About

Background

I'm David Wright, a product designer living and working in the San Francisco bay area. I'm a pragmatist who loves bringing shape and structure to ambiguous problems. I started my career in journalism creating daily interactive graphics, but soon discovered product design and was instantly hooked. In 2013, I left NPR, journalism and the East Coast to join Twitter. I spend my free time fixing up our old house, trying to keep my children out of trouble, and not reading a growing pile of New Yorkers.

Places I've worked

Designer, Chorus

At Chorus, I designed experiences that help people stay committed to their health and fitness goals. Our intensely collaborative team of 10 built and shipped an experience that relied on social accountability to help people stay healthy.

Designer, Coda

At Coda, I helped build a new kind of collaborative document (like a Google Doc) that gives non-programmers the ability to create powerful applications to help get their work done.

Staff designer, Twitter

At Twitter, I focused on creating foundational design systems to help make Twitter a great experience for everyone. Along with Dave Bellona, I led the design efforts on Twitter Lite – a ground up responsive redesign of the Twitter web stack. I led the successful effort to redesign the onboarding flow that increased sign ups and reduced churn. I helped ship a bunch of other stuff along the way, too.

Design director, NPR

At NPR, I led the teams responsible for the design and UX for all of NPR’s digital products. I was on the team that researched, concepted and launched NPR One. As an individual contributor, I led the design efforts on Planet Money for iPhone, NPR Books, Live Music Events and others.

Wayback

Prior to NPR, I spent three years as a Senior Site designer at USA TODAY. Before that, I was a UI designer at SmartBrief and a multimedia developer at Knight-Ridder/Tribune, where I created editorial graphics by carving ActionScript into stone tablets. My full work history is documented on LinkedIn.

Talks and interviews

Designing for PeopleMobile Me and You Conference, San Francisco, December 2016

Five Design Lessons from The Price is RightTwitter Design Day, June 2015

Crafting a Stronger News Ecosystem Through DesignOhio University Schuneman Symposium, March 2015

Content vs. PlatformSociety for News Design Nashville, November 2013

Engagement and Experience: What the Boss Should KnowASNE Washington DC, June 2013

Designer David Wright, departing NPR for Twitter, has just one favor to ask Q&A with Nieman Lab, June 2013

Design is How it WorksONA San Francisco, September 2012

Journalism’s got 99 Problems and Design is #1SXSW Interactive, March 2012

Coders are from Mars, Designers are from VenusONA Washington DC, October 2010

Redesigning NPR.orgSchool of Visual Arts, November 2009

Designing for CommunityNorthwestern University, April 2009