Danny McClain

Danny McClain

Design & Code, He/Him


I'm a multi-disciplinary designer currently focusing on design systems. I like to design methodically and put an emphasis on tidiness.

Side Projects


A little set of music player UI icons for the Figma community.


A small Figma plugin that resizes an item to fit its parent’s width, height, or both.


A tool to help you calculate perfect grids


A simple, fast aspect ratio/proportion calculator

Work Experience

2022 — Now

🧰 Leading the charge for our design system

🌉 Bridging the gap between design and engineering

🫶 Improving the usability of the design system for designers and engineers

2017 — 2022

During my time at SmileDirectClub I led several large design initiatives, but my largest contribution was leading the creation of SmileDirectClub's design system from the ground up for use during their huge replatforming effort (currently underway). Aside from leading the visual design of the system, I also created and organized Figma components and library files that were available for designers to use across the organization. I worked closely with my developer counterpart to ensure that every component that was represented in our Figma libraries was mirrored in our production code environment. I also documented design and usage guidelines for components, educated other designers on how to use them, and played a major role in defining processes around contributing to and using the design system. This resulted in a tremendous increase in efficiency for both our design AND development teams, plus a better user experience for our customers.

2016 — 2018
Product Designer at LeanKit

As a product designer at LeanKit, I helped create, iterate, and implement a design system for the LeanKit product. I worked with designers and developers to establish design principles, create visual and interactive patterns for shared components, and clarify user workflows to help people accomplish their goals inside LeanKit. As part of the product strategy team, I also worked with product managers and developers to implement new features, improve existing user experiences, test design iterations with users, and use data to make informed decisions about the product.

2012 — 2015
Web & UI Designer at Griffin Technology

· Responsive web design
· Ecommerce UI/UX
· Mobile app UI/UX
· Wireframing
· Art direction
· Marketing web page design for specific products & collections
· Icon design
· Illustration

2010 — 2012
Graphic Designer at redpepper

· Brand identity design
· Web design
· Art direction
· Concept development
· Asset creation
· Promotional campaign strategy/design
· Print collateral design
· Illustration




2010 — 2016

BFA in Graphic Design with a Minor in Interactive Design