Pushing the Boundaries of Design at Facebook & Beyond

Michelle Morrison wants to push the boundaries of how people see design.

But how, you ask?

Although she is a Design Program Manager at Facebook, Michelle’s real passion lies in building a community called Designers + Geeks. Designers + Geeks is for people interested in design, art, and technology. They host monthly talks, covering everything from “morally manipulating” your users with Nir Eyal’s help, to how design impacts the cannabis industry. Michelle’s goal is to create content and inspire conversation about how design is constantly evolving in today’s world.

Read on to learn more about how Michelle’s entrepreneurial mindset and background in industrial design allows her to juggle a full-time career, while cultivating a passionate community as her side hustle (and how you can, too!). 

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Embracing Passion: One Entrepreneur’s Journey from Law to Fashion

Kelly Shanahan is very familiar with stepping out of the norm and embracing her passion.

After years of education, Kelly realized law school wasn’t for her. Instead, she followed her love for fashion. Committed to making her “one day” dreams a reality, she threw herself into the unknown and created the company she runs today, Ziran.

We asked Kelly about what it took to start her business and where her inspiration came from. Keep reading to learn how her business idea came from a very unexpected place and the mindset she needed to build a successful brand. Don’t forget to check out Kelly’s page and her clothing line.

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How One Designer Creates Products That Have an Impact

Joshua Kaufman creates his own imagination.

A product designer based in San Francisco, Joshua uses his skillset to make the world a better place. Joshua was part of the team that created #climate app and is passionate about ideas that have a lasting impact. Joshua has an unconventional outlook on formal education and believes that aspiring designers should use their imagination as they create.

Check out our interview with Joshua to discover who and what inspires him, one thing he wish he knew before starting his career, and why he thinks you should go to Burning Man.

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3 Tips for How to Make It In Design from An Accidental Designer

Cameron Moll can’t sit still for too long. But that’s what makes him such a talented designer and entrepreneur.

After building out an extensive portfolio, this Florida-based designer tried his hand at entrepreneurship. Cameron started started Authentic Jobs, a place where creatives can find awesome jobs at companies, large and small.

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Let’s Discover: Designing Products + Experiences

Passionate about product design or curious about the process of taking an idea to design reality? Meet three passionate designers and learn more about their craft, hire them, or just scroll through their beautiful portfolios.

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How One Industrial Designer Revolutionizes Community Health

Jasmine Burton is putting her creative potential to great use.

When Jasmine learned that pubescent girls often drop out of school because they lack toilets, she made it her 18-year-old mission to design toilets. Since then, Jasmine hasn’t slowed down.

Jasmine’s transforming water, sanitation and hygiene in communities that lack the resources to build safe systems for themselves. Jasmine does this by harnessing her design skills to build systems that support people, specifically women and minorities. In our interview, Jasmine describes her life as 1 of 9 Americans in a Global Health fellowship in Zambia and her 3 tips for designers seeking to make the world a better place.

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5 (Unexpected) Elements of Great Design From One Talented Artist

Nate Bolt designs to awe.

His design work does not necessarily follow a set of principles. Instead, Nate follows the paths of great designers, using their work as inspiration. Nate believes that great design is a combination of “skill, talent, love, obsession, and luck.”

Read on to learn about the work and artists that inspire Nate, what his dream project would look like, and why he loves creating tools that support peoples’ workflows.

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