Hey, I'm Brian. I'm a designer, podcaster, writer, and software tinkerer. I'm currently building native mobile apps at GitHub.

In the past I co-founded Spectrum, a platform for online communities. Before that, I worked at Facebook building payments systems, and cut my teeth as a product designer at Buffer.

Recent Writing

What I've learned so far about design advising and angel investing

Advice on how to get started with startup advising and angel investing, for the motivated designer.

July 18, 2021

How to give a great product design portfolio presentation

My tips and strategies for delivering a great product design portfolio presentation.

May 6, 2021

Make a personal changelog

If you’ve ever felt like modern social networks only show a cardboard-cutout version of yourself, it might be time to make your personal changelog.

April 29, 2021

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Startup Jobs

Connecting great designers with growing startups.

Staff Design

A collection of interviews exploring how product designers navigate the individual contributor path to its highest levels.

My Stack

A curated list of my favorite tools and software.

Security Checklist

Tools and resources for staying safe on the internet.


Internet things, saved for later.


Ask me anything.

Better Hacker News

A better Hacker News.

App Dissection

In-depth explorations of visual and interaction design in well-known apps.

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