Being curious and then what?— Jean-Marc Denis

Riccardo Giorato
Nomad Interview
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4 min readMar 22, 2017


Jean: My name is Jean-Marc, I am a design manager for Messenger at Facebook. Before that, I worked for “Sparrow,” a French startup which got acquired by Google in 2012.

I joined the Gmail team where I worked on Inbox by Gmail from the ground up as UX Mobile Lead.

After launching, I felt the need to challenge myself and curiosity by starting fresh again. I had the opportunity to join the Google Daydream Virtual Reality team where I helped to design some of the experiences.

R: Do you do some ritual every day outside of work?

Jean: Not really, I think I should, but I don’t.

R: What do you do that allows you to work efficiently alone or in your team, do you have any ritual or daily/weekly activity at work(Facebook)?

Jean: As lead/manager, my current role is a lot about the people I am working with. The only time I am working alone is when I come back home and design some 3D/AR/VR. I do not have any ritual or daily routine per-say.

R: How do you manage to do creative work every day any tips or technique?

Jean: I think it all comes down to being curious. That’s how and why I keep looking for new sources of inspiration every day. In all the things you do, some people spent most of their careers mastering their craft. Look for them and understand what make their work exceptional, make it your north star and work toward that goal.

R: What thought or tip would you give to yourself in the past?

Jean: I am going to sound like a broken record but “never settle, fuel your curiosity.” Learning new things can be intimidating but getting better at your craft is rewarding.

Helping people to grow and get there themselves is a significant part of my design journey.

R: Any study tip for a high school, university student?

Jean: If you want to work in the design industry, attend as much meetup as you can. You will…



Riccardo Giorato
Nomad Interview