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Hustle podcast.

May 19, 2020

The Hustle is a show dedicated to the evolution of the craft of design. We chat with design captains, inspiring designers, product leaders, agency owners, and the Funsize team about building teams that can create products that matter. Hosted by Funsize's Partner and Head of Design, Anthony Armendariz



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"I think continuing being able to learn and build on your experience and build on your skillsets, really trying to improve as a professional and even personally. That's why i've been there so long and why I will continue to stay. Because I keep getting those opportunities to learn and be surrounded by incredibly smart people."

"Ultimately, what we want to do is connect the community. It is my belief that you can have a lot of great amenities. But the big differentiator in whether somebody would want to stay with a company is: Do they feel like they belong there? Do they have that network that keeps them inspired?"

"We're working at objectives from the other direction: How do we make a really great experience for individuals and then eventually build up to something that works for the whole organization?"

"One thing I think is a telltale sign that it's not necessarily a good time for a design sprint ... is when someone in leadership read the book and is like, 'we need to do a design sprint.' It's like a hammer looking for a nail."

"All the policy and reform stuff is a small victory. But to see people lean in in a very sincere way and say, 'you know what? I' m willing to do that hard internal work' has definitely been very rewarding."

"I think brand and culture are absolutely synonymous with one another. When culture is toxic, I think that directly bleeds over to the brand and retention."

"Usually as designers, we'll settle on the first answer we come to. But i think if we push past that first answer, we'll come to something really interesting."

"That idea that anyone can have creative confidence, that anyone can think like a designer. That's really the democratization of [design]."

"I'm a big proponent of finding out what you liked to do as a kid, as a wayfinding stick."

Helen Tran is a designer, CEO, hobbyist writer, traveler and macaroon connoisseur (amongst other things). In this episode you will learn everything about software design, business ownership, bodybuilding, career risks, the meaning of wealth and the knowledge gap between employees and the founders. Enjoy!

"The process is the most beautiful part of it. The finished product is what dies ... But your experience with your team was still a beautiful thing."

"I love being able to be a glimpse of hope or give a firm direction [for new designers]" ... "Being able to meet these people who have gone through what you're going through is really hopeful so i love being able to be that."