Startups need good designers. That’s the main takeaway I had from being at SXSW Interactive this past week. In one panel I sat in on about recruiting creatives, everybody seemed to just rely on Carnegie Mellon graduates for all their designers-with-digital-and-UX-experience needs.
But CMU can only churn out so many designers. As is custom at SXSW, I hung out with some random people—Chris Anderson of startup website builder Breezi (not that Chris Anderson, though he does get into a lot of parties) and Wyatt McGuire of prediction market Correctnicity—and we had a really great conversation about how badly startups need designers. In an attempt to recapture the Austin magic, we did a Google Hangout, in which we discussed what it’s like for a designer to work at a startup and the qualities of a successful web designer:
Read more about designers in startup culture:
- A List Apart: Designers in demand
- Future of the business of design
- “The internet kills all middlemen”: an argument for working on the web