Hello! My name is Sanette Tanaka Sloan, and I like to design and write. Currently, I’m an interaction designer at Google where I work on improving News and storytelling on Google Search.


Previously, I was a senior product designer at Vox Media and worked on the audience-facing experience and design system across our eight editorial brands and partner brand—Vox, SB Nation, The Verge, Eater, Polygon, Curbed, Racked (RIP), and Recode, and The Ringer. Before that, I was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where I wrote award-winning features and profiles, a weekly column, and the inaugural cover story for WSJ’s luxury real estate section. I believe my journalism background has greatly informed my approach to design.

I studied non-design things at Duke University, and doubled down in my graduate years, earning a MSc. in Creative Digital Media with an Interaction Design concentration from the Dublin Institute of Technology, where I studied as a George J. Mitchell Scholar. I currently live in New York City.

Past engagements


Boulder Startup Week, speaker (Using storytelling to compel and persuade in design)


Google and General Assembly panel, panelist and co-organizer (Navigating Your Design Career)

Boulder Startup Week, speaker (Designer Round Table)

Investigative Reporters and Editors’ 2018 CAR Conference, speaker (How emerging technologies can aid your storytelling)

Product to Product by Roadmunk, podcast guest (On disrupting human behaviors with AI design)


Society for News Design 2017 annual conference, speaker (Designing interfaces for voice-based products)

International Symposium on Online Journalism 2017 annual conference, speaker and moderator (Conversational journalism: How bots and artificial intelligence can get us there)

Responsive Web Design, podcast guest (Designing 300+ Websites)

Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, speaker (Designing New Media)


Duke Student Publishing Company, panelist (Storytelling in a Digital Age)

Asian American Journalists Association 2016 national convention, panelist (How to Navigate the Newsroom and Become a Leader)