Joey Flynn joined Facebook six years ago and worked on everything from Profile and Timeline to privacy and friending. His latest work at Facebook was projects like Chat Heads for Facebook’s mobile operating system Home and a visual messaging app Slingshot under its Creative Labs. He is now one-half of a new company, Unity&Variety, and will be designing and building many different products in the years to come.
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Q&A with Joey
What’s the last great book that you’ve read? Why did you like it?
To be honest, I’m a bit of a bookworm. I’m really into this little-known American author who’s been doing some next-level stuff for the past 20 or so years — R.L. Stine. Two gems of his I’ve discovered lately are Monster Blood II and Return of the Living Dummy. They’re both sequels to great works of literature, but the craft of this author is so honed that you could really pick them up without having read the first books.
Or, seriously, though, check out Damien Hirst’s On The Way To Work.
As a designer, which other developers, artists, or architects should we be following? Which ones inform your work the most?
It’s actually pretty crazy for me to think about the overlap of whose work I follow, whose work informs my work the most, and who I work with at FB. Felton, Matas, Walkin… those dudes are ridiculous. Outside of that though, I still read a lot about the work of the designers I followed in school — Armin Hoffman, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Helmut Schmid. Their work and philosophy are amazing.