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  • Agency Ownership in a Post-Pandemic World (Alli Metall, Metall)

    26/07/2021 Duración: 41min

    Alli Metall is a husband, father, and designer living in Reykjavík, Iceland. He was born in Húsavík, Iceland--a small town on the northern coast (also famed as the setting of Netflix's Eurovision Song Contest). He began his career playing guitar in death metal and jazz bands and soon combined his interests in music and computer games to a career in design. After a brief agency stint as an intern in New York City, he returned home to work at a game company, a fin-tech startup, and an airline. Nowadays, Alli is the owner, founder, and creator of his own studio: Metall.Alli shares his fears (running out of $$$) and dreams (surfing in Hawaii before turning 80) and what he's seen as the silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic.In this episode we cover:Job  switchingAgency formationEgo vs. teamworkThe pandemic & the future of workDesigning for screensWhat we're looking forward toAnd more!Visit the Funsize websiteSubscribe to The Funsize Digest 

  • Critique vs. Criticism: Creating a Safe Space to Share (Aaron Irizarry, Capital One)

    10/06/2021 Duración: 49min

    Aaron “Ron” Irizarry, is the Sr. Director, Servicing Platforms Design at Capital One. He loves all things user experience, problem-solving, and design process. Having worked for Fox/IGN, HP, Nasdaq, and now Capital One, Aaron loves sinking his teeth into complex problems. In addition to his day job, Aaron speaks at events and provides training for companies on design team structure, communication, and collaboration. He is also the co-author of Discussing Design.Most importantly, Aaron is a master of the BBQ arts, a lover and player of heavy metal music, and a lifelong Dodgers fan.In this episode we cover:Design systemsThe critiquing processCollaboration between levelsFacilitation techniques and frameworksEstablishing ground rulesIdentifying emotional responsesFeedback vs. critiqueVisit the Funsize websiteSubscribe to The Funsize Digest

  • Leading with Vision (Toke Nygaard, Zendesk)

    02/04/2021 Duración: 48min

    In this first episode with Tony Sanchez as an official co-host, we were honored to be joined by a design legend. Toke Nygaard is the Chief Creative Officer at Zendesk. With more than 20 years of experience designing digital experiences, Toke Nygaard oversees Zendesk’s brand and product UX/UI. In this role, he is constantly developing and building the Zendesk brand with his global team of passionate creatives, keeping the product experience true to its origins of being simple and easy to use. Before joining Zendesk, Toke was a founding partner of one of the largest pioneering design communities, K10k. He was also the founder and creative director at Cuban Council, a digital-design company, where he helped design the original Facebook identity, and worked with a range of clients from Tyra Banks and Francis Coppola, to Apple and NASA. Previously, he worked for Danish web-design frontrunner Araneum and later helped start the Oven Digital offices in London. Outside of the office, Toke enjoys spending quality time

  • Our Journey Through 2020 (Anthony and Natalie Armendariz, Funsize)

    13/01/2021 Duración: 01h10min

    For the last episode recorded in 2020, we flip the spotlight onto our founders, Anthony and Natalie Armendariz, to walk us through the challenging, chaotic and — at times — exciting journey that was 2020. In a year that provided surprises and obstacles for just about every human being on the planet, we wanted to tell our agency's part of the story. We hope you enjoy.We cover:Our mindset going into 2020Business and culture goals entering 2020Q1 happenings at the beginning of the pandemicSurprising new client relationships in 2020How/why did Funsize actually grow in 2020?The "staff augmentation" niche during the pandemicThe pandemic's effect on team cultureTeam perspectives during the pandemicExpectations when starting Funsize years agoThe launch of Funsize Ventures and what it meansWork differences between designers and developersWhat will 2021 bring? Visit the Funsize websiteSubscribe to The Funsize Digest  

  • The Not-So-Secret Life of Design Managers (Ted Boda, Instagram)

    20/10/2020 Duración: 45min

    Ted Boda is currently a Product Design Manager on the Well-Being team at Instagram. He is also a former Director of Design at Udacity, former Senior Designer at Nest Labs, former Lead Mobile Designer at Netflix and a former Lead UI Designer for Keynote at Apple (where, interestingly enough, he worked on some of the slides used for Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth). With all that experience to draw on, we loved having Ted on the show — for a second time — to hear what he's been up to and gain some insight into how design management is done at one of the largest social media platforms on earth. We cover:Guesswork at the beginning of design leadershipDesign leadership at InstagramDesign tools at Instagram and FacebookThe Well-being team at Instagram and what they doWhat an average week looks like for Ted.His "cameo" on NetflixQualities to look for in Design ManagersTed's childhood interests

