Biography

Ink dot by Kevin Sprouls

Characterized by his refined aesthetic and ability to work at the highest level across mediums, Daniel is recognized as a leader in his field. His client roster includes household names like Apple, Square, Nike, Disney, and Target, and his accolades include a D&AD Black Pencil for Apple.com in 2010, nomination to Kleiner Perkin's Design Council under John Maeda, and several "Best Of" awards in both Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store.

A self-taught designer, Daniel got his start freelancing before joining the advertising firm DDB in Venice Beach. In 2008, Daniel moved to San Francisco and joined Apple's Marketing Communications team as a designer. There, he worked on several landmark product launches and R&D projects. After almost three years, Daniel left Apple and joined the small team at Square in 2011.

He went on to become Square's Director of Design, responsible for overseeing everything from product design to video production. In just two years, he grew that team from just five people to nearly 40. In his time at the company, he touched almost every aspect of Square's design aesthetic. Square went public under the ticker symbol SQ in 2015, valued at over $3.6 billion.

In 2016, Daniel left Square and founded Blackletter Ventures, where he is a design advisor and early-stage investor. He advises some of the best teams in the world at LendingHome, Hello, ForUsAll, Empower, and Present Company. He's also an investor in more than 30 companies, including Madison Reed, Stance, Managed by Q, Clarity Money, and GoodEggs.

Daniel has been invited to speak at some of the world's most innovative organizations, including Andreessen Horowitz, General Assembly, Designer Fund, and 500 Startups. A California native, Daniel has called Colorado home for the last year. He lives on five acres up in the foothills of Boulder with his wife, Bre, and their cattle dog, Sunny. With clients and investments across the US, he spends most of the year in Colorado, California, and New York.


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