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396: Career Cheat Codes

May 5, 2021

This week, we discuss the things we’ve done in our design careers that have had an outsized impact on our professional growth. In The Sidebar, we talk about the anatomy of icons and how that anatomy affects user interfaces.

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Main Topic:

This week, we talk about “career cheat codes” — or: things we’ve done in our time as designers that have had outsized impact on our growth.

  • Become “the person” for “a thing”
  • Become a central “connector node” in your organization’s graph
  • Learn in public by writing, tweeting, podcast, or anything else that puts your ideas out into the world in real time.

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  • Brian shared Money Stuff, the best weekday newsletter in finance by Matt Levine. It’s fantastic, funny, and will help you learn about the world of money.
  • Marshall shared the HomePod mini. Turns out, it’s pretty great – when it works!

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