Pinterest has hired Daniel Nordh, founder of the design app Curator, as a lead product designer. The move was billed as a talent acquisition, making it Pinterest’s 10th aqui-hire. It also marks the company’s second international deal, since Curator is based in London. Pinterest declined to comment on the terms.
We’re told that Curator’s iOS app will continue to exist but will no longer receive “significant updates.” And although the startup had two people on staff, only Nordh is joining the visual discovery engine service.
Started by Nordh, Curator is billed as letting you “organize your thoughts visually, refine your visual storytelling, collect inspiration, create mood boards, and export them to PDF or share them directly in the app…” This sounds very similar to what you can do on Pinterest, so it’s possible that Nordh’s skills will be complementary in furthering the design of Pinterest’s apps in the future, even after the company’s “largest engineering and design app update” this week.
Evan Sharp, cofounder and the chief creative officer for Pinterest, said in a statement: “Building the world’s catalog of ideas for every interest requires deep empathy with people all around the world. Daniel is a talented designer with a rich background in architecture, graphic design, music and technology. His experience building an app that makes it easy for people to save and present visual content makes him a great addition to our highly diverse design team.”
Design is obviously very important to Pinterest — you can’t have a “visual discovery engine” with bad design, right? — and the company has made moves to bring on board leaders in the space, including Andreas Helin of BVD and Sara Strand of 25ah, as well as Tim Belonax of Facebook and Airbnb, Katie Barcelona of Pentagram, and Byron Parr of Flipboard.
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