Tatiana Mac is an American designer who builds inclusive, accessible, and ethical products with thoughtful practices.

A designer who codes.
A writer who reads.
A speaker who listens.

Two hands forming a circle with a triangle in between.

Abridged Works

Design, art direction, concepting.

Design Systems

A11y Project

A new, more vibrant design system for the accessibility community resource.

Work in progress

Typographic components from the design system.

Teaching

Hacking Styleguides for Accessibility

I wrote the curriculum for, taught, and produced a 42-minute class on Skillshare focused around making the web more accessible.

Take My Class
Trio of disabled folks, situational, temporary, and permanent.

Civic Design

Self-Defined

A dictionary for the people. Born out of tiredness of folks quoting the directionary definition of racism to me and other PoC, I decided to create a resource for the modern world, incorporating the diversity and nuance of people through their own words.

Read the dictionary
Dictionary mockup in phone screen
Hand holding tin mirror with reflection of necklace
Aerial view of woman napping with hat over face
Flatlay of woven bag with lipstick, tarot card, etc, spilling out.
Two hands holding bags from opposite sides.

Photo Art Direction

Teocali Brand

Concepted, photographed and art directed seasonal, on-location photoshoots for an accessory- and lifestyle-brand.

Verizon UCX website, with dynamic selector and gradient background

Interactive

Cisco Unified Comms

Website to help articulate the breadth of Cisco products. Designed a conceptual journey to show how products ushered retailers through sales cycle.

Case Study In Development

Salon Doux website in iPhone

Interactive

Salon Doux

Design and development of website for Seattle-based salon.

Case Study In Development

Visit the site

Video

Verizon DDoS Attacks

Working under minimalistic and strict brand guidelines, we conceived a new visual approach to animation for Verizon for a highly conceptual story.

Watch the Video
Video still with black background and white triangle in top signifying passing of time. Reads downtime.

Interactive

Taco Bell Scrolling Email

Invented z-index technique for email to create first experimental scrolling email.

Case Study In Development

View live email
Scrolling email in 8-bit style.
Person wearing black crop top with illustrated snake, making interlaced L's

Art & Apparel

Love Lust

A typographic series that explores the fluid nature of physical and metaphysical desire.

Store Temporarily Closed

Geometric butterfly in peach, pink, black

Branding

Microsoft Azure Developer Tour

Branded collateral for a seven-city dev advocate tour. Each city had its own butterfly, cityscape and pattern.

Case Study In Development

Selected Writings

Bah-hum-blog.

Medium

The question to answer isn't, “Have I made a place where people have the freedom to express themselves?” Instead we have to ask, “Have I made a place where everyone has the safety to exist?”

Canary in a coal mine: How tech provides platforms for hate

I think we can forget what we are capable of and what we deserve when we’re sad. We end up dodging failure instead of reaching for radical success.

TRUST the Process: How to present your best, when you’re at your worst

But what if we were more okay accepting imperfect, in-progress, new things? Perhaps imposter syndrome would be less pervasive and there’d be less shame.

Why we need more beginners teaching

True vulnerability is a powerful tool for developing trust. It represents strength and security in who you are and what you bring to your work.

You lead like a girl: Defying the patriarchy with feminist leadership

Perpetual motion is good, but not if it's directionless. Methodical decision-making is also good, but not if it means stagnation. We are told to dream big, but rarely are we told to do small.

Progress over perfection: Something now over everything never

Spilled glasses in neon green puddle.

Speaking

That's what she said.

I would love to speak at your conference, meetup, or organisation! I ask that your event be accessible, inclusive, and diverse with an enforced code of conduct. Please email me for inquiries.

Currently booking for fall 2019 and 2020

San Francisco, CA, USA

Clarity

August 2019

Helsinki, Finland

Joint Futures

September 2019

Redwood City, CA, USA

April 2019

How Privilege Defines Performance

PerfMatters

Portland, Oregon, USA

November 2018

Setbacks to Comebacks

PDX Women in Tech

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

October 2018

Building Socially-Inclusive Design Systems

STL Design Week

Yosemite, Calif., USA

August 2018

Addressing Bias for Inclusive Design

Epicurrence

Portland, Ore., USA

November 2015

Versus: Clash of contrarian creative ideas

eROI Panel

Portland, Ore., USA

July 2015

Catfish: Why your audience deceives you

PDX Web Meetup

Portrait of me in a space helmet with starry sky backdrop

About

Insatiably curious.

Tatiana Mac is an independent American designer.

Currently she works directly with organisations to build products and design systems with accessibility and inclusion in mind. She believes that design heavily influences our social landscape. When ethically-minded, she thinks designers can dismantle exclusionary systems in favor of community-focused, inclusive ones.

She's embarassed herself in 33 countries.

Open to remote/international full-time or contract positions.