Famous Studio - Take Your Existing Designs to Live Production.

Founded 2011
16-50 employees
  • Platform
  • Headquarters address
    188 King St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA

    What We Do

    At Famous we are passionate about pushing the limits of interfaces, experiences, and design. Our design software, called Famous Studio, offers powerful creation tools for Instant Apps, Instant Ads, Instant Videos, Instant Articles, and Instant Presentations that reduce creation time from months to minutes. Famous Studio enables creators of all types to turn their existing Photoshop, Sketch, Adobe XD designs, into live production-grade applications instantly.

    Founded in 2011 by Steve Newcomb and Mark Lu, Famous is based in San Francisco and has partnered with brands such as McDonald's, Adidas, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target to deploy engaging web experiences. Famous Studio is currently in private beta. You can sign-up for our beta at Famous.co

    Why We Do It

    We strive to evoke change. Change that drives the web toward becoming a more beautiful and thoughtful place. Our goal is to put this powerful design tool in the hands of every creator. We want Famous Studio to push the limits of interfaces, experiences, and design, on every device including mobile, tablets, wearables, desktops and televisions. We like to think of Famous Studio as the modern-day equivalent of Microsoft Office, but for today’s internet needs.

    Another factor that sets us apart from other companies is our approach to engineering. Most companies heavily rely on the inventions of others and build upon those existing inventions. Famous’ engineering department has an aversion to third party libraries, and they invent for the purpose of staying ahead of the market.

    How We Interview and Hire

    We take the time to truly understand each candidate and let them interview us as much as we are interviewing them. Interviewing is a two way street! We believe that working with a person on a real project is the best way to get to know them, and we structure our interviews to be as close to a working session as possible.

    Our Culture

    Everything we do starts from a perspective of beauty. From the moment you walk into our office you'll see that we put a great deal of care in everything we do. Our office was designed by us, down to every pencil and sticky note. We take great pride in being collaborative, in teaching each other, and in having empathy and respect for every position in the company.

    • We value beauty and elegance in design and engineering
    • We tap emotion as the starting point for every design
    • We work together to solve challenges
    • We succeed and fail together
    • We are a show me, not tell me, culture
    • We work tirelessly to find each persons x-factor
    • We do everything we can to amplify each other
    • We hold to our values and are not moved by trends
    • We all want the world to be a more beautiful place

    Our Tech Stack

    Famous Studio is a React and Node JS application, wrapped in Electron for packaging as a Mac app. The API is Node, Express, Postgres, Redis, and built atop AWS. We use Jenkins for CI/CD, and Gitlab for source control. Our Instant Apps are vanilla ES5 Javascript for the sake of performance, browser compatibility, and bundle size.

    Tech stack

    Javascript, React, HTML, CSS, Node JS, Electron, Express, Postgresql, Redis, AWS, Jenkins


    Compensation and retirement

    Stock Options

    Health and wellness

    Health insurance
    Dental insurance
    Vision insurance
    FSA (Flexible Spending Plan)

    Vacation and time off

    Paid time off
    Paid holidays

    Values and quality of life

    Accessible via public transportation
    Bike parking
    Snacks and beverages
    Catered lunches
    Company activities
    Pet-friendly workplace
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