A product design process story highlighting several iterative projects following the initial release of the Reviews feature on GitHub in 2016.

In September 2016, GitHub improved code review on pull requests with the Reviews feature. It was an important step forward for the core collaboration workflow on GitHub, and it was just the beginning.

Developers quickly adopted Reviews because they formalized a common process pattern as a core level primitive in the GitHub workflow.

Shortly after the initial release of Reviews, our team began to iterate on the code review experience by identifying areas of friction that could be removed for an easier and more efficient code review workflow.

The work described in this article highlights about a year’s worth of…


Five simple tips to help you become more design aware

I often talk to developers who say they feel bad about their level of design skill. In fact, a Redditor recently posted as much, seeking advice about how he could improve his command of the discipline of design. I’ve encountered this question enough times to have some thoughts that may be helpful if improving design competency is your quest too.

Developer != Designer

As a native designer and immigrant developer, I appreciate people in the reverse position who seek to enhance their cross-disciplinary skill levels. …


Over the course of 10 years in the workforce, I’ve been a freelancer for 9 years, and I’ve been an employee for 5 years. These are some of my reflections, and why I prefer being part of a company at this stage of my life to being self-employed.

In the spring of 2004, I was about to graduate with a marketing degree and needed a 3 credit elective to keep my full-time status to be eligible for my scholarship that semester. …

Joel Glovier

Gentle Giant. I design software, make art, and enjoy strategic systems thinking. Design at Apollo GraphQL. Previously Netlify, GitHub. Spread love! 🐻❤️⚡️🤙

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