About









Irina Blok is a Russian-born, Silicon Valley-based designer. She is currently a product design lead at Google Research/AI. In the past 15 years she has worked for a variety of companies including Facebook, Apple, Yahoo and Adobe. One of her best known projects was design of the Google Android logo, the first open source logo of its kind. She started her career at Landor Associates as brand designer, and helped create and evolve HP, Visa, H&R Block and FedEx brands. She was interviewed by The New York Times Magazine, and her work has garnered recognition from Communication Arts Magazine, How Magazine, AIGA CI Annual, and Graphis. 

Entrepreneur at heart, Irina runs Creative Blok, a little apparel design company inspired by what’s happening in the world today. Products include Only in Silicon Valley greeting cards, a collection of fashionable surgical masks, humorous jewelry and funemployed pins. She had appeared on ABC's Reality Show Shark Tank as one of the contestants, and her products were featured in NBC's Today show, USA today, SF weekly, NY Daily News, Elle Magazine and multiple publications around the world. 

Recent press/speaking/writing:

2020 - Mercury News - Coronavirus cartoons: Designer behind Google’s Android logo says illustrations help relieve stress, Press

2020 - AIGA 50 Design Competition, Judge

2019 - AIGA Designing Products: Voice User Interfaces, Organizer

2018 - AIGA Designing Products with AI, Organizer

2018 - AIGA Designing Inclusive Products, Organizer

2016 - Techies Project by Helena Price, Participant

2016 - AIGA Designing Products for Business, Organizer

2016 - Design Details Podcast, Speaker

2016 - Out of the oven and onto your neck: 5 business lessons I learned from being burned, Writer

2016 - Only in Silicon Valley - Greeting Cards for Geeks, Side Project

2016 - The Creator Project by Vice - The Designer Behind the Android Logo Has a Raunchy Sense of Humor, Press

2016 - AIGA - Design//Work: Articulating the Value of an In-house Team, Panelist

2015 - From App To Architecture: How Curbside Designed And Built Its "Pickup Pod", Press

2015 - Techniche of IIT Guwahati, India, Speaker (video)

2015 - Visual Media Alliance, Art Institute of Silicon Valley, Speaker

2015 - JFE Accelerator, Designing Your Startup, Speaker

2015 - Bairro dos Museus, Portugal, Speaker/Designer (video)

2015 - AIGA CLEVELAND | Design 730 Competition Judge

2015 - Business Insider - What it's like to leave Google for a startup, Press