Hey, I’m Jake Zien.
I'm a living thing who's curious about why things are the way they are.
That's why I live in New York, and why I work in design.
What I do / What I’ve done
I'm a designer with frontend developer chops. I see design as a way of thinking. I've used it to develop products, brands, software, and my worldview.
A new brand to position an eccentric startup within the Fortune 150 company that acquired it
"Inventing" the flexible power strip, a Red Dot Design award-winner that sold millions of units, with Quirky
From scratch, defining, designing, and coleading a team to build a broker-friendly tool for creating client-ready reports
Psychedelic Graphic Design
Volunteer design work for MAPS and other organizations supporting psychedelic research and sensible policy
Volunteer visual identity, website development, and art direction for a Projects for Peace-funded nonprofit that supports indigenous Incans in the mountains of Peru
Things that are well designed
See also my post on things that aren't well designed. Emailing a photo of your electric meter instead of figuring out a UI or meter clock…
Things that are not well designed
See also my post on things that are well designed. Venmo Emojis autopick note required for transaction Business or tech reasons, which I…
Body by yogurt
I don't know if I'd call it my favorite food, but I eat this when I don't know what to eat, which is most of the time. It's filling enough…
Things I can recommend generally, publicly, indefinitely.