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About

Senior Director of Design at GitHub. Creator of Bootstrap. Previously at Twitter. Huge nerd.

Mark Otto is a designer living and working in San Francisco. Originally from Wisconsin, he freelanced his way through high school and college before dropping out and moving to California to work at a design firm, ZURB, in 2007. There he designed and developed dozens of projects with clients large and small, including a website for Britney Spears. In early 2010, after a two-and-a-half year stint at ZURB, he left to become a product designer at Twitter.

At Twitter, he worked on numerous projects including the Promoted Products campaign tools and badges, Twitter.com during #NewNewTwitter, the Twitter Help Center, and several internal tools. He also created the popular open source front-end toolkit Bootstrap with @fat. In late 2012, he left Twitter to join GitHub.

As a product designer at GitHub, he worked on tooling for GitHub Enterprise, helped redesign Issues, designed split diffs, and iterated on GitHub.com’s design with ships like system fonts, dark header, and more.

Since the end of 2015, he’s been GitHub’s Director of Design, managing a 30 person team of designers, artists, writers, and more.


About the site

This URL has been my online home for many years, manifesting at times as a blog or a portfolio until landing on this current single-column blog. Today it’s a bit of an outlet graveyard for my design-and development-related ramblings.

In case you were wondering, this site is:

  • Designed and coded on a Mac in California
  • Coded with Atom
  • Built on Jekyll, the open source static site generator
  • Hosted on GitHub Pages

You can find more about my macOS development setup in my config repo on GitHub. The design and code powering this site, however, is not available for re-use or purchase.

For comments or questions, feel free to ask me on GitHub, on Twitter, or, if you really hate me, via email at markdotto at gmail dot com.