Illuminating Design at Uber, Instagram, and GM

1. There are many different routes into product design.

2. Jobs in product design vary and include a wide spectrum of sub-tracks.

3. The design process looks very different at a large company versus a start-up.

4. At larger firms, there’s an emphasis on metrics to gauge the success of a product or feature, but sometimes impact can’t be measured solely through metrics.

5. If you’re getting started in design, study the craft of designers who inspire you.

6. When you’re learning, volunteer your skills and get as much experience as you can.

Tips, tricks, and helpful hints:

1. Make a Dribbbl account.

2. Apply for random opportunities, even if they feel like long-shots.

3. Reach out to professors, researchers, and people in roles that interest you.

4. Learn the industry language.

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