AMA: I'm Cap Watkins, Product Design Manager at Etsy

9 years ago from Cap Watkins, VP of Design @ BuzzFeed

  • Zach LansdaleZach Lansdale, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

    Hey Cap!

    Right now the startup I work for is starting to segment into different pods, which is great (means we're growing in the right direction).

    As the Creative Director I'm in the process of defining the culture and structure of the design team. We currently have a design team of four who will be working within different pods of the product. Any words of wisdom as I power on through?


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    • Cap WatkinsCap Watkins, 9 years ago

      Transparency transparency transparency. Moving the design folks to sit with their teams is amazing and enhances collaboration with eng/PM/etc. in incredible ways. The hard part is making sure the design team still knows what's going on so they don't run over each other, make non-holistic style changes, etc.

      It's a difficult problem to solve, but I'd recommend products like Basecamp that can give designers a place to post all their work, get feedback from each other and surface overlaps before things Get Weird.

      I feel you, buddy. It's gonna be awesome, though.

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