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Derek Torsani

β€” musician and designer living in Baltimore, Maryland.

Personal principles β€”

"Let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live, and let's change the way we treat each other."

β€” Tupac Shakur, 1992
Music β€”

Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter influenced by sounds from all over the world.

Spotify / Apple Music / Tidal / Amazon Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud

Previous projects:

Crank Cartel (Gogo) - Bass

Sweet Teej & The Shuffle (Beach Rock) - Bass

Multiple Church's (Worship & Praise) - Drums, Bass, Guitar

Rudder North (Folk) - Guitar, Percussion, Xylophone

For Better For Worse (Post Hardcore) - Electric Guitar

Design β€”

Systems and product designer currently building design systems at Gusto.

Other projects:

Sound Color Project - web experiment exploring the relationships between audible and visual spectrums using light, color, and texture.

Halfdollar - free, collaborative and customizable budgeting template built in Airtable.

Call Me By My Name - profile page for people to proclaim their name pronunciation, personal pronouns, personal identities, topic interests, and cause support.

Weiigh - tool to help make choices based on what’s important to you and how the factors in your decisions weigh against one another.

Volunteer β€”

With the gift of privilege comes the responsibility to use it to take care of others. I'm fortunate to be able to do this through giving of my time and resources.


Helping folx obtain essential life documents with Imago Dei.

Bridging the gap between nonprofits and givers by volunteering with

Connecting with people on Superpeer, ADP List, and Out of Office Hours.

Engagements β€”

I'm thankful to have been able to share my work to many different people.


Documentation Resource Highlight, Figma Schema, 2021

Inside Design Systems Panel Discussion, Design Systems Community, 2021

Tools and Approaches for Design System Teams, Friends of Figma Lviv, 2021

Sound Color Project, Sound Scene & Hirshhorn, 2020

Designing Systems with Others, NOVA UX, 2019

Animating SVG, Hackital, 2017

Design Disrupters Representative, Washington, DC, 2016

Humor in Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2011

Elsewhere β€”

Instagram / Dribbble / Medium / Twitter / LinkedIn / Reading Queue

Archive β€”

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