Elvin Hu

Senior Designer at Google

Elvin Hu

Senior Designer

at Google

Elvin Hu

Senior Designer

at Google

Elvin Hu

Senior Designer at Google

Professional Projects

Material You in Chrome

Material You in Chrome

With Sara Park
With Sara Park

Material You was Google’s latest design language, aimed at reaffirming Google’s position in the premium market, by leaning into personalization and expression.

I led the adoption of Material You in Chrome for Android and contributed to the Google-wide design language. I also drove the refresh of Chrome for Android's design documentation.

Role
Lead Designer
Year
2021-2022
Skills
Design System / Visual design /
Design Evangelism
Chrome tab switcher with Material You in light theme and dark theme.
Chrome tab switcher with Material You in light theme and dark theme.
Early exploration of Material You in Chrome
Early exploration of Material You in Chrome
Design guidance for Material You in Chrome
Design guidance for Material You in Chrome

Chrome Brand Icon Refresh

Chrome Brand Icon Refresh

With Dan Park, Dima Shokolvm, Thomas Messenger
With Dan Park, Dima Shokolvm, Thomas Messenger

As operating systems embrace more opinionated design languages, Chrome's one-size-fit-all brand approach began to make it feel out of place.

I initiated the effort and led a team to refresh Chrome’s brand for the first time in 8 years, to make it feel more contemporary, in tuned with the OS and accessible.

Role
Lead Designer
Year
2021-2022
Skills
Brand Design / Art Direction
Updated Chrome logo from 2021. It features brighter colors and removes shadows.
Updated Chrome logo from 2021. It features brighter colors and removes shadows.
Chrome and Chrome Beta's icon on macOS dock, featuring a more 3D design.
Chrome and Chrome Beta's icon on macOS dock, featuring a more 3D design.
Chrome's new logo used in outdoor ads
Chrome's new logo used in outdoor ads
Chrome's icon on Android, next to other icons that all use dynamic theming.
Chrome's icon on Android, next to other icons that all use dynamic theming.

Chrome on Novel Form Factors

Chrome on Novel Form Factors

With Julia Liang, Sara Park, Xiangqi Liu
With Julia Liang, Sara Park, Xiangqi Liu

In preparation for the launch of Google Pixel Fold and Google Pixel Tablet, app teams at Google needed to refresh their long-neglected tablet experiences.

I led a team of 4 to not only refreshed the interface with the Material You design language, but also introduced improvements to drag and drop, window management, desktop-site browsing and so on.

Role
Team Lead
Year
2021-2023
Skills
Product Strategy / Art Direction / Interaction Design
Desktop mode browsing on Pixel Fold
Desktop mode browsing on Pixel Fold
Chrome Home displayed on a Pixel Tablet on a dock
Chrome Home displayed on a Pixel Tablet on a dock
Early concept for Material You application in Chrome, inspired by ChromeOS features.
Early concept for Material You application in Chrome, inspired by ChromeOS features.

Widgets for Chrome on iOS

Widgets for Chrome on iOS

With Dan Park, Dima Shokolv, Laura Nielsen, Thomas Messenger
With Dan Park, Dima Shokolv, Laura Nielsen, Thomas Messenger

In 2020, Chrome was asked to produce a collection of iOS widgets in just four weeks, a schedule unprecedented for a corporation such as Google.

During this time frame, I both designed and developed 3 widgets for Chrome on iOS. Even the time is limited, I ensured the experience still would feel delightful: for example, the Dino in the widget only appears once it has fully loaded.

Role
UX Designer, Software Engineer
Year
2020
Skills
Interface Design / SwiftUI Development
Chrome's iOS Dino widgets. It shows an empty field while loading and shows the Dino once the widget is ready to use.
Chrome's iOS Dino widgets. It shows an empty field while loading and shows the Dino once the widget is ready to use.
Chrome's iOS quick action widgets in medium and small sizes.
Chrome's iOS quick action widgets in medium and small sizes.

Side Project

Album Wheel

Album Wheel

Months after Apple introduced SwiftUI–its latest UI framework with advanced support for interrupted animation, I noticed that most demos out there were mainly for list-based apps. I set out to push the limit of the framework as far as possible, and created a series of skeuomorphic prototypes in SwiftUI, including this music player app inspired by CoverFlow and iPod classic.

The prototype series received instant attention and was covered on major media across the US, Europe and Japan.

Role
UX Designer, Software Engineer
Year
2019
Skills
Interface Design / SwiftUI Development

Patents

6 patents pending
1 defensive publication

4 patents pending
1 defensive publication

Awards

Red Dot Design Award

Type Directors’ Club Typographic Excellence