Mark McLaughlin

  • @clocky
  • Principal Design Manager, Microsoft
  • he/him
  • Kirkland, WA
Mark McLaughlin is a English-born Irish designer and developer, currently at Microsoft. Previously: S...  
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Principal Design Manager

  • Microsoft
  • Mar 2020 - Present

Senior Design Manager

  • Microsoft
  • May 2017 - Nov 2018

Design Lead, Mobile

  • Skype
  • Jul 2006 - Mar 2013

User Interface Designer

  • Ericsson
  • Dec 2005 - Jun 2006

Web Developer

  • Three UK
  • May 2001 - Dec 2005


  • ARTISTdirect
  • Jul 1999 - May 2001
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Oct 08, 2021
Oct 08, 2021
Launched a Product Feature

Webview UI Toolkit for Visual Studio Code

The Webview UI Toolkit is a component library for building webview-based extensions in Visual Studio Code.

Features of the library include:

  • Implements the Visual Studio Code design language: All components follow the design language of Visual Studio Code – enabling developers to create extensions that have a consistent look and feel with the rest of the editor.
  • Automatic support for color themes: All components are designed with theming in mind and will automatically display the current editor theme.
  • Use any tech stack: The library ships as a set of web components, meaning developers can use the toolkit no matter what tech stack (React, Vue, Svelte, etc.) their extension is built with.
  • Accessible out of the box: All components ship with web standard compliant ARIA labels and keyboard navigation.
Principal Design Manager, Microsoft


Mar 01, 2020
Mar 01, 2020
Started a new role at Microsoft
Excited to join Microsoft as Principal Design Manager! 🎉
Principal Design Manager, Microsoft


Nov 01, 2018
Nov 01, 2018
Promoted at work
Ended my journey as Senior Design Manager at Microsoft!
Senior Design Manager, Microsoft
Sep 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018
Led product design
Launched a product redesign
Launched a Product
Built a Design System
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Azure DevOps

During the transition of the Visual Studio Team Services product to the rebranded Azure DevOps suite, I managed the team that oversaw the roll out of a refreshed design system and feel, building on Microsoft's Fabric (now, Fluent) framework.

Taking the opportunity of the rebrand, we worked with our engineering and product management stakeholders across Raleigh, San Francisco, Seattle and Hyderabad to enumerate the typical stock screens and scenarios that were common throughout the suite, in order to normalize and bring coherency to the individual product workflows.

Senior Design Manager, Microsoft
Jun 04, 2018
Jun 04, 2018
Microsoft acquired GitHub, a popular code-repository service used by many developers and large companies, for $7.5 billion in stock. 

The deal, which heightened Microsoft’s focus on open-source development, aimed to increase enterprise use of GitHub and bring Microsoft’s developer tools and services to new audiences. 

By joining forces with GitHub, CEO Satya Nadella said, “we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation.”


Nov 08, 2017
Nov 08, 2017
Spoke at an event
Traveled to a new city

UX Day India

Spoke at the internal Microsoft UX Day event in Hyderabad, India - sharing the story of the Azure DevOps team migrated our design workflows to Figma. 

A brilliant few days with the IDC design team, including an emergency run to find vaguely Western clothes after British Airways lost my luggage along the way.
Senior Design Manager, Microsoft
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