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.

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Recent Writing

What I learned from Staff Design

My takeaways, lessons learned, and next steps after interviewing eight high-level individual contributor product designers.

March 13, 2021

My playbook for shipping side projects

Tips and strategies I've learned for shipping side projects.

January 30, 2021

Becoming a better interviewer

What I've learned from studying interviewing principles and analyzing the meta elements of my favorite interviewers.

January 17, 2021

2020 in review

Looking back on 2020 and setting goals for the next year.

January 1, 2021

Reasons you aren't updating your personal site

Tips and strategies to painlessly manage a personal website.

December 20, 2020

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Select Projects

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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