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I design tools for humans to use.

I work at Netlify where I design tools for developers. I also work on HospitalRun and other open source projects.

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Research, strategy, prototyping, design, code

Core disciplines

I use imagination, writing, drawing, design thinking, and code to solve business problems with software solutions.

Design process

Product development is an ongoing cycle of identifying problems, exploring solutions, testing, gathering feedback, making changes, shipping to real people, and measuring results. This is how I work.

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Work

Netlify

Head of Design 2018 – Present

I lead design at Netlify where we are improving the software development workflow by providing the best way to host your websites and hook it up to powerful backend functionality.

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GitHub

Product Design Lead 2013 – 2018

I designed and built experiences for the millions of people who use GitHub every day, including recent hits such as Code Owners, Review Requests, and the Checks API.

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AppendTo

Visual Design Engineer, Tech Lead 2012 – 2013

At AppendTo, a front-end shop, I did HTML, CSS, and JavaScript implementations of responsive websites such as TIME.com, Zumba.com, and Bloomberg.com.

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CURE International

Principal Designer 2011 – 2012

Web & Graphic Designer 2009 – 2011

I owned design for an 1500 person international NGO that operated a network of charitable hospitals around the world.

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JAG Design Ideas

Founder 2004 – 2016

Provided professional design and development services for a range of clients in the small business and startup space.

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My clients have included organizations such as StackOverflow, AndCulture, CURE International, Spreadshirt, Papertrail, and many more.

Recommendations

I would emphasize his particular thoughtfulness in producing a collaborative environment for peers to offer influence and feedback in his work. He has produced so much context around user problems that I still work off of, and the output of his time at GitHub will remain a great resource for many projects.”

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Kathy Zheng

Colleague at GitHub

Watching Joel's design process unfold was a delight, and the care and mindfulness he infused in every step was inspirational. He is supremely talented, but even above that, he is a thoughtful, conscientious, open minded, positive individual that makes the work environment more inclusive and welcoming for everyone.”

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Elizabeth Barron

Colleague at GitHub

What stands out most about Joel is that he is an exceptional person to have on a team. People love working with him. Joel communicates well, articulates himself clearly, provides objective feedback, praises when people do well, and speaks up when things aren’t great.”

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Cameron McEfee

Former manager at GitHub

Joel is not just a gifted product designer, he also has the patience, dedication and work ethic that motivates the rest of the team. He is one of those colleagues that you wish you could have on every project.”

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Jialee Chau

Former colleague at GitHub

I consider Joel a rare and genuine soul, an incredibly capable teammate, and strong project leader. I'm thankful to continue to work with him in a volunteer capacity and would be glad to collaborate professionally once again.”

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Joel Worrall

Former manager at CURE & HospitalRun co-maintainer

During his time at CURE International, Joel was a key player in transitioning CURE International's web presence from an awful legacy website to a world class platform that has received numerous awards and accolades. Given the opportunity, I would hire Joel in a heartbeat.”

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John Kleinschmidt

Former colleague at CURE & HospitalRun co-maintainer

I'd been impressed with Joel's design talent well before he joined the team at appendTo. Once on board, his other technical skills were put to use on numerous projects. Joel's passion for his craft and enthusiasm he brought to his projects were immediately visible.”

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Doug Neiner

Former colleague at AppendTo

Personal projects

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HospitalRun

Core maintainer 2014 – Present

An open source, offline first EMR designed for hospitals in resource constrained locations using Ember.js, Couch, Pouch, and Node.

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Dev Tees

Creator 2012 – Present

A line of t-shirts for developers started with the help of nearly 500 Kickstarter backers in 2013.

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RemoteJobs.io

Creator 2012-2015

A job board and job seeker site for connecting remote employees with new opportunities. Acquired by LiftUX, 2015.

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Fizzy syntax theme

Creator 2014 - Present

A custom syntax theme for Atom with bright and bubbly colors.

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Resume template

Creator 2015 - Present

A simple Jekyll-powered resume template for GitHub Pages sites.

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Minima

Creator 2014

The default Jekyll theme that shipped with the release of Jekyll 2.0.

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