Facebook Loses Product Designer Chris Kalani

Product Designer Chris Kalani, who has been with Facebook since February 2011, announced in a post on the social network that he was leaving the company, giving no indication as to what his next move would be.

Product Designer Chris Kalani, who has been with Facebook since February 2011, announced in a post on the social network that he was leaving the company, giving no indication as to what his next move would be.

According to sister blog Inside Facebook, Kalani’s contributions to Facebook included an integral role in the design of its Facebook Messenger mobile applications, as well as the social network’s icons for life events, including same-sex marriage.

Kalani wrote in his post Tuesday:

I really wanted to start this post off with something that would elicit a laugh or a gasp, but I’m just going to get to the point: Today is my last day at Facebook.

I am incredibly grateful for everyone who has made this experience so amazing. I can’t imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t received that canned recruiting email from Bobby Goodlatte back in 2009. It took a couple years of convincing, but eventually, I joined the company. I knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but I didn’t realize how big of an impact it would have on me. This place has shaped me as a designer and as a thinker. It’s changed the way I look at the world and brought some of the most influential and best friends into my life.

Leaving all of that behind is going to be tough. But I’m ready to go out there and see what I’m capable of on my own. Hold onto your butts…

Readers: Where do you think Kalani is headed next?