omerziv
An old photo of me mid-thought.

Hi, my name is Omer Ziv,
I'm a product guy.

I've been using the internet forever (well, since 1993) and had various internet-related jobs since around '99. I'm usually pretty happy hanging around in that area that connects design, code and actual content.

Geek Heaven

, originally Israeli but I've been living in Brooklyn for a few years now, I love New York.

I enjoy chatting with people about their own projects to see if I can help out. Are you doing something interesting? Please get in touch and tell me all about it.

I'm looking for your portfolio, where is it?

Well, it's been a few years since I designed anything all by myself. I think the lists below explain what I do better than screenshots, but please let me know if you want some more details about anything. (Yes, I'm asking you to read lists. It's OK to skim.)

Things I've done (in reverse chronological order)

Google My last role at Google was as Product Manager for the Material Design team (truly, a designer-nerd's dream job).
I started working on the relaunch of Google Fonts, and then continued to work on Material.io, the Material Theme Editor, and a few other projects like the Google Design site.
Google I moved to New York to be a Product Manager for Google Docs.
Docs is one of my absolute favorite products, and such a great team.
Google I moved to California to be a Product Manager at Google Play.
I was part of a team that focused on discovery, mostly for Apps and Games, and learned a lot about things like Machine Learning and ranking algorithms.
Waze I worked at Waze as the lead Product / UX guy for a few years.
Waze is a GPS navigation app that (seriously) has the potential to kill traffic by allowing drivers to help each other out.
My job was to plan out new features and work with some great people on making them happen. We worked our asses off trying to build something smart, good looking and different, and ended up being acquired by Google.
The Junction When they needed me, I donated my time giving product / UX office hours at The Junction, to help entrepreneurs with their products/user interface/design/copy.
Bacon Oppenheim I worked at BaconOppenheim for a year.
Dani and Hovav are geniuses, we were a great little team and got to work with big, interesting companies like Google and Face.com.
If you're looking for something smart and well designed you should definitely consider hiring them, they rock.
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design I've been back at Bezalel a few times, but on the faculty's side, teaching an introductory HTML/CSS class to Visual Communication Design students, and assisting Gila Kaplan in her Book Design studio class.
Open Knesset I volunteered at Open Knesset, an Israeli Open-Source Open-Government initiative that was undergoing a major redesign.
Waze I freelance-designed new UX for Waze (version 3.0). It was a really big jump from version 2 to 3, I am really happy I got to be a part of it.
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
From Points to Pixels

I graduated from the Visual Communications department at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.

My Final Project at Bezalel was a blog named From Points to Pixels that examined Hebrew type design and it's shift from print to the web.
I worked with Gila Kaplan on Yonatan Vinitsky's "The Neglected Genie". Yonatan is a very interesting artist, you should look him up.
Parsons the New School for Design   Boxee

I studied at Parsons for a semester on a student exchange program.
While living in New York I got to intern at Boxee and participated in the EyeWriter collab which was exciting/touching/important/awesome.

FlipWorld   Find Bruce I created 2 little iOS games with my friend Luka, named "Find Bruce" and "FlipWorld". They were fun, but you can't find them on any app store anymore.
8hands I worked with some really great people and learned a lot about social networks while working at 8hands (the 8hands website is offline now, but this video explains what it was all about).
Reshet TV I was part of a 3 person team that created Reshet TV's website back in 2007.
Mantis My first real-life job after serving in the army was at Mantis, where I got to design, code, and learn a little about what a Product Manager does.
Uhm.Nu I created a website as a platform for collective writing named uhm.nu incorporated, in which almost 30 people posted content together over about 7 years. It's in Hebrew and it started before they were called "blogs".
Swanky Back when the internet started, I was in the Swankarmy.

Places where you can find me:

A more detailed professional profile over on LinkedIn.
I'm social on Facebook and Twitter, sort of.
I upload photos to Instagram, and miss Flickr.
I use Email.

Thank you for reading.
Have a nice