Ethan MacDonald

Ethan MacDonald

Product Design Manager in Los Angeles

About

Hey there! 👋

I go by ghanbak on the interwebs, but my real name is Ethan. I'm a Product Design Manager working in crypto, web3, and NFTs. I've got a penchant for chopping wood and I'm a massive Star Wars fanboy.

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Teams

Current
Blockchain.com

Contact

Twitter
Dribbble

Work Experience

2023 — Now
2021 — 2023
2020 — 2021
2019 — 2020
2018 — 2019
New York, NY
2014 — 2018
2012 — 2014

Side Projects

2018

In the fall of 2018, I came back from a trip to the woodlands of Maryland feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. As Nick Stamas and I talked over lunch about how I was able to exercise while away by chopping wood, we came upon the idea to start a fitness club in Brooklyn centered around the simple, but physically demanding exercise of chopping wood. We started our business, put together a business plan, crunched the numbers, and started hosting classes. Unfortunately, Covid forced us to close the doors far too early.

Who knows, maybe Lumberjacked will be resurrected in your neighborhood soon.

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2018

My friend Aimee LaPlant and I built a website to crunch the numbers on comic book characters. Betcha can't figure out who's got 1st place for total appearances.

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2015

An iMessage sticker pack of lovable marshmallows. But don't be fooled, not everything is as fluffy and warm as you think.

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2014

Matt and I collaborated to make an iMessage sticker pack for metal fans like ourselves.

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Education

2008 — 2012
Roseville, MN

Double Majors in Graphic Design and Digital Media Arts (emphasis on animation)

Activities and societies: Student government, Resident Assistant

Writing

2017

One of my haikus about design was featured in Haiku Hub's publication. 😊

2016

An in depth breakdown of how to create a sticker pack for iOS

Speaking

2014
Providence, RI

Designing for Drupal was a session I gave at Drupalcamp. It addresses a high level approach to design in general with context placed within development and design of Drupal CMS sites.

2014
Minneapolis, MN

Designing for Drupal was a session I gave at Drupalcamp. It addresses a high level approach to design in general with context placed within development and design of Drupal CMS sites.

Awards

2022

I teamed up with my colleague, Dylan Bathurst, for a Bitcoin hackathon. The hackathon had awards for 4 categories: Taproot, Discreet Log Contracts, Design, and Most Creative. Dylan and I won the Discreet Log Contracts and Design categories with our project. We started by building a futures betting platform based on the price of Bitcoin using DLCs and Lightning network. Unfortunately, one of the sponsor tools we were using had some bugs we discovered. So we changed our project to a browser plugin that charges advertisers to access your data. Users of Lunch Money can change how much of their data is exposed and earn Satoshis from advertisers for what they share.