Modularism

Shane R. Allen


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Words

Words

I think in pictures, and I’m learning to use words.

Design better, don’t code

The truth behind the greatest design-myth


Should designers know how to code? This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions in the design industry, and one that’s certain to spark a feisty debate amongst peers or colleagues.

Process

Design

Code



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Designed in California, made in Oz

Moving from Melbourne to San Francisco


“Designers heaven”… I remember the moment a close friend had sold me on the idea of moving to San Francisco. He had recently landed a coveted Product Design role at Pinterest, and although I was getting ready to settle down and live the life of a Melbourne-coffee-snob, the notion that I might be able to find a home amongst the tech-elite in SF was compelling.

Lifestyle

Design

Interviews

Portfolio



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Design interview playbook

How to interview designers (not the other way around)


I’m writing this article not from the perspective of a designer who’s looking to nail their next interview (although you might find this article helpful too), but from the standpoint of those who are in a position of hiring a designer. If you’re a Founder, Director, or Manager, who’s tasked with finding, attracting, and conducting interviews for design roles in your team and company, then this article is for you.

Recruitment

Design

Interviews



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Look for signals, not unicorns

How to spot and hire a great designer


When I’m interviewing designers, I’m looking for small signals that will inevitably make up a broader picture of their personality, passions, and skills. I ask specific questions related to their interests and inspiration. I ask about a project they’ve worked on recently and get them to talk through some of the problems they were trying to solving, as apposed to focusing on the pixels or visual design. This gives me a clear signal on their design process and communication skills.

Recruitment

Design

Interviews



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