Jon Gold



2328 23 (the desert is fun)

I’m an artist, musician & technologist inventing media for mind, body, spirit & planet.

I live amongst tall trees in the mountains of California, germinating the Cosmic Computation Laboratory: a technology research studio chipping away at the most difficult questions I can think of asking, and consulting with ethical companies building a more equitable world.

Say hello if you’d like to fund our continued research or hire us to think about aligned problems.

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 keep the soul in travel, 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 in the woods; get dirt under my fingernails in my garden; put excessive effort into installation art for underground high-participation parties; meditate, journal & write 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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