My shift is over.
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.
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 think, should we just keep the fonts we have? Maybe the journey was the reward.
One month earlier, we started down the road of revisiting all typography on the platform.
Type is a huge component of design at Medium. We’re a stories platform, and we render our stories with type. We take care of the typography for you. We’ve turned your normal quotes into smart quotes, adjusted the weight of underlines, made printing stories great, etc. …
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 how design impacts our users and work hard to hone our craft. That’s what Bridge is all about! Bridge designers work at design-minded companies while learning weekly from a community of design mentors.
At Medium, we’re building a new kind of media product — one centered around conversation and reaction, where audience engagement is not an afterthought but something fundamentally new and participatory. We’re a perfect fit for any Bridge designer with high ambitions and looking to make a real impact. While at Medium, Bridge designers will work with the product team, and Ev, to help experiment, refine, and ship beautiful experiences to people around the world. …