  • Designing Community and Culture on a Global Scale (Margaret Lee, Google)

    30/09/2020 Duración: 45min

    Margaret Lee is the Director of UX Community & Culture at Google. A self-described "reluctant leader," she heads up programs that unite departments across the company and create Google career opportunities for those who might not typically have access. Margaret created this role for herself a few years ago when she noticed there was an opportunity to put more intention behind efforts of inclusion and community within Google. After a manger's encouragement, she took a leap of faith and began sharing her passions on-stage. She hasn't looked back since. We cover: Her path to designGoogle's shift to a design focusHow Margaret created her own niche careerThe differences  intentionality can createHow Google is improving access to UX jobsThe complex challenge of inclusionReluctant leadershipHow her role at Google has changed her personallyConnecting with new team members during the pandemicVisit the Funsize websiteSubscribe to The Funsize Digest 

  • Strengthen Your Team by Focusing on the Individual (Braden Kowitz, Range)

    14/09/2020 Duración: 49min

    Braden Kowitz is a former design partner at Google Ventures, where he had the opportunity to work with startups like ClassPass, Gusto, Slack, Medium, Flatiron Health, TuneIn, BlueBottle Coffee, 23andMe, One Medical Group, HubSpot, RetailMeNot, Nest and more.  He is the co-author of NY Times Best Seller, Sprint, and the co-founder of Range, a tool that keeps teams connected and productive. We're extremely grateful to Braden for sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience with us. Get your notepads out for this one! We cover:Some of the differences in Google design from when he entered and leftHow he got into Google Ventures and whyHis experience watching the explosion of the Design SprintWhat Range does and who it servesThe agency challenge of working with multiple culturesWorking the way clients want to work during COVID-19Testing and validating new work methodologiesVulnerability and connection for teamsThe challenge of jumping responsibilities as a business ownerPersonal manualsMore!Visit the Funsize web

  • Adaptability in the World of Workshop Facilitation (Douglas Ferguson, Voltage Control)

    26/08/2020 Duración: 51min

    Douglas Ferguson is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist with over 20 years of experience. He is the founder and president of Voltage Control, an Austin-based facilitation agency that specializes in helping teams work better together through participatory decision making and design inspired facilitation techniques. He has helped transform teams from U.S. SOCOM, the Air Force, Adobe, Dropbox, Fidelity, Vrbo, Liberty Mutual, Humana, and SAIC. We really appreciated hearing Douglas's thoughts on facilitation in the era of COVID and are excited to see what's next for Voltage Control. We cover: Starting out in developmentHow his career in facilitation has changedBuilding a facilitation communityAdaptability vs DogmaPrescribing different workshopsKnowing when it's time for a design sprintWhat happens after a design sprintThe differences in remote sprintsA lot more!Visit the Funsize websiteSubscribe to The Funsize Digest

  • Anti-Racism and Authentic Engagement (Chas Moore, Austin Justice Coalition)

    10/08/2020 Duración: 33min

    In a first for The Hustle, we're tackling important subject matter outside the realm of design. In a conversation led by our Guest Host, Tony Sanchez, a Design Lead at Funsize, Chas Moore joined us to discuss the public outcry and wave of activism in the wake of George Floyd's murder. Chas is the Executive Director of Austin Justice Coalition, an activist-led organization that educates and builds community power for people of color who live in Austin, Texas. We're extremely grateful to have him on the show to provide insight into this important time in American history. We cover: Austin Justice Coalition's missionWhy George Floyd's murder was so impactfulWhat it's like to be in the local spotlight during this important movementResulting change from increased attention on racial violenceWhat liberation looks likeBeing authentically engaged with the causeThe current undertakings of Austin Justice CoalitionVisit the Funsize websiteSubscribe to The Funsize Digest

  • People First: How Empathy Empowers Brand & Product (with Justin Dauer, bswift)

