I’m Malaysian-American and a third culture kid. I spent the first decade of my life in London, United Kingdom, the second decade in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the last 24 years in the United States — the first 11 in Chicago and the last 14 in San Francisco. This is important to my identity, how I see the world, and how I approach all aspects of my life — diversity has broadened my worldview. I became a US citizen in 2012.
I strive for a life well-lived. I firmly believe in a holistic life — one that optimizes mind, body, and soul. While I am proud of and have enjoyed designing digital products, I also prioritize travel, cycling, and rock climbing. 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 occasionally dabble in music under the moniker Murders&Mysteries (Bandcamp, Music), and used to scream-shout and play bass with three other friends in the band Dolorous Canter (Music, YouTube).
I live in San Francisco with my wife, Jen Schuetz, and our dog, a senior rescue Chihuahua named Barbara from Muttville.
Clients & Collaborators
I’ve been a designer for over 24 years. I founded the acclaimed design studio Weightshift in 2000, and for over 17 years serviced clients such as About.me, Adobe, Dropbox, Google Ventures, Intercom, Obvious, One Medical, True Ventures, Twitter, Xero, and many others.
From 2016-2018, I joined the design team at VSCO to help build their product design team. I helped redesign the app, launch VSCO Membership, and design VSCO Connect.
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 (acquired by Adobe), Atoms (the shoe company), Honeycomb (co-parenting app), and TRASH (acquired by VSCO).
Currently, I'm a Creative Director and product designer at True Ventures.
You can visit a list of work over the years at Weightshift.
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
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
L: CreativeWorks 2018, photo by Zach McNair.
R: New Adventures 2019, photo by Jan-Paul Koudstaal.
United States Patent
Display screen with a transitional graphical user interface
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
Design Is In The Details
A List Apart
A web content magazine headed by Jeffrey Zeldman
- Naz Hamid vs. Chris Glass
A friendly design competition by Coudal Partners
The site is handcoded by me and built with Eleventy. Typography is Indivisible by Process Type Foundry and Manuka Condensed and Pitch Sans by Klim Type Foundry. Photographs are managed and edited in Adobe Lightroom for export. They are then optimized with ImageOptim, a tool I love dearly. The site is generated and served up via Netlify via a GitHub repo sync. This version was launched in March 2023.
I acknowledge that I live on the unceded lands of the Muwekma, Ohlone, and Ramaytush indigenous peoples.