“The future must be carved out and as designers, we’re sure to do a good job!”
“Being a UX designer is a bit like playing chess,”laughs Andrews-Junior, “you have to be able to plan several moves ahead and the more experience you have, the better you are!” Staying one step ahead, trying to understand the complexity of the human brain, putting yourself in the user’s shoes – these are some of the daily challenges for Andrews-Junior, a designer at Google in Mountain View, California.
Indeed, with the new project “Android Auto”, Andrews-Junior and his team have tried to predict every possible function of a telephone that a driver might want to use in the car. With this new software, the built-in car screen takes over from the phone and voice commands allow you to control the car, listen to music and communicate with others in complete safety.
“The key constraint in this project was security,” explains Andrews-Junior, “as mobile phone use is the cause of a quarter of car accidents. And this interface is a particularly innovative product compared to existing products”.
A Google employee for 4 years, Andrews-Junior considers himself “lucky”
He remembers the exact words of the HR director when he was recruited: “You know that you’ve got more chance of getting into Harvard than being hired at Google!” This was just another way of saying that Google only hires the best, which made him smile at the time. “There’s a huge amount of freedom at Google,” admits Andrews-Junior, “since we can make the best products without having to worry about whether they bring immediate profits, and our impact is breathtaking. Our products can reach up to 100 million users worldwide!”
In the years to come, Andrews-Junior would like to continue working on tangible products which combine software and industry. He has a quietly confident view of tomorrow’s world. “When I think about the future," he confides, “I think we can be rather optimistic since the future is still to be carved out and as designers, we’re sure to do a good job!”