Shane R. Allen



Part Two: United States of America

Senior Product Designer, Facebook (Menlo Park, CA)
Currently connecting over 2 billion people through the power of visual communication, story telling, and the core camera experience at Facebook.

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)
Previously, I worked at Airbnb where I solved problems related to search, identity, trust and verification for a global community of travelers and hosts.

Part One: Australia

Design Director, Tigerspike (Sydney and Melbourne, AU)
Responsilbe for the direction of 2 design teams across Asia Pacific, managing 10-15 designers of all levels, and partnering with numerous clients and external brands such as ANZ, Woolworths, and Mirvac on the strategy and design direction of their consumer products.

Designer, Early career 2000-2010 (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 start ups and digital agencies of the time — such as Fluoro, Mook, Design Royale, Moon and Deepend.

I quickly built up a portolio of client and personal work that included Flash & HTML websites for NIKE, FOOTLOCKER, and VODAFONE, interactive experiences for EA GAMES, and even the very first iOS app in Australia for SBS World News.

After founding a Digital Publishing company that was partnered with Adobe Australia, I turned my sights towards Design Thinking and how a wholistic approach to design can do more than just promote a brand, but benefit businesses in tangible ways, and solve problems for people in the real world.


I consider myself a cross-functional designer who loves being at the intersection of design and technology. My core competencies extend across all aspects of design from design leadership, mentoring and management, to visual design, interaction design, user experience, and product design. I’m driven by a combination of natural curiosity, formal design principles, and a healthy obsession for building products that are used by millions everyday.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work in the digital industry for more the 20 years advocating design, and while I’ve witnessed an enormous amount of change, I’m convinced that design is now playing a pivotal role in re-shaping the experience of products and providing real tangible value for brands, and global communities.

As a designer, I’m always looking to balance form and function in service of the problem I’m trying to solve. I work within a strict framework of principles designed specifically for collaboration, efficiency, and quality; and I exercise restraint as I strive for simplicity. As John Maeda says, “Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful”.

When it comes to building and leading design teams, providing mentorship and empowering those around me are key tenets. Building the right process to support this philosophy often means understanding the motivations of individuals, the team strategy, and knowing what guard-rails to put in place. I find what works best for designers is a simple balance of both "time to create", and "time to ship".


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

University of Western Sydney, Australia 1997 - 2001


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