Making Google Translate more useful and engaging for 500 million+ users


In the summer of 2016, I accepted an offer to work on a product I love - Google Translate! With the support of my team, I researched and designed two integral features for Translate. Additionally, I assisted in UX research, helping to craft surveys and conduct user studies.

Non-disclosure agreement: While I cannot display samples of my work, I can tell you about my amazing experience at Google. Thanks for reading!

May 2016 - Aug 2016 (3 months)
Google Translate team - designers, engineers and product managers
UX, User Research, Prototyping, Usability testing
Sketch, Principle, Photoshop, Pixate
Work and Process

"Having hosted other successfully-converting interns in the past, I am extremely impressed with Xinni's attitude, aptitude, and cognitive abilities.

Xinni asks great, smart questions that reveal her analytical approach to problem-solving. She is extremely user-focused, always wanting to learn more about and talk to real users to understand their motivations. She is highly self-motivated.

I continue to be impressed by Xinni's disciplined approach to her projects, using extremely well-organized documents to plan, record, and track her progress. She has also dealt with tight time constraints well and delivered her projects on-time.

The quality of Xinni's designs have impressed everyone. When relevant, she has not been afraid of pushing back and defending her decisions. She also creates engaging and easy-to-follow presentations to tell her design story."

- Pendar Yousefi, Design Lead at Google
Pendar was my host and manager for my UX internship.

Paper prototyping with Patima, who is both a talented researcher and designer on my team!

Visiting PACE Gallery, an interactive art museum in Menlo Park, during a UX host-intern event! (that's me and my host Pendar!)

Decorating my wireframe sketchbook for the UX showcase.


We all speak one language - Translate.

Google Translate plays a big part in Google's efforts to make the world’s information universally accessible. We connect millions of people around the world, helping them start conversations and explore new cultures. And that is why I am so, so proud to be part of this effort.

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