I’m a designer with 20 years of experience in brand, product design, and creative direction. I have an international reputation for creating warm, smart, and effective design for a variety of companies in technology and publishing. Among these is Abstract (acq. Adobe), which I co-founded in 2014. I’m currently creative director at Fictive Kin.
I also write and speak about design. Several of my essays and lectures are assigned in design classrooms around the world and act as foundational texts in the web design industry, including Everything Easy is Hard Again, The Web’s Grain, and What Screens Want. In 2012, I wrote, illustrated, and published The Shape of Design.
A talk about longevity in technology: can a person have 20 years of experience or five years, repeated four times?
Is there deeper understanding in using a browser’s built-in affordances to guide web design decisions?
Digital’s medium is the screen. What’s does it mean to natively design for this canvas?
Creative Director at Fictive KinNew York, NY & Remote
Setting creative vision, providing design leadership, establishing process, and managing client relationships, while participating as an IC at a leading digital agency whose clients include Sweetgreen, Ogilvy, National Geographic, TripAdvisor, and Samsung.
Self-employed DesignerNew York, NY
Design and consulting for early stage startups and established leaders at the intersection of brand and digital product. Clients included: Etsy, Meetup, Kaplan, Abstract, and many YC startups.
Co-founder at AbstractNew York, NY
The traditional set of founder responsibilities: setting vision, creating product definition, fundraising, and company leadership. Lead design across brand and product, and helped define the company’s go-to-market approach.
Self-employed DesignerPortland, OR & New York, NY
Product design, web design, publication design, branding, and illustration. Clients include: Nike, Microsoft, NPR, Adobe, Facebook, WIRED, Bloomberg Businessweek, O’Reilly Media, The Atlantic, and Justin Bieber (sorta).