Chad Mazzola

I’m an independent digital product builder living in Stockholm, Sweden.

Projects

  • Qvotr

    Variously described as “Kindle highlight for the web” and “Pinterest for words.” Co-created with Kevin Albrecht.

    Oct 2014–Jul 2017 (Acquired).

  • Mnfst.io

    Trustless publishing platform using PGP-signed messages. Co-created with Mike Burns. Brief overview of project.

    Aug 2014–Sep 2016

  • TecmoGeek

    Comprehensive guide to player attributes in the original Tecmo Super Bowl for NES.

    Mar 2013–present

  • HackerEngine

    Starter kit for Ruby on Rails-based e-commerce sites. Co-created with Ben Orenstein.

    Feb 2012–Nov 2012

  • Beautiful Web Type

    Curated selection of the best typefaces from the Google fonts directory.

    Jan 2012–present

  • Radish

    Analytics and monitoring for Redis instances. Led interface design as part of a team at thoughtbot.

    May 2011–Feb 2012 (Acquired)

  • Instalover

    SMS-based blind dating service. Winner of Best Use of Real-time Communications in the 2010 Rails Rumble.

    Oct 2010

Writing

External content

  • Power to the People: Mastering Human-Centered Design

    The importance of user-centered design is well-established. This blunt statement from Dieter Rams says it all: “In my eyes, indifference towards people and the lives they lead is the only sin a designer can commit.” But it’s a significant challenge to translate high-level, human-centered concerns into the actual clicks and taps of a software product. We may have good intentions, but the real test is how our users feel when using the product.

  • Interview with produktbezogen

    I talk about my start in product and design, what I look for in product designers, and my time at Klarna.