I’ve had my eye on Chikezie Ejiasi and his work since we profiled him for 28 Days of the Web back in 2015. Fast forward to now, and Chikezie is working as a senior interaction designer at Google on their new Daydream VR platform.

We had a lot to talk about! He shared information about Daydream and why virtual reality is becoming so popular right now, his “anti-conference” stance, and how not following a traditional design path helped set him up for success today. It’s a great conversation that I’m sure you’re going to enjoy!

(Thanks to one of our patrons, Nate Koechley, for the introduction!)


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It’s been a minute since we’ve had someone at Google on the show, so I was really excited to have the chance to interview Melissa Smith, a user experience researcher at Google working primarily on the YouTube mobile and desktop products.

We talked about how user experience research factors into her work, why it’s an important part of the design process, and talk about how she shifted from studying engineering towards her current work. There’s even a conversation about self-driving cars! It’s great knowing women like Melissa are at the forefront of helping make better experiences for all of us online!

(Thanks to one of our patrons, Nate Koechley, for the introduction!)


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Ariem Anthony

When you think about a designer who has built a body of work, think of Ariem Anthony. As a production design manager for Airbnb, he serves a critical role between the design and engineering departments. More than that, Ariem is a self-taught designer with over 25 years of experience to his name across print, web, multimedia, for companies such as Apple and Netflix.

We start off by talking about the importance of production design, discussing Airbnb’s open culture, exploring the advantages of being a self-taught designer, and going into what kept him motivated throughout the years as the design industry has grown and changed. Ariem’s journey as a designer is proof that doing the work can take you farther than you ever imagined!


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It’s Revision Path’s fourth anniversary! We’re celebrating the occasion by taking a look back at some of the memorable guests we’ve had over the years, including Jacinda Walker, Ced Funches, AIGA Medalist Emory Douglas, and more. Plus, we have a special guest near the end of the episode, so make sure you stick around for that.

It has truly been an honor and a blessing to interview all the 200+ Black designers, developers, and creatives that have been on Revision Path. Thanks to all of you who have listened, downloaded, shared, pledged, and spread the word about Revision Path. There’s more coming from Revision Path this year, so keep your eyes peeled for updates! (Gee, I wonder what we should do for our fifth anniversary?)


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Our spotlight on Philadelphia continues this week with design strategist and hybrid thinker Natalie Nixon. Natalie has an impressive body of work ranging from fashion to anthropology, and her consulting and research lies at the intersection of creativity and strategy. Aside from her work as associate professor and founding director of the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University, Natalie is also the editor of “Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond”.

We touched on a lot of different topics: the importance of strategic design, her experience as a Black woman at the Ph.D. level of design, embracing failure, and much, much more. It’s an honor to speak with someone at this caliber of design, and I think you’ll learn a lot from her words and from her work. Class is in session!


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