    23/07/2020 Duración: 48min

    Note: We apologize for the audio quality. There was an issue with the microphone.Justin is a multi-faceted, multi-pierced, multi-tattooed designer, author, and speaker. He wrote the book "Cultivating a Creative Culture", is the Vice President of Human-Centered Design and Development at bswift, the founder of The Dead Pixel Society, and a contributor to A List Apart. Justin had some really intuitive viewpoints on culture that were awesome to dig into and it was a pleasure having him on the show. We cover:Working in the healthcare systemWhy he gravitates to roles that aren't tee'd up and ready to goCreative culture and the golden ruleCreative Inspiration WednesdaysHow designers have an advantage in creating a good cultureTransitioning from getting fulfillment from design to getting fulfillment from others' evolutionLeading with actionThe challenges of remote working 

  • 'Steering the Bull' of Culture (Chad Engle, GoDaddy)

    17/06/2020 Duración: 35min

    Funsize friend, Chad Engle, is the Product Design Director at GoDaddy, a company that is rapidly expanding its product offerings and leaning into design with a focus on in-house talent.  He stopped by to share his experience growing design orgs, explain what he looks for in applicants, and provide some insight into how he approaches leadership.We cover:Growing a design practice at GoDaddyTransitioning from designer to Design ManagerUsing a different set of design skills to create a design orgThe value of pier-to-pier conversations and mentoring"Steering the bull" of cultureHiring for aptitude vs. craftGrowing as an ICDesigning design laddersVisit the Funsize websiteSubscribe to The Funsize Digest

  • Unlocking Design for a New Generation (Theo Strauss, Stanford)

    28/05/2020 Duración: 50min

    Note: We recorded this one before COVID began, so some references (like to our SXSW party) did not come to fruition.Theo Strauss is an 18-year-old product designer out of NYC who's already making waves in the community through his involvement with companies like Apple, Postmates, and Figma. As someone on the bleeding edge of a new generation of designers, we loved having him on the show to share some of his thoughts on where the industry is heading and how young people are getting involved. We cover:Creating an entire portfolio in FigmaGrowing up in New York CityChildhood career dreamsThe evolution of design toolsGoing to college vs. entering the workforceThe ambiguity of "designer"The democratization of designCold emails and personal networksA lot moreVisit the Funsize websiteSubscribe to The Funsize Digest

  • The Decade of the Multi-Passionate Creative (Ash Huang, Adobe)

    29/04/2020 Duración: 52min

    Note: We apologize for the audio quality. There was an issue with the microphone.Ash Huang is a designer, illustrator, author, speaker, artist and parent who currently works at Adobe. After finding design at a young age, Ash's career has spanned a wide variety of well-known companies and different pursuits that have left her with some fascinating views on accomplishment, progress, staying curious and more. It took us a while to get this one on the books but the conversation was totally worth it. We cover:Working on the Adobe XD product teamHow to choose what you will devote time toTracking progressHow having kids changes things within your careerSpecialization vs. generalizationStaying curiousManagement vs Individual Contributor tracksAlone time as a parentLegacyVisit the Funsize websiteSubscribe to The Funsize Digest

  • On Business Ownership, Wealth and Living Someone Else's Life (Helen Tran, Jupiter)

    18/03/2020 Duración: 55min

    Helen Tran is a designer, CEO, hobbyist writer, traveler and macaroon connoisseur (amongst other things). In this wide-ranging episode, we discuss everything from software design, business ownership and bodybuilding, to wealth and weird Texan habits.We cover:Growing with ShopifyPaying dues before taking big career risksFiguring out what to pursue and deciding to start JupiterWhy there's no such thing as "business vs. personal"Living someone else's life for a yearHow bodybuilding affects discipline and goal settingDefining "wealth"The knowledge gap between CEO generationsBusiness as more than a way to make moneyToronto vs. TexasVisit the Funsize websiteSubscribe to The Funsize Digest

  • Purpose Over Paycheck: The Emotional Operations of an Ad Agency (Guigo Sanchez, THIRD EAR)

