Hi there, I’m Brian. I’m a husband, father, runner, and engineering leader based in Toronto, Canada. I’ve been building stuff on the web and mobile for the last 17 years and I’m currently Director of Engineering at TWG.
I believe in the intersection of technology and empathy, building solutions for real people, management as a tool for improving lives, and being a curious generalist. As such, I’ve dabbled in a little bit of everything.
- One of my old blog posts, titled “Be Kind”, still ranks quite well in the top Hacker News links of all time.
- I went on a bit of a Stack Overflow tear for a while and I’m still one of the top users for both Apple Watch and iOS.
I’ve been writing and sharing side projects online for more than a decade. Many of my early projects have been lost to the sands of time. I’m slowly trying to back-fill this site with some of my old posts. If my name sounds vaguely familiar, it may be because of one of the following:
A Dribbble client for Apple TV
The Monday Mailer
A weekly newsletter & podcast about shipping side projects, productivity, and doing your best work.
A blog, then a weekly newsletter, about Apple Watch design & development.
Developing for Apple Watch (O’Reilly)
I served as technical reviewer for this fantastic resource by Jeff Kelley.
I created the first icon set designed exclusively for Apple Watch apps.
Along with Mark Pavlidis, we created an iOS client for easily maintaining your HockeyApp account & builds.
What Toronto Said
A tool for quickly and easily browsing responses to Toronto’s Core Service Review.
Crowdsourced updates on Toronto Transit Commision service, long before they had a digital strategy of their own.
Location-based task reminders. Winner of Startup Weekend 2010.
Doors Open Toronto Mobile
The first mobile website, then app, for Doors Open Toronto.
I maintain a list of the tools & hardware I use on a daily basis on my /uses page.
Curious what’s currently occupying my time and attention? I regularly update my /now page.
I share details about this site and how it’s put together on my /colophon page.