I package bits of delight and surprise into simple apps

I occasionally share my thoughts at @tobiasahlin, and at my blog.

At Lookback, I help people build better apps

I believe that if we want to create better apps, we need to understand ourselves better. At Lookback, I’m exploring new tools for conducting user research.

At GitHub, I helped people build software together

During 2013 and 2014, I worked on GitHub.com, GitHub Pages, gist, and GitHub's native apps for Windows and Mac.

Life is better with a soundtrack

From 2010 to late 2012, I worked as a product designer at Spotify. I worked on all of Spotify's apps, including those for iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, Windows, and web.

I love having fun with letters

I built SpellRush from a love for word games. Swipe to create words, they disappear in a cloud of smoke, and new letters fall down from the top of the board. Beat the evil gorilla boss at the end. No. Right—sorry. No gorillas. It’s really fun though, promise.


Nobody likes to wait

But you can make it less of a pain. I've created SpinKit, a collection of loading spinners animated with CSS. They're super smooth, easy to customize, and open-source.

View SpinKit

Looking for a speaker?

I love talking about learning, design, animation, programming, and building great products. I regularly teach at Hyper Island, and I've recently spoken at Full Frontal Conf in Brighton, HybridConf in Stockholm, WebExpo in Prague, and SmartWeb in Bucharest. If you're hosting a conference or a meetup, don't hesitate to reach out.

I write at tobiasahlin.com/blog