Derek Torsani

— an Android slinging, bass string strumming, hip hop humming, hobby hoarding designer.

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A filmic, grainy ink-like substance animating on and off the screen. The Android Marshmallow boot animation. A series of colorful shapes forming and morphing into and out of one another.

Design is an opportunity.

An avenue of global change. A form of interlingual communication, similar to the sounds of music. The way we understand one another and open pathways of inclusivity. It brings access of familiarity to individuals unfamiliar with accessibility. Design enables the choice to be heard.

This is why I create in many mediums, as a way to build character through comprehension and consideration.

In the past seven years, I have worked with small agencies animating motion graphics, large brands telling visual stories through film, fast-paced startups intersecting business goals with design, and tech companies conducting user research, drawing wireframes, prototyping interfaces, and building cohesively elaborate design systems.

Currently I am a Senior Product Designer at Oracle.

When I’m not designing for work, you can find me making side projects. Be it a spreadsheet budgeting system, a way to help make calculated decisions, or an anonymous online community for discussion, I’ve always got my hand in something.

I also develop hypotheses and conduct experiments in design. Here are some of them:

A. Autra — how can we encourage better communication between diverse parties using technology?

B. System Fonts — structurally, how dissimilar are the four major operating system native fonts?

C. Daily UI — can I animate a different interactive design prompt every day for 100 days straight?

D. Seeing Into the Future — what is the future of the menu icon, or the lack thereof?

I’m a strong believer in staying sharp, self-wellness, and growth. There are a few ways I do this for myself:

Read on the regular

Learn new languages

• Practice music theory and playing bass

Refine academic knowledge

Seldom do we judge people based on their character but what we see, hear, and assume. Get to know one another. Spread love and kindness. :)