Hi, I'm Naz.
I help make the internet.
Founded Weightshift, a design studio.
Malaysian-American, third culture kid, he/him.
Cyclist, occasional bike model, and rock climber.
Photographer and traveler.
Design patent holder.
I’ve been a designer for over 23 years. I founded Weightshift in 2000, and for over 17 years, I serviced clients such as About.me, 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 providing product design, creative direction, and strategy to early-stage and Series A companies such as Abstract, Atoms, Honeycomb, and TRASH (since acquired by VSCO).
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, United Kingdom, 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 became a US citizen in 2012.
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
January 2019, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Talk: Hard Work & Hard Living
Workshop: The Full-Stack Designer
October 2018, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Brooklyn Beta 5
Hard Work & Hard Living
October 2014, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Bridge: Designer Fund
The Space Between the Notes
October 2013, San Francisco, California, USA
Asana & Designer Fund
Skeuomorphism vs. Simplicity: A Town Hall
October 2012, San Francisco, California, USA
Design from the Gut: Dangerous or Differentiator
March 2012, Austin, Texas, USA
Built: Online Communities, Offline Relationships
March 2011, Austin, Texas, USA
Tools of the Trade: Creative Content for the Web
April 2008, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Design is in the Details
March 2008, Austin, Texas, USA
Making Media Connections
Emerging Online News Outlets
July 2006, Chicago, Illinois, USA
- UnderConsideration’s Speak Up
April 2004, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Podcasts & Publications
Ep. 76: Craft is a Journey
A podcast by Jeff Veen
Ep. 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
This site uses Eleventy and is deployed via Netlify. The typeface is Neue Haas Unica. The newsletter is powered by Buttondown. The design and build started in the last week of 2020 and was finished in January 2021. The site launched in March 2021. Much, much faster than the last design.