Hello friends, I have an exciting announcement! I’ve accepted a position at Google as a Developer Advocate for Material Design! I’ll be doing what I’ve always loved doing: working in the intersection of design and development, experimenting with web technology, and sharing what I’m learning/building along the way!
This role involves so many things I’ve worked on over the past few years of my career: systems design, scaling product UI, accessibility, UX and interaction design, open source, etc. And it involves a lot of what I’ve been spending my personal time doing: writing blog posts about the things I was working with, teaching workshops, organizing/attending community events, building open source projects, writing and giving talks, recording podcasts, I COULD GO ON.
Some of the best times I’ve ever had have been at conferences, and they’ve taken me to 6 of the 7 continents (someone have a conference in Antarctica!). Meeting developers around the world, nerding out about shared challenges, and seeing people get inspired by projects/posts/talks/workshops of mine have been some of the most rewarding experiences in my professional career. And I don’t have to do this in my spare time anymore… it’s going to be a part of my actual DAY JOB. Can you believe that?! What am I going to do on my weekends?
I’m really looking forward to working with the team of Design Advocates, Engineers, and Web Developer Advocates to help make one of the world’s most well-known design systems even better and easier to use. And I’d love to hear from you — if there’s anything you think would help you build with Material, or what you wish a design system could do for you, let me know! I’m all ears, and I’m incredibly excited to dive in.
If you’re wondering about my current side projects, like Toolsday and Dev Doodles, they will go on! I’ll have even more time in my life now for content creation! SQUEEE!
P.S. Bustle is hiring! They have a really great team of talented Engineers and a product built on a modern stack (Preact/GraphQL/CSS Modules). If you’re interested, let me know!