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an anonymous source just informed me the entire Yahoo! Design Innovation team (once coined yHaus) has been laid off, part of a closing-down of all innovation teams at Yahoo. in addition, their work has been completely removed from their original website. infosthetics has posted their work here & here, & luckily had stored some copies of their works locally.

infosthetics feels bad for the people involved. how does Yahoo! wants to increase their share price by firing creative, talented people? Google, Swivel, Many Eyes, Stamen: are you hiring?

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update II: this story got picked up: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. a confirmation was posted here.




whaaat? that's horrible news. they were creating some really beautiful work. on the upside though, i am 100% sure that those who were laid off won't have any trouble finding jobs or other creative outlets.

Thu 14 Feb 2008 at 12:42 PM

It seems like a poison pill to me.

Thu 14 Feb 2008 at 3:31 PM
Anonymous Coward

it's inescapable that our society is focused on profit (or paths perceived to produce it) but we strongly encourage you creative talented folks to follow your heart and pursue your own dreams and values. If you do, there is no doubt you will succeed as you have already to be part of this elite group! Make this an opportunity to do even more!

Fri 15 Feb 2008 at 4:16 AM
Ron Koblin

happy valentines day to everyone

Fri 15 Feb 2008 at 4:20 AM

I'll miss your shining faces in the office. Best of luck, and I'm certain your talents will land you in extraordinary circumstances in the future.

Fri 15 Feb 2008 at 8:28 AM

frog design in San Francisco is hiring!

Fri 15 Feb 2008 at 8:55 AM
Pete Petras

for those interested: this post has been confirmed here.

Fri 15 Feb 2008 at 10:25 AM

That is sad to hear. I was going to post a link about Yahoo! Design on my blog.


Sun 17 Feb 2008 at 5:40 AM

This is a real shame for Yahoo. I had the pleasure of working with these fellows, and can personality say that they are some of the most talented people I’ve known at Y.
My gut tells me yhaus was shut down largely because of being under other incompetent leadership, which was being axed during the layoffs. Its bad timing, and a real shame that they were never recognized for their potential. I will miss you guys, but I have no doubt you’ll find no problems in moving onto the next big thing!

Wed 20 Feb 2008 at 11:59 AM

I agree that all of the people doing design work were really talented, and the products they were producing were exciting and extraordinarily under-promoted by Yahoo. And from what I encountered first hand, I also agree that the management of their design group was incredibly incompotent. I think innovation is best found in the startups that end up getting gobbled by massive corporate entities such as Yahoo.

Wed 20 Feb 2008 at 4:28 PM

Great stuff...


Sat 23 Feb 2008 at 5:16 AM

People always hate to talk about when they are laid off. But as it has become every day's news headline since Yahoo started it with cutting 1500 of its task force last year, now a need of platform has been in demand where people can express their selves in words how they are feeling about their company, whey the got laid off was that justified or not.
And every thing they want to tell anonymously.And www.layoffgossip.com is providing you that platform.

Fri 09 Jan 2009 at 8:32 PM

Everyone is expecting recession getting over soon. I have a very close friend, who graduated from Harvard. Worked for ML for over 8 years, recently he’s been “right sized” too, despite of his outstanding performance and the increasing revenue he generated. OMG, now the banking industry is badly hurt, how long it would take for those financial background guys like him get back to the job market. Banking jobs are not there as much as before as easily seen on http://www.joboutlets.com and other job sites in the region

Wed 21 Jan 2009 at 4:55 PM
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