Hello, friend.

I'm Brad Bouse, a designer, JavaScript engineer, and roustabout in Seattle, WA.

Who is this guy?

I like to build neat things.

I am the co-founder of Lightboard. At Lightboard, we believe everyone deserves great design.

Personally, I'm interested in creative code, and gave a talk about it at JSConf in Berlin, Cascadia.JS in Vancouver, B.C., and Amazon's WebDevCon in Seattle. With Amaranth Borsuk, I wrote an augmented reality book called Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012) and created Whispering Galleries (Site Projects, 2014).

I co-organize Seattle.JS and co-founded Code Fellows. Previously, I was an early employee at Geni, where I built the family tree interface, and Yammer, where I built the desktop interface.

Geni is a collaborative family tree. Over 8 million users have added 150 million profiles, and 60 million of them are linked in a "world family tree."

I designed and developed the family tree interface, which handles millions of interactions each day.

Time magazine named Geni one of the top sites of 2008. Geni was acquired by MyHeritage in 2012.

Yammer is the social network for business. The company was spun out of Geni, and I designed and developed the Yammer desktop application in Adobe AIR, which became the most popular way our users interacted with Yammer.

Yammer won TechCrunch's annual startup competition,TC50, in 2008, and was acquired by Microsoft for $1.2B in 2012.

Code Fellows is a digital trade school that runs intensive bootcamps to teach fundamental tech skills like Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, and iOS development.

I named, designed, and marketed the program, leading it to a successful product launch. I recruited the founding instructors, and interviewed and assembled the first bootcamp.


I help early-stage companies design and build the first version of their product. I work with the business team on product strategy and market positioning, and the engineering team on designing and implementing the interface.

I've built three cornerstone interfaces (@alphadetail, @geni, and @yammer) and bring that experience to developing new products (@apptentive, @lightboard, @nuiku, @pocketchange, @smarterer, and @swoop).

Between Page and Screen

Between Page and Screen is a digital popup book of poetry. Amaranth Borsuk wrote the poems, and I wrote the software.

The book was written about in Salon, Wired, Brainpickings, Mashable, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, American Scientist, and even a small mention in The Economist.

Glitchbooth does a good job of taking bad photos. More at glitchbooth.com.

Solving Sol

Solving Sol is an open project to execute Sol LeWitt's instructional wall art in a browser.

Anyone can fork the repository and submit a solution. Here's what we've made so far.


I gave a talk, "Usefulness of Uselessness," at the 2014 JSConf in Berlin. It's a followup to "Make Art Not Money," which I gave at the 2013 CascadiaJS conference in Vancouver, B.C.


I live in Seattle, WA.

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