Six empty wooden chairs propped perfectly, center stage at Adobe’s headquarters in San Francisco.
These chairs would soon be sat upon by some of the country’s most influential designers of today. Last night I virtually attended a panel discussion that was put on to bring together some of Silicon Valley's most influential designers; it was an event hosted by Invision and housed at Adobe's headquarters here in CA. On the panel, sat Facebook’s designers Geoff Teehan and Julie Zhuo, Twitter’s Mike Davidson, Pinterests’s Keith Bormuth and Instragram designer Ian Silber. The audience was no less impressive as there were those from Google, Evernote, Adobe, Mintboxx, and more.
This was a full house, buzzing with designers and technologists from all over to come together for a simple social and discuss some of the challenges that come with designing for the most powerful tools in social media today. Cocktails were flowing and free appetizers were on the rise; more importantly, some of the toughest questions were about to be answered: How do you design for millions of people without alienating certain groups? What does it take to be a great product designer? How do you communicate the value of UX to your stakeholders?
Included here, are 7 things I believe were some of the key take aways that could help anyone who’s trying to “make it big” or perhaps more appropriately make an impact in the field of design. Afterall, this is insight directly from some of the most powerful tech companies in our day. Effectively, this group of people has impacted the lives of over a billion people on our planet; some were with the companies from the beginning. I share the insight here, with you today.
Principal Designer of Mintbox Design
Holly Jade is the founding Designer for MINTBOX. She graduated with her M.S. and B.S. from Purdue in Technology. Holly is an Apple award recipient, honoree to Forbes Under 30, and speaker for TEDx.