Designer Joey Flynn Leaving Facebook

By David Cohen Comment

JoeyFlynnAnother prominent Facebook employee is headed for the exit door, as designer Joey Flynn announced that Friday will be his last day with the company.

Flynn was the lead designer on the social network’s Slingshot stand-alone application, chat heads feature and Home Android overlay.

He said in a non-public Facebook post shared by Business Insider that he will be starting a company with fellow Facebook designer Drew Hamlin, writing:

I write this with a heavy heart, but this Friday will be my last day at Facebook.

To even begin to express my love and gratitude for the amazing people at this company would require writing a five-book series, and who has that kind of time? So I’ll leave it at this:

Having the opportunity to cut my teeth alongside some of the best and brightest in the world has been unreal — I can’t imagine a place where I would have spent the past five years. The people here honestly and genuinely care about other people, both within the company and across the globe, and to have been a small part of what everyone here has so passionately delivered is truly a blessing. If you ever have the chance to work here, definitely do it.

So what’s next for me? Well, with all this free time, I’m thinking of taking a spin at writing this five-book series I’ve been mulling on for the past 23 minutes about my love and gratitude for the amazing people at this company. Maybe even cut an audio-book deal — heck maybe even take it to the big screen if the price is right. “Joey, but who is going to be playing you in the major motion picture?” To be honest, I’m worried about that, too, but without giving too much away, I’ll just say that (Ryan Gosling and George Clooney) are on my short list. I really don’t know who it will be, though, and that’s part of the thrill of entering into the great and exciting unknown.

In all honesty, though, if anyone can connect me with Gosling, I’d really appreciate it.

In actual all honesty, though, I couldn’t be more excited to announce that I’ll be starting a company with my good friend, Drew Hamlin. We’ll be working together up in the city, so please shoot us a message if you ever want to come hang!

I can’t wait to see what the next five years have in store for Facebook, and to all of the people here who have taught me so much, thank you.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

Readers: Should Facebook be concerned about this week’s departures, or are they just part of the process of doing business?