Aza Raskin

Aza Raskin

name = Aza Raskin

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caption = Aza Raskin, 2005
birth_date = birth year and age|1984
birth_place = California, USA
education = Math, Physics B.S. (University of Chicago)
Physics, Computation and Neural Systems Ph.D (Caltech, dropped out)
occupation = interface guru, entrepreneur
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parents = Jef Raskin, Linda S. Blum
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Aza Raskin (born 1984) is an American user experience and product design expert [] , founder of Humanized, Inc., Songza, and Bloxes [] , and President of the Raskin Center for Humane Interfaces. He is currently Head of User Experience at Mozilla Labs. He is the son of noted human-computer interface expert Jef Raskin.


Raskin gave his first talk on user interface at age 10 at the local San Francisco chapter of SIGCHI [ [ Tuesday, September 13, 1994: Monthly Program (BayCHI) ] ] . By 20, he was speaking internationally [ [ EuroPython Society - The Failure of Applications ] ] . He holds bachelor degrees in math and physics from the University of Chicago. He attended Caltech briefly as a Ph.D. student in Physics, continuing the Dark Matter research he had participated in at both the University of Chicago and University of Tokyo.Fact|date=September 2008 The University of Chicago was the only school Raskin ever completed, having left middle school, high school, and graduate school.Fact|date=September 2008 He is also an accomplished international French Horn soloist.Fact|date=September 2008

In 2005 Aza Raskin founded Humanized. He currently leads the Raskin Center for Human Interfaces [ [ Tech Watch | InfoWorld Staff | InfoWorld | Mac creator Jef Raskin dies of cancer | February 28, 2005 04:59 PM | Jack McCarthy ] ] .

In November 2007, Raskin and Scott Robbin introduced Songza, a music meta-search tool showcasing innovative interface characteristics. In the week after launch, Songza was used to play over 1 million songs and has grown in popularity since then to become one of the major contendersFact|date=September 2008 in the online music space.

In 2008, Aza and other Humanized employees were part of a hire-out by the Mozilla Corporation [ [ Humanized > Weblog: Joining Mozilla ] ] , where he has been defining the direction for Firefox Mobile [ [ Zoom, Pan, Throw: A Peek At What Firefox Mobile Could Be ] ] . On August 26, 2008, Raskin launched the Ubiquity project at Mozilla [] , which on the same day was positively reviewed in a blog posting by Robert Scoble [] .

Raskin is also the creator of Algorithm Ink, a port of the Context Free Art to Javascript. []


External links

* [ Wall Street Journal] , [ WSJ]
* [,1,4225087.story?coll=chi-technology-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true Chicago Tribune]
* [ BusinessWeek]
* [ Slashdot] , [ Slashdot]
* [ Column from Communications of the ACM]
* [ Interview with ACM Ubiquity]
* [ Interview with Danish National Radio]
* [ Interview with Tech Radar]
* [ Interview with Technology Review] (in German)
* [ Interview with Venture Beat]
* [ Raskin Center for Human Interfaces]
* [ Humanized Inc.]


* [ Never Use A Warning When You Mean Undo]
* [ Death of the Desktop]
* [ Collaboration Made Simple with Bracket Notation]
* [ The Linguistic Command Line]
* Contributor to "Phishing and Counter-Measures: Understanding the Increasing Problem of Electronic Identity Theft", ISBN 0-471-78245-9


* [ Away with Applications: The Death of the Desktop (Google Tech Talk by Raskin)]

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