Tuhin
Kumar

Currently at Airbnb

I am currently a design lead at Airbnb helping people plan their dream trip.

Previously I was leading design at Clara — a new way of interacting with computers and information. Prior to that, I was at Facebook, building systems for the society as a product designer. I was the first full-time designer at Pulse, an Apple Design Award winning news app (now acquired by LinkedIn).

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2017

Airbnb Travel Stories

Airbnb Travel Stories helps people choose their next travel destination by showcasing real trips from Airbnb guests. It's designed to answer the age-old question of travel - "where should I go next" - through short video clips tagged with a location, home or activity.

My first week at Airbnb (Sep, 2016) kickstarted the project and over the course of next year we crystalized the vision, product positioning and iterated through multiple prototypes to eventually launch to a small community of creators.

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Early prototype of translating vertical video stories to web

2015-16

Clara

Clara is a virtual assistant that schedules your meetings. Cc Clara on any email, and it will take care of the scheduling on your behalf. Clara handles this by a unique human-in-the loop system that combines the efficiency of AI with human agents who oversee the system and handle edge cases.

At Clara, I was responsible for all things design — product design, brand design, design system & marketing website for Clara’s launch. I also worked closely with engineering and machine learning team to design the agent tools that help Clara’s remote assistants in supporting its customers.

Clara has been named one of the most innovative enterprise companies by Fast Company and recently raised Series A.

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Early research, moodboarding, brand assets and styleguide. Logo by Fuzzco.
Clara marketing website
A prototype of the agent tool used to oversee the algorithm’s output and handle edge cases

2014

Facebook Comments

My last phase of work at Facebook was focused on improving and inventing new ways for people to interact with stories on Facebook and enabling more conversations - liking, commenting and everything in between. Over the years some of these ideas have found their way in the core Facebook app — for better or worse.

Super Like — a very early prototype of Reactions
Quick cam to enable conversations via photos
Richer discussions on photos and videos
Messaging paradigms in comment threads

2013

Facebook Search

I helped shape the vision of the current Search experience on Facebook — the successor to Graph Search. Graph Search’s original experience, while powerful, was not intuitive for people. As part of rethinking the search experience, my work involved convincing and shifting the focus of the team from natural language queries to simpler keyword queries. A lot of this was made possible by Posts Search which was my first project at Facebook.

Core components of search system — typeahead and result cards
Explaining natural language syntax by showing relevant queries in the typeahed

2011-13

Pulse

I was the first full-time designer at Pulse and was there for a little under two years. I was responsible for shaping different aspects of the Pulse experience — product strategy, interface design (for iOS, Android & Web) and brand design.

Major projects included launching a brand new catalog, redesigning the entire app, refreshing the brand identity and launching a social feed within the app.

Pulse won the Apple Design Award in 2011 and was eventually acquired by LinkedIn.

Various iterations of the Pulse home screen over the years
Pulse reading experience
Various experiments with social reading
Redesigning the Pulse catalog was my first big project at Pulse. Video via Teksocial