Bachelor Design (Visual Communication)
Major studies in New Media & PostmodernismUniversity of Western Sydney, Australia 1997 - 2001

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 ranging from Design & UX Director, Co Founder, Senior Product Designer, 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 design from design thinking and strategy, concept and creation, 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 (CA)
2018 – 2020 (Current)
Currently connecting millions of people with businesses and brands around the world through the power of Messenger.

Senior Product Designer, VSCO (CA)
2017 – 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 – 2017
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.

Achievements Humble brag

Design patentsAirbnb 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

Some nice things people have said about me

“Shane takes design philosophy, process, and execution more seriously than most I’ve worked with, making him a great person to learn from. He is also a strong advocate for design to the organizations and stakeholders around him, making him a great leader.”
– Aaron Gitlin, Interaction Design, Google

“Thoughtful, articulate, passionate and always putting the needs of the user first. I worked with Shane at Airbnb for several years and he is a tremendously talented designer. Shane has the ability to be scrappy and quickly come up multiple conceptual directions as well as deliver pixel perfect designs. He has his craft locked down.” — Dineth Mapa, Design Manager, Airbnb

“Shane was an excellent designer to work with. He provided a very positive working environment that was as challenging as it was enjoyable. He lead from behind and allowed myself and others to take ownership of projects while providing valuable direction and guidance.”
— Sean Hurley, Designer