Apple Hires Former Tesla and Microsoft Product Designer Andrew Kim


Andrew Kim’s LinkedIn profile mentions that he has worked on Xbox One S, HoloLens, Windows 10, Model 3, Model S and Band V2 at Microsoft and Tesla

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Andrew Kim is the latest addition to Apple’s team of designers based at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. Kim’s LinkedIn profile shows that he has been working with the technology giant since December 2018. He had first grabbed the attention of top shots with his custom iOS device stand in 2011.

Kim had shared his vision for Microsoft’s branding and design language overhaul in 2012. He was then hired by the giant in the same year to work on Windows 10 User Interface (UI). He holds a Bachelor of ‘Product Design’ Science degree from Art Center College of Design.

Doug Field, former Tesla chief vehicle engineer, also returned to work for Apple in August this year. He is working as Apple’s VP of special projects group in the San Francisco Bay Area.

What Andrew Kim brings to the Apple’s table

Andrew Kim has over nine years of experience in the ‘product design’ domain. He started his first design internship with Mintpass in 2009 and moved on as an intern with Cyphics Design in 2010. Both his first organisations are headquartered in Seoul, Korea.

He then moved on to work as a contractor with Google. His LinkedIn profile mentions that he was working on Chrome at Google before moving to Frog (Cisco) in August 2011. Andrew’s first big break came when he joined Microsoft as a senior designer in June 2013. He has worked on Xbox One S, HoloLens, Windows 10 and Band V2 at Microsoft for a period of 3 years and 6 months.

Nicolas Denhez, who is a senior director of industrial design at Microsoft, posted on Kim’s LinkedIn Profile, “I’ve had a chance to collaborate and learn from Nic for years at Microsoft and he was a great mentor, leader and friend. What I found really admirable about him was how he coped with complex problems both in terms of product design and corporate politics and was able to manage the situation with calmness. Nic is a designer to the core and no matter where I found him, he was looking for inspiration and coming up with new ideas for our latest projects. He is probably the most hard-working, passionate designer I have ever met and someone I would love to work with again in the future.”

Kim, before joining Apple, was working as a senior manager, design with Tesla from December 2016 in Hawthorne, California. His LinkedIn profile claims that he has worked on Model 3, Model S, Semi, Roadster V2 and Model Y at Tesla.