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

January 15, 2018

The 2017 Booklist

You're welcome to sift through the books I read in 2015, 2016, and 2016.

January 8, 2018

Managing Diversity Change

When I was working at Shopify, I realized that the team had grown in a direction I wasn’t entirely happy...

January 1, 2018

Lessons from 2017

Love is a verb, a skill, and a choice. Only you should tell your story. Commitment’s rewards can only be...