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Basheer Tome
Designer at MIT Media Lab - San Francisco
Introduce yourself in few words

I’m a hardware interface designer at the MIT Media Lab.

What are the first websites or apps you use in the morning?

Gmail, Tweetbot, Line, & Digg Reader.

What projects have you worked on and are the most proud of?

I’ve done a variety of projects that span from ux, to research, to kitchen tools and I’m probably most proud of my toaster. It still feels like it’s far ahead of its time and yet can connect with people on such a basic level.

What kind of places inspire you to work?

I love working in cafe’s; it’s like an open office except all the ambient noise is only rarely relevant to you, so it creates a nice white wash.

Any idea, concept or trend you really like at the moment?

The trend of creating these low-poly, geometric and almost crystalline designs is still fairly killer for me. I love how it’s suddenly become relevant again through new materials, textures, and lighting methods.

Ideally, what would be the next steps in your career / life?

Convince a really great small team of designers & technologist to open up a spot for me to join and learn alongside them while letting me focus on what I love most: designing the physical interface elements of products like buttons, knobs, switches, etc.

Which websites, apps or products do you see and think: I wish I did it?

I’m 100% jealous I didn’t make the Teenage Engineering OP-1. It’s phenomenal.

What job would you have chosen if you weren't working in tech?

I would definitely be a cinematographer or motion graphics artist. And if that’s too close to home then chef is pretty high up there.

Which games, silly apps or websites do you secretly love?

I still play Super Hexagon almost daily while I’m using the bathroom. No shame.

3 people to recommend for WHO’S WEB?

Linda Eliasen, Designer & Illustrator at Dropbox

Paul Stamatiou, Designer at Twitter

Ray Sison, Design Director at R/GA for Nike+ / Makerbot