Dennis Cortés shares his advice on the things he wishes he would have known earlier in his career and how to become a strong manager and leader for your team! Read the blog below and listen to the full episode for great design and management advice!
In episode 15 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Dennis Cortés, the Head of Design at Northstar, a financial wellness company. He has worked in teams of all sizes, both in-house and agency, during his career. You may also know of him through his YouTube Channel, where he shares product design tips and the music he creates, which is excellent to listen to while you create!This episode is filled with loads of career and leadership advice, no matter how long you have been in product design or your current role. During the episode, Dennis shares how he transitioned into management and works as a team leader. We are so excited for you to listen!
Initially, Dennis went to college to be a rap producer and had no idea what product design was at the time. He found an interest in design by creating YouTube banners and 3D work, which he posted on Dribbble daily. Another attendee asked Dennis to meet at a Dribbble meetup in Nashville. He decided to attend, even though he was unsure if he wanted to go. During this meetup, he met with Jordan Albertson, who owned a design agency that focused on product design. This meetup gave him his break in product design! Without any experience in product design, he was offered a job at the agency, but he could learn on the job.
Over the years, Dennis has moved through several companies in different product design roles. Each role has provided him with new opportunities and increased responsibilities in various industries. Each stop along his journey allowed him to gain tremendous insight and knowledge on gaining new skills and growing into a management role in product design.
"To be honest, I've been very fortunate. I've just been in the right place at the right time with the right preparation."
Dennis provides a detailed overview of his career path and continuous growth in the podcast episode. Below we focus on his tips on becoming a well-rounded product designer and several terrific pieces of advice on how to become a strong manager and leader!
One of the perks of having 10+ years of design experience is learning what makes you a stronger designer and person. Dennis shares the top four things he wishes he would have known earlier in his career, so you can get a head start!
"Being a great communicator is crucial to being a great designer."
Dennis has experienced product design through several different roles, including management roles. He shared several tips with us, from how he effectively manages his teams and facilitates productive feedback to how he continues to find ways to improve as a manager!
"No one 100% knows what they're doing, and I think that's the fun of it. It's just continuous learning and growing throughout your life."
WOW! This episode with Dennis truly offers an incredible amount of practical design, career, and life advice. We are so grateful that he joined us and shared all of the wisdom he collected during his product design career. Listen to the complete episode on The Product Design Podcast, which includes more about his career path, his personal preference on working at an agency or in-house, and his thoughts on productivity!
Don't forget to follow Dennis and watch as he continues to create and release new music, lead by example in product design and management, and share his knowledge through his YouTube Channel. You can also find him on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, and his website!
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