Dustin Senos

Former Head of Design @Medium.


A good thing for you, a good thing for me


A few months back, I was looking at my personal todo list and was feeling overwhelmed. It was long and no items were going to be particularly fun to tackle. Rather than taking my typical every-other-month approach of “I will do all of this on Sunday. Sunday is the day I get my personal todos taken care of,” I decided to try something different: I…


Your friends are more than their job titles (and so are you)


I’ve noticed a worrisome trend in San Francisco. It goes something like this: You’re walking down the street with Jim. In the distance you see your friend Sarah. You wave and introduce Sarah to Jim:

“Hi Sarah! Jim, this is Sarah, she’s a engineer at Instabrunch. Sarah, this is Jim, he’s a PM at Facebabies.”


Lego, motorcycles, and building products

When I was a young kid I would spend most of my time playing with Lego


I wrote this on Hatch on 02/09/15, presented here unedited. See Hatching Inside Medium for context on this collection.

When I was a young kid I would spend most of my time playing with Lego. I’d get lost building a new car or…

Publications edited by Dustin Senos

Stories from people who build things. Edited by: @matthendrick, @paperkary, @SpanishCurls, @mhauer, and @dustin. Get updates via twitter @LearnedBuilding.

A perspective into the world of design through five simple questions. The questions: https://medium.com/5-design-questions/3d0e130b905a


We care a lot about the little details. There are infinite ways to set the measure (amount of…


‘Entertainment’ in Poor Taste at the Crunchies


I’m honored that Medium was nominated and won runner-up for best designed startup at TechCrunch’s 2014 Crunchies. I did not, and will not, support the form of “entertainment” TJ Miller “performed” during the event. I will not be associated with someone who calls women bitches, jokes about rape, and casually mentions pedophilia. It took an…


I wrote this on Hatch on 12/18/14, presented here unedited. See Hatching Inside Medium for context on this collection.

Reducing Design Friction


I created an OKR for Q414 to pick the brains of various design leaders about hiring, building teams, and reducing friction in design. Below are notes on one topic I inquired about: reducing the most friction-inducing issues…


I wrote this on hatch on 10/16/14, presented here unedited. See Hatching Inside Medium for context on this collection.

Design Q414 OKRs


Objective 1 Increase the quality and diversity of our visual design

We are currently lacking a senior visual designer. Someone who will push the visual breadth and quality of Medium. This person should be…


Stock photos that don’t suck

A list of places to find the best free stock photos


Finding great stock photos is a pain. You’re left with either low-res amateur…


Whispering Curve

A dabble in fiction


It was 1994; I was ten years old. The world and I hadn’t seen eye-to-eye for the last few years.


Five Design Questions

A set of questions to those who design things.


To contribute, respond to the five questions below.
  1. Tell us who you are in one sentence.
  2. If you weren’t a designer, what would you do?
  3. What is something you wished you designed, either because you love it, or because you feel you…