Hey, Iā€™m Maggie Banks, but my friends call me Penny.

I design physical interfaces for Google Hardware products.

Say hi, hi@pennybanks.com


I care about creating thoughtfully crafted interactions for physical objects. I believe the artifacts we surround ourselves with should be designed and built to last. I am constantly making with my hands to learn more about craft, materials, processes, and form.

I am a recent grad from Carnegie Mellon University where I studied Product Design and Human-Computer Interaction. After school, I joined the Google Nest team as part of the Associate Design Program. Previously, I interned at YouTube and Jet.com.

CMU School of design wrote a short piece about the IDSA merit award.



Carnegie Mellon University, Class of 2018
Bachelor of Design in Product Design
Double major in Human-Computer Interaction
Cumulative GPA 3.9 / 4.0


IDSA Merit Award
Spring 2018

School of Design Merit Award
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

Deans List
Fall 2014 - 2017



Physical Interaction Designer
August 2018 - present | Mountain View, CA

UX Design Intern
Summer 2017 | San Bruno, CA

Carnegie Mellon University
Design Sketching TA
Fall 2016 | Pittsburgh, PA

UX Research Intern
Summer 2016 | Hoboken, NJ



User-centered Design
Sketching, Storyboarding
User Research
Rapid Prototyping
Digital Photography
Wheel Pottery

Adobe CC (Ps, Ai, Id, Ae)
SolidWorks, Fusion 360, KeyShot
Sketch, Principle, InVision
Basic Arduino programming