is a Silicon Valley executive who leads innovation by design. As founder and Chief Design Officer at Garage Partners, he works with both the global 500 and select startups - teams that embrace the power of extraordinary openness, and design epic experiences that make a real difference.
He started Project ARA at Google, designed the original Surface at Microsoft, led design research globally at Motorola, and was the first VP of Design at Capital One. Dan began his career at the world’s top design agencies, and is now leading his own.
The common thread across his career is the belief that design is most powerful when it's an expression of humble service, and innovation is most impactful when it fosters openness and inclusion.
Most importantly, Dan knows seven versions of the running man.
I left free food, subsidized massages, and working for the most prestigious technology company to become a banker.
A stream of consciousness, all my own.
The Ara Team
Meet the amazing team behind Project Ara.
You won't believe how Project Ara started. It may have involved a food truck, 18 design students, & 4K ft of velcro.
This is how I approach design, and why I have a jar of Play Doh on my head.