Sebastian Chen Speier is a Creative Director and Product Designer in New York. He is currently a Design Manager at Shopify focusing on the Shop App. Prior engagements include Design Lead at Airbnb, Design Lead at Instagram, Global Design Director at Nike, and Head of Design on Nike SNKRS.

Originally from Vancouver, he moved to Montreal where he studied Visual Arts and Design at Concordia University. After that he lived in Toronto, and now New York. He is currently an Experience Design Lead at Airbnb focusing on Luxury. Last year, he was leading design at Instagram on the Stories team. A few years ago, Sebastian gave a talk at One And All in Montreal about the work he did on the Nike SNKRS app. Before that, he was at This Also, where he worked on the new Google identity. He also had the opportunity to work on the Google Search App for iOS. Other notable projects include Microsoft XBOX, Spotify, and Symphony. He is also OnTheGrid’s ambassador to Vancouver.


  • Shop

    Design Manager


  • Airbnb

    Design Lead


  • Instagram

    Design Lead


  • Nike

    Design Director


& More


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2016 D&AD Pencil for Google Rebrand 2016 GRAPHIS Design Annual featuring Google Rebrand 2014 IDA Design Awards Silver in Multimedia for Revolt.tv 2013 IAC Best in Auto. for Jeep.com 2013 IAC Best Mobile Website for Jeep.com 2013 W3 Awards Gold in Website Structure & Navigation for Dodge.com 2012 Web Awards Auto. Standard of Excellence for Jeep.com 2012 W3 Awards Gold in Auto. Website for Jeep.com 2011 CMA Gold in Digital for WIND Mobile 2011 CMA Silver in Integrated for WIND Mobile

Featured in

Interface Lovers, One&All Montreal, Artifax, DesignX Toronto, The Muse, 52 Inspire, FormFiftyFive, SiteInspire, AIGA, GQ Magazine, Lecture In Progress, The GQ Eye, CoolHunting, Black Book Magazine, The Montreal Gazette, OnePageLove, Think With Google, Marvel Blog, Sidebar.io, Product Hunt, Guggenheim Instagram

Selected clients

Nike, Complex Magazine, Google, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Harley Davidson, Abercrombie, Newsweek, Joe Fresh, Loblaws, Barnes & Noble, Kate Spade Saturday, Kraft, Mitsubishi, AOL, CapitalOne, Revolt.TV


This site was built in 2018 with the generous help of Michelle Cruz. Photography by Heather Sten. Typography by Grilli Type, Colophon Foundry, and Radim Pesko.

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Portfolio on request

Get in touch

Sebastian is not currently looking for full-time opportunities, but is always open to collaborations and other fun stuff. If you’re interested in discussing a project, making something great together, or simply getting in touch please send an email.

Portfolio, character references, and other information available on request via email.

hello@sspeier.com – Brooklyn, NY