Making stuff as a founder of Avocado. Former music-maker. Tuna melt advocate. Started Google Reader. (But smarter people made it great.)

Want to work on Google UI? It's hiring time.

Really. Join our UI team.

You'd be helping shape the way Google works and looks. We're looking for visually-oriented software engineers who understand application development for browsers. And specifically, we're looking for people who'd be interested in helping with Blogger.

Also, you'd be working for some time closely with Ev, Jason, Steve, myself, and the rest of the nuts in the basket. (It is my hope this is viewed more as a perquisite than a detriment.)

'Course you might get drafted to do other things while you're here. I was cherry-picked and found myself knee-deep in the code of some mail app.

So, let me know if you're interested. Leave a comment here, if you'd like, or a link to a resumé, portfolio, or application you've built. You gotta be a strong coder, and you need to be expert in HTML, CSS, and Javascript but if you're interested in building interfaces that will be used by millions of users, then this is pretty much a great opportunity.

They won't let me leave the building until you arrive. Please hurry.
posted at August 3, 2004, 2:36 PM


  • At 5:59 PM, scottandrew said…

    So, the universe has decided to pants me.

    So be it!

  • At 12:00 AM, David said…

    If only I was in the area permanently. Damn.

  • At 5:05 AM, Anonymous said…

    Too bad, I live in the Netherlands.

    - Mark Wubben (

    (P.S. Why do I need a Blogger account to post a comment?)

  • At 5:46 AM, chris said…

    I would love this job, who/where whould I email to get in contact with the right people?

  • At 9:15 AM, Chris Wetherell said…

    To Mark from But Mark you don't need a Blogger account to comment, you can just-

    *pauses* But you've already posted as "Anonymous." AH. Got it.

    For those who don't know...Mark did post without a Blogger account, I think he might be joining a fine Blogger tradition of takin' the p*ss out of someone. :) Mark is in good company since I have my own issues with the comments UI at Blogger.

  • At 9:22 AM, Chris Wetherell said…

    To Chris: I'm definitely "the right people". My contact info is on this site. If you can afford non-anonymity you can also just post a link or two here. (Not everyone can and I understand that.)

  • At 11:01 AM, daxiang28 said…

    Hey Chris,
    I want to be a nut too. Here's a link to my site and resume.

  • At 7:44 PM, Stewart said…

    This post has been removed by the author.

  • At 7:46 PM, Stewart said…

    Hey - wtf? I can't delete that :)

    (It asks me do sign in if I try, and then just takes me to my dashboard ... but we could fix that!.)

  • At 7:47 PM, Stewart said…


  • At 11:24 PM, Chris Wetherell said…

    To Stewart (on a Totally Unrelated Matter): One smart thing that we could do would involve approaching and integrating creative engineering teams with proven UI skills who've designed for community based on what they've written (well-appreciated by the web dev community) about client-side scripting, web standards, or other core web technologies like CSS, and who reside somewhere in the corner of an adjacent nation.

    Man, the Things Daddy Would Like. Could fill a Sherry Hogshead.

    To everyone: Please understand that I'll have a lot to look at as the days go by and that I may not be able to write you back personally. From what I understand, many interpersonal relationships are like that. Or at least, I'm going off that as theory, since I have not seen sunlight or other humans for some time.

  • At 3:20 AM, Anonymous said…

    i'd love to work on google!

  • At 7:32 AM, Anonymous said…

    To massless: sorry for the misunderstanding. I actually meant: why do I need a Blogger account in order to have my name and website in the "comment poster" area, instead of Anonymous?

    - Mark Wubben (

    P.S. It would be nice to see alll comments when you post your own.

  • At 10:42 AM, Chris Wetherell said…

    To Mark: 'Cause according to the code ... there's no option for extra-user data. At least that's what it says today. However, to paraphrase Scarlett O' Hara, tomorrow and following (after I get my hands on it) is another day. ... And I also think easy access to post content and thread context are important during a comment creation task.

  • At 5:48 PM, jaxxon said…

    Hey! Google UI has always been in my psyche. And as a GUI designer, this makes me drool.

    I'm a visual designer, not a code hound ...I'm sure there are some pixels that need pushing. So sign me up! Portfolio:

    UI == You & I ....the users!

    GUI Guy

  • At 12:05 PM, Anonymous said…

    Hey, I am definitely interested. I push pixels, I do XHTML/CSS, etc.

    My resumé and portfolio are here.


  • At 5:54 PM, Mark said…

    I have been doing a lot of research for my upcoming interviews at Google, and ran across this post. I'm actually scheduled to be interviewing with several other groups next Monday (16 Aug), but working with the Blogger UI seems like a very fun thing to do. If you're interested in me, I'd love to find out more about what you're looking for. Besides, if you come talk to me Monday then you'll be able to breathe the Monday night air.

