Jon Gold



2328 23 (the desert is fun)

I’m an artist, musician & technologist in San Francisco, voyaging across time, space & traditional job titles to make weird things with nice people.

My journey started with discovering graphic design to make flyers and album covers for the punk bands I played in as a teenager. Down that rabbit hole, I fell in love with Müller-Brockmann and his cohort of Swiss designers - spiritual precursors that led us to the design systems movement and everything we do these days. I’m addicted to learning, and over the years have picked up most technologies that I’ve crossed paths with.

Previously I worked at Airbnb as a Research Scientist using emerging technology to make fuzzy heart feelings, spent a few years building tooling for designing with systems, and researching & prototyping the more distant future of what our interactions with computation might look like — tangible, communal computing backed by AI.

Back further, I worked at lots of startups that don’t exist anymore.

Increasingly I’m jaded with the effect that consumer tech is having on our ability to focus & to relate to each other — I hope we can find our way back to a more reasonable injection of technology into our lives.

I strive to be as balanced as one can be: I live in a 12-person do-ocratic commune; spend large portions of my year with my wonderful Burning Man community; meditate, journal & play music every day, and make the most of the Californian outdoors with motorcycles, backpacks, running shoes and yoga mats.

Things I can do

Full-stack design, product, engineering, creative coding, and likely more philosophy than you’d bargained for ✌️

Some technical keywords include design systems, React, just about every CSS-in-JS library, Next, Gatsby, Meteor, GraphQL, Node.js, TensorFlow / TensorFlow.js, PyTorch, Unity, openFrameworks, Processing, hardware (especially Arduino), LED art, projection mapping.

Some favorite talks

  • ASOS London
  • From The Front Bologna
  • Front-end London London
  • Pause Fest Melbourne
  • Royal College of Art London
  • Web Dev Conf Bristol
  • ZEIT Day San Francisco

Select press

AIGA · CSS-Tricks · TechCrunch · The Next Web · TIME

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