Alan Smith

Ryan Gantz

Product Designer


I design beautiful products, satisfying experiences, smooth processes, digestible documents, amusing anecdotes, and happy teams. I enjoy the fuzzy boundaries between art, technology, design, storytelling, absurdity, earnestness, and progress. I enjoy bourbon and popsicles. Let's make stuff that brings people together.


Senior Director of Product Design @ Vox Media

November 2015 - Present

Manage designers on project teams across both the Chorus publishing suite and outward-facing sites. Set strategy to encourage balanced consideration of audience behavior, editorial needs, and business opportunities. Help build relationships and spread effective design processes through collaborative efforts within the platform group, design team, product and company leadership levels. I'm proud that efforts on products, hackweeks, hiring, company values, and the diversity committee have helped create inclusive, balanced company culture.

Instructor @ Hack Oregon

Spring & Fall 2016

Taught UX and product design classes through Hack University, the educational arm of this civic-minded nonprofit commited to promoting engagement with public data. Guided students through design thinking and UX/product fundamentals. Advised hack team projects, helped design civic engagement platform, compelling data stories, and scalable design systems.

Designer/Director @ Vox Media

August 2007 - November 2015

Worked with a small but growing cross-functional team to design and build the Chorus platform, along with the many brands, ad products, community experiences, and stories it powers. Designed, launched, and iterated on web pages, apps, news products, editorial workflows, data dashboards, longform features, design systems, and internal tools. Pushed 6,473 commits to our codebase over 8 years. Helped to build a world-class product team, and to grow a few dozen sports blogs into a huge digital media company.

Senior Designer @ Netroots, PlusThree, WebStrong

July 2005 - July 2008

Across several years of both freelance work and fulltime positions, designed and built a variety of political campaign sites, progressive blogs, and grassroots communities for clients including Mark Warner, John Edwards, Sen. Tom Harkin, SEIU, Bill Richardson, and many more.

Key Skills

  • UX, UI, IA
  • Content Strategy
  • Wireframes & Flows
  • Visual Design Systems
  • Branding
  • User Research
  • HTML, CSS, Sass
  • Clever Tweets
  • Copy Editign
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Culture

Fav Tools

  • Google Docs
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Sketch
  • Invision
  • Whiteboards
  • Github
  • SublimeText
  • Chrome Inspector
  • Browserstack
  • Slack
  • Zoom

Hot Content


  • Running
  • Photography
  • Legend of Zelda
  • Family
  • Video Editing
  • Comedy
  • Guitar
  • Conversation
  • Boggle