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Charlie Gleason

Charlie Gleason

Designer, developer, creative coder, and musician


I’m a user interface / user experience lead at Salesforce.

Before that I looked after design and front-end development for the London-based crowdfunding publisher Unbound and the Melbourne-based social film site Goodfilms, and was the technical lead of the Clemenger BBDO ad agency.

I studied design and computer science, and I like the space between art and code. I also enjoy the blind terror of the creative process, solving difficult problems, and a clean sheet of paper.

I cannot skateboard. I tried, but it was a whole thing.

In my spare time I like to work on micro projects, from tools for creative coding, to tweet-based music videos, to design-focused macOS apps. I also like to write about development, contribute to open source, and share visual resources.

My work has been featured by Google’s Creative Sandbox, and has received numerous awards, including from Awwwards and the FWA.

I believe there are very few things that can’t be made easier with good documentation.


Selected Projects

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Pika
An open-source colour picker app for macOS
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Releasecast
Tooling to help you get from .app to release
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Sandpit
An open-source creative-coding library
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Tweetflight
A Twitter-powered music video
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Drag It Down On You
Lyric karaoke for Ceres, from the album of the same name
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Koya
An immersive webcam-powered musical experience
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Rugby
A GIF-powered music video
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I Will Never Let You Go
A WebGL-powered music video
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Beginnings & Endings
A musical pyramid scheme
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Anatole
Landing page for the orchestral laptop maestro
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This Kind of Agility
Arrested Development episode selector

Selected Articles

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Medium
Introducing Pika
An open-source colour picker app for macOS
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Heroku
A Rock Solid, Modern Web Stack
Rails 5 API + ActiveAdmin + Create React App
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Medium
An Almost Static Stack
How create-react-app, with a couple of modern tools, can make building static sites (with benefits) a breeze

Selected Features


Charlie is so gifted and productive. I would work with him again any day. It's been a great professional and personal pleasure to spend these last few years travelling in his company, and seeing the great beauty he's brought to the world through his work on Heroku. May we have the chance to do good things together again someday!”

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Margaret Francis
Former GM, Heroku

“Charlie’s nicer friends will say great things about his creativity and empathy, which is true, but not interesting. Charlie has hustle. He works and he works and he works, and that is how he got so good at what he does.”

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John Barton

Charlie has a formidable blend of talents: a grounded, empathetic design sense, an artist’s eye for subversion, and the tenacity to do whatever—and learn whatever—is necessary to ship projects.”

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Glen Maddern
Co-founder, Linc

“Charlie has a unique, articulate, polished understanding of design, art and how people interact and care for one another.”

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Will Dayble
Co-founder, Squareweave

Charlie is a developer of exceptional talent. He is personable and fun, and these qualities made him universally loved by the team around him.”

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Becky Bolton
Former Developer, Unbound

Awards & Achievements

  • 2021
    Product Hunt, Featured, Pika
  • 2019
    The Ink Award, Heroku Hanafuda Cards
  • 2017
    Typewolf, Site of the Day, Charlie Gleason
  • 2016
    The FWA, Site of the Day, Kōya
  • 2016
    AWWWARDS, Honourable Mention, Kōya
  • 2016
    The FWA, Site of the Day, Rugby
  • 2016
    AWWWARDS, Honourable Mention, Rugby
  • 2015
    The FWA, Site of the Day, I Will Never Let You Go
  • 2015
    AWWWARDS, Honourable Mention, I Will Never Let You Go
  • 2015
    Chrome Experiments, Tweetflight
  • 2014
    Futurebook Innovation Awards, Best Publisher Website, Unbound
  • 2013
    Google Sandbox, Tweetflight
  • 2013
    The FWA, Site of the Day, Tweetflight
  • 2013
    AWWWARDS, Site of the Day, Tweetflight
  • 2011
    AWWWARDS, Site of the Day, The Story of Mick Roberts
  • 2011
    Caples, Silver, Pop What You’re Not
  • 2011
    Award, Bronze, Pop What You’re Not
  • 2010
    AIMIA, Nomination for Effectiveness, Pop What You’re Not
  • 2010
    ADMA, Bronze for Art Direction / Craft, Pop What You’re Not
  • 2010
    ADMA, Silver for Automotive, Pop What You’re Not
  • 2010
    MADC, Bronze for Best Microsite, Pop What You’re Not
  • 2007
    Design Institute of Australia, Encouragement Award

Talks, Demos & Workshops

  • 2019
    Creative Coding London
  • 2017
    Master of Ceremonies: JSConf Budapest
  • 2016
    Decompress: Blending WebGL and video
  • 2012
    Web Directions South: You are a developer, the internet is your friend
  • 2012
    What Do You Know: So, you are great (and so is Less CSS)
  • 2011
    What Do You Know: How to make your life more awesome with CSS3 media queries

Education

Masters of Computer Science
RMIT University, Melbourne
2011 - incomplete
Bachelor of Design (Multimedia Design)
First Class Honours
Swinburne School of Design, Melbourne
2004 - 2007

Volunteering

  • Samaritans

Triathlons

  • 2022
    Blenheim Palace Triathlon (Sprint)

Half Marathons

  • 2022
    Manchester Great Run
  • 2021
    London Landmarks

Marathons

  • 2017
    London
  • 2015
    London

Ultra Marathons

  • None

Typeset in Commuter Sans and the system font stack.

Built with NextJS. CSS with Tailwind. Hosted on Heroku.

Primary illustration inspired by The Design Squiggle.