Welcome to smallandsimplethings.org! I’m Tom DeForest, and I’m glad you’re here. Through creativity, curiosity, and collaboration I find and amplify good. (I alliterate whenever possible.)

Small & Simple Design Club

First, allow me to introduce you to the Small & Simple Design Club, a private online community for designers, started in February 2024! This club’s first mission is to help you, the junior designer, level up your professional chops and start achieving your career goals. I have two decades of experience hiring interns and junior designers. I look forward to helping you launch a successful UI and UX design career. Join the club and start getting mentored for FREE!

More details about me.


I am happily married for 25+ years. I love my wife and our five daughters. I know a little about my ancestors. I treasure the heritage they've left to me and my family.


I lived as a missionary in Japan for two years. I practice Japanese everyday in Duolingo. I'm still planning my return trip to Japan. My wife and I made our dream trip to Japan in Nov 2023! It was awesome! Now I want to go back with my whole family.


All of my personal and professional pursuits revolve around art and design in one form or another.

  • T-shirt Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Identity
  • Typography & Fonts
  • UX Design
  • UI Design
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property Law


This site is built in Jekyll and hosted on GitHub Pages. GitHub Codespaces makes it possible for me to edit and preview my site on my iPad. No one is more surprised than me that I figured out how to do this.

  • GitHub
  • Codespaces
  • Docker
  • Jekyll
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript

I write about these topics on my blog and explore them in my projects.

Maybe you’d like to collaborate with me on your next project.