Marko Masnjak Profile


Hello. I create product experiences that touch users on a deep emotional level. I’m a Product Designer at Braintree, snow carver, husband, father, dog lover and coffee junkie.


Born and raised in Chicago, I love getting my hands dirty with complex problems that can’t be Googled. As a designer, I’m passionate about creating highly aesthetic, user-centered design solutions that exhibit exceptional clarity and simplicity. I believe form absolutely follows function and design — regardless of medium — is something to experience and increases the value of anything it touches.

My background is a unique mix of Computer Science, Technical Communication and Visual Communication. As a result, I’m able to see problems from different perspectives in order to holistically understand a product and all its complexities. From that point, it’s all about iterating and prototyping design options until the proper solution emerges.

While software engineering isn’t my focus, I believe that designers need to be comfortable with code and should understand the platform they’re designing for. Knowing what it takes to build something you design — in the context of where users will use it — plays a significant role in making the right decisions when designing a product experience. Additionally, it builds empathy for and camaraderie with engineers you work with while also improving communication within the team.

Prior to joining dscout, I spent a few years working with Chicago-based startups bringing their first MVPs to market. Following that experience, I led the design team at Base during a large growth period that began with a second round funding of $6.8MM through a Series B round of $15MM and contributed to significant leaps in the product’s capabilities.

During my spare time, if I’m not watching Frozen and eating Count Chocula with my daughter, or picking out MidMod furniture with my wife, I’m a proud coffee addict looking for my next fix, Portillo’s enthusiast and Rick Steves fanboy.

Feel free to get in touch. I'm always eager to meet new people.

Companies Who Use Things I’ve Designed

  • American Dental Association
  • American Express
  • Crate&Barrel
  • DOW Chemical Company
  • Groupon
  • Lightbank
  • Pritzker Group Venture Capital
  • Sartorius
  • Stryker
  • World Wildlife Fund

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