David Kaneda

David Kaneda

Designer and Web Developer

San Francisco, California (San Francisco Bay Area)

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David Kaneda's Overview

  • Partner at Morfunk, LLC
  • Associate Partner at Dyad Communications
  • UI Designer & Mobile Web Developer at pinch/zoom
  • Freelance at David Kaneda Design
  • Web designer and developer at Image Group, Inc.

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David Kaneda's Summary

I design and build awesome experiences for mobile and web apps, with a strong focus on simplicity and user experience. I have served as a partner, managing the interactive side of the company, for a traditional branding/design office, as well as a creative director for a technology startup. I have worked with a variety of startups of varying sizes, in a wide range of roles from designer/developer to advisor to founder.

In addition to contributing direct skills, I enjoy discussing product development, marketing, and company culture. I also enjoy contributing to the open source community and occasionally speaking about mobile design and web development.

I am available for freelance projects, but also open to taking a co-founder or executive level design role at the right startup.

David Kaneda's Experience

Designer in Residence

Benchmark Capital

Partnership; 11-50 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry

July 2012March 2014 (1 year 9 months) San Francisco Bay Area

Working with some of the best apps and services in the industry, in the realm of web and mobile software design.

Creative Director


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry

December 2009April 2012 (2 years 5 months)

As creative director, my role at Sencha ranged from marketing and copywriting to engineering and UI/UX. Some of the largest projects at Sencha included rebranding the company (was formerly named Ext JS), helping create Sencha Touch, and managing the overall look and feel of our website and products.



August 2009January 2010 (6 months)

Currently seeking freelance projects in the fields of user interface design and web development.


Morfunk, LLC

2008August 2009 (1 year) Philadelphia, PA

Morfunk was a company I started with Jim Dovey, where we created Outpost: the original iPhone app for Basecamp (a project management tool).

Associate Partner

Dyad Communications

May 2006August 2009 (3 years 4 months)

Website design and development, technical consulting, and team management.

UI Designer & Mobile Web Developer


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Wireless industry

20092009 (less than a year)

Design mobile user interfaces for iOS apps.


David Kaneda Design

July 2002May 2006 (3 years 11 months)

Website design and development, brand development, SEO, and email marketing.

Web designer and developer

Image Group, Inc.

October 2002October 2004 (2 years 1 month)

Designed and developed websites and print materials for clients across several sectors, including healthcare, packaging, and hospitality.

David Kaneda's Projects

  • Delicious Frontend Re-architecture

    • October 2012 to April 2013

    Planned, executed, and lead a complete re-architecture of the Delicious frontend (to accompany a simplified redesign) with a focus on creating a light, sustainable codebase and the fastest user experience possible. Previously, the JavaScript and CSS came to hundreds of kilobytes and took 3-6 seconds to load on broadband connections—Now the site takes 600-800 milliseconds with all of the assets weighing <110Kb.

    Additionally, all routing logic was moved to the frontend, using HTML5 pushState for all site navigation. This creates an incredibly fast user experience for navigating the site, but also meant we were able to get rid of the entire existing Python/Django web server, eliminating literally thousands of files from the backend.

    I also recommended another frontend developer which the company hired full-time, assisted in training the existing team (and newcomers) to the frontend stack, performed weekly code reviews, and assisted in parts of the redesign like refining the overall typography.

    Tools/libraries used: CoffeeScript, Stylus, Grunt, jQuery, Backbone, Underscore, Chaplin, Modernizr, Node.js, and Mocha.

  • Minverva Project redesign

    • October 2012 to Present
    Team Members: David Kaneda

    I designed and developed a simple one-page website for the Minerva Project, a new startup in the field on online higher education. The page loads quickly and is designed responsively and Retina-ready — so it looks great on any screen or device.

David Kaneda's Skills & Expertise

  1. UX
  2. UI
  3. Branding & Identity
  4. Mobile Design
  5. Graphic Design
  6. HTML5
  7. CSS3
  8. JavaScript
  9. PHP
  10. Ruby
  11. Node.js
  12. Sass
  13. Compass
  14. Sencha
  15. CoffeeScript
  16. HTML 5
  17. User Interface
  18. Ext JS
  19. User Experience
  20. SASS
  21. Mobile Applications
  22. CSS
  23. Web Development
  24. Web Design
  25. User Interface Design
  26. jQuery
  27. JSON
  28. Front-end
  29. Flash
  30. Brand Development
  31. Web Applications
  32. SEO
  33. Interaction Design
  34. Email Marketing
  35. Web Standards
  36. Mobile Devices
  37. Information Architecture
  38. ActionScript
  39. XHTML
  40. User Experience Design
  41. Wireframes
  42. Usability

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David Kaneda's Education

Art Institute of Philadelphia

Graphic Design


I did not graduate from the Art Institute, instead opting to spend more time working at studios and learning through apprenticeship.

David Kaneda's Additional Information


Technology and design.

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Honors and Awards:

I created jQTouch which is currently the most popular mobile JavaScript framework in use, and has received numerous awards in the community. Similarly, Sencha Touch has won numerous awards in the category of open source and mobile software.

My work in web design has been featured various times on sites like CSS Beauty, Stylegala, CSS Vault, CSS Mania, CSS Drive, and CSS Taste.

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