Junior Designers vs. Senior Designers

Julie Zhuo
The Year of the Looking Glass
2 min readSep 9, 2014


I like words a lot. But sometimes a few sketches communicate a point more simply and memorably.

The Process of a Junior Designer

Like following a hyperactive green fairy.

The Process of a Senior Designer

There’s method in the madness.

The Ambitions of a Junior Designer

Make it look good.

The Ambitions of a Senior Designer

Make new value.

The Stages of Design to a Junior Designer

“Design” is a tall ivory tower.

The Stages of Design to a Senior Designer

Ideas are cheap; execution and results are everything.

For more detailed reading on each set of sketches:

  1. Build a Trustworthy Design Process
  2. The Biggest Problem in Design
  3. Constraints are Hard

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Julie Zhuo
The Year of the Looking Glass

Building Sundial (sundial.so). Former Product Design VP @ FB. Author of The Making of a Manager. Find me @joulee. I love people, nuance, and systems.