Instagram's head of design, Ian Spalter, has numerous management tools in his belt to get the best work out of his team—from Monopoly brainstorm sessions to timeboxing. But, for Spalter, the most important tool is obsession. In an interview with 99U, he remembers learning early that the things you're willing to waste time and energy on might just be the key to ultimate success.
In teaching computers how to communicate with people, Hector Ouilhet, Google's head of design for Search sees in the technology the same 'painful yet interesting' learning phases that a young person goes through when becoming an adult. To train computers in the art of questions, Ouilhet looks to the questing period of his own youth and to his four-year-old daughter for models of both simple and complicated questions that he wants computers of the future to understand.
The New Yorker cartoonist once saw her career going over a waterfall. Four decades as a working artist later, and still churning out whimsical and pithy cartoons, Chast sees humor everywhere she looks—especially in New York City.
Globe-trotting designer Rejane Dal Bello explores stories and design languages for disease and health. In this interview, she exposes the family roots of her most ambitious project, a series of books about Dr. Giraffe, fine arts paintings inspired by Google Earth, and how these passion projects balance her arduous work regimen.
Calling itself a “modern partner to ambitious brands,” the agency has dropped the word "digital" from its list of attributes in a move aimed at putting the limiting and, in its opinion, now obsolete definition of digital agency behind it.
Eike König got his start designing album artwork during Frankfurt's techno era. In this interview, he traces the DNA of those rave years to the founding of his Berlin-based design collective "Hort" and his mission to always deliver the unexpected.