Aaron Shapiro is a product designer, technologist, balcony gardener, amateur bartender, leftist, and your next best friend in Brooklyn, New York.

A good guy who makes good websites.

Latest blog

On Relearning to Code

How I finally learned (some) React for the relaunch of my website.

I’m a cross-functional designer with over a decade of experience designing and building tools for journalists, artists, and makers. Creative people make me happy.

I most recently led the product design team at VICE. It was a lot of fun.

2016 - 2020

VICE

I spent my time at VICE leading design on their homegrown editorial platform, an owned and operated video platform, a suite of native apps, and even a digital rebrand. It’s a long case study.

2016

Karma

Karma’s goal was to deliver simpler, friendlier internet to everyone. Our small team branded the device, designed its marketing, and built both web and app-based tools to manage your data.

2015

Cover

Cover was a tool that helped restaurant owners and diners focus on food - not the check. Our app split payments at the table, simplified tipping, and sent the transaction to the back of the house.

2013 - 2015

Etsy

You know Etsy. I led design on an effort to make seller tools more cohesive while introducing a company-wide component-based design system.

Writing.

2021Code

On Relearning to Code

How I finally learned (some) React for the relaunch of my website.

2020Personal

Waiting

Because we should all have a pandemic time capsule to look back on.

2020Media

Hope For Good Blogs

Lazy ads have wrecked user experience on media websites. These two launches give me hope for a turnaround.

2019Media

Why I Care About Digital Media

Last week’s layoffs were another punch to a community more fragile than it should be.

Photos.

2018

Iceland

This time, the full Ring Road.

2016

Iceland

Camper vans and endless sunsets.

2015

Tokyo

A spontaneous return trip.

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