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.
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.
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.
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.
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.