About

Designer. WordPress expert. Taylor Swift fan.

Brian Gardner

I’m Brian Gardner, a Chicago-based designer, WordPress expert, and the creator of Powder—a base WordPress theme for Full Site Editing. Build something cool, pair it with a child, or use it for a client.

I believe good design is about pushing boundaries and experimenting with new ideas. It’s about dreaming, thinking outside the box, and using that to create something truly unique.

In September 2021, I officially joined the Developer Relations team at WP Engine. My position is an excellent fit, as it allows me to spend each day immersed in areas I love: design, WordPress, community.

In my free time, you can find me frequenting the local Starbucks or running a nearby trail. I’m also an unapologetic Taylor Swift fan.

Speaking of music, these are my all-time favorite songs:

  1. Here’s Where The Story Ends – The Sundays
  2. Black – Pearl Jam
  3. the lakes (the long pond studio sessions) – Taylor Swift
  4. Do What You Have to Do – Sarah McLachlan
  5. Put Me Down – The Cranberries

Moving right along, I invite you to follow me on Twitter, stalk me on Instagram, and connect with me on LinkedIn. You can also check out my colophon to see how I built this website.

Until then, may the odds be ever in your favor.

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