Femke van Schoonhoven

What cash trips in Mexico taught me about designing for international markets at Uber

It started off with a tweet.

After two years of talking about starting a YouTube channel, I had a dream. In that dream I had a channel, was creating videos consistently and engaging with viewers. My mindset was already at the finish line. In my mind I had already achieve the goal. …

A few weeks ago I attended Confront conference in the quaint city of Malmö, Sweden. On the stage was Paul Hamilton, a design lead at Ustwo, who reminded us that as designers we are constantly making choices.

Making choices is seen as labour, after all it’s what we as designers paid to do. But how do we make these choices, and who are we making them for? Are we making them for users, or humans?

Eight weeks ago I set myself a goal to run 5km.

As a regular yogi I felt I was missing more rigorous exercise in my routine. I wanted to pick up a sport that would allow me to work at my own pace, in my own time and set my own goals.

What table tennis champion and Uber Designer Adil Dhanani learned about sports and how it relates to his career as a designer.

Adil Dhanani at Uber HQ in San Francisco

Hi Adil! Thanks for sitting down with me. Let’s start by getting to know you a bit more — what’s your story at Uber, and what are you currently working on?

My journey in Silicon Valley started over ten years ago. I started at…

Figma’s Design Education Manager Zach Grosser on finding his place, collaborating with other designers and design education.

You have a very non-linear career path! From studying glassblowing in College to working at Apple, Square and now as Design Educator at Figma.

Do you think it’s important to find comfort in embracing change?

Absolutely. Adapting to ever-changing situations is super important. I think it’s helpful to try to take the stress out of change and…

UX Designer Marie Schweiz on using watercolour, uplifting women in tech and having good design principles

You’re a freelance interaction designer, yet it doesn’t stop there! You also paint watercolours, sketch in procreate, help other designers learn how to use design tools and the list goes on. How do you pinpoint your passion?

Building access. I don’t want to pursue a career as artist, however I do enjoy sharing my knowledge…

Recently I attended a workshop hosted by Tom Greever on articulating design decisions.

As a recent newcomer to field of product design, I’ve been feeling an absence of confidence amongst my peers. It’s been well told that a key skill of any designer is the ability to communicate.

Shivam Thapliyal on how he went from engineer to designer, on his own

You studied Computer science engineering. How did you end up in design?

When began studying at college I became fascinated with design and illustration. I began to work on developing my skillset in my own time…

Femke van Schoonhoven

Kiwi in Canada, Product designer at Uber, Podcasting at @DesignLifeFM, Videos about design: https://t.co/Dh2EpDr6jT?amp=1

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