Hi, I’m Nikki Thayer

I'm a full stack product designer with more than 12 years of experience. I'm currently a Principal Designer at Carbon Five, where I lead teams, wrangle stakeholders, and get my hands dirty conducting user research, building design systems for emerging brands, and rapid prototyping new ideas.

I live in Los Angeles with my husband and dog. When I'm not at work, I'm an artist, animator, and comedy nerd. You can reach me at nicolethayer@gmail.com.

Case Studies



Cognitive Behavioral Therapy app to support teletherapy


Team Lead, PM, Designer

Team Coco

Media player and discovery tools for late night TV

Mobile web

UX, UI, Dev

The Player’s Reference

Fully annotated edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Mobile web

Team Lead, UX

UCLA Digital Library

Accessible discovery tools for academic collections

Mobile web

Writing and Miscellany

Building for Intersectionality in Tech

The tech industry must improve at building software that respects intersecting marginalized identities. Tiffany Wong and I interviewed coworkers and community on best practices and lessons learned.

The Carbon Five Guide to User Research

User research is an essential but overlooked skill to bring real user insights into the product development process. Bhavna Devani, Treyce Meredith and I wrote and self published a guide to get teams out in the field.

Carbon Five Zine

Jon Rogers and I have been publishing a zine with art and writing from ourselves and our coworkers every month of the pandemic. We're at 22 issues so far.