I had been planning to do this for a while, but I recently took the time to write MOON for OS X. The goal was to basically port the app over from iOS, but it was not that simple and I thought I’d document some of the things I learned along the way.
There are over 1 billion people who use Facebook Groups on a monthly basis to get things done, share with their families and friends, and connect to others around similar interests.
I worked on Groups at Facebook between 2014-2016. It was an exciting product to work on because I believe it helps facilitate some of the best conversations on Facebook by creating engaged and relevant audiences. Groups also make sharing to a limited audience easy to understand.
I’m a designer. I like engineers. Maybe I like them a little too much. When I joined the Groups team at Facebook I remember foaming at the mouth the first time I talked to an iOS engineer who had been on the team for quite a while. I started spouting out stories of things I’ve written in Objective-C. I felt like I was a freshman in high school trying to prove to an upper classman that I was cool enough to hang around.
Today was the first time I flew my QAV250 with my Fat Shark Dominator V2 googles. I had been using a 7″ Black Pearl FPV monitor attached to my transmitter since I got the QAV250. This was a good setup for learning to fly, but I have been very interested in the immersive experience of actual goggles.
My interest in multicopters started last year. I read forums for months, learning everything I could. I wanted an autonomous flying robot. The first multicopter I got was a big one, a 3D Robotics X8 (which I wrote about here). Although it’s a great vehicle, I found myself interested in multicopters for a different reason than I thought. Aerial photography isn’t as personally engaging as I had hoped. Lugging around a computer and the required equipment for a big multicopter feels more like work than fun sometimes. I still really enjoy the X8, it’s just not an ‘everyday quad.’
Originally written in 2014 for the Facebook Design Medium collection.
Last year when I came to Facebook as a Product Designer I was given a choice of which team to join. I had some great options to choose from, so it was not an easy decision. I chose to join a team I viewed as the most challenging, the Privacy team. I felt excited by the idea of bringing design to something that isn’t necessarily shiny, but is a fundamental construct of the service.
I haven’t wrote about this yet, but I’ve spent the past half year or so learning about and getting involved in multicopters. I have a full size UAV (a 3D Robotics X8) which I have been building into an airborne videography machine, but I wanted to practice my flying more often and the big quad requires a lot of preparation and outdoor space.
Duo is a browser for responsive web developers that allows you to simultaneously build sites in two different sized frames.
Electric Pulp had the idea to build a web browser that would allow you to view and build sites simultaneously in both a mobile size and a desktop size. I thought it was a fantastic idea. Since I had been working on Blind Browser, I was familiar with some of the quirks of building a browser for OS X. I whipped up a prototype one afternoon and it was immediately clear that this was a useful tool that needed to be built for real.