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To say 2020 was tough is an understatement. The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the world and our lives in such a short period of time, forcing us to react and adapt. During this challenging year, we still remain committed to supporting local businesses and keeping them connected with their customers. Beyond that, we’re finding new ways to support each other and local communities with up-to-date information on how businesses are adopting new safety protocols and ensuring consumer trust and safety.

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For San Francisco Design Week 2018, Yelp hosted a lightning talk and panel event centered on the impact that designers have on urban landscapes. It was inspiring, as evidenced by this standout quote from Airbnb’s Jenny Arden:

Ultimately, what I think designers do is design for trust…. Users are no longer willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. You actually have to earn this.
— Jenny Arden

Without further ado, here’s the full video:

More standout quotes:

Cities are incredibly complex. Anytime you insert anything into a city, you dramatically change the underlying patterns.
— Michael Gough


Yelp’s Product Design team consists of many talented folks who work on all facets of Yelp products. Each month, we’re sharing their stories.

Joanne Magbitang

Favorite business on Yelp:
Arabella Park in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada


Yelp’s Product Design team consists of many talented folks who work on all facets of Yelp products. Each month, we’re sharing their stories.

Andrew Yee

Favorite businesses on Yelp:
Brenda’s in San Francisco, CA
Kiraku in Berkeley, CA


Yelp’s Product Design team consists of many talented folks who work on all facets of Yelp products. Each month, we’re sharing their stories.

Tobia Crivellari

Favorite business on Yelp:
The Grove Yerba Buena in San Francisco, CA


Yelp’s Product Design team consists of many talented folks who work on all facets of Yelp products. Each month, we’re sharing their stories.

Zoe Lu

Favorite business on Yelp:
Equinox Sports Club in San Francisco, CA


Food, fun, and quality discussion at SFDW 2017

On June 21st, Yelp was proud to host our first ever design-centric panel discussion for San Francisco Design Week 2017 at our 140 New Montgomery headquarters. The 100 attendees were treated to much more than just a discussion: local SF businesses D’maize, Dagwood & Scoops, Salty Sweet, and Boba Guys were all on-site to provide amazing food and drink.


Yelp’s Product Design team consists of 24 talented folks who work on all facets of Yelp products. Each month, we’re sharing their stories.

Eric Maguire

Favorite Businesses on Yelp
Foreign Cinema, Lone Palm, Beretta, Shotwell’s, all in San Francisco, CA

Where were you before Yelp?
Before joining Yelp, I was a product designer at Twitter, where I worked on both the Revenue and Growth teams. Before Twitter, I started and worked for various startups in San Francisco, and was also a part of the Y Combinator class of summer 2011.


“Expert” advice from 3 recently graduated product designers

Hello! We’re Tim, Gabi, and Kiyana, three Yelp product designers and, more importantly, three recent graduates of collegiate design programs, both grad and undergrad. Together, we felt that being fresh out of school with some workplace experience under our belts put us in a unique place to help out the next wave of graduating designers eager to make their marks on the world.

This article is a first pass at sharing our insights, empathy, and excitement with you! While our experience is mostly related to product design, the five key takeaways highlighted here can apply to any creative discipline. Enjoy!


Yelp’s Product Design team consists of 22 talented folks who work on all facets of Yelp products. Each month, we’re sharing their stories.

Scott Tusk

Favorite businesses on Yelp:
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco, California
Dusty Grooves in Chicago, Illinois

Where do you look for motivation / inspiration?
Music! All kinds of music. I am a big vinyl collector, I also have a fairly large iTunes library and, of course, a subscription to Spotify, you should give my playlists a follow! …

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