By definition, culture is the manifestation of collective human intellectual achievement. In the design world, culture is not your color palette or your preferred typeface. Design culture is the result of how you act on your values and beliefs. In this series of lightning talks, design leaders from Slack, Facebook, and Pinterest will share personal stories about their journeys in Design, how design culture shaped their experiences, moments of success and failure, and other advice for young designers – an ode to Letters to a Young Poet.
Prior to leading Communications Design at Slack, Kristy Tillman served as the Design Director at Society Grownups. She cut her teeth as a designer at IDEO in the Boston studio for almost 4 years, and her track record also includes PUMA and Reebok. She also spends her time on a volunteer basis with Code2040 on the Curriculum Steering Committee. Kristy believes in the future.
Russ Maschmeyer is a Product Design Manager helping to shape the future of Facebook search and profile. He’s also a father and builds furniture for funsies. His wife is far more talented and internet-famous than he is, and that suits him just fine.
Mia Blume is a product designer living in San Francisco. Currently, she advises companies on how to build useful, well-crafted products and shape healthy design organizations. Previously, she led teams at Pinterest, Square, and IDEO. She has designed at scale for both Fortune 500 companies and startups, developed international products, and built teams in rapid growth environments. She's passionate about collaborative design as a means to solve complex systemic problems.