Jonathan Lu (nom de guerre: Jonny Gotham) is a designer, engineer, and teacher. I am currently consulting through Gods & Monsters, a product studio and consultancy I started in 2014.
I created Gods & Monsters to continue my practice as a consultant and to develop my own projects.
As a consultant, I help figure out and build processes that improve product development. I have worked with American Express, Google, and Dish Network to form innovation programs and speed up project executions. I tend to focus on a mix of research, training, and prototyping with in-house teams to create new digital products.
In the summer of 2017, I volunteered as acting Design Director for Swing Left.
From 2014-2016 I served as VP Product and Design for a startup in New York City. We created new experiences around content analytics, working with major publishers like Condé Nast and Time Inc. to assist their content marketing programs.
In select semesters I teach at Parsons The New School for Design. Past courses were part of the core design curriculum, focusing on digital interaction. I teach students how to build user-focused products through research, prototyping, and testing. I also teach programming for the web.
I often teach alongside my good friend, Meg Lewis. We're unorthodox and goofy in our method, but it gets the job done.
As Seen In
I work out of a community called Small City. Friends for years, we've always had a focus on inclusiveness, supportiveness, and a fierce will to push each other forward.
When we were Studiomates, I contributed a small design as part of Tattly’s first year collection. My Air Quotes design sold at the Whitney Museum as part of a typography exhibit in 2013. If you'd like, you can still see or grab a set here.
I've also been interviewed at Workspiration.
Out of Bounds
I occasionally write. Though it's mostly for myself, sometimes other people find it interesting too.
Personal notes are on my blog, Gotham Black.
Creative writing and other explorations are listed on Flat 221B. It includes things I'm currently writing and/or hope to write someday soon.
I plan to write about work-related matters on Medium, so stay tuned for that.