Rank #1: Tim Van Damme on the stories behind his prolific design gigs
Tim Van Damme is on the show this week to share the stories behind his prolific design gigs. He takes us back to his freelance roots in Belgium and big move to America where he kicks off a series of high profile design roles. Tim reflects on the design industry as a whole, recognizing the culture of sharing that was so formative in his early years as an up and comer. He also teases us about the new star studded project Abstract, and uncovers his mysterious alter alias Max Voltar.
Tim is a Belgian designer working on Abstract, a new tool for for design teams. His past roles include Gowalla, Dropbox and Instagram.
New story sorting options: Jody has been hard at work to provide more sorting options for stories - you can filter by Top Stories (week/month/year) and by Badge Type. You're encouraged to hit up Jody directly if you have feedback or run into bugs!
San Francisco is going down October 20
Sprout Video needs a Lead UI/UX Designer in New York
Why embark on project Abstract? (2:40)
Making the move from Belgium to America (5:50)
Working at Gowalla, and the Facebook acquisition (9:00)
Joining Instagram (11:25)
Cold emailing design influencers (12:20)
First projects at Instagram (14:20)
Tim's second experience with Facebook buying out his company (15:55)
Moving on to the Dropbox design team (18:40)
Lessons learned from working within a large design organization (20:10)
Projects at Dropbox (22:30)
A culture of sharing and giving back to the design community (25:50)
Who is Max Voltar? (29:20)
Sep 19 2016
Rank #2: Rachel Andrew on frameworks, layouts, and her humble CMS project going big
Rachel Andrew joins us this week to reflect on how the web's influence grew on her in the early days, and how this manifested into full-fledged web development - a magic skill set at the time. Then Rachel dwells on web frameworks and their implications for web standards and layouts. She muses about obligations for the development community to advocate for their interests, and the story of a humble CMS project turning big. Finally, she explores how the client landscape in today's web dev world is shifting and becoming commoditized.
Rachel is a developer, speaker, author, and founder of Perch, a friendly CMS client.
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In addition to the badge sorting options we added last week, there is a new Submit Story flow that makes posting easier. As always, reach out to Jody if you run into any trouble or have feedback.
Sprout Video is looking for a Creative Director in Brooklyn
Weebly needs a Design Manager in San Francisco
San Francisco is coming up October 20 - stay tuned for more details.
Weebly needs a Design Manager in San Francisco
Leaving the world of theater and dance (3:30)
How buying her first computer opened up a new career for Rachel (4:10)
Writing about the Web and nailing first client-gigs (5:45)
Creating, building, and curiosity-driven programming (7:36)
What about CSS is so exciting? (8:55)
CSS frameworks and web developments (11:15)
Relying on frameworks and implications for the web (12:50)
Pushing for better standards (14:25)
Launching and marketing Perch (16:15)
Transitioning from a studio to a product company (19:20)
Why traditional design companies are pitching more web products (23:10)
The balancing act of sharing free resources and making revenue from projects (from The High Price of Free) (25:00)
Oct 03 2016
Rank #3: Scott Belsky on empowering the creative world, and implications of the interface layer
Scott Belsky joins us to highlight his journey from Fortune 500 MBA grad to the creative chaos of the design world. He dives into Behance's mission to empower the creative world - and his personal journey thereof. Scott also explains the implications of the interface layer, and concludes with his shift into venture capital.
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Seattle is taking place August 25
Toronto is coming up September 15
Highrise is looking for a Maker of Software (Remote)
Connect Software needs a Senior Product Designer (San Francisco)
Expedia is searching for a Product Designer (Paris)
Open-sourced photography DN'er Sam Zeller decided to give away all his photographs for free. His photos on Unsplash have been used in Apple campaigns and downloaded tens of thousands of times, inspiring him to set his entire archive of work free, available for private and commercial use.
Airbnb's new Samara design studio: Airbnb is going in-house with a new design studio. This new services-design team kicked off their first project by urban-planning a new community center in Japan. An undeniable link exists between Samara and the Russian design studio Lapka that was acquired by Airbnb last year.
Instagram Stories: Instagram released a new feature called Stories, a controversial dupe of Snapchat’s already-popular Stories feature.
