290: Transitioning to Product Design
April 3, 2019
This week, we answer listener questions, including how to transition from engineering to product design, how to wrap up before moving to a new company, and what we think of apps that allow you to change the launch icon. In Follow-up, we read some listener feedback about last episode, and Marshall fills in a couple details on his file organization tips. In News, we lament the untimely death of AirPower (rip rip). And as always, we share a couple cool things like a sci-fi movie and a sci-fi book trilogy.
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- Sofia F asks what we think about apps like Streaks that offer different launch icons
- We love it! Here are some other apps we use that do this:
- Bear is "a beautiful, flexible writing app for crafting notes and prose"
- Tweetbot is "a Twitter client with personality"
- Pocket Casts is "the world's most powerful podcast platform"
- Apollo is "a beautiful Reddit app built for power and speed"
- Anonymous asks what we think about transitioning from Engineering to Product Design
- Do some side projects or case studies to beef up your portfolio and gain some experience
- Sit with your fellow product designers and offer to help wherever needed
- Anonymous asks about transitioning to a new company
- Leave your active projects in good shape, either finishing them yourself or handing them off to an informed successor
- If you've already gotten an offer, they're probably gonna be cool with you wrapping up your active projects before transitioning
One Cool Thing:
- Brian shared Prospect, a sci-fi movie about "a teenage girl and her father who travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich"
- Pedro Pascal
- Sophie Thatcher
- Andre Royo
- The Wire is a show about the Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement
- Marshall shared We Are Legion (We Are Bob), the first book in a sci-fi trilogy about a software engineer who unwittingly becomes an AI and humanity's last hope for survival
- Ready Player One has a similar tone but tries a little too hard
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