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A few months ago, I tweeted asking if people had questions about design interviewing. The interview and evaluation process can often feel like a black box, so I wanted to offer some transparency and advice based on my experience being an interviewer and hiring manager at Dropbox.

I answered a lot of questions, and Zack suggested turning the thread into a blog post so that the Q&A was easier to peruse. While the character limit was a nice constraint, an AMA thread on Twitter is kind of hard to browse.

So here we are. Better late than never.

I’ve copied most of the questions and answers, as well as removed duplicates and all of the Twitter noise. …

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Hey there, design friend. We’re Dropbox Design, and we’re glad you stumbled upon our publication. This is our first story — a simple handshake to introduce ourselves.

First, a little background. Over the years, Design has played a deeply influential role at Dropbox and has become a cornerstone of our company. …

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First things first, the last two years at Shyp have been the best of my career. I joined the company when there was a group of 10 ambitious people huddled inside a small warehouse. Since then, the company has grown to 200+ equally ambitious people. I’ve was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to build the Design Team and define what design became at our company. It’s been quite the journey, and I owe a lot to Shyp and the team. I’ll be forever rooting for them.

Why did I leave?

Not an easy question to answer and one that is filled with nuance. I’m the type of person that gets uncomfortable if I feel I’m slowing in my personal growth. Every day, I wake up and want to push myself in new ways. A polarizing change in environment was the fastest way to achieve that. …


Kurt Varner

Design Director at Dropbox. Advisor for startups. Rooting for the underdog.

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