With a solid reputation for video, web, mobile and other digital solutions, Crush & Lovely has shifted its focus to high-level strategy with execution. Not just for a project or team, but across entire companies. CEO & Co-founder Matt Blanchard and Managing Director Mazin Melegy join us to talk about what an impact agency is, and how Crush & Lovely fulfills a vital business need.
You got into design because you love the work. But now, as a design leader, your job is running a team, running projects, operating out of habit and responsibility. As the gap between how you spend your day and what's most important to you widens, you start to feel more and more burned out. Clinical psychologist and author Dr. Sherry Walling has tips to help you mitigate the effects of burnout. Tune in to find out how you can add more interest and meaning to your work.
What does it take to be a great design leader? Ask Alastair Simpson, Head of Design at Atlassian, and his answers may surprise you. To Alastair, great leadership—and great design—come down to communication. Tune in to learn more about his leadership approach, how direct feedback can make you a better leader and the importance of having a real life outside of your job.
Get a bunch of Harvard grads together, and amazing things are bound to happen. That’s certainly true of DEV, the web and app development arm of Harvard Student Agencies. DEV’s Chief Helpfulness Officer Spencer Tiberi joins us to talk about DEV as a multi-million dollar non-profit: how the organization is turning profits into scholarships, and what it’s like working in an “almost chaotic” environment. Tune in to learn more about DEV, the nature of their business and where they’re headed next.
How can we help people access experiences, and how do we end up blocking people from critical services and information, such as medical records, legal systems or education? As the Head of Practices at Pluralsight, Mariah often asks herself this question. Mariah joins us to talk about awareness and aptitude, identifying blind spots and asking for help when it feels like you might be missing something.
Why do so many of us struggle to work together across our teams? Vivian Sarratt, Head of UX Operations at Google, joins us to spill some of the secrets of successful collaboration at Google. Tune in to explore the complicated relationships in cross-functional teams and strategies to make working together work.
Stephen Gates started his design education when he was two years old, setting type with his dad on a 700-pound cast iron letterpress in the basement. At the age of 12, he was introduced to the agency world, then moved in-house a time or two before arriving at his present gig as the Head Design Evangelist at InVision. Tune in to hear Stephen’s thoughts on unspoken truths, design commoditization and the trouble with comparing our insides to others’ outsides.
Can code be cool, and appeal to a wider audience—even elementary students in underrepresented communities? Absolutely, according to Armando Somoza and Chenits Pettigrew. As co-founders of CodeScty, they’re out to change computer science training as we know it, teaching complex concepts and curriculum through original hip hop music and videos. Armando and Chenits join us to talk about CodeScty and their quest to develop not just coders, but true innovators who can impact our world and our societies in constructive and positive ways.
A few weeks back, we posed the following question to 100+ design leaders, “What are the biggest challenges facing design leadership?” A flood of responses came flying back, citing everything from recruiting to utilization, growth, imposter syndrome, remote work and more. But one respondent had a different take: none of these challenges should really be challenges if we start looking at things a different way. Could it be that simple? Tune in to hear Chris Wilkinson, Director of Product Design at Devbridge Group, talk about a shift in mindset, and ways we can help prepare the next generation of design leaders.
Forecasting may seem complex, confusing and largely unattainable. But with the right guidance, it’s within reach. Rob Harr, Vice President of Sparkbox, and Jody Grunden, Managing Member of Summit CPA, join us to share their perspectives on forecasting, understanding capacity and determining a systematic approach to operations and your finances.