Designing for Google’s COVID response … and more!

Creative Breakfast /Tuesday/October 18/9:00 AM

Description and details

Google responds to crises around the world daily — so how did the team bring years of experimentation and research to design public-facing tools for the biggest crisis of our lifetimes, COVID-19?

Google Social Search Lead UX designer Liora Yuklea will share her team’s work on efforts to fight misinformation with the high-traffic Covid Organized Search Results Page. Plus, get to know the UX designers and researchers newly working on Google Chrome, News, and Search in our DC office.

You'll learn about Google Design's culture and processes and how they differ from product to product. We’ll discuss the common thread that unites our work: designing responsibly at scale for a global audience. We’ll also share some best practices for collaborating across time zones and how we're adapting to hybrid work.

This event has two ways to participate: in-person attendance or via Google Meet. You will indicate the way you plan to participate when selecting your ticket type.

In-person attendees: As you enjoy a pastry and coffee, you will have plenty of time for conversation, questions, and networking. Please arrive early to settle in.

This event was put together in partnership with Google.


Virtual attendance via Google Meet

In-person attendance at Google’s DC office

Venue info: 25 Massachusetts Ave NW, 9th floor, “The White Space”


  • Liora Yuklea

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    UX Lead, Google Search Crisis Response

    Liora has led UX design for the past 3 years for Google Search's Crisis Response team, which focuses on meeting global information needs in times of crisis. She is a graduate of SVA's Design for Social Innovation MFA program and prior to delving into the world of earthquakes, wildfires, floods, and pandemics she worked with companies and organisations such as ZenCity, MindCET, the UN's Big Data for Development lab, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.


  • Timothy Hykes

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    Interaction Designer

    Timothy Hykes aka Tim Hykes is a User Experience designer and Illustrator working in Washington, DC. Currently, working at Google as the Lead Interactive Designer for Google for Jobs. Tim has had the pleasure of seeing his work featured on FastCompany, Adobe, Nationally with AIGA, Invision App, and socially with Behance and many other sites and publications. Timothy is nationally known for his side projects which includes the 28 Days of Black Designers Project, the Design + Diversity conference, and podcast, and on YouTube on the Tim Hykes channel.

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  • Dan Newman

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    UX Manager

    Dan is a DC-based design leader presently working to improve the publisher-side experience for Google News. Prior to joining Google last year, he held a number of design leadership roles, including nearly 7 years just up the road at NPR.


  • Kitior Ngu

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    Staff User Experience Researcher

    Kitior holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Michigan and has worked in a number of senior UX/applied research roles prior to joining Google early this year.


Virtual platform

For those who do not purchase an In-Person Attendance Add-On, the event will be streamed via Google Meet:

  • In order to participate fully, plan to join via the Google Meet app on a computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video.

  • Only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room, to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations.

  • This event will be recorded unless technical issues occur. The recordings will be shared in the AIGA DC recordings archive for AIGA members to rewatch or catch up on at a later date. If you’re not an AIGA Member, you can register for a membership on the AIGA Membership website.

  • We unfortunately won’t be able to collect questions ahead of time.

  • Questions for the speaker can be asked live during the event through the chat during the Q&A portion of the event.

You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy in our FAQ.

In-person safety guidance

In-person attendance will be at Google’s DC office, for those who select an In-Person Add-On with their ticket:

25 Massachusetts Ave NW, 9th floor, “The White Space”

  • All in-person attendees must provide proof of vaccination and collect a badge at the reception desk before being admitted.
  • We recommend that attendees wear masks when not eating or drinking.
  • Coffee and pastries will be provided at the in-person event. Please plan to arrive early to settle in.

COVID-19 is hard to predict: What happens if in-person events need to be canceled?

When possible, in-person events will be moved to Zoom and a refund should not be expected. If an event is canceled in its entirety, a refund will be issued. In either scenario you will be notified immediately.


  • The virtual streaming of this event will have real time CART (live captioning) services and transcriptions provided by Verbit.
  • A sign language interpreter will not be present unless requested. If requested, we will do our best to employ a sign language interpreter for the event.
  • The in-person venue is ADA accessible. Participants will enter through the lobby and ride an elevator to the event space.
  • Accessible and gender-neutral bathrooms are available at the in-person location.

If you need any additional accommodations, please contact us using a method that works best for you:

We honor your privacy. No identifying information like your name is required to request an accommodation, and all details will be deleted once completed.

You can learn more about how we’re making DC Design Week an accessible experience by visiting our accessibility statement.

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