Arno Gourdol

Arno Gourdol

After a tech career at Adobe and Apple, Arno travels the world to capture beautiful landscapes with his camera.


ArnoG Photo, 2016-today
Focused on fine art landscape photography. Available for commissioned and editorial work.
Creative Cloud Experience Adobe, 2014—2016
Web Platform & Authoring Adobe, 2011—2014

Responsible for engineering and product management for Adobe’s web products. Product portfolio includes the Edge Tools and Services: Edge Reflow, Edge Code, Edge Animate, Edge Inspect, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, PhoneGap and the PhoneGap Build service. We also contribute to open source projects including the Brackets code editor, the Cordova mobile app runtime, the Topcoat UI framework, the snap.svg library and the WebKit, Blink and Gecko web engines. We also participate in web standards group, where we have contributed CSS Regions, CSS Filters, blend modes and more.

Adobe AIR Adobe, 2007—2011

Director of Engineering for Adobe AIR, the multiscreen runtime that brought the ease of development and the power of web technologies to developers of packaged apps on iOS, Android and the desktop.

Adobe Bridge CS2 and CS3 Adobe, 2004—2007
  • Responsible for the product development of Adobe Bridge CS2 and CS3. Managed software engineering and quality engineering teams. Worked with product management and other cross-functional teams around the world.
  • Creative Suites integration engineering manager.
  • Engineering Manager for Adobe Extensions Manager.
Adobe Creative Suite Adobe, 2001—2003
  • Responsible for the development of XMP, Adobe’s XML-based metadata platform. Advocated its internal adoption, its release as an Open Source project and worked with partners, including Microsoft, and standard bodies (W3C, IPTC) to promote its adoption.
  • Engineering manager responsible for the development of the Version Cue asset management client. Established a new model for the integration of shared technology components across the many product teams contributing to Adobe’s Creative Suite.
Mac OS Finder Apple, 1998—2001
  • Architect and lead engineer of a complete rewrite of the Finder for Mac OS X. (2 patents)
  • Introduced an iterative software development process. Participated in weekly design meetings with Steve Jobs (and had a good time doing it).
Mac OS User Interface Team Apple, 1992—1997
  • As an intern, developed gesture recognition algorithms for a pen-based platform (3 patents)
  • Designed and built Navigation Services, the standard Mac OS Open/Save dialogs
  • Lead Engineer for Apple’s Human Interface team (70 engineers). Set the technical direction for the team, improved software engineering processes, assigned tasks and participated in the product definition and design of the projects. (1 patent)
  • Worked with product and project management to define the schedule, processes and features of Mac OS 7.6, Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 8.5.
  • Speaker at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) from 1992 to 2001
WinMath Self-employed, 1986—1988


15 patents granted

Title US Patent
Method and apparatus for displaying multiple page files 8,051,377
Methods and apparatus for efficient layout of digital content 7,707,508
Collaborative asset management 7,603,357
Graphical user interface having contextual menus 7,600,197
User interface for a display screen D591,764
Graphical user interface for computers having variable size icons 7,216,304
Method and apparatus for icon compression and decompression 6,721,455
Graphical user interface having contextual menus 6,493,006
Multiple theme engine graphical user interface architecture 6,188,399
Icon override apparatus and method 6,100,888
Method and apparatus for generating composite icons and composite masks 6,031,532
Multi-representational data structure for recognition in computer systems 5,749,070
Method and apparatus for recognizing gestures on a computer system 5,594,810; 5,590,219; 5,583,946


MS CS, Ph.D. CS dropout, UJF Grenoble, France, 1993
  • Post-graduate degree in software engineering and computer human interface from the Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France. Topic: «Architecture of multimodal user interfaces» and «Sketching and scribbling for pen-based computers»
  • Teaching assistant in a CS 200-level course.