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As the Experience Design Manager for Adobe Stock and Typekit Samantha leads the product design team and vision for Adobe’s creative marketplace. She has been a Design Director for agencies on the East Coast, a product design consultant for startups across Silicon Valley, and a designer at Twitter. She loves the outdoors, painting, mid-century modern furniture, and her cross-eyed cat.
Taking a Design Stretch
Product design can be a delicate balance of iteration and forward thinking innovation. Ideas for the future can come from the craziest places and without concrete illustration few people will be able to follow you to grander places. This is the story of how our product design team decided to take a step back and Design Stretch into developing a longterm vision for our product while keeping the day to day of our product moving forward.
Kuan is passionate about optimizing small design teams to ship ambitious products. She is currently the Director of Design at Cockroach Labs, maker of the next-generation SQL database CockroachDB. Trained as a journalist and graphic designer, Kuan sees design as an humanistic investigation to tell a meaningful story. Prior to joining the enterprise world, she dabbled in design agencies and ultimately found her home leading in-house design efforts at The Washington Post and Etsy, delivering tools for the best of journalism and e-commerce. Somewhere in between, her startup Grand St. was acquired (by Etsy).
How to Kick Ass While Wearing Many Hats
Being the only designer at a company is hard. You wear many hats: designer, product manager, editor, researcher, and occasionally office furniture coordinator. In this webinar, you will learn how to drive prioritization, get useful critique, and leverage your non-designer co-workers… you’ll be a powerhouse design team of one in an environment where design is a foreign language.