburgh called LotterShelly for two summers making affinity diagrams, wireframes, and high-fidelity designs for clients like PNC, Gigapan Systems, and CMU.

Most recently, I designed the Google Search App for iPad and iPhone, but because most of my work is confidential I can't share much else here. Feel free to poke around my old portfolio.

Favorite Design Details

  1. Large Click Targets
    I ruthlessly adhere to Fitts' Law. Sufficient padding prevents frustrating missed clicks.
  2. cursor: pointer;
    Often overlooked, changing the cursor on hover provides important feedback.
  3. Active button states
    Pressed button states are easy to forget about, but add an important sense of realism.
  4. Ample line-height with ~10 words per line
    Paragraphs deserve to breathe. Chunking lines into thin rows improves readability.
  5. Subtle Animations

    Even the smallest transitions create enjoyable experiences. CSS3 makes this easier than ever.

I’m a musician and a rower

I originally wanted to go to school for theater or vocal performance. While I ended up in a more technical field, I enjoyed performing throughout college with a small theatre group, and I hope to always continue singing in one way or another.

In Pittsburgh, I played bass and sang in a folk-rock band for a bit, where we wrote four-part harmonies influenced by Fleet Foxes and the Beach Boys. I also love to row (kayaking and crew), I'm an ENFP on the MBTI, and I enjoy learning about health sciences.

I'm currently living in San Francisco, CA near Alamo Square. If you'd like to chat, feel free to drop me an email.