Aza Raskin

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Aza Raskin
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Aza Raskin, 2005
BornFebruary 1, 1984
EducationMath, Physics B.S. (University of Chicago)
Occupationinterface designer, entrepreneur
Spouse(s)Wendellen Li
Parent(s)Jef Raskin, Linda S. Blum

Aza Raskin (born February 1, 1984) is an American [1][2] interface designer.[3] He is the son of human-computer interface expert Jef Raskin.

Raskin has been noted for continuing his father's work in project Archy, for working as head of user experience at Mozilla Labs and lead designer for Firefox, and for his participation in various start-up companies.

Personal projects[edit]

Raskin gave his first talk on user interfaces at age 10 at the local San Francisco chapter of SIGCHI.[4] He holds bachelor's degrees in mathematics and physics from the University of Chicago.[5]

In 2004, Aza Raskin worked with Jef Raskin at the Raskin Center for Humane Interfaces on Archy, a totally outrageous user interface paradigm.[6] The next year, he founded Humanized Inc. to continue work on the Archy paradigm. At Humanized, he created the language-based service-oriented Enso software.[7]

During the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, Raskin mobilized with a group of other entrepreneurs (including Joshua Rosen, the art director of Steven Spielberg's movie A.I.) to create a crowd-source Web site to turn real-time information streams into meaningful map data, used by several major non-governmental organizations helping on the group in Haiti hosted at[citation needed]

Raskin is also an active phishing researcher,[8] best known for discovering[9][10] the tabnabbing[11] attack; the technique takes advantage of open browser tabs to launch phishing sites without the user's knowledge.

He also has a number of smaller projects like Algorithm Ink (based on Context Free) [12] which generates art from a formal grammar.[13]

Raskin wrote an article for the Rebooting Britain series at the Wired UK magazine,[14] and has given a TED talk.[15]

Work at Mozilla Corporation[edit]

In 2008, Raskin and the other Humanized employees were part of a hire-out by the Mozilla Corporation.[16] In 2010, Raskin was appointed Creative Lead for Firefox,[17] having previously been head of user experience at Mozilla Labs.[5] He has worked on several labs projects including Ubiquity,[18] Firefox for mobile,[19] and wrote the original specification for the Geolocation API.[20]

In 2010, Raskin introduced the results of his work on the Firefox team at Mozilla: Tab Candy. Organizing tabs spatially, Tab Candy allowed the user to "organize browsing, to see all of our tabs at once, and focus on the task at hand."[21] Tab Candy's initial design and alpha release has been called "the best new browser feature since tabs were invented" by Computerworld.[22] Tab Candy was later renamed Firefox Panorama and hidden by default in the initial Firefox 4 release. In an upcoming release, Panorama will be moved to an add-on and removed from Firefox.[23]


Raskin has founded two other companies besides Humanized, including Songza, a music meta-search tool, and Bloxes, which sells furniture made out of cardboard.[24] Songza was acquired in late 2008 by Amazon-backed Amie Street.[25][26]

By the end of 2010 Raskin announced[27] he had left Mozilla to begin a health-related venture at Massive Health start-up, with the goal to apply design principles to the problem of being healthy.[28][29] On April 16, 2012, Massive Health announced that Raskin would lead the company as Chief Vision Officer.[30] Massive Health was acquired by Jawbone in 2013.[31]


  1. ^ Campofiorito, Matteo (September 1, 2008). "Interview with Aza Raskin, Head of User Experience for Mozilla Labs". oneopensource. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  2. ^ Infosecurity: Mozilla warns of a new phishing scam
  3. ^ Shankland, Stephen (March 8, 2009). "Firefox, too, revamping new-tab behavior". CNET News. Retrieved 2009-03-10.
  4. ^ Raskin, Jef; Aza Raskin (September 13, 1994). The Interface Paradox. BayCHI Monthly Program. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  5. ^ a b Raskin, Aza. "Aza's Thoughts - About me". Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  6. ^ McCarthy, Jack (February 28, 2005). "Mac creator Jef Raskin dies of cancer". InfoWorld. Archived from the original on March 3, 2005. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
  7. ^ 2011-12-28
  8. ^ Jakobsson, Markus; Myers, Steven, eds. (2006). Phishing and Counter-Measures: Understanding the Increasing Problem of Electronic Identity Theft. Wiley. p. 800. ISBN 0-471-78245-9.
  9. ^ Information Week's: 'Tabnapping' Attack Simplifies Phishing
  10. ^ Aza Raskin's original disclosure of Tabnabbing
  11. ^ Eweek: Tabnapping Attack on Web Browsers Makes Phishing Easy
  12. ^
  13. ^ Algorithm Ink
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ Aza Raskin gives TED Talk
  16. ^ Raskin, Aza (January 16, 2008). "Joining Mozilla". Humanized. Archived from the original on 2008-01-20. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  17. ^ Raskin, Aza (March 30, 2010). "Firefox Looks Inward For a Creative Boost". Giga Om. Archived from the original on 3 April 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2010.
  18. ^ Raskin, Aza (August 26, 2008). "Introducing Ubiquity". Mozilla Labs. Archived from the original on 8 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  19. ^ Schonfeld, Erick (June 11, 2008). "Zoom, Pan, Throw: A Peek At What Firefox Mobile Could Be". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 21 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  20. ^ Popescu, Andrei (July 7, 2009). "Geolocation API Specification". W3C. Archived from the original on 16 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
  21. ^ Raskin, Aza. "Tab Candy: Making Firefox Tabs Sweet". Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
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  24. ^ Wenzel, Elsa (March 7, 2008). "Cardboard key to a 'green' office space". CNET News. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  25. ^ Aime Street Swallows Songza
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2009-05-14.
  27. ^ Aza Raskin. "Leaving Mozilla, Starting Massive Health".
  28. ^ "Aza Raskin Leaves Mozilla to Start Massive Health".
  29. ^ "Firefox UI man quits Mozilla for new health-conscious venture".
  30. ^ "Massive Health CEO and Co-Founder Sutha Kamal departs company. Co-Founder Aza Raskin succeeds him".
  31. ^ Velazco, Chris. "Jawbone Acquires Mobile Health Startup Massive Health In Big Talent Acquisition". TechCrunch. Retrieved 18 August 2016.




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