In her book The Making of a Manager, Julie Zhuo (VP of Design for Facebook), reflects on her own story of becoming a manager. From the basics of what management really means to hiring and how to deal with a growing team, she provides advice and examples from her career. Especially the questions in the book are really useful. This book is a Swiss Army knife for people transitioning into management.
Designing easy-to-use, valuable and well-crafted UIs is one of the main goals of every Digital Product Designer. Two years ago, I started my journey with no real formal design background (Computer Science & Media). This post summarizes some of the insights I learned along the way as well as advice, that would have been helpful at the start.
The productivity of a Digital Product Designer is defined by the amount of good work he/she is able to put out into the real world together with the team. This is the place, where you get real feedback to learn and steer your product in the right direction. Unnecessary chaos in the midst of a development cycle often stands in the way of this goal. Sometimes developers find edge cases, which make the design unusable. Other times, a developer messages you asking for missing assets. A frustrating and time-consuming problem. However, there are tools to deal with those types of problems upfront.
To start of the new year, I want to share my favorite three books from last year. The topics range from leadership to a biography to self-improvement. All three books gave me a lot to think about and I highly recommend reading them.
I am currently writing my master’s thesis and have been thinking a lot about creativity and inspiration lately. Sometimes, I look for inspiration in order to find new ways to improve the structure of my work or I’m looking for a creative spark to solve another kind of problem.
In the last couple of days, I’ve read the book Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelly, who both work at IDEO. The book empowers people to be more creative, which according to them lies in all of us. Sometimes, it just needs a little nudge in the right direction. In the book, there is a chapter called “Spark – from blank page to insight”. It provides several concepts to cultivate a creative spark by changing the questions we ask. So, how?
The four lectures summarized in this article focus on how to cultivate leadership and how to build a thriving culture.
Here are my notes for lectures 6 to 8. As always, let’s step right in.