Jon Moore's advice on building a career in product design
How to build a career in product design - with Jon Moore
In this episode of The Product Design Podcast, Seth interviewed Jon Moore, the Product Design Principal at Innovatemap. They discussed several topics which are valuable to anyone interested in product design.
We were able to dive in and get some great advice to share with you, including:
- Tips for new and aspiring product designers
- Top two areas to focus on when navigating through a career in product design
- How to best support a team when you have become a leader in product design
How Jon found Product Design
From the time Jon was a child, he had an interest in building things. His early interest eventually led him to software engineering after college, where he quickly realized he was not feeling fulfilled in what he was doing. His manager offered up an opportunity on a new team called the UX team, and he immediately felt like this role was the perfect fit for him.
While on this new team, Jon met his mentor, Christian Beck, and after many years of working side by side, they still work together today. They were able to learn and grow together, and Jon attributes much of his success to having a mentor who was willing to help develop him in the different stages of his career.
In the full podcast episode, Jon shares a more detailed account of his career, but in this article, we will focus on the valuable tips and advice he has learned during his time in this industry.
Tips for new and aspiring product designers
Over the years, as Jon has established himself as a leader in product design, he has gained valuable insight into how to build and navigate a career in this industry. He shared his tips for anyone just getting started or someone who may have found an interest in learning more about product design.
I think the job of a designer is conveying ideas and conveying solutions in the right way, and we just happened to use the medium of design to do it.
Top two areas to focus on when navigating through a career in product design
Along a career path in product design, there are several skills to fine-tune and continue improving in. During our interview, Jon provided us with his take on the two most important areas to dial in along your career path.
How to best support a team when you have become a leader in product design
As a leader, it is essential to provide your team with the support that will make them successful as individuals, as part of the team, and benefit the company initiatives. Jon shared with us the three things that he focuses on as a leader to his design team.
Unearthing and uncovering each individual person's superpower or passion is something that I really love doing.
Thank you Jon!
Our conversation with Jon Moore was full of many excellent tips and approaches for anyone in product design, regardless of their role or experience level. Make sure to listen to the complete episode, which includes an in-depth discussion about Jon's career path, over at The Product Design Podcast.
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