Aaron Shekey

I’m a product designer and musician in Minneapolis, MN. I work at GitHub. I also work on Hum. Before that, I designed and help build Adobe Edge Reflow. I lead a band called The Usual Things.

Cabronita Deluxe

I recently designed a guitar from the ground up, based entirely on my own contradictory tastes. I’ve dubbed it the Cabronita Deluxe.

May 2016

Diarrhea is the New Fuck

In the spring of 2014, I fell head over heels for a band whose name I’d only laughed about. Until I heard them.

April 2016

Redesigning Octicons

Octicons is a set of icons used throughout GitHub.com and every other GitHub property (Atom, GitHub Desktop, GitHub Universe, etc.). One of my first major projects at GitHub was the chance to redesign the entire set. I’ve collected the hows and whys.

March 2016

Troy McClure’s IMDb Profile

As a huge Simpsons fan, I did my best to build an accurate IMDb profile for Troy McClure. This combines references from the TV show, comic books, and video games.

December 2015


After a lengthy search, I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to announce I’ll be joining GitHub as a Product Designer.

February 2015

America’s Finest News Source

The Onion is an unwavering bastion of emotional truth. With every week, good news or bad, it will deliver 12 headlines that perfectly tap into the emotional pulse of its readership. “America’s Finest News Source.” You’re god damned right.

October 2014

Optimizing Subway

At Subway’s scale, even tiny optimizations can have profound effects on the environment, the diner’s experience, and the franchise’s bottom line.

July 2014

The Hot Dog Button

I recently had the privilege of remodeling my kitchen. It ended up being much more superficial than I’d originally hoped since appliance design has been hindered by total-nonsense features.

January 2014

It’s What You Leave Out

“It’s not what you put into it. It’s what you leave out … Yeah, that’s rock n’ roll.” This thinking can be applied to everything—rock n’ roll, software, even skylines.

September 2013