His portfolio of work is flawless. The brands he chooses to work with (Google, TED, Disney, CBS, NBC, Puma, Tumblr, MTV, Jawbone, Discover, and TripAdvisor to name a few) are lucky to have him. But, what strikes me as the most surprising thing about Andrew Wilkinson is how humble and honest he is about what he’s built at Metalab.

Andrew carefully balances a 50+ person operation that gets hired by the Fortune 500 while also building their own amazing products like Flow, Ballpark, and PixelUnion. They are also constantly on the lookout for well-funded startups to take a stake in.

So why did I want to talk to Andrew in the first place?

I was working on launching a personal blog to find a home for some random ramblings that didn’t fit my business channels. I chose Tumblr as my platform (boy have they gotten big lately) and saw some great themes at Pixel Union. I bought one and loaded it up on my site.

It wasn’t quite right for me and I needed to make a couple of modifications. I contacted their support and they were able to get everything sorted out in record time–even though my name isn’t Snoop Dog (one of their customers).

I knew I had to learn more about this company. I started doing a little research and was blown away. Metalab is the Nike of web and UI design companies and Andrew started it all in his basement with $500.

So there you have it. An introduction of introductions for a great company and inspiring leader.

Enjoy 🙂