How frustration with the creative world drew Scott to design (7:20)
Goldman Sachs to Harvard Business School (9:00)
“Mission-centric but medium-agnostic”: Why Behance was bootstrapped (11:45)
Product roadmapping at Behance (13:30)
One-stop solutions for integrated services (15:25)
What does the interface layer mean for brands? (18:40)
Organization vs. talent (20:15)
Bringing creativity to mobile at Adobe (23:52)
The commoditization of design (27:25)
Design-driven (and founded) companies (28:45)
Aug 22 2016
Rank #4: Amandah Wood on authentic storytelling and doing the work you love
Amandah Wood joins us to talk about Ways we Work, her publication that deep-dives into how people do work they love. Amandah shares her experiences encouraging candid and open storytelling, and finding exactly what makes people tick.
Amandah is a writer, editor and extremely curious person. She's the founder of Ways we Work where she interviews people and teams about how they do meaningful work.
Toronto is coming up September 15
Boston is going down September 8
London is happening September 29
Grabble needs a UI/UX Designer in London
Huddle is looking for a Senior Designer in Sydney
Chegg needs a Lead UX Designer in Santa Clara
The Design Team: A new comic series by illustrator Pablo Stanley that follows the story of Junior Designer who just moved to SF to join a startup. The comic pokes fun at the tech world, and the quirky design culture in the middle of it. . First few series available at thedesignteam.io.
Nextdoor Cuts Racist Posts by 75%: Neighbourhood social media site Nextdoor experienced an abundance of racial profiling, so they actually added friction to the user, which in-turn reduced racists post by 75%.
Pattern, UX Sketching App: One of the most upvoted stories this past week, as users were excited by the product video... However some people expressed concern over the app's stability.
Mozilla Open Design Logo Concepts: Mozilla is modernizing their brand identity. 'Open sourced' and 'transparency' are core values of their democratized web, so they are using an 'Open Design' process for this new branding. This doesn't mean crowdsourced, or voting, but letting people weigh in with their feedback.
Introducing Amandah and Ways We Work (9:20)
How being an introvert pushed Amandah to launch her site (10:25)
Evolution of Ways We Work and finding Matt Quinn (14:40)
How Amandah picks subjects (16:50)
The secret to loving your job (20:10)
The interviewing experience and process (21:40)
Encouraging vulnerability, and extracting candid and open stories (29:03)
What makes an interview interesting (30:30)
Writing and reflection (32:30)
Amandah’s interview rolemodels (33:50)
Predictions for the future of publishing (34:45)
What’s next for Ways We Work (36:30)
Sep 06 2016
Rank #5: Randy J. Hunt on true user-empathy and lessons learned growing Etsy
Randy J. Hunt joins us this week for a kaleidoscopic design discussion. He lays down all kinds of wisdom about developing true empathy for users, career paths, holistic design and business models. Then we explore Etsy; what it was like helming early design projects, challenges growing the team and how Etsy's mission attracts the calibre of designers it does. Finally, Randy name-drops the luminaries that he takes inspiration from.
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San Francisco is coming up October 20 at Udemy
Austin is happening down November 10. Stay tuned for details!
Blue Aunt Media needs a Senior UX Designer in Toronto
Pillpack is looking for a Product Designer in Boston
Reaktor is hiring a couple design positions in NY
ODEN Technologies is looking for a Product Designer in NY
MAARK Agency needs a UI Designer in Cambridge
The state of design tools: Thoughts on collaboration, file-sharing, features, layouts, and what all of this means for the industry as a whole [4:00]
Common issues that come up with collaborative design tools, and why design issues have become such a hot topic 7:10
The future of design tools: predictions 18:00
Fostering ultimate empathy for users, and what Randy discovered using only an iPad 21:40
How Randy’s background has brought him to where he is now, including how the early months of his launch went24:45
The differences between agency work and entrepreneurship 29:40
The differences between product work vs. service work 35:00
Challenges scaling the Etsy design team 39:20
Common challenges in management and how Randy meets them head-on 45:00
Etsy’s “secret sauce”: How they attract so many talented people 49:00
Oct 17 2016