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.

  • The Garage is now open!

    I just launched my own innovation consultancy.

  • Improbable Banker

    I left free food, subsidized massages, and working for the most prestigious technology company to become a banker.

    Here's why.

  • D.Blog

    A stream of consciousness, all my own.

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  • Project Ara

    Any creature can consume, but it is only human to create.


    role  founder & design director

    company  Google

    releasing  late 2015

    more  ProjectAra.com

  • The Ara Team

    Meet the amazing team behind Project Ara.

  • MAKEwithMOTO

    You won't believe how Project Ara started. It may have involved a food truck, 18 design students, & 4K ft of velcro.

  • Moto Skip

    Passwords suck. Skip the pain.


    role co-creation lead

    company Motorola

    released 2013

    more Moto Skip website

  • Moto X

    The first phone that really listens.


    role headed ethnographic research, co-creation and brainstorming for natural voice scenarios

    company Motorola

    released 2013

    more Touchless Control Website

  • Surface 1.0

    For 30 years, we've learned the language of computers.
    It's time for computers to learn the language of people.


    role Interaction Design Manager

    company Microsoft

    released 2008

    more Surface Announcement

  • Studio Hybrid

    The most beautiful computer ever created.


    role Interaction Design Lead (joint project with Dell)

    company Microsoft

    released 2008

    more National Design Award

  • Compassionate Design

    This is how I approach design, and why I have a jar of Play Doh on my head.

  • Hello again.

    Feel free to connect with me anytime on my mobile (+1.425.503.2030), Twitter (@mak0ski), email (dan@danmakoski.com), smoke signal, or the little web form below :).