Try to be John Williams, Not Jony Ive
Vox Media Product Team | Washington D.C.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak to the Vox Product team’s AFK (Away From Keyboard) day. I gave a talk about how the real work in your career isn’t always the design.
I focused on 3 major themes. Balance, friendships, understanding the business of design. Success takes time.
These are the all things I’ve had to learn the hard way over my career. Some quick visual highlights:
The team at Vox is a bit different than I expected. They are kind, thoughtful and passionate about building things that help people. I mentioned making friends is important in my talk and was given a poignant critique by one of their team members. “I would change one point you said…to…make friends, not cliques or boy’s clubs.” I thought about that sentence and possibly the eons of universal frustration that may have been behind it on the bus ride home from the retreat.
Make friends not cliques. The world doesn’t need any more invite-only boy’s or girl’s clubs.
Beautiful and timely point. :)
Usually, people give talks to show off how ‘great’ they are. Rarely are talks given with the invitation to get to know someone and be friends. In this current changing climate in tech and design, I hope I was able to offer my advice, experiences and mistakes as an invitation.
Let’s be friends, but first, let’s do the work.