Brian Harper

Hi there. I'm a product designer and manager living in Colorado. I manage a team of designers working on productivity software at Workday. In the past, I've worked at Roadie, Big Nerd Ranch, and MailChimp, and played violin with Takénobu. Thanks for stopping by.


Selected Work


iOS, Android, & Web Product Design

Roadie Sender Onboarding

I led the Product Design team at Roadie, the on-the-way delivery network. Through user interviews, analytics, support tickets, and our guts, we continuously found ways to improve the experience of sending and driving with Roadie. My role was to contribute design from concept to implementation while empowering the team to deliver better work through critiques, workflow, and collaboration. I also led a bi-weekly company-wide presentation of our team's work to promote transparency and collaboration throughout the entire organization.

Check out the iOS AppAndroid App, and

Enterprise Apps for Procter & Gamble

iOS User Experience Design

Procter & Gamble

I worked closely with developers at Big Nerd Ranch and product owners at Procter & Gamble to create a suite of apps to help their 110,000 employees work more efficiently. iBinder enables sales people to organize and present sales material on an iPad. iFactbook allows employees to access and annotate secure private documents on an iPad. myCoach helps managers track their employees' performance over time.

These apps are featured in the Apple iPhone in Business case study.


Print Design


Takénobu is the moniker of Atlanta-based cellist Nick Ogawa. I first saw him play when my band, Blee's Company, opened for him in 2010. A few months later when my band stopped playing, Nick gave me a call and asked if I wanted to play violin with him. We've been recording music and playing live shows ever since. Every band needs t-shirts and posters, so I've had the opportunity to design some of those as well.

Listen to Takénobu.

Speaking, Teaching, & Writing

Design for Developers

Presented at CocoaHeads ATL

How Designers and Developers Can Work Together

Presented at CocoaConf 2013

iOS Mobile Design Workshop

Course created with Big Nerd Ranch and delivered around the world

Android Mobile Design Workshop

Course created with Big Nerd Ranch and delivered around the world

Six Design Principles

Written for stable/kernel

A Mobile Designer's First Step Into Git & Xcode

Written for stable/kernel

My App Design Setup

Written on Medium