This I Believe: My Values as a Designer

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I believe crafting a balance between useful, usable, and beautiful results in great products. First to market, or great execution, is not enough. You have to build things that make people’s lives better.

People are not a set of eyeballs, a data-chart, or a “monthly active” anything. Users are people, guests of the experiences we create, and the worlds we build. Building a framework for meaningful interactions while bringing utility and value into peoples lives what matters most.

Design is much more than just pretty pixels; it is interdisciplinary stewardship. Great design is about working well together, about communicating effectively with developers, customers, and people with different views. Design is about mutual respect, and the sense of camaraderie you can only feel when you succeed or fail by the shared passion of your team.

In this I believe: as a product designer, what I value most is the responsibility to improve the world for those around me.

This I Believe is based on a 1950s radio program of the same name, hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow. Each day, Americans gathered by their radios to hear compelling essays from the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and Harry Truman as well as corporate leaders, cab drivers, scientists, and secretaries—anyone able to distill into a few minutes the guiding principles by which they lived. These essayists’ words brought comfort and inspiration to a country worried about the Cold War, McCarthyism, and racial division.”

I created the “This I Believe” collection on Medium (inspired by NPR’s This I Believe), as a place to voice the values that drive creators and dreamers.