It was the summer of 2007, and Peter Vidani sat in plush blue chair in the middle of a hotel hallway. Downtown Los Angeles was dead this particular evening. The only sounds to be heard were humming of the elevator, the occasional laugh from a room down the hall, and the gentle whir of a laptop he used to browse Tumblr—his latest obsession.
Vidani was on a security detail. He only had two responsibilities that night: to make sure the contestants of America’s Next Top Model never left the hotel and to escort them from their rooms down to the hotel restaurant for breakfast in the morning.
“They were just these pretty young girls; they were obviously having a blast,” Vidani told the Daily Dot. “Every once in awhile I would glance up to see if anyone was around. It was ridiculous. [The girls] could have easily left through the staircase in the back instead of taking the elevators.”
Now five years later, Vidani is a different sort of guardian. As Tumblr’s sixth employee, Vidani is the company’s guru of design, managing a team of five responsible for making the blog—from the small buttons on the dashboard to the entire iPhone application—look good.
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[Photo via Peter Vidani, gif by fern]