Eli Block
Graphic, product, interaction,
& industrial designer

Eli is a San Francisco-based designer & art director leading special projects for the Sociotechnical Studio at Ginkgo Bioworks.

Eli is a San Francisco-based designer & art director leading special projects for the Sociotechnical Studio at Ginkgo Bioworks.

He joined the Sociotechnical Studio in early 2021. The Sociotechnical Studio produces experiments in design, policy, and storytelling towards a more equitable, open, and sustainable technology. Recently, the work of the studio was featured in The New York Times Style Magazine article: Designing for the Future When the Future Is Bleak.

Before joining the Sociotechnical Studio at Ginkgo, he worked as a designer at Google Brand Studio, where he was also a member of the Google Brand Studio data strategy team in partnership with Google Trends and Google News Lab. The data strategy team mines insights from Google Search data to support creative work from campaigns (e.g. Most Searched) to social (e.g. Breaking Good News) to Year in Search (e.g. Year in Search 2019). While there, he straddled the design and strategy teams on a redesign of Google Trends.

Before joining Google Brand Studio, he worked across teams as a designer at Google Creative Lab in New York City. He was invited to join the Lab as one of the Creative Lab 5 after graduating from the Brown University & Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Dual Degree Program, where he studied evolutionary biology and industrial design. He concentrated in Nature, Culture, & Sustainability Studies at RISD.

While in school, he was and remains the longest serving member of the RISD Design Guild, a student-run graphic design firm. Following graduation in the summer of 2017, he was selected from more than 2,500 applicants to be a Kleiner Perkins Design Fellow at Helix—a consumer genetics startup.

He’s interested in bright color, strange texture, inventive form, biological design, sustainable technologies, and creative strategy.

Education

Brown University & Rhode Island
School of Design Dual Degree Program

Providence, RI | 2012–2017
Evolutionary Biology, BA
Industrial Design, BFA

Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI | 2012–2017
Industrial Design, BFA
Concentration: Nature, Culture,
& Sustainability Studies
(Honors)

Brown University
Providence, RI | 2012–2017
Evolutionary Biology, BA

Contact for Type

Coming soon

Contact at Ginkgo

eblock@ginkgobioworks.com

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