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Behind the Scenes is a new Spotify Design series that offers an inside look at creating experiences at Spotify.

“I feel like we’re in such a unique position to really create evolution…Spotify can take it to the next level and incorporate a lot of creative things — it just seems to make way too much sense,” says Cole Cuchna, creator of Dissect, a Spotify Original podcast that spends an entire season breaking down the lyrics, meaning, and music of a particular album.

Podcasting as we know it today really took off in the early 2000s, when portable audio players adopted the MP3 format and were able to share these files for broader listening. Now, decades later, podcasts are experiencing a boom in popularity. In this year’s annual Infinite Dial study, 2020 podcast statistics boast record numbers: 75% of the U.S. population is familiar with the term “podcasting.” Since 2017, monthly podcast listeners have grown 54%. And for the first time ever, more than 100 million Americans listen to at least one podcast a month. …


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What did you do before joining Spotify Design? That’s the question at the crux of our first Spotify Design podcast, Past Lives, a series dedicated to exploring the unexpected and interesting careers of our designers before coming to Spotify.

Co-produced by Shamik Ray, Principal Designer, and Eda Yu, UX Writer, the series was a new, exciting project to work on. With the help of Maggie Zhang as project manager, we navigated creating our first-ever podcast for Spotify.Design, …


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While I know our design community is hungry for Figma plugins, I’m here to talk to you about a different plug-in: the social impact kind. I’ve learned first-hand what kind of impact us product designers can have when we venture beyond our product bubble. This post is about why it’s important to get plugged in beyond your design org.

Spotify just launched the biggest non-partisan voting campaign in the company’s history and it might not have happened if it wasn’t for despair, a rooftop happy hour, an idea, and some designers deciding to get politically involved two years sooner.

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The Future of Pop Culture Isn’t Passive

Many brands are realizing that times are changing and that just staying in their lane isn’t what the future looks like. In fact, a report by Spotify for Brands showed that 68% of Gen Z’s and Millennials say brands need to play a more meaningful role in society. In other words, the future isn’t passive. …

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