Shane R. Allen



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

University of Western Sydney, Australia 1998 - 2002

Biography 1999 — 2020

Hi, I’m Shane! I'm a cross-functional Product Designer who loves being at the intersection of design, technology, strategy, and creativity. 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 teams.

My skills extend across all aspects of designing products; from concept to creation, design thinking, strategy, facilitation, team building, mentoring, and managing; to visual design, interaction design, and user experience design.

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


Senior Product Designer, Messenger (Menlo Park, CA)
2018 – 2020 (Current role)
Currently connecting millions of people with businesses and brands around the world through the power of Messenger.

Senior Product Designer, VSCO (CA)
2016 – 2018
Senior Product 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)
2014 – 2018
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.

UX & Design Director, Tigerspike (Sydney and Melbourne, AU)
2010 – 2014
UX & Design Director responsible for overseeing 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)
2000 – 2010
Early in my career, I was fortunate enough to travel the world and work 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 a reputation for delivering clean, modern, and functional design solutions and grew a portfolio of client and personal work that skewed heavily on consumer products for brands including NIKE, FOOTLOCKER, DIESEL, TOYOTA, FOXTEL, VODAFONE, EA GAMES, as well as the very first iOS app in Australia for SBS World News which was inducted into the Apple appstore hall of fame.


Happiness Vs Competence


Humble brag

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


Essential knolling