About

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

Before GitHub, I co-founded Spectrum, a platform for large-scale communities to have better public conversations. Spectrum was acquired by GitHub in November, 2018.

Before Spectrum I designed payments experiences at Facebook, working across Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. I originally cut my teeth as the first product designer at Buffer.

I also co-host the Design Details Podcast, a weekly conversation about design process and culture. Design Details is part of Spec.fm, a podcast network for designers and developers, which I co-founded in 2015.

You can find me on Twitter where I talk about design and development, or on GitHub where I’m building in the open, or on Figma where I’m exploring how plugins can automate the tedious parts of interface design.

Photo by @rxnjmmt.

Speaking and interviews

Progression: The rise of the senior IC

I caught up with Jonny from Progression to talk about the rise of the senior IC, career development for designers, building and exiting a startup, the importance of job titles, and a whole lot more.

Layout.fm: It Ran Into the Wall of Reality

I spoke with Kevin and Rafa about the Staff Design project, career ladders, imposter syndrome, and Paul Rudd.

Building for open source

Ryan Nystrom and I talk about designing and building the mobile apps at GitHub.

Extend what’s possible with Figma Plugins - Figma Config

An exploration into the plugins I built to automate the tedious parts of designing mobile apps at GitHub.

Designing with GraphQL - GraphQL Summit

Exploring the possibilities that open up when designers and developers can speak the same language.

Interface Lovers Interview

An interview about how I got into design, my process, and past work.

Charmander++ – Interviewing ourselves on Design Details

Bryn Jackson and I interviewed each other. Totally humble.

Avocode Interview

An interview where we dig into my work at Buffer, Facebook, Spectrum, and what’s in the works at GitHub.

Software Engineering Daily: GitHub Mobile

Ryan and I discuss how we designed and built the first version of GitHub’s mobile apps.