    11/02/2020 Duración: 40min

    Guigo Sanchez is the Creative Director at THIRD EAR — previously known as LatinWorks — an agency that specializes in creating advertising for the U.S. Hispanic audience. Born and raised in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, he is the husband of Mari Chamoun (Managing Director at Funsize), and father to Julia Elena Sánchez Chamoun. After completing his psychology degree in Puerto Rico, Guigo moved to Austin to study advertising and decided to stay forever (for now). He enjoys dad life, music, computers, food and personal finance.In this episode, we discuss:How studying psychology affects advertisingSpeaking to different audiences and cultures in advertisingThe top skills needed for creative directingImagination as a skillHispanic marketing and advertisingMaintaining belief in the value of creativityThe temporary nature of advertising and designWhat does "partner" mean in the advertising worldCommitment in professional relationshipsThe emotional operations of an organizationVisit the Funsize websiteSubscribe to The Funsize

  • From "this is a career?" to Product Designer in One Year (Thomas Ewart, Funsize)

    21/01/2020 Duración: 36min

    Thomas Ewart is an Associate Product Designer at Funsize, where he works with startups and enterprise design teams to craft thoughtful digital experiences. With a non-traditional career path that spans accounting, tattoos and electronic music, Thomas brings a unique perspective to his work and enjoys helping others find their place in the design world. Non-traditional paths to designThe decision to spend the money on General Assembly's design intensiveYear one as a product designerEnterprise vs. startup design workCollaborationThe three stages of design in an organizationFigma and the future of design toolsVisit the Funsize websiteSubscribe to The Funsize Digest     

  • The No-Win Design Problem (with Desiree Garcia, Automattic)

    03/01/2020 Duración: 38min

    Desiree Garcia is a senior designer at Automattic, the company behind and most recently, Tumblr. Their goal is to democratize publishing so that anyone with a story can tell it, regardless of income, gender, politics, language, or where they live in the world. She's also an editor at A List Apart, a webzine that explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.In this episode, we discuss:How a psychology degree can influence design and teamworkWhat we miss about the old webStar Trek's Kobayashi Maru and how it applies to designHow to respond to situations that can't be wonThe challenges of talking about your workDesigning things that "aren't real"Visit the Funsize websiteSubscribe to The Funsize Digest

  • Personal Values and Their Effect on Leadership (Mike Trozzo, Tide University Laundry)

    20/11/2019 Duración: 01h03min

    Mike Trozzo is the EVP at Tide University Laundry, a service business disrupting the laundry-norm on campuses around the country. His career trajectory took him from dreams of being an astronaut and doctor, to studying finance in college, pursuing acting in LA and eventually leading design and engineering teams in Waco, Texas.In this episode, we discuss:Connecting the dots between design and P&LBudgeting for designStaffing projectsDesign roles and responsibilitiesBalancing the skillsets and goals of team membersThe shifting need for generalists and specialistsChildhood career dreams vs. adult career realityPersonal values and work valuesHow Funsize's values emergedVisit the Funsize websiteSubscribe to The Funsize Digest  

  • Goal-Setting for Growth (Brian Peterson, Funsize)

    20/09/2019 Duración: 49min

    Brian Peterson is a former Funsize Associate Design Director with a passion for collaboration and intentional design. He's a close friend and talented designer whose career saw a lot of growth during his time with us. Brian is making the move back home to Chicago, but before he left, he graced us with a send-off podcast to discuss goal-setting — a subject he's particularly passionate about.In this episode, we discuss:The characteristics of a good goal.What it means to work with intent.Goal-setting for teams.The importance of clear communication with clients.Understanding different stakeholders in an organization.Visit the Funsize websiteSubscribe to The Funsize Digest

  • What Are You Gonna Say Yes To? (with Joel Beukelman)

    28/03/2019 Duración: 52min

    Joel Beukelman is a Senior Interaction Designer at Google where he works on Chrome. He's also a prolific content creator with a popular YouTube channel and vlog. In this episode, Anthony and Joel cover everything from family life and time prioritization, to health, jacuzzis and — of course – design. On this episode we discuss: Juggling family, travel, a high-level design job at Google and content creation Prioritizing for life satisfaction The importance of health for designers Joel's experience transitioning from startup life back to Google The need for support in your career and personal life The challenges of investing in personal time as a creative The consequences of too much hustling Chasing titles vs. doing work you love What it’s like to work on a product used by 1 billion people. Finding what’s next after you’ve reached your career goals Visit the Funsize website Subscribe to The Funsize Digest

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