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My shift is over.

I’ve decided to leave Medium to join Stirman, Grant, and Soren in building a new company focused around mindfulness and athletic performance.

Leaving Medium means parting ways with the most skilled and thoughtful team I have ever worked with. I’m thankful to Ev who gave me the opportunity to lead the design team and challenge me in ways I didn’t think possible.

I’m really proud of what this team has accomplished (holy shit 2.0) but couldn’t resist the opportunity to start something new. I’m joining a team of mostly ex-Medium builders and have the luxury of working with an expert in the mindfulness community.

Thank you everyone at Medium who became my family over the last few years. My shift is over, but I know Brad, Marcin, Pablo, Sasha, and Tyler can take it from here.


The next evolution of type on Medium

It’s late Thursday night in the Medium office, a week before the 2.0 launch. Marcin, a fellow designer and typographer, is sitting a few feet away. We’ve hit that moment in every project where you’re tired — really, really tired — and are reconsidering everything you’ve done.

We pause and…


The Medium design team is proud to partner with Bridge: a professional development program for experienced designers, hosted by Designer Fund.

After learning about what Designer Fund was up to with Bridge, it was clear that their mission closely aligns with our design values at Medium. We care deeply about…


Obligatory Apple Watch post on Medium to follow.

I’ve had my watch one day. This is what I like:

  • I’ve stopped mindlessly checking my phone, and in turn used my phone much less 👍
  • I always know what meeting is next, and where I need to be. This is super helpful throughout the workday.
  • For some reason I like knowing the temperature outside, the watch makes this very easy.
  • It’s well-made and fits comfortably.


A conversation between myself and Tyler Howarth, the most recent member of the Medium Design team, before he joined.

On Friday, Feb 27, Tyler Howarth wrote:

I’m super excited to come in next week and meet more of the team.

Since we did a mini portfolio review/chat — I’d like to know if you have any constructive thoughts or ideas for my presentation next Friday. Anything I should focus on? Is there anything that I was unclear about?

Thanks!

On Friday, Feb 27, I wrote:

Absolutely, and I appreciate you asking. Here’s my thoughts:

  • Put together a narrative of what you’ve done.
  • Show us a wide variety of skills between product, visuals, and interactions/prototypes.
  • Be open about successes and failures.
  • And tell us why Medium, why now.

Show us why you love doing this ☺


I wasn’t always a Product Designer. I spent years working in corporate America. Deep corporate.

I went to college at a small Engineering school in Michigan called Kettering University, formerly known as General Motors Institute. The program as internally described:

Students alternate academic terms of classes taught by respected faculty…


Keep it casual.

Yesterday we changed some things around on Medium. Ev breaks it down here.

Huge shoutout to Brian.pm, Andrew3886, Koopertino, Joy.js, Fatrick, Stirmanjis, and my design partner in crime Marcin Lawrence.

I can’t wait to show you what’s next.


1This was originally published on April 2, 2014 on Hatch, our internal version of Medium. Check out Hatching Inside Medium for more context.

Building blocks of a story

Inline content, layouts, and parts

When Medium first launched the story page it looked something like this:

At the start of September we began an exploratory project called Plus Plus. Four months…


Cover photo by @dpup

I woke up, but not to a noise blaring from my phone. The blurry screen read 7:19am. The plane was expected to take off at 9, with or without me.

The original plan was to be out the door and in a car nineteen minutes prior…


Medium is about reading great content, and images dramatically enhance stories, so we set out to create the best image zoom experience on the web. It’s not easy for authors to find great imagery for their stories. …

Brad

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