Max Kessler


Recently rejoined Google, focusing on YouTube. I'm thrilled to be back at Google helping YouTube create a safe and responsible video ecosystem.


Senior Interaction Designer, YouTube


Senior Product Designer, Meta

Leading design for a cross-company product experience. Building relationships while rapidly learning app-specific design principles and systems. Responsible for the overseeing and influencing the work of 4 designers on our large scale product roadmap.

Senior Interaction Designer, Google Workspace

Responsible for delivering impactful, quality experience for Docs, Slides and Sites as well as cross-Workspace concepts. Executed on strategic direction for a few of the largest of Google Workspace's offerings. While overseeing several designers and workstreams, I delivered design system improvements and large scale product visions and roadmaps. Managed an intern, a member of the Intern Hiring Committee and NY UX Intern Site Lead.

Interaction Designer, Google Docs, Google Slides

Delivered many tactical enterprise requests while growing my role on within the PA. Managed an intern, a member of the Intern Hiring Committee and NY UX Intern Site Lead.

Intern, YouTube Music, Artist Profile Pages, Analytics

Intern, frog, Optus

Intern, Smart Design, Gatorade, Mira Fitness Wearable


Recent work

01 / Google, "Improving Workspace on Mobile"

How might we make productivity platform agnostic?

With the support of several engineering groups, we set out to improve Workspace on mobile by introducing ML-backed writing suggestions in Docs, a cross-app (Docs, Sheets & Slides) redesign of commenting, and a powerful Gmail and Editor integration allowing people to respond to comments directly from within Gmail.

As the UX lead for this collection of efforts, I was tasked with guiding design principles and delivering a feasible but ambitious vision.

02 / Google, Supercharge Workspace with ML

How might we remove the mundane and tedious from work?

The AI-powered capabilities, like Smart Compose and Autocorrect within Docs make it faster and easier for people to create high-quality, error-free content.

This required understanding the complicated nuances and balancing of core writing and the robot-tongues of AI. With a consistent visual language across Workspace products, and a well balanced triggering model, Smart Compose has already saved people from typing more than 2 billion characters each week.

03 / Google, Better Reading and Navigation in Docs

How might we provide more information in a link so people know where they are going before they get there?

Clicking, viewing and navigating links is a core experience for web browsing. Actually, there are quite a few people that never make an edit in a document, and are just reading and navigating between links. We set out to improve the link viewing and navigation experience with a link agnostic user experience.

The experience begins with a preview of the link destination and continues with a Docs, and Slides preview inside the same window of the initial document.