Roy Stanfield is an app designer working for Airbnb, in San Francisco

I work on Airbnb's Design Language System team (DLS). Our small collaborative group blends product team knowledge and in-house art direction into a singular set of reusable components.

Many designers and developers have contributed components to the DLS library.
Many designers and developers have contributed components to the DLS library.

We strive to eliminate platform specificity in our components so that Airbnb's UI is as similar as possible across Android, iOS, and responsive web. This way a designer can create for just one platform and in a single device size (mobile first) while still being certain that their design will perform on all platforms. These same benefits extend to Airbnb's engineers who use DLS components to quickly assemble front-end code. And since platform specificity has been reduced our React Native features require very little fuss to run in both Android and iOS.

Before Airbnb, I worked at Etsy in Brooklyn. While there I created designs for iOS, Android and the responsive web, and worked with teams that prioritize testing and user research to make product decisions. Along the way I created mockups, designed with code and prototyped animations all while advocating for Etsy to embrace emergent mobile technologies. The whole experience highlighted the importance of eliminating barriers between designers, engineers, product managers, product marketing managers and executives.

A few of my co-workers from Etsy on IPO day
A few of my co-workers from Etsy on IPO day

Excited about the device's impending release, my coworker and I set to work developing Etsy for Apple Watch. It enables Handoff and offers notifications, package tracking, and a recommended items feed for Etsy buyers. At release, we were delighted to be featured on both the App Store and in the new Apple Watch app's featured section.

Etsy for Apple Watch
Etsy for Apple Watch, 2015. Left to right, top to bottom: notification, recommended items glance, home screen, orders shipped glance, package tracking modal.
Etsy for Apple Watch

In 2014 I designed Etsy's second native app, Sell on Etsy, which launched in six countries. Building on top of that foundation my team and I launched a card reader for both Android and iOS devices that helps sellers make in-person cash and credit card sales. Unlike a Square reader, it is powerfully integrated with an Etsy seller's shop inventory. Fred Wilson writes about it here.

Before Etsy I worked at Mixel, building fun apps for creating, sharing and remixing collages. While there I created designs for the iPad, iPhone and web. On the web side, I implemented my work using Ruby on Rails, Javascript and CSS. Mixel was acquired by Etsy in January 2013.

I start my day changing diapers and playing with this guy! I'm always looking to rejuvinate my iOS coding ability, but in the near term I'll be focusing on React. …And hey, if you see a nice car in the city streets, please add it to #roysgarage on Instagram.