Strategies for Thriving in Your First Product Design Role

Chris Chan
Oct 24, 2017 · 6 min read

What should I know to succeed at my first design role?

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1. Remember to ask the important questions upfront.

2. Your job is to not only ship, but to sell.

3. Know your tools, but focus on the fundamentals.

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4. Open up your work often.

5. Change is the only constant.

6. Allow your teammates to inspire you.

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7. The learning never stops.

8. For mentorship, embrace “Plus/minus/equal.”

“Each fighter, to become great, needs to have someone better that they can learn from, someone lesser who they can teach, and someone equal that they can challenge themselves against.”

9. Gravitate towards situations you think you’re unqualified for.

10. Be fearless.

“If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, bring others.”

11. Don’t forget to have fun.


Chris Chan

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Product designer @SurveyMonkey. Passionate about travel, storytelling, and guacamole

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