Mike, thank you for sharing such an honest self-reflection. Your thoughts reflect an extraordinary level of humility, and it’s refreshing to read a piece that addresses Silicon Valley’s shortcomings without lambasting anyone/thing or its highlights without sounding like it’s the epicenter of the world.
Great piece on what makes working at Medium, and work in general, meaningful.
As I was reading, I found myself wanting to open all the hyperlinks you’ve included because I knew each would open a new piece of writing that was enjoyable, thoughtful, fun. But given the overwhelming number of…
This was key — putting designers in a room with developers, product people, and other stakeholders is necessary for good design. Collaboration for designers shouldn’t be reserved just for user research and interviews; it should be an ongoing part of building a product.
Our workplaces tend to idolize the cowboys, but truly great results come from working together.
Thanks, Sebastien for your refreshing perspective. It’s human nature to want to emphasize our own roles in a product’s development. It’s the type of personal bias that can rear its ugly head within a team dynamic or, even more broadly, in life.
The rising interest in design (UX/UI) provided designers the opportunity for a…
Bruce, this hit home. I’m looking for a career shift, and words like yours are encouraging reminders to continue voicing my aspirations. I’ve learned a lot during my day job, but it’s where I want to go that gets me excited
Thanks, Tobias for a great read. Retaining curiosity and employing empathy results in success across many disciplines outside of design as well. I agree wholeheartedly; surrounding yourself with those who have different perspectives and then making connections between different schools of thought yield even greater inspiration.