Emmet Connolly

Digital Product Designer

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I’m a digital product designer, leading the Design team at Intercom. Before that I co-founded and designed Android Wear and designed Google Flights. I live on the west coast of Ireland with my wife and kids. I have an old blog.

I like to learn new things and meet new people, so do or .


VP of Product Design

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Working at Intercom

Intercom's mobile apps'

Working at Intercom

I run the Design team at Intercom. We're building personal, simple messaging tools that allow website and app makers to see and talk with their users. We're ambitious, design-focused, and growing fast. Oh, and we're hiring designers. :)

Android Wear

Co-founder, Designer

A selection of Android Wear watches

Selection of Android Wear watchfaces

Android Wear UI

Android Wear on a Moto360 watch

While working at Google I started a 20% project to design and build a smartwatch. Over the course of four years the project grew, was incubated in Google[x], and developed into Android Wear, Google's smartwatch platform. I helped conceive the product direction, designed large parts of the UI, wrote the design guidelines, and presented at the product launch at Google I/O.

Google Flights


Google Flights map view

Google Flights search results

Google Flights trip details

I was the sole designer of Google Flights. I also designed travel-related results on the Google search results page. Some novel features of Flights (e.g. independently choosing outbound and return legs, search by map) are now common industry patterns. Which is nice.

Selected writing

2007 – 2024


Trusting Google Duplex

The Full Stack Design System

Has Visual Design Fallen Flat?

Invisible Design

To Recap

Design is a Conversation

Adaptive Spaces

More on my blog → and the Intercom blog →



2014 – 2024

From Visual Design to Vision Design

The Tools We Use

Creative Mornings: Curiosity

Design in Interesting Times

Design in the Age of Entanglement

Google I/O 2014 - Designing for wearables


Other Bits & Bobs

Publications, Speaking, Interviews, etc.

Speaking at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin

Podcast: The emergence of superintelligent AI

Interview: High-Fidelity Collaboration and Design Philosophy at Intercom

Interview: Scaling a Design Team

Interview: Meet the Speaker

Interview: Designing contextual experiences for wearables

Interview: How etiquette could kill the smartwatch