This Modern Web

the personal website of Patrick Marsceill

Patrick Marsceill is a product design manager at GitHubYou've found his home on the internet —

My earliest post here was in 2012, so you could say that is the year that I established this site. Back then though, it was under my own namesake over at (which now redirects over here). I recently wrote a post with some context as to the name change and more about what I'm trying to do here. In the past, I never kept up a regular writing schedule, but these days I try to get something new up at least twice a week.

I tend to write about design + tech, my own life, and occasionally music and film. If you're curious about what I'm currently watching, listening to, or reading, check out the Inbox.

Patrick Marsceill

Personal projects

I've loved the internet since I first logged on as a pre-teen in the early 90's. From the start, I was hooked on the ability to create for this medium. Over the years, I have designed + built many personal side projects — the remnants of my first (from 2001) still lives on at Here are a few others that I'm most proud of:

  • Just the Docs - A "best in class" Jekyll theme for documentation with built-in search.
  • Aware - A simple menubar app for OSX and macOS that tracks how long you've been actively using your computer.
  • Tab Lab - (archived link, project shut down). Publish guitar tablature and music notation with an abstract markdown-like language.
  • - coming soon...

My Work

I manage the Code to Cloud Product Design team at GitHub. We're responsible for making tools that allow developers to build, test, run, publish, deploy, and scale their work. If you're a GitHub user, you may have seen our efforts in GitHub Actions, GitHub Packages, and GitHub Pages.

In my time at GitHub, I have worked on almost every part of the product. I have managed teams or led design efforts on many core features like pull requests, code review, security, ecosystem / api, marketing / top-of-funnel, and new user experience.

Before joining GitHub in 2015, I led design teams at Happy Cog and Empathy Lab working with Fortune 500 industry leaders, scrappy start-ups, and mission-driven non-profits to build digital products for screens of all sizes.

About this website

This website is powered by a custom theme that I designed and built for GatsbyJS, a very nice framework for React. You can find the source code is available on GitHub and hosting is provided by Netlify.

The logotype is set in Optician Sans (Open Source on GitHub), the body copy is set in Freight Text Pro and the rest of the site uses system-safe font stacks:

  • Headings: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif
  • Monospace: SFMono-Regular, Consolas, Menlo, Andale, monospace