Nat & Friends


Show opening animation, recreated in Tilt Brush for an episode about VR and creativity.

Nat & Friends is a YouTube channel exploring all things Google.
The channel launched in July 2015 – and over the course of two and a half years – produced 50+ videos (including these favorites), earning it an audience of 200,000+ subscribers, and 30+ million views.

I was the channel’s co-creator, creative director, writer, and host. I conducted 65+ on-camera interviews with experts about machine learning, computer vision, giant internet balloons, underwater fiber optic cables, Street View, Google Earth, Google Translate, voice search, and more.

I also ran the Nat & Friends Twitter account, authored Google blog posts, created content for Google’s social channels, and spearheaded an AMA with two Google researchers about machine learning.

Although I no longer produce new content for the channel, I hope it continues to help people understand the technology in their everyday lives.

Selected Press:
Go Behind The Scenes To Learn How Google Created The Pixel 2’s Camera - No Film School
Explore The Planet With The New And Improved Google Earth - Forbes
This awesome YouTube video explains computer vision in under 10 minutes - TN
Walt Disney Came AFTER This Female Animation Pioneer - Refinery 29
Googlers Explain How Uploading And Watching YouTube Videos Actually Works - tubefilter
The Next Android Now Has A Name: Marshmallow - Wired
All The Questions About Artificial Neural Networks You Were Too Afraid To Ask - Gizmodo
What Is Google’s Tango, Exactly, And Why Should You Care? - Fast Co. Design
Google Now’s voice is starting to sound way more natural - The Verge
Here’s What’s Inside An Undersea Internet Cable - Popular Mechanics 

Awards:
YouTube Silver Creator Award
2016 Webby Honoree for Science & Education Online Film and Video


Episode: Google Earth’s Incredible 3D Imagery, Explained

Episode: How Google Built the Pixel 2 Camera

Episode:  Will Computers Ever Hear Like People Do?

Episode: How Machine Learning Is Generating Strange, New Sounds - ft. Andrew Huang

Explore the visual language of the show in this collection of still frames and GIFs.


Thanks to partners and frequent collaborators: Lorraine Yurshansky, Kevin Proudfoot, Flies Collective, Jeff Conrad, Vibe Mountain, Max Goldblatt, Emily McAllister, Trevor Joyce, Kyle Graffam, Walter Green, Mixtape Club, Beardy Glasses, Julia Melograna, Sam Rhodes, Tracy Ma, Simone Noronha, Monica Kim & Waleed Zaiter, Karen Ko, Lana Shahmoradian, Zoë Lotus, Navah Maynard, Daria Erkina, Otilia Dobrea, Matthew Kalish, Davlyn Mosley, Jordan Hollander, Julian Pickard Garcia, Carolyn Witte, Patrick Irwin
  Copyright © 2018, Natalie Dennis. All rights reserved.