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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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Listener Questions:

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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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