I’ve been a mentor since 2018 on UXPA, Revive, and ADPList. Thanks to these amazing communities I’ve been lucky enough to meet and exchange ideas with a lot of people. The best thing is when someone you met sends you a message thanking you because they found a job, they…

At the Financial Times, the design team has gone through substantial growth within the last year with a lot of new designers joining the team. …

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As designers, we always collaborate with researchers. We all know how important it is to deeply understand the problems we are solving and to uncover insights that will drive innovation with the products we are building.

For a few months, I’ve started working on a research framework template to have…

How to manage crisis periods and look after your team’s well-being.

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I remember how excited I was to take this new challenge 6 months ago, they gave me one person to coach and formally manage. My journey to being a Design Manager had officially started. After 3 months, my manager came to me and said: “you’re now going to manage a…

Day 11

Do you know the floating shapes in your eyes? The ones that you see when you focus on something like the sky and you follow them but they run away. You see them only when you are focusing on them, otherwise, you don’t really notice them, although they…

Day 7.

The one thing I noticed, the bigger thing, is the breaking of the routine. Often, breaking routines is what makes you grow. You change your perspective of the world and you shuffle all the elements that create your own representation of reality. …

During these crazy days, it’s really easy to lose the mind. There’s just so much uncertainty that I don’t know what to expect from tomorrow, I’ve had a constant mixture of feelings like fear, anxiety, and stress.

After my third quarantined work from home day, I felt the need to…

Leonardo Mattei

Principal Product Designer @Financial Times and Jazz addict based in London. Find me @matteileo. Views, stories, and opinions are my own.

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