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.
From late 2015 to early 2017, he served as GitHub’s Director of Design, managing a newly unified team of ~30 designers, artists, and writers across Product and Marketing. As of 2017, the Design team split once more and he moved to Marketing full-time as Senior Director of Design, managing ~25 web designers, engineers, and artists.
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:
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.