Shane R. Allen



2014 – Current

Senior Product Designer, Messenger (Menlo Park, CA)
Currently connecting millions of people with businesses and brands around the world through the power of Messenger.

Senior Product Designer, VSCO (CA)
Senior Designer, Lead & Mentor, building a community of expression one pixel at a time for millions for photographers and brands around the world to create, discover and connect.

Principal Designer, Airbnb (CA)
Principle Designer solving problems related to search, identity, trust and verification for a global community of travelers and hosts who embrace the mission of belonging anywhere.

2001 – 2014

UX & Design Director, Tigerspike (Sydney and Melbourne, AU)
Design Director responsible for two design teams in Sydney and Melbourne, managing 10 designers of all levels, and partnering with numerous clients and external brands such as SBS World News Australia, Foxtel, ANZ, Woolworths, 7Eleven, and Mirvac on the strategy and design direction of their consumer products.

UX & UI Designer (Sydney, Melbourne, London)
Early in my career, I was fortunate enough to travel the world to work and freelance for some of the most influential design agencies and startups in Australia and London — such as Fluoro, Mook (London), Design Royale, Moon, and Deepend. I quickly built up a portfolio of client and personal work that skewed heavily on consumer products that included Flash & HTML websites for NIKE, FOOTLOCKER, DIESEL, TOYOTA, FOXTEL and VODAFONE, interactive experiences for EA GAMES, and even the very first iOS app in Australia for SBS World News.

The turning point in my design career came after I Co-founded my own startup – a Digital Publishing company that partnered with Adobe Australia. After two years of operating within a ‘Lean’ and ‘Agile’ framework, I turned my sights towards Design Thinking and how a holistic approach to design can do more than just promote a product and brand, but benefit businesses, influence process, and solve problems for people in the real world. Since that shift, people-problems have been at the heart of my process and guide the decisions I make every day.

Biography 1999 — 2019

I'm a cross-functional Product Designer who loves being at the intersection of design, technology, strategy, and pixels. I'm driven by a combination of natural curiosity, formal design principles, and a healthy obsession for building products used by millions.

I’ve been fortunate to work in the design industry for more than 20 years where I’ve worn many hats and titles ranging from Design Director, Co Founder, Maker, and doer. Im not afraid to push pixels, invent new standards, and be a ruthless and passionate advocate for designers, design process and critical thinking within businesses and orgs.

My skills extend across all aspects of designing products; from design thinking and strategy, management, team building and mentoring, facilitating design sprints; to visual design, interaction design, and user experience design.

I'm currently living in San Francisco, California – solving problems at Facebook Messenger.


Bachelor Design (Visual Communication) 
Major studies in New Media & Postmodernism 

University of Western Sydney, Australia 1998 - 2002


Design patents

Airbnb Search interactions

FWA multi award winner

Nike, Footlocker, EA Games
2005 – 10

Apple Appstore hall of fame

SBS World News Australia
2010 - 12

UTS lecturer and Mentor

University of Tech Sydney
2010 - 12