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March is ending with a great interview with product designer Kat Vellos. Kat’s unique approach to user experience design comes from her past work in visual design, education, and facilitation. Very cool!

We talked about some of her current projects, including #EndSmallTalk and the popular Bay Area Black Designers meetup. We also discussed mentorship and how people can use design in their communities. Kat’s curious and inquisitive nature, combined with her background, makes her a really thoughtful designer. I’m interested in seeing what else she does in the future!


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We’re closing out January with a great interview with another multitalented creator — San Francisco’s own Ayana Baltrip-Balagás. She’s a designer, a photographer, a business owner, an educator, and so much more!

Our conversation started off talking about the Organization of Black Designers, and from there we went into Ayana’s history as an actress and dancer (and how that led into photography and design). We also touched on design education, and Ayana shared some great information on design thinking, the importance of Black designers having a strong online presence, and ways that the design industry can really start taking diversity seriously. Thank you Ayana for being a beacon of hope and a force for creative change!


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Erica Joy is a build and release engineer for Slack. When she’s not busy working on the latest features for the popular team collaboration tool, she’s speaking out on the problems in the tech community and how they can be solved.

We spoke about a typical day at Slack, talked about her popular piece on Medium titled “The Other Side of Diversity”, touched on the topic of diversity advocacy, and even talked about genealogy. (Talk about a range of topics!) Erica’s voice is so needed in this current state of the industry, and I’m really glad for the opportunity to share her story!


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You may have heard of Diógenes Brito from his blog post “Just A Brown Hand”. In it, he talks about his process behind a simple design change that has now made ripples throughout the tech community. Small changes definitely can have big consequences!

In our conversation, we talked about confusing job titles in the tech industry, his philosophy as a designer, who he admires, and his current obsessions. Diógenes is definitely someone who thinks deeply about design and its impact (even in the smallest ways). It’s a really fun and informative interview, so I hope you learn a lot from it!


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You may know about Justin Edmund from one of two places — his turn as a child actor in the 1996 holiday classic “The Preacher’s Wife” or as Pinterest’s first design hire (who USA Today profiled last year about being Black in Silicon Valley). What more is there that you could know? A lot!

We talked about his shift from acting to technology, his time at Carnegie Mellon, the early days of Pinterest, and his focus on using design to solve big problems and help the less privileged among us. Justin’s also on the crossroads of a pretty big life change, so I’m really glad for the opportunity to talk with him about what he’s got in store in the future. Enjoy!


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