Hi again. Peter here.
My life revolves around the internet. And I design things for it.
Right now, I'm based in London. When I'm not there, you'd most likely find me either on trams in Amsterdam, on the U-bahn in Berlin, driving across Morocco, stuck in Lagos traffic, or planning new trips on Notion (Where I mostly plan my life).
I'm at my best when solving unstructured problems by creating systems that solve them at scale. I've spent the last 7 years doing this within large design teams embedded in organizations, as part of smaller teams, or as a solo designer at startups.
At the moment, I'm a senior product designer at Pleo where I focus primarily on product-led onboarding, adoption, growth and retention.
I'm deeply fascinated by money and financial systems - Its fictional nature, how it moves, how it's made, how it grows, how it's invested, and how it's created. Because of this, I've spent the last 4 years designing financial software. I'm slowly getting into a new rabbit hole - Trying to figure out a better way to consume, think about, manage, organize and document design systems.
— What I’m really good at?
Finding the best memes (I consider this a life skill)
— What am I currently reading?
I'm in love with the work Stripe's Press has been doing and I'm currently reading one of their publications - The Art of Doing Science and Engineering by Richard W. Hamming. I got to know Hamming's work while I was a communications engineering student at university. He's one of the famed Bell Telephone Lab researchers and discovered formulas that allow computers to correct their own errors.
If you've got some time, I highly recommend reading "You and Your Research" - This talk centred on Hamming's observations and research on the question "Why do so few scientists make significant contributions and so many are forgotten in the long run?''
— What am I looking for?
I'm currently on the search for something new, something great, something unexpected. An adventure where design doesn't have to actively spend its energy fighting for a seat at the table. An adventure with freedom, responsibility, and permission to define, create and iterate on design processes, optimizing for craft, quality, collaboration, and human values.
— Outside of work?
I wear multiple hats and have a lot of hobbies - Sometimes an engineer, other times a PM for side projects, and increasingly a mixologist, painter, photographer, and filmmaker.
Travel, Photography & Filmmaking
I currently own a Fujifilm X100V and an X-E4 I take along with me when I travel. Most recently was a 7-day backpacking trip through Italy - Bergamo, Milan, Florence, Rome and Turin.
You'll typically find some of those photos on Glass
It will always evolve. The idea is to create a little corner on the internet for my work, thoughts, life and interests.