TM’s team is a highly curated group of industry leading product designers. Our approach to design is far more than making things pretty, it’s about innovation.

About TM

TM is an award-winning design and innovation firm in San Francisco founded by Steph Bain and Shaun Modi. We are problem solvers with our heads in the cloud and feet on the ground. We are laser focused on creating design solutions that produce a measurable impact for our clients. Our creative process is rooted in our teams collective experience working in-house at high growth technology startups, serving as an extension of our client’s team.

About TM

TM is an award-winning design and innovation firm in San Francisco founded by Steph Bain and Shaun Modi. We are problem solvers with our heads in the cloud and feet on the ground. We are laser focused on creating design solutions that produce a measurable impact for our clients. Our creative process is rooted in our teams collective experience working in-house at high growth technology startups, serving as an extension of our client’s team.

Our clients

We work across every industry. Our clients are startups and corporations in a variety of sectors including transportation networks, iOT, finance, geospatial, space & remote sensing, cybersecurity, data analytics, business intelligence, data architecture, life sciences & biotech, marketplaces, healthcare, enterprise software, and electric vehicles.

Why we're different

We empower organizations to operate like agile startups, envisioning and shipping disruptive products that redefine industries. Our relationships with clients are long-term partnerships. Our background is working in-house at technology companies, and this is the methodology we bring to our engagements. We innately understand the product development process. We are not a typical agency. We communicate on a personal level with stakeholders, engineers and designers. We create bold, simple, visually-engaging design and understand the best design is a balance of form and function. We’re dedicated to quality and focused on creating beautiful experiences where no manual is required.

Why we're different

We empower organizations to operate like agile startups, envisioning and shipping disruptive products that redefine industries. Our relationships with clients are long-term partnerships. Our background is working in-house at technology companies, and this is the methodology we bring to our engagements. We innately understand the product development process. We are not a typical agency. We communicate on a personal level with stakeholders, engineers and designers. We create bold, simple, visually-engaging design and understand the best design is a balance of form and function. We’re dedicated to quality and focused on creating beautiful experiences where no manual is required.

Creative Process

Our creative process has been finely tuned from more than a decade of designing and shipping products in-house at high growth technology companies. We aim to infuse our design culture into your company’s DNA, becoming a core part of your product development process. We operate cross-functionally to ensure everyone's voice is heard. It is our belief that the best products are made collaboratively, not by lone geniuses. We excel at designing highly creative, bold, and simple user experiences that drive measurable business value. Our approach is human-centered, metrics-driven, and transparent. We move fast, iterate in an agile manner, launch and improve the experience based on qualitative and quantitative feedback.

Service

TM is not just a design firm, we are a high touch partner for our clients long term succes. Professionalism is paramount. Our objective is to instill our portfolio companies with a innovative design process for years to come. We pride ourselves in helping our clients think outside of the box. We provides holistic product strategies in which we help conceive new features and product categories, then execute with engineering teams. We provide recommendations on how a product should evolve and scale. We tap our networks to support our clients mission: investors, talent, and partenrship opportunitites. We interview designers and design leaders to support our clients build out their internal teams.

Inspiration

We believe that great products are a result of the world’s unique cultures and creativity. TM seeks inspiration from a variety of sources, from technology to transportation, biology, space exploration, national security, public policy, music, art, fashion, film and more. It not only helps us anticipate the latest trends, but deliver world-class experiences.

The partners

Shaun Modi

Shaun is an award-winning designer at the intersection of technology and design. With a degree in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Modi has set the creative vision for large scale products at Airbnb, Google, NASA, Motorola, and Nokia. He is known for his highly collaborative approach and ability to work closely with teams to reimagine the future of a business and society. Modi was ranked one of the Top 75 Designers in Technology by Business Insider in 2013.

Shaun’s work contributed to Airbnb being voted #1 Most Innovative Company in Design by Fast Company. His work has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, Forbes and Financial Times, among others. He has spoken widely about design at MIT, Stanford, technology companies, design consultancies and top tier venture capital firms. He served as the senior commencement speaker at his alma mater, where he shared the stage with Seth MacFarlane and Gore Vidal.

Steph Bain

Steph creates magical user experiences through simplicity, attention to detail, beauty, and balance. Her work has been recognized by The Webby Awards, SXSW Interactive, Apple Editor’s Choice Awards, Core77, How Magazine, and the Lotus Awards, among others. She has worked on setting the strategic design vision for dozens of technology companies.

Prior to co-founding TM, Steph was the first designer at Airbnb. There, she worked closely with the executive team to further the entire Airbnb platform, working across web, mobile, email and offline branding. She helped build out Airbnb’s design team and infused her distinct visual style into nearly every touchpoint of the product.