Hi, I’m Charles Forster. I’m glad you’re here!

I am a designer turned engineer and entrepreneur. Back in 2008, I closed up my design studio to be a cofounder in Vine & Grain, a startup focused on bringing efficiency and accuracy to liquor management for the bar and restaurant industry. Even though that startup ultimately failed, we grew and learned a tremendous amount.  

Shortly after Vine & Grain closed up, we pivoted to start Skunk Worx Lab, a software development startup based in Austin, TX. Since then, we’ve built custom software solutions for companies all over the world, including San Francisco, London, and Texas.

Over the last 10+ years of managing a team of designers, engineers, QA staff (not to mention client projects) I shifted from designer to engineer to leadership. Personal growth was not an option, it was a requirement.

I started reading personal development and leadership development books by authors like Tim Ferris and Daniel Pink. I developed practices, mental models, and tactics for myself. That led to more and faster personal growth than I thought possible.


Today I write about being an entrepreneur in articles like:


UX, product design, and engineering in articles like:

And personal and leadership development in articles like:

You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Medium. I also send semi-weekly emails with my latest posts and what caught my attention on the internet lately. Give me a follow and say hi, I read everything people send me. If you’re interested in working with me, go here to find out more about the work we do at SWXL.

Thanks for being here, I appreciate you!

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