Erin Malone

Erin Malone

San Francisco, California

Areas of Expertise:

  • Interaction design
  • information architecture
  • content strategy
  • social media design
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing
Erin Malone, Principal at Tangible ux, has over 20 years of experience leading design teams and developing web and software applications, social experiences and system-wide solutions. Prior to Tangible, she was at Yahoo! where she led the Platform User Experience Design team and was responsible for building the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library and for providing design expertise to the popular YUI (Yahoo! User Interface Library). Additionally, she led the redesign of the Yahoo! Developer Network, oversaw the redesign of Yahoo!'s Registration system, designed cross-network social solutions, developed the ux team's Intranet and worked on other cross-company initiatives.

Before Yahoo!, she was a Design Director at AOL leading a range of community and personalization initiatives; Creative Director at AltaVista responsible for the AV Live portal and Chief Information Architect for Zip2 which produced a custom content management system for local city guides, entertainment guides, community tools, maps and yellow pages, including New York Today for the NYTimes.

She was the founding editor-in-chief of Boxes and Arrows, a role she served for 5 years. She is the author of several articles on interaction design history and design management and a founding member of the IA Institute.

Erin has a BFA in Communication Design from East Carolina University (1986), Greenville NC and an MFA in Information Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology (1994), Rochester NY.

She is the author of the book Designing Social Interfaces with Christian Crumlish for O'Reilly Media and its related site Designing Social Interfaces.

Designing Social Interfaces Designing Social Interfaces
by Christian Crumlish, Erin Malone
September 2009
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $39.99

Erin blogs at:

How Shazam predicts pop hits

May 22 2015

Subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. In this week’s Radar Podcast, I chat with Cait O’Riordan, VP of product, music and platforms at Shazam. … read more

How Shazam predicts pop hits

May 22 2015

Subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. In this week’s Radar Podcast, I chat with Cait O’Riordan, VP of product, music and platforms at Shazam. … read more

Photo-Development Challenge Results #2: Statues

May 22 2015

It's been three months to the day since I posted "Photo-Development Challenge: Inspire Me and Others With Your Artistic Interpretation", and I'm mortified that it's only the second set of results that I'm finally getting around to sharing (the first having been "Hillside Temple Buildings" 2½ months ago). In retrospect,… read more

Ask the Readers: Will higher interest rates make you save more money?

May 22 2015

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. Interest rates are expected to rise later in 2015. What will you do with this information? You could make the case that you haven’t missed much if you didn’t keep your money in a savings account over the last few years. But still,… read more

Four short links: 22 May 2015

May 22 2015

GM: That Car You Bought, We’re Really the Ones Who Own It — GM’s claim is all about copyright and software code, and it’s the same claim John Deere is making about their tractors. The TL;DR version of the argument … read more

"While you could read this text cover-to-cover as a narrative, it is, in my opinion, best used as a reference, placed near at hand and consulted often as you work through projects. In fact, as a reference text, I believe there are very few books that provide better information about creating usable and engaging interfaces...The book is an excellent resource."
--Armando Roggio, eCommerce Developer

"This guidebook to Social Web and Mobile Interface Patterns will become the Standard Excellent Reference Work for Web Design Studios executing Social Applications. "
--Ira Laefsky, Amazon.com