Netflix is a major player in the entertainment industry, and their streaming video service is available nearly worldwide on smart TVs, game consoles, mobile phones, and more. But how do they provide such a consistent visual experience to millions of customers? It’s thanks to people like Netflix’s senior UI engineer, Rich Smith. As a member of the marketing tech team, he focuses on the web app experience.
Rich explained his process behind designing at Netflix, and talked about what drew him to work there after moving out to the Bay Area. Rich also shared a tale about his journey from design to software engineering, mentioned what first got him interested in tech, and talked about his mentoring and volunteer work with /dev/color. Rich’s story is proof that even when you’re stuck, something as simple as a change in perspective can help empower you to move forward.
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This episode is sponsored by Sappi North America’s Ideas that Matter program — a grant competition that supports designers partnering with nonprofit organizations to bring impactful marketing campaigns to life.
Sappi, a maker of high quality papers, has offered this program to the design community worldwide for 20 years, and has funded more than 500 projects with grants totaling over $13 million.
Winning campaigns have raised awareness of social issues such as education, sustainability, nutrition and more.
If you’d like to submit a project you care about, you can do so until July 19. To learn more about the program and process, visit sappi.com/ideas-that-matter.