Hi, I’m Kevin Finlayson. I’m a Montréal-based designer. I specialize in visual and interaction design, mostly for web and screen-based media. I’m also a skilled front-end developer, with some full-stack experience. Which is to say: I design and build websites.
From 2006-2012 I freelanced under the name Dust and Mold Design. I was honoured to work with clients that included Mozilla, Warner Music Canada, MetaLab Design, Paper Bag Records, Last Gang Entertainment and many others.
Since 2012 I’ve been a designer at Pixel Union, MetaLab Design’s digital product team. My theme designs for Shopify and Tumblr have been licensed by organizations I respect and admire, such as Tesla Motors, N+1, Rdio, The Today Show, The LA Lakers and The Manual.
My background is in fine arts, specifically drawing and print media. I have an MFA from Concordia University (Montréal, 2005), and a BFA from York University (Toronto, 2002), where I also studied film, literature, critical theory, and Japanese (I was fluent—barely—for a short time). I played drums in jazz and hardcore bands, recording and touring throughout the US and Europe, but gave it up to go back to art school.
I’m fascinated with design, technology and human-computer interaction, and see interaction design as a kind of interpretive layer between users and new, unfamiliar technologies. I’m primarily invested in exploring what makes an interface truly delightful to use.
Outside of design, I’m into running and fitness. On the weekends, my girlfriend and I like to cook, trying out new dishes and unfamiliar cuisines.