Matias Fiori shares his advice on building a product design career from design fundamentals! He provides specific actions to take and things to consider to help you along your way. From where to focus your energy with breaking into product design to how to level up once you get your first job, this episode is a great one to check out! Read the article below and listen to more advice from Matias in the full episode!
Building a career rooted in design fundamentals
In this episode of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Matias Fiori, Lead Product Designer at UX Cabin, who lives in Uruguay. Matias has worked at UX Cabin for over two and a half years.Over the last couple of years, Matias has grown from an individual contributor on projects to helping to lead design teams for various projects. He brings so much value to our team through his graphic and product design expertise and shares excellent advice on how he has found success in product design during this episode.
How Matias found his love of design
From the time Matias was a child, he was interested in all things visual. He enjoyed the intros of cartoons and movie posters and seeing the personality of shows and movies embedded in a logo. His sister's husband urged him to look into design when deciding what to study at university.
Matias earned a bachelor's degree in graphic design and took his first job in advertising. He quickly decided this was not what he wanted to do and made the leap to freelancing, which led him to open a design studio with two of his friends. They did everything from silk screen printing, rock band posters, and magazines to other traditional graphic design and some software design.
In 2019, Matias and Seth met when UX Cabin needed a logo created. Matias created the logo and, shortly after, joined the team as a product designer. Over the years, he has grown from an individual contributor to a Lead Product Designer who helps mentor other team members.
Advice for aspiring and brand new product designers
During Seth's chat with Matias, there was a lot of advice on how to approach product design when you are first stepping into it. Matias has so much advice to share with a background in graphic design. Here are a few things to take to heart as you begin your journey in product design, and you can listen to even more advice in the full podcast episode!
"Try to relax a little bit because that first stage of your career is going to be all about experimenting, learning, and making mistakes."
How to level up in the early stages of your career in product design
Once you land your first product design job, you will want to keep getting better at what you do. Matias shared a few things to keep in mind when trying to level up in your product design career.
“Learn to love what you are doing instead of always pursuing what you think is going to be your ideal.”
Thank you so much, Matias!
This episode with Matias offers excellent advice on getting started and then leveling up during your product design career path. We are grateful that Matias joined us on the show and shared his exciting design journey so we could all learn from his example.
Listen to the complete episode on The Product Design Podcast, which includes more about how Matias found his way and landed at UX Cabin and his hot take on design labels. Don't forget to follow Matias on Twitter, LinkedIn, and his website to see what he has been up to!
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