👋 Hi! I’m Joel Glovier. I’m a human being human.
…which is just a fun way of saying that I’m on a tech industry sabbatical right now, focused on getting healthy physically and mentally (I have had a life long journey with depression and anxiety), restoring balance to my personal and family life, re-connecting with my soul (my passions, creativity, art, faith, etc), and re-discovering my calling and inspiration for the chapter of life ahead.
In 2018 I served as Head of Design at Netlify where I worked with a small but mighty team of passionate people making websites faster and deployment simpler.
Before joining Netlify, I was a product design lead at GitHub where I worked with several teams over the course of my five years there including: platform & ecosystem, core workflow, design systems, the creative department, new user experience, and user growth.
Prior to that I was principal designer at an amazing nonprofit called CURE International, and I still stay involved with CURE in my free time as a core contributor to the open source project HospitalRun.
And way back in the day I did freelance graphic and web design full-time for several years.
I have a wonderful family and recently moved to the Pacific Northwest (I work remotely for Netlify, as does approximately 50% of the company). I’m originally from the Pittsburgh area (shoutout Greensburg), and lived in Central Pennsylvania for 10 years.
I’m a Jesus follower because of his message of freedom and restoration. I’m not a very religious person, but my faith is a core part of who I am. My faith in the person and way of Jesus leads me to deeply value and care about things like social justice, human rights, diversity, equality, and loving and respecting every person I come in contact with as fellow members of the human family and as bearers of the divine image within us all.
In my “spare time” I enjoy getting away from the computer screen with other creative outlets like skateboarding & snowboarding, mural painting, working on my project car, making EDM and house mixes, bboying, cooking, rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and other nerdy stuff.
Now that you know so much about me, you should say hi!
This site was built with care…and lots of inspiration and tooling made available for free on the internet!
I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge those who have offered their work for the world to benefit from (including me while building this very website!). Lots of love and gratitude to those responsible for that work.
Build details and tooling
- This site was built with the static site generator Jekyll, utilizing the templating language Liquid, and hosted on Netlify. Source code is available on GitHub.
- This site was coded in Atom, a hackable text editor for the 21st century.
- Illustrations for this site were drawn with the Apple iPad Pro and Apple Pencil using the ProCreate app.
- Typography courtesy of Google Fonts:
- Social media icons by Gedy Leon
- Basscss utility classes by Jxnblk
- Illustration inspiration from:
- Principles page inspired by Kathy Simpson’s personal philosophy page
- Layout & design inspiration from:
- Emily Richard
- Helen Tran
- Tobias Ahlin
- Aaron Shekey
- Kathy Simpson
- Addy Osmani
- Adam Morse
- Janna Hagan
- Cecilio Ruiz
- Brian Lovin
- Jack Morgan
- Amanda Pinsker
- Drew Wilson
- Fabian Perez
- Ryan Singer
- Dan Eden
- Simon Pan
- Kathleen Warner
- Coby Chappelle
- Catt Small
- Joel Califa
- Kris Niles
- Atlassian Design
- GitHub Octoverse
- The Atlantic
- Some great case study inspiration found at:
- Redesigning Onboarding: Overhauling DigitalOcean’s onboarding and verification by Joel Califa
- Feature Product to Platform Product by Helen Tran
- Customer List by Kathleen Warner
- Perfecting the Pickup by Simon Pan
- Running in Circles by Ryan Singer
- Museum Capstone by Amanda Pinsker
- Tinycards by Jack Morgan
- Copera iOS App by Cecilio Ruiz
- Soundcloud Go purchase experience by Catt Small
- How we tested, designed, and built a brand-new team onboarding process by Joshua Hynes
- How do you design a design doc? by John Saito
- GitHub on AWS and The Octocat—a nerdy household name by Cameron McEffee
- The Success and Failure of Design Inc by Marc Hemeon
- How we designed page previews for Wikipedia — and what could be done with them in the future by Nirzar Pangarkar