Earl Friedberg  Top Mentor

UX Lead, Gmail @ Google

5.0 stars
5.0 (38 reviews)

👋 Hi!!! I run the UX teams for Gmail @ Google, based out of San Francisco.
I also teach at UC Berkeley.
I help designers break into tech giants like Google.

I focus on being inquisitive, tailored to you, and above all collaborative. When you leave sessions, you'll know exactly what to do next and why.

As a mentor, I can help you:
- Navigate a career change into ux, user research, content strategy or visual design
- Create a compelling portfolio and case study presentation
- Prepare for whiteboard challenges and take-home exercises
- Build a hiring strategy, prepare for interviews, resume and LinkedIn profile

As a mentee, you’ll have hands on support from me. Our first call entails going through a career worksheet. From there, I'll dive in with written notes and a structured plan. You’ll have a free introductory call to make sure my mentorship is the right fit!

I'm super passionate about giving back, and shaping the future community of UX designers. Let's connect!

Inquiries: [email protected]
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/earlf

What students say

"Earl is a wonderful human being. He is organized, experienced, and empathetic. I was initially impressed by his onboarding process; he sent me questions to get a better idea of who I am and where I am in my UX journey. He quickly assessed my skills and presented these to me in a nice visual that I am now using to assess my growth and focus my training. He has also helped me think through my portfolio so I can be strategic in the projects I choose to showcase, and he has helped me understand the interview process. I appreciate his thoughtful questions and I am grateful I get to learn from him."
A, June 2021
5 stars
"Earl is the right mentor for you if you love intellectual challenges and immerse yourself into the deepest levels of UX questions in a very focused way. I was always interested in going behind the challenges and carving out the answers to the “why” questions. I am an intellectual property-jurist-turned-UX designer, and I have been working with Earl since November 2021. My goal was to have a mentor to support me in my daily challenges at a software company with no UX design experience and where I am the only UX designer as a career changer. First of all, Earl’s beneficial and unique advice provides me with handy and practical solutions to my daily challenges. Earl is giving state-of-art advice based on his long-term career and current position at Google as a UX Design Lead and Instructor at UC Berkeley. On the other hand, the cooperation with Earl reminds me of diving in the ocean. Due to his extreme helpfulness and high level of UX knowledge our mentorship opens many doors regarding UX theoretical sources (e.g., unique books, films, articles). It is pretty rare to have someone as a mentor who has both skills on a high level: practical and educational. The more I learn from Earl, the more I explore the deepest layers of the UX ocean by covering different UX aspects and overlaps of design, business, project management, and psychology. So, Earl is the absolute master who dives with you in the UX ocean in a joyful way by nurturing your curiosity and giving encouragement to go deeper and deeper. I believe that I am becoming a real UX diver on behalf of Earl. That makes me feel more competent and confident in my new UX designer role as a career changer. "
Nora, March 2022
5 stars
"It’s worth every minute. I was lucky to have Earl as my mentor through a bootcamp I took in the past, and am very glad to be able to continue seeking mentorship from him after I started working as a ux designer. Earl is exceptionally experienced, motivating, and inspiring. This time, I came to him for help on preparing my portfolio walkthrough interview. It was a bit last minute but he found his earliest availability. As always, the session was goal-oriented and the feedback was structured and tailored to my case. He was very sharp on filling me in and guided me to strategically shine more light on my presentation. I was able to go to the interview more prepared and confident. Thank you Earl!"
Z, July 2021
5 stars
"Earl is a great mentor to lead me to be a great UX designers"
Mariam, May 2022
5 stars
"I have been working with Earl for a while now, and I have just become more and more impressed by his professionalism and insights. He is a very supportive mentor who also has a great sense of humor. Thank you for your mentorship, Earl! It's been making a large difference in my career."
Michelle, September 2021
5 stars
"Earl helps alot! He is very nice and professional. He helped me to get my dream offer. Best mentor ever~"
Junyao, January 2022
5 stars
"Earl has been amazing so far. Such a sunny disposition and knowledge of the craft. He's insanely responsive I actually send an email and within minutes he's replied which is fantastic! Our collab has been going very well and I look forward to more months of mentorship with Earl :)"
Bassma, May 2022
5 stars
"Earl is amazing! He started with a very detailed and structured introductory form for me to fill out, which set us up for success for our first meeting. It was a 30 minute session, and I couldn't believe how efficient and engaging it was. It was one of the most value-packed 30 minute meetings I've ever had of this nature. Earl is knowledgeable, responsive, and most of all, friendly and kind. He's really personalizing the mentorship to tailor it to my needs and goals. I'm already seeing the feedback pay off. Thank you so much, Earl!"
Michelle, June 2021
5 stars
"Earl helps me in multiple fields including career transition, Master program guides, interviews of graphic design/ux design, ux research, ideation, prototyping...He is professional and trustful in each field, can help me solve any problems the fastest. I am so lucky to meet Earl in Mentorcruise:) "
Zoe, December 2021
5 stars
"Earl is amazing and so incredibly helpful! He gave me some actionable items to work towards my goal. Thanks Earl!"
Keira, October 2021
5 stars
"Earl is undoubtedly the best mentor I've ever met. He is exceptionally knowledgeable in UX and the industry and just incredibly pleasant to talk to; He is caring, thoughtful, and kind. It makes every conversation we have very enjoyable, like talking to an old friend. Earl has sharp eyes to spot my strengths and weaknesses, and he offered actionable advice to improve myself. He is also very responsive between each session and answered all my questions in great detail and depth. After my sessions with him, I felt much more explicit about my career path and knew myself better as a UX designer. I hope highly recommend Earl to any designer at any level and would love to have more mentorship sessions with Earl in the future. "
Stacey, April 2022
5 stars
"Working with Earl was wonderful! He takes his time to understand what your pain points are and how to maximize the time together. What I want to highlight and really appreciate about Earl: he is working WITH you and your personality and is not trying to mold you into someone you are not. Thank you Earl! "
Andra, June 2022
5 stars
"Earl helped me prepare for a series of challenging interviews. Because of his help I ended up getting a number of offers. Earl was genuinely invested in my success. If you want to raise your UX game work with Earl! "
Rey, May 2022
5 stars


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