Hi, I’m Naz.
I help make the internet.
Owner and operator of Weightshift.
And soon, Preflight.
Third culture kid.
Cyclist, occasional bike model, and rock climber.
Photographer and traveler.
Design patent holder.
I’ve been a designer for over 22 years.
I founded Weightshift in 2000, and for over 17 years, I serviced clients such as About.me (now Broadly), Abstract, Adobe, Dropbox, Google Ventures, Intercom, Obvious, One Medical, True Ventures, Twitter, Xero, and many others.
Taking an interlude from my consultancy, I joined the design team at VSCO for two years. I helped launch VSCO Membership, a subscription service that gained 1MM+ paying members in its first year and was the second fastest–growing digital subscription service behind Apple Music. Additionally, I contributed to VSCO Connect, a platform for brands to engage with creators.
In 2018, I returned to independent life and have since engaged in several assignments where I provide high-level design direction and advisement to early-stage companies. I am also building Preflight, a new consulting endeavor.
You can take a look at the last decade of projects here.
While I am proud of and have enjoyed designing digital products, I also prioritize cycling (and partaking in the occasional bike modeling gig for Ornot [#diversityincycling]) and rock climbing. I firmly believe in a holistic life — one that optimizes mind, body, and soul. I strive for a life well-lived. I encourage people to take care of themselves, both mentally and physically, and I’m an advocate for doing things that truly matter and give energy.
I’m a third culture kid, having spent the first decade of my life in London, England, the second decade in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the last 22 years in the United States — the first 11 in Chicago and the last 11 in San Francisco. This is important to my identity, how I see the world, and how I approach all aspects of my life — it has broadened my worldview.
I live in the Soma neighborhood with my wife and our dog, a senior rescue Chihuahua named Barbara from Muttville.
When I’m not pushing design ideas, you can find me on a dirt road, a rocky trail, in an ocean, or on a mountain — the surroundings where I feel best.
I give talks primarily about work–life balance and diversity & inclusion in design. I am also formulating a new talk on designer maturity and evolution. Get in touch if these topics sound like a good fit for your event.
Diverse Design: How We Build for People
Talk: Hard Work & Hard Living
Workshop: The Full-Stack Designer
Brooklyn Beta 5
Hard Work & Hard Living
Bridge: Designer Fund
The Space Between the Notes
Asana & Designer Fund
Skeuomorphism vs. Simplicity: A Town Hall
Design from the Gut: Dangerous or Differentiator
Built: Online Communities, Offline Relationships
Tools of the Trade: Creative Content for the Web
Design is in the Details
Making Media Connections
Emerging Online News Outlets
- UnderConsideration’s Speak Up
Podcasts & Publications
76: Craft is a Journey
A podcast by Jeff Veen
12: Our Tools Give Us Superpowers
A podcast by Jeff Veen
How They Got There
Interviews with digital designers about their careers
A book by Khoi Vinh
Offscreen No. 5
Naz Hamid interview
A magazine by Kai Brach
The Great Discontent
Jen Schuetz & Naz Hamid
An interview series by The Great Discontent
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