Introduction to this Blog

Throughout my life, I’ve always had a knack for design. As a kid, I grew up in a house surrounded by fine art and lots of art classes. In my teens, I spent my Saturdays at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. However, along the way, I also feel in love with technology. I love computers, gadgets, iPhones, the internet, and especially web design.

So throughout my day to day trials and tribulations, I come across things that pique my interest. Design and usability flaws that are so minor that most people steam right over them. Some might call them insignificant, but I believe it’s important to be picky. It’s what ultimately separates the wheat from the chafe.

Simple things like why a refrigerator ice dispenser doesn’t revert back to “Water” after a few minutes of inactivity? Why North Face stores don’t have a coat racks? Why a brand new OS might have a wonderful animation library of fades and shadows but then abruptly blink to life when waking up. Why certain applications are huge successes, and others fall to the curb?

These are all questions that interest me, and that I hope to explore with this blog. The theme has a long chain to roam on but will stay within the intersection of design and technology, with a few usability and user experience tangents along the way.

I hope you enjoy it,


Thanks for reading! I'm Avand.

I am a full-stack software engineer, product designer, and teacher. I’ve been working on the web for over a decade and am passionate about building great products.

I currently work at Airbnb, where I work on internal products that help the company build quality software that customers love. Before that, I was at Mystery Science, transforming how elementary school teachers teach science. For a while, I also taught with General Assembly, teaching aspiring developers the basics of front-end web development.

I was born in Boston, grew up in Salt Lake City, and spent many years living in Chicago. Now, I call San Francisco my home.

I enjoy the great outdoors and absolutely love music and dance. Cars have been an lifelong obsession of mine, especially vintage BMWs and Volkswagens. I’m the very proud owner of a van, duh, and he and I plan to one day visit all the national parks and baseball stadiums. Then, off to Central America. A man can dream :)

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