Grant Custer
designer & engineer
Slowly going out on a limb
I'm a designer and engineer focused on new and alternative interfaces. I specialize in prototyping and I love to work iteratively through a design in code.
Finding the right primitives for exploring a system is one of my favorite challenges.
I've built interfaces focused on spatial thinking, machine learning models, and data visualization. I like to work on small, collaborative teams.
Prototyping interfaces for interacting with large language models. Going beyond chat. Focused on increasing our understanding and control.
Creative technologist
Experimental web-based creative tools. Featuring image distorters, freeform text editors, and weird website builders. Targeted experiments in alternative interfaces.
Creator, designer and engineer
Side project: 2019-Present
An experimental image editor that lets you set and direct pixel-flows.
A directed typing experiment. You choose the direction the letters should flow.
Adjust the grid size and text direction to create weird and expressive layouts.
Prototyping a new flutter-based tablet operating system focused on deep work. Trying to rethink things from the ground up.
Software engineer
Virtual spaces where you can meet, collaborate and play. I led engineering on features like drawing and screenshare, and built prototypes for experimental features like card stacking.
A better system for image organization. I led front-end engineering for the first versions of an experimental interface that lets you browse and make connections between thousands of images. We used WebGL to build a reactive, intuitive way to explore images clustered through machine learning.
Front-end engineer
Drop Everything Collection
A special demo we built for the London Design Biennale.
A research lab. We built quarterly prototoypes exploring machine learning capabilities. I designed and built the front-end for experiments exploring capabilities like summarization, sentiment analysis, and prediction. I also led design for the branding and print reports.
Designer and engineer
Active Learner
An interactive visualization of active learning data labeling and how it affects a model.
Turbofan Tycoon
A federated learning demonstration in the form of turbofan factory simulation game.
Sentiment analysis of movie review visualized and compared across different models.
Worked on many early-stage prototypes and experiments, including Instapaper, Poncho, and Findings.
Designer and engineer
Work and inspiration in progress
Grant Custer
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