Helen Tran

Designer / Entrepreneur

I’m a Designer who builds digital products. I enjoy growing businesses with a deliberate and curious mindset.

Portrait of me by Jeremiah Warren Background for portrait

Helen Tran

Designer / Entrepreneur

I’m a Designer who builds digital products. I enjoy growing businesses with a deliberate and curious mindset.

Most recently, I was at Shopify for four years, the last two of which were spent as a Design Lead building out a team of designers. These days I'm working on a software product of my own, still focused on helping entrepreneurs achieve.

I teach design, write articles about my work, and occasionally make myself available for interviews and podcasts. Design is a wonderful viewpoint from which to see the world and I aim to make that viewpoint accessible.

For fun, I compete with myself. I like to thru-hike long trails (longest so far was the Kungsleden for 430km) and compete as an amateur fitness athlete. I live to learn and tend to fully commit myself to new interests out of curiousity.

My life is shared with two succulents named Dante and Sedona. We live in Toronto and I never feel bad about saying it’s objectively the best city in the world. Fire emoji.

07/2016–Placed 2nd in my first fitness competition

Picture of me winning 2nd

09/2017–Thru-hiked the ‘Kungsleden’ in Sweden (430km)

Picture of me finishing off my latest hike

12/2017–Stepped foot on my 7th continent

Picture of me stepping on my 7th continent
Elsewhere
  • 04/2017–Podcast, Trav & Los (listen)

  • 04/2017–Podcast, Trav & Los (listen)

  • 04/2017–Podcast, Design Details (listen)

  • 04/2017–Talk, "Building Flexible Sales Channels", Shopify Unite, USA (watch)

  • 03/2017–Interview, Invision (read)

  • 03/2017–Podcast, Seaworthy (listen)

  • 12/2016–Interview, Shopify (read)

  • 11/2016–Podcast, Trav & Los (listen)

  • 11/2016–Podcast, Trav & Los (listen)

  • 10/2016–Panel, Epicurrence, (USA)

  • 09/2016–Podcast, Hit Reply (listen)

  • 09/2016–Interview, Panda Network (read)

writing

February 18, 2018

How to Build Any Habit

I’m a strong believer in building habits and putting your brain on auto-pilot most of the day to free up...

February 12, 2018

Identity's Mindset

I’ve been in the midst of shedding an identity. It has never felt more urgent to do so more than...

February 5, 2018

About Seven Continents

All seven continents by 30, I wrote. I wanted to be the person that could say that. On December 16th...