    I'm the author of the GMail Loader, WakeMe Clock, and several other applications that now belong to the companies I wrote them for. Most of my recent work, though, has been spent cleaning up the interface of a really nasty PL/SQL application that the Army uses to track unused real estate.

    Take a look at my resume. One side note, though: I am not the greatest coder to ever load up emacs, nor am I able to recreate starry night using 12 divs and some style tags. I am, however, extremely good at taking existing things and making them better, or at least seeing and explaining the ways to make them better. Sure, I write code and I like to design, but I’m still learning those arts. I don’t know everything. I think, however, that I could really be of help in your quest to improve Blogger.

  • At 5:30 AM, Anonymous said…

    Me me, I've got the skills. Have a quick look at, then give me call!

  • At 10:38 AM, Anonymous said…

    I know a guy who's spent a few late nights working on various JS/DHTML projects possibly of relevance..

  • At 1:49 PM, Max Kueng said…

    You work for Google?
    So, can you tell me when or if Google will provide Gmail users with additional invitations? Or what do I have to do to get more invitations? I've never got an invitations package, so far...

  • At 8:56 AM, Anonymous said…

    alas, my expertise is all with pens and ink. but if you want any pretty artwork for it, lemme know. -l-

    nice site, fascinating read.

    mark -

  • At 7:34 PM, Frank said…

    This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

  • At 1:04 PM, John said…

    Would love to work for Google's UI team, but I'll have to dream on!

  • At 5:31 PM, Anonymous said…

    Check out:

    Currently I am contracting at Yahoo Launch as their UI Javascript Prototyper. My contract will be over soon. Please email me at: if interested.

    -Jon Osbeck

  • At 2:13 PM, Anonymous said…

    iam dhanesh krishnan from india.i wud love to get a job in google.especially some were in india.i know that u have two centres here in india ,one at bangalore and other at hyderabad .i wud like to work in any of the above centres if i got placed .well that doesnt mean that i wont like to travel.yes iam a travel freak i wud love to visit places.but if i am placed in the same country in the initial stages it will be a great.
    my interest includes linux, open source softwares and clustering.other are programming and web development and feels administrations (troubleshooting)and networking is a part of a work all though every company have specialised people that fields..
    i hear by is attaching a copy of my resume and i request u to consider my resume for any post suitable bye

    dhanesh g krishnan

  • At 10:26 PM, Anonymous said…

    Work for google? What proof can you give any prospective employee that you are a decent company to work for?

    Are comments allowed on the google blog? Does everyone at google have a blog where they can post openly if they are happy at work? Does google provide a accurate and fair service (lol, dont answer that one, I know the answer)

    Why pay for it, why not get it done for free, surely you must have someone at google working for the blogger department that can do a better job than what is currently on offer?

    Oh no, thats why your hiring, but hang on, your putting all the small people out of business cos your muscling into areas other than search... Aha another microsoft in the making.......

    Come on google - If you are going to do a job, do it well, or leave it to other people to do, dont be bully boys about it.

  • At 10:30 PM, lasermemory said…

    Just a quick update, as I didnt sign in before,
    If google wants to be taken seriously, it needs to seriously stop providing bad results.

    All the PR in the world is useless at the end of the day, and makes me think, WHY would i want to work for a company that is PR orientated.

    Perhaps when google shows real results, we will see real people applying, not desperate people who just want the money.

  • At 10:30 PM, lasermemory said…

    Just a quick update, as I didnt sign in before,
    If google wants to be taken seriously, it needs to seriously stop providing bad results.

    All the PR in the world is useless at the end of the day, and makes me think, WHY would i want to work for a company that is PR orientated.

    Perhaps when google shows real results, we will see real people applying, not desperate people who just want the money.

  • At 9:05 PM, Anonymous said…

    Google works great.
    Have you ever thought about using a single button to post comments on blogger?
    Keepin it simple since 97

    <--//brandon aka

  • At 11:39 AM, Anonymous said…

    I hope the person you hire can spell correctly.

  • At 10:43 AM, Anonymous said…

    if its not too late. i have a lot of js and xbrowser experience. worked a couple years for EDS doing military sites and they all had to be xbrowser and 508 compliant. currently a .net developer...
    resume and small personal site at
    cheers... j

  • At 10:54 AM, Anonymous said…

    i dont know the first damn thing a bout web page design, or blah blah blah, but i think it'd be cool to say i work for google. , ,.. .

  • At 7:12 PM, Anonymous said…

    Hi Chris - I am interested to know more about this job opportunity and I am sure I am a good fit for this position as well. Could you please email me at and then we could talk more in details if the position is still open? Thanks.

  • At 10:22 PM, Adnan Siddiqi said…

    Just a try to get in,

    i have my resume updated but coudn`t uploaded due to busy schedule,could be provided upon request


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