Product Designer Chris Kalani leaves Facebook

ChrisKalaniProduct Designer Chris Kalani, who was instrumental in the design of Facebook Messenger, as well as Graph Search, follow and friend lists, has decided to leave the company. Kalani, a Facebook employee since February 2011, announced his departure in a public Facebook post.

Kalani’s final day was Tuesday, he wrote:

I really wanted to start this post off with something that would elicit a laugh or a gasp, but I’m just going to get to the point; Today is my last day at Facebook.

I am incredibly grateful for everyone who has made this experience so amazing. I can’t imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t received that canned recruiting email from Bobby Goodlatte back in 2009. It took a couple years of convincing but eventually I joined the company. I knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity but I didn’t realize how big of an impact it would have on me. This place has shaped me as a designer and as a thinker. It’s changed the way I look at the world and brought some of the most influential and best friends into my life.

Leaving all of that behind is going to be tough. But I’m ready to go out there and see what I’m capable of on my own. Hold onto your butts…

Kalani did not indicate his next position. As a product designer, Kalani was one of the main people behind the design of the Facebook Messenger for iOS app, and was also important in the design of Graph Search, as well as the follow and friend list features.

Facebook wished Kalani the best in a statement provided to Inside Facebook:

Chris was a valuable member of Facebook’s design team, and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Image courtesy of Kalani’s Facebook page.