03: Managing an Agency/Team

An episode of #CreativeAMchats

By Alicja Colon
#CreativeAmChats is a monthly hour long Google Hangout with 5-7 people you don’t even know (or maybe you do, or you heard of… you know, let’s not split hairs) talking about a monthly topic/question.

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03: Managing an Agency/Team
Dex, Zach, Tony, Josh, and Alicja discuss the need of communication and trust within teams. Share stories and tactics on how to navigate conflict with clients and teammates. Lastly, we dive into how to lead the culture inside and outside of the agency. Panel Dex Alexander http://Blackroses.com Zach McNair http://zachmcnair.com Tony Romain http://www.tonyromain.com / www.5stonesmedia.com Josh Ellis http://lioncastlecreative.com/ You can sign up for the next #CreativeAMChats at https://thricestudio.com/creativeamchats
March 28, 2019
02: Imposter Syndrome and the Cool Kids
ROUNDTABLE  name / twitter / site Stephanie Irigoyen/ @stephirigoyen /http://irigoyendesign.com Rick Messer / @rickmesser / http://rickmesser.com Chris Martin / @cmstudios / http://www.chrismartinstudios.com Rye Castillo / @ryenotbread / http://ryemason.com Jo-Elle Husband / @@headofhouseco / http://headofhouse.co How to manage imposter syndrome and the sinking feeling what everyone else is doing way cooler work than you What is Imposter Syndrome? Jo elle - feeling like a fraud, you didn’t do your due dilgence to earn your place at the table Stephanie - people are going to discover that you do’t know what you’re don’t Rick - in the landscape of design playing roles in companies that it hasn’t before - not sure we don’t belong here. We haven’t gotten to play in these sandboxes  Alicja - people look at me and think I got it all together, but I don’t  Any first hand experience? Stephanie - when she left her full time job - freelance in the meantime and no one was hiring. So it reinforced and then wondered  Rye - similar story. Remotely to office. Took such a long time, thought it was a reflection of her work Chris - feeling just yesterday. No one is calling, or returning the calls How have you fought IS? Steph - keeps in mind that we are all a work in progress Jo Elle - i don’t think we can’t ever get over it. If it’s a skill you can get better. Or a feeling  step back and get another’s perspective Rick - good for you to give yourself credit that we make. How do you celebrate a little thing? Chris - no. so locked into the production cycle but sees the damage Steph - she sees it can hurt and help, cause she’s not as “successful” on paper as before Alicja and Steph -  How’d you guys deal with the cool kids Rye - what do I want that visibility? Do i have to be as good as them, and the world needs to affirm that? Rick - the sheer volume that we’re dealing with is new thing now. It’s not a normal thing - this strong influence of what people are doing. We get fire hosed with it and feel like we need to amp our sharing --- we don’t see all of the strong. It’s a burden that we have to  --- comparison Jo Elle - you can disengage. It’s okay to take a break Chris - the difference between our work and our audience - the things we do and the people that are watching.  The difference between work and audience Rye - who actually uses it, vs who I want show (dribbble) Jo Elle - collaboration group, had to share low  Design community Alicja - create a community that makes your heroes into peers Steph - shares why she started community  Chris - short term community when he talks to someone on the podcast Disengage  Jo Elle - when work gets too much she just has too Rick - gets fatigued with it but scared to get off too much cause lose a touch of design pulse - don’t like the feeling of late night social scroll Rye - i don’t like how it makes me feel; wants to find a  Alicja via Deep focus book - “Deep focus brings deep satisfaction”
February 28, 2019
01: Going Beyond UI Design Systems
ROUNDTABLE Maxim Leyzerovich: @round / Capital One Alejandra Quintero: @alequintero / alejandraquintero.com Colin Wilson: @_thecolinwilson / Tide University Laundry Darold Pinnock: @dpcreates / daroldpinnock.com Salil Malkan: @salilmalkan / Zeus NOTES Going Beyond UI Design Systems What is a UI Design System? Salil - is a set of UI components that you can reuse across screens and devices to make a product that wholistic and designed thoughtfully. There’s not bespoke Max - a lot of the goal is to quickly put together - not just concepting, ideation - but actual production.  They could whiteboard and send over to engineer and could quickly get together Colin - they are getting in a place to get where th elements are packaged other in a site UI Design System = or not UI kit DS isn’t as useful for the design team, but more for the engineer (code) Salil - overarching goal is crank things out really fast  So there’s trade-offs: limitations of brand vocabulary Colin - DS allows you to move faster, to learn and pivot Ui kit - is just the working sketch or figma file. It’s one half of full system Going Beyond UI Design Systems // what does this mean? Alejandra - what’s behind? The brand? The reason why you’re doing Colin - this hits the topics that Tide univ is going through right now What’s the mission, goal?  How can it flex and scale?**  Darold - question: in the course I’m taking: stuff like that would be done before being the actual system Colin -  having an understanding of a mission/vision and how it relates to sprint goals - we have to the know how when using it, is it 100% appropriate to make a decision to keep or break it Colin: How do you go about the why? Why do I need to use an UI kit? Max: the why - saved time, original source of truth, needs to be flexible not 100% prescription Alejandra: UI systems do designers and engineers get people on the same page Salil - when there’s an existing product, app - even when people see those inconsistencies - it’s really hard to get people to systemize things How do you guys stay inline with brand while expanding the UI? Colin: so collaboratively with brand and engineer - iteratively and together, quickly Each team brings their insight  Names user for a person, to help hone it Collaborative: open space, defined steps, bring in people as the steps occur, the reviews are at the end of sprint/week and engineers are there. Open conversation Darold: Idea of building a persona - the time and effort helps with streamlining it from brand to engineer  Salil: my assumption has been that DS support brand cause they bring consistency. But you don’t use DS to bring out and grow brand. How does ui system grow the brand? Max: DS is the primary channel of expressing a brand Colin: people aren’t build for systems but systems are built for people Brand is well-told story: DS is the extension How do you
January 24, 2019
Episode 1
#CreativeAmChats (click to sign up!) is a monthly hour long Google Hangout with 5-7 people you don’t even know (or maybe you do, or you heard of… you know, let’s not split hairs) talking about a monthly topic/question. Alicja will schedule, assemble, and lead the discussion. Participates will change monthly, and will have to agree to a code of conduct. 
January 24, 2019
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