Work is changing. We work in spaces designed to foster innovation. Our cultures are carefully architected to inspire creativity. Teams work across distances and time zones. The systems and tools we use to design are changing at a rapid pace, all to help us work better together. In this episode of Designers + Geeks we will explore the future of work and the art of collaboration.
Happy Hour with Figma @ 5pm
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Emily Wang is the Head of Product at Spoke, a startup building modern workplace software for knowledge sharing and request management across teams. Prior to joining Spoke, Emily led the new user experience team at Intercom, purchase and fulfillment products at Teespring, and founded a wine recommendation startup called Vinobly. Prior to getting her MBA from Harvard Business School, Emily consulted with Fortune 500 companies on go-to-market and product strategies with The Boston Consulting Group.
Nikolas Klein is a Product Designer who recently moved to San Francisco to join Figma. Before arriving on this foggy city he was building plugins for Sketch, which got him excited about design tools. Now he is fascinated by the ways open collaboration can support the design process in novel ways.
Remote work comes with a number of advantages, but it's not without its downsides -- asynchronous schedules and the lack of context in text-first communication can lead to breakdowns in productivity and collaboration. Whether you work from home, the office, cafes or coworking spaces, awareness of these potential pitfalls and how to handle them is critical in all contemporary workplaces.
Emily Triplett Lentz is the blog editor and content strategy lead at Help Scout, a fully remote company making tools that inspire more human customer service interactions. Previously, she was on the team at Basecamp, creators of the popular collaboration tool and authors of the bestsellers Rework and Remote. She's passionate about the intersection of remote work and healthy company cultures.