Alastair Simpson


Alastair Simpson is a product design manager, leader and mentor who loves working with multi-disciplinary teams to solve complex business and interaction design challenges.

Alastair currently leads a cross-geo design team at Atlassian across a portfolio of cloud products and platforms: Trello, Confluence, Platform, Design System, Ecosystem and Growth. Alastair also owns a rather large sneaker collection.


Twitter: @alanstairs


Real Talk About Design Leadership

Thursday, September 19
10:00–10:45 AM

Many designers aspire to move into leadership positions at some point in their careers. They want to become a fearless design leader. I am often asked by these potential design managers: What is it really like to be a design leader? Give me the real talk!  

The honest truth is that the reality of design leadership is often very different from the perception. Alastair Simpson (Head of Design, Atlassian Cloud) has run big and small design teams both in-house and agency-side. He now runs a globally distributed team of 70 designers at Atlassian and will share a few things nobody told him (but he wished they had) about design leadership. 

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