Since I left Natural Synthetics, I've been improving my coding skills, learning about AI, and exploring different ideas that interest me. One of my main goals for this time has been to become a full-fledged design engineer. Now I'm wading back into the job pool, but trying to be quite picky.
Natural Synthetics made Itsme, an avatar-based social app with millions of users. While there, I designed all new features and improvements with the CEO and PM’d many of them. I also worked closely with their 3D team, learning a lot about 3D art production. When the company pivoted, I designed the core interface and design language of the new app.
Cocoon was a YC-backed social app for close friends and families, later aquired by Substack. I created a content section for their website to improve its SEO. That involved me rebuilding the website on Webflow, designing and implementing the content section, and writing SEO-optimized articles based on interviews done by their UX researcher.
Sapien made a gamified fitness tracking app, building on the thesis I had developed with Lightdogs. We failed to raise money before running out of savings, so didn’t get it off the ground, but I grew a ton in the process. I designed the app, programmed the interface in SwiftUI, and did the fundraising work.
Eigen makes AI-enabled quality assurance software for industrial manufacturers. While there, I redesigned their web app, created their design system, and did product design for a new web app they were building.
Lightdogs was a gamified focus timer app I built as a solo founder. It was my first foray into product design and startups. I ran out of money shortly after launch, but the app made it to 17K organic downloads and facilitated over eleven years worth of phone-free focused time. The most important things I did were product design, managing a team of freelance developers, and fundraising.