Tobias Ahlin

I design & build digital products.

Work.

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Designing
Spotify

As one of the first designers at Spotify, I worked with building the design team, and was responsible for the interface design of all products.

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SpinKit

Nobody likes to wait… but you can make it less of a pain. I've created SpinKit, an open-source collection of loading spinners animated with CSS.

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GitHub for Mac & Windows

GitHub is a powerful tool that, for many, comes with a steep learning curve. At GitHub I designed GitHub for Mac & Windows to make it easier to work with the GitHub flow, while carefully balancing established best practices and new abstractions.

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Teaching Data Strategy

As an Industry Leader for Hyper Island's Digital Data Strategists program, I teach front-end development, statistics, design, & data visualization, and bring in industry experts to lecture.

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Scaling CSS
at GitHub

At GitHub I worked with CSS holistically to align our visual language with its implementation, making it easier to build coherent experiences while continously shipping.

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Rewriting a curriculum

Hyper Island has sometimes been referred to as the "The Digital Harvard". They operate within a rapidly transforming industry, and are constantly pushed to re-evalute their methods and resources. In 2016 I rewrote their Data Strategist program in collaboration with Thomas Björk.

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Simplifying user research

User research can be the deciding difference between a successful and failed launch. At Lookback I lead the product design to simplify user research for digital products.

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Teaching product design

I've been teaching product design at the creative business school Hyper Island, listed by CNN as one of the "most interesting schools around the world".

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Making GitHub Pages friendly

GitHub Pages is today used by companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Adobe to document and market their open-source projects. It was once poorly documented, and difficult to understand. I lead the initiative to make it more accessible, friendly, and easy to get started with.

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Speaking &
coaching

I speak at events and facilitate workshops within design, development, and innovation, most recently in Amsterdam, Odense, and Milan.

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Google Web Font inspiration

I created TypeSource as a way to browse web fonts by how they look and feel, rather by their name and attributes.

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A play with words

As a one-man team, I programmed, designed, and launched SpellRush, a word game for iOS. It quickly gained over 100 000 downloads, and was featured by Apple on the front page of the App Store.

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Integration through design

In a time where nations and societies are struggling to cope with war, fear, and prejudice, what can we do to create an inclusive and well-functioning society? To start, we can meet, sit down, and chat over a dinner.

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I write at /blog

…and occasionally share my thoughts on design, animation, & innovation.

Say hi.

hello@
tobiasahlin.com

I love to build, design, learn, and teach. I work as a consultant, and specialize in design, product management, data visualization, and coaching. Say hi!

Tobias Bjerrome Ahlin
Stockholm, Sweden