More about Dave Snider
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Hello random visitor. My name is Dave Snider. I've been working with computers in some form or another since the early 90s when I hacked away on an old IBM PS1 and a pre-www Prodigy account. Since then I've mostly fiddled around on the Internet building websites for myself, CNET, or CBS. Lately I've been working on the Kibana team at Elastic helping rebuild their design / ui layer.
I spent my younger years in the Maryland suburbs near Washington, DC. In my twenties I moved west to San Francisco and now live just north in Petaluma, CA. My wife Nicole and I believe it's the perfect town to raise our litter of dogs and small humans. When I'm not working or hanging with the family I'm usually messing around in my woodshop or with the newest video game.
Some of my work
On all of the projects below I operated as a mix of Product Lead, Product Designer and Front-end Engineer. Mostly I specialize in tool UI and content design. That's a fancy way of saying I'm pretty good with designs that deal with lots of forms or text. Most of the sites I built over the years dealt with large communities that needed passive and active moderation systems to filter through thousands of submissions a day.
On projects that I founded, I also did all the usual business stuff around P&L sheets, payroll and all the various paperwork that works behind the scenes to keep things moving.
Occassionally I show up on camera or on a podcast as a vague expert in nerdy things.Download my resume
Elastic 2017 - Present
Elastic's search, security and analytics products are inlcuded in the tech stack of just about everything these days. Currently I'm helping the team redesign Kibana, the analytics and monitoring UI that sits on top of Elasticsearch. I work start to finish from Sketch to React, and maintain the Elastic UI design system for the rest of the company to build their UX upon.
Guidebook provides a simple interface for publishing your own event and location guides. If you walked a showroom floor in the past year you were likely using an app we helped build. I worked with a fantastic, small team building the CMS backend that powers everything.
Founder / Designer.
Webhook is the easiest way to build a custom CMS (content management system). It also happens to power this very website. Powered by Node.js, Firebase and Grunt Webhook is an MIT open-source project. I built it with Mike Horn and Ian Kelly and launched it in July 2014 after a successful Kickstarter campaign. We've been rapidly improving it ever since.
Giant Bomb 2008-2013
Founder / Designer.
At the end of 2007 Gamespot fired my friend Jeff Gerstmann and the Internet went kind of nuts. In 2008 I helped Jeff build a new site Giantbomb.com with a looser take on the gaming scene and a bigger focus on community. By 2011 Time magazine called it one of the 50 best websites on the Internet we were processing hundreds of thousands of community contributions a month. Things came full circle in 2012 when CBS, Gamespot's new owner, acquired the site along with Comicvine.
Comic Vine 2006-2013
Founder / Designer.
Comic Vine is the world's largest comic book website. It exists as a giant relational wiki of comic book issues and the characters, concepts and crazyness that they contain. Launched in 2006 with my friends Ethan Lance and Tony Guerrero the site went from a crappy office in Berkley to becoming an industry standard for comic news and info. Acquired, along with Giant Bomb in 2012 by CBS.
In 2010 I designed the original version of Tested.com for Will Smith and Norm Chan. In 2012 the site was acquired and brought in Jamie and Adam from the Mythbusters to join the team. Every once in awhile I show up for podcasts and other events to help out the Tested team.
Product Lead / Designer.
I remember sitting in a small meeting room with our engineering team after we were told the launch of TV.com would be moved up two weeks to coincide with a big corporate CNET event. "We'll never work on a two-letter domain ever again. Let's make it good". TV.com launched in 2005 and that year was named one of Time magazine's 50 best websites of the year. It started my love of relational wiki sites focused on community.
Other projects Various years
In 2014 I designed a new site for Supergiant Games, makers of the games Bastion and Transistor.
In 2013 I built a sphinx theme for Read the Docs that is currently used by a few thousand open source projects.
I also worked on and helped launch MP3.com for CNET around 2004.
In 2002 I built a small DVD, CD and video game collection manager called Guzzlefish that no longer exists (here's a NY Times article about it), but was pretty popular at the time and eventually acquired by CNET.