How focusing on results can help your portfolio bubble up to the top

In the past year, I doubled the size of my team. I looked at A LOT of Design portfolios. One of the most common patterns I found was very long case studies primarily focused on describing a process that most Designers are already familiar with. Invariably, the first thing I would do was to scroll all the way to end to see what the actual result was. I was amazed to find that many times the final result was either not shown at all, or it was presented as a minor detail that was hard to see or understand. …

Woman knitting during online remote meeting
Woman knitting during online remote meeting

A simple and pleasurable solution to an increasingly common challenge

I once heard from a child psychologist that a common mistake parents make is to believe that while their child is busy playing with toys on the floor, she’s too distracted to hear what they’re talking about. In fact, the more focused a child looks while playing with her hands, the more she’s actually listening and absorbing all that’s going on around her.

This idea really resonated with me when I started having endless meetings while working remotely. Many were presentations or large team meetings where my participation was not required. What I did have to do, however, was to…

Split screen view showing one person working from bed and another working at a desk.
Split screen view showing one person working from bed and another working at a desk.

How reading and writing more can promote collaboration across time-zones and save time for everyone

When I started at DocuSign in August of 2018, I was living in Portland, OR and was mostly working with a Product Development team based in Paris.

The first time I had to schedule a meeting to review designs, I looked at my calendar hoping to find time available the next day. We were 9 hours apart and there were only two time slots that were compatible across the time zones. As I compared calendars, I discovered these time slots were booked for the entire week, and the week after that some attendees were taking a vacation.

In short, it…

It’s 2005. I had graduated from graphic design school five years earlier. Since then, I had built a couple of websites for friends and family, designed some books, dabbled in illustration, but my full time job was teaching English as a foreign language. I really liked teaching and thought I would do it forever. Design was destined to be a side gig, if anything.

The phone rings. You want to be part of a massive web project for a government agency? You have until tonight to turn this mockup into an HTML page. No problem. My main skill back in…

Gabi Moore

Director, Product Design @ DocuSign — Paris, France

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