TL;DR: Currently, I make stuff like this and this. This past Spring, I worked with Tarana Burke on this. In my spare time, I work with a collective of female artists on stuff like this. More of that, here.


I’m Heather Luipold, a Creative Lead in New York working at the Google Creative Lab. We’re a small group of designers, engineers, writers, filmmakers and thinkers who experiment on non-traditional product concepts and ways to help connect people with our products. Very simply, we work to “get the toys to the kids.”

I co-lead a team inside the Lab who work on a lot of product experimentation. Time.com named two of the products we launched, Gboard and Tap to Translate (a feature in the Google Translate app), two of The 50 Best Apps of the Year.

Lately, we’ve been heads down working on the Google Assistant.

 

Current

Google Creative Lab / Creative Lead
Cornell Tech / Visiting Professor & Lecturer

 

Past

School of Visual Arts / Professor of Design
Chico & Lui / Co-founder & Creative Director
Huge / Associate Creative Director
LBi / Art Director
More

 

Speaking & Panels

AIGA / An Evening with Google Creative Lab
One Club / Young Guns Judge 2018
Likeminds 2.0 Conference / Preparing the Dunning-Kruger Designer Designation Conference / Keynote speaker & Panel Discussion
Pixel Awards / Judge 2016
HackMIT / Panel Discussion
Code Next & Made with Code / Panel Discussion
Oscar Health / Women in Tech Panel Discussion

 
 

Recent Projects

Me Too Rising / Creative Lead / Google Creative Lab

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we launched Me Too Rising, a visualization of the global Me Too movement through Google Trends data. We partnered with Tarana Burke, founder of the movement, to show how a simple statement of empathy from one survivor to another is changing how the world is listening to survivors of sexual violence, assault and harassment.

Gboard / Creative Lead / Google Creative Lab

Before Apple revamped its iMessage keyboard, we launched Gboard, a keyboard powered by Google Search. It has Search, GIFs, emojis, and Glide Typing built right in. In the first 24 hours, Gboard reached the #1 spot in the iOS App Store, #1 spot on ProductHunt and #1 US trending topic on Facebook.

Tap to Translate / Creative Lead / Google Creative Lab

To serve Translate’s most active users, we launched Tap to Translate, a feature of the Google Translate app that lets you instantly translate text within any app on your Android phone. We found that in some of our biggest markets, particularly in countries like India and Brazil, users spend a lot of time copy-pasting text to and from Google Translate. With Tap to Translate, you can instantly translate any text from within any app. It’s now the #2 most-used feature in the Google Translate app.

Google Assistant / Creative Lead / Google Creative Lab 

At I/O 2016, Google announced their digital assistant. I co-led a team who created the product vision for this AI on the Google Pixel phone. Since the launch, we've also partnered with the Google Home, Android Auto and other cross-functional teams to imagine how a personal, ML-driven, digital assistant could manifest on all surfaces.

 

Past Projects

Gucci.com / Associate Creative Director / Huge
Lexus.com / Associate Creative Director / Huge
Classicspecs.com / Creative Director / Chico & Lui
Various Pitch Work / Huge & LBi