Irina Blok

Born in a family of engineers in St Petersburg, Russia, Irina Blok came to the US when she was 18 years old. She strayed from her family trade to become a designer. In her spare time she enjoys working out, traveling and spending time with her daughter.

She is currently designing for 2+B people at Facebook. In the past 15 years she has worked for a bunch of companies including Apple, Yahoo, Google 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. Most recently she was interviewed by The New York Times Magazine, and has won numerous awards for her design work, which has appeared in Communication Arts Magazine, How Magazine, AIGA CI Annual, and Graphis.

Entrepreneur at heart, Irina runs variety of side design projects, 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:

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