Shannon E Thomas

“I take ideas the world isn’t quite ready for and turn them into products people can’t imagine living without.”

I am an artist, designer, and sometimes geek who loves thinking about the various intersections of humanity, technology, and aesthetics. When I’m not designing products and experiences at The Artificial, I can be found in my studio, telling stories though paint.

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As digital designers, it's easy to forget about all of the great things that we can do with our hands—sketching, painting, folding paper, etc. It's important that we always push our work on the screen by starting our process off of the screen. Staying true to this mantra, my logo is a digital representation of the hand lettering that fills my many notebooks.

Blog posts by Shannon E Thomas

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Hand-Drawn Icons Tutorial
Shannon E Thomas
June 26, 2017
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Making Good Hiring Decisions
Shannon E Thomas
June 12, 2017

When I began my career as a designer, I thought about designing stuff. I worried about things like typography, transitions, and usability. Then, through several promotions and starting…

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Designing Service
Shannon E Thomas
May 20, 2017

Dear Schiphol,Like many of my Dutch friends, I recently had a bad experience with Schiphol Airport. Unlike many of their experiences though, it wasn’t because of the long lines or…

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Join the Conversational Interface
Shannon E Thomas
May 3, 2017

For the past six months, we’ve been designing an app for a product that doesn’t already exist on the market, and that likely won’t be ready for consumers for another year or two. The…

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Thoughts That Resonate
Shannon E Thomas
April 24, 2017

We’ve just wrapped up a week in Belgrade, a majority of which was spent at Resonate. Aside from the meta-thoughts about how to run a conference – presentation synopses are helpful…

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Redesigning watchOS
Shannon E Thomas
October 3, 2016
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Artificial Diversity: Creating a Feminine Culture
Shannon E Thomas
September 15, 2016

This year marks my tenth year out of university. It’s also my tenth year as a full-time designer. I’ve been around. I’ve worked in-house. I’ve consulted. I’ve worked in advertising…

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We're Three!
Shannon E Thomas
August 9, 2016
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Finding an Interaction Model
Shannon E Thomas
January 19, 2016
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Designing a Conceptual Model
Shannon E Thomas
November 3, 2015

Designers love systems. We love creating architectures to organize features, wireframes to provide access to functionality, and flows to provide a sense of navigation. We create guidelines…

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Why We Won’t Sketch in Sketch
Shannon E Thomas
May 20, 2015

At The Artificial we create beautiful and intuitive designs by organizing information and exploring possibilities—two modes of thought that are in constant conflict…

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Icon Story: To Doubt
Shannon E Thomas
April 29, 2015
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Designing Our New Studio
Shannon E Thomas
April 17, 2015
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Resonate 2014 Recap
Shannon E Thomas
April 17, 2014

This year’s Resonate was no less full of inspiring projects than last year’s, with a refreshing amount of variety in the projects themselves.