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I'm Justin Barber, a designer born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. I love rice, pandas, and basketball.

This year I launched Bonsai, an effort to publish writing and design projects that "cultivate depth and beauty." I hope you'll consider becoming a partner.

My current job is leading design at Applied Intuition (a Silicon Valley startup in the autonomous vehicle space). Previously I was a senior designer at Google, where I collaborated with a wonderful group of people to define the user experience of the first three Pixel phones.

I see design as a form of haiku and believe the best things in life can sometimes be described but never quantified. 

My Instagram is private and I don't say much on Twitter, but you can subscribe to my monthly newsletter (I read every reply).


This site was made using Semplice. The typefaces used are Neutral BP and ISO. Photo by Patrick Dang.

I hold in my hands a secret thing, pulsing to the rhythm of dove wings. Whispers of a new spring, eternal and leafy green.

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