Aza Raskin

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Aza Raskin
Aza Raskin.jpg
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 and initiator of the Macintosh project at Apple, 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.

He is one of the cofounders of the Center for Humane Technology.


Personal projects[edit]

Aza 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, he worked with his father Jef Raskin at the Raskin Center for Humane Interfaces on Archy, a 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. Artificial Intelligence), to create a crowdsourced website to turn real-time information streams into meaningful map data, used by several major non-governmental organizations helping on the ground in Haiti hosted at[citation needed]

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

He 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]

Mozilla Corporation[edit]

In 2008, Humanized employees including Raskin 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. Panorama was 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 sold furniture made out of cardboard.[24] Songza was acquired in late 2008 by Amazon-backed Amie Street.[25]

By the end of 2010 Raskin announced[26] he had left Mozilla to begin a health-related venture at the Massive Health startup, with the goal to apply design principles to the problem of being healthy.[27][28] On April 16, 2012, Massive Health announced that Raskin would lead the company as Chief Vision Officer.[29] Massive Health was acquired by Jawbone in 2013.[30]



  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. ^ "Mozilla warns of new phishing scam". Infosecurity Magazine. May 27, 2010.
  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 February 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  5. ^ a b Raskin, Aza. "Aza's Thoughts - About me". Archived from the original on February 28, 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. ^ December 28, 2011
  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. ^ "InformationWeek, serving the information needs of the Business Technology Community". InformationWeek. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  10. ^ Aza Raskin's original disclosure of Tabnabbing
  11. ^ "Tabnapping Web Browser Attack Makes Phishing Easy". eWEEK.
  12. ^ "Context Free Art".
  13. ^ "Algorithm Ink | Aza Raskin".
  14. ^ Raskin, Aza (November 30, 2009). "Rebooting Britain: Enact beta versions of new laws" – via
  15. ^ "Aza Raskin at TEDGlobal 2009: Running notes from Session 3". July 22, 2009.
  16. ^ Raskin, Aza (January 16, 2008). "Joining Mozilla". Humanized. Archived from the original on January 20, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  17. ^ Raskin, Aza (March 30, 2010). "Firefox Looks Inward For a Creative Boost". Giga Om. Archived from the original on April 3, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  18. ^ Raskin, Aza (August 26, 2008). "Introducing Ubiquity". Mozilla Labs. Archived from the original on March 8, 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 March 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  20. ^ Popescu, Andrei (July 7, 2009). "Geolocation API Specification". W3C. Archived from the original on July 16, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
  21. ^ Raskin, Aza. "Tab Candy: Making Firefox Tabs Sweet". Archived from the original on August 23, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  22. ^ Gralla, Preston (August 26, 2010). "Firefox 4 Beta 4 opens a new Panorama". Computerworld.
  23. ^ "836758 - Convert Panorama into an add-on".[dead link]
  24. ^ Wenzel, Elsa (March 7, 2008). "Cardboard key to a 'green' office space". CNET News. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  25. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2009-05-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  26. ^ Aza Raskin. "Leaving Mozilla, Starting Massive Health".
  27. ^ Myers, Courtney Boyd (December 14, 2010). "Aza Raskin Leaves Mozilla to Start Massive Health". The Next Web.
  28. ^ at 11:41, Kelly Fiveash December 15, 2010. "Firefox UI man quits Mozilla for new health-conscious venture".
  29. ^ "Massive Health CEO and Co-Founder Sutha Kamal departs company. Co-Founder Aza Raskin succeeds him".
  30. ^ Velazco, Chris. "Jawbone Acquires Mobile Health Startup Massive Health In Big Talent Acquisition". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 18, 2016.




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