Our guest today is none other than Khoi Vinh, Principal Designer at Adobe and former Design Director of The New York Times. Khoi is the founder of the popular blog, subtraction.com, a true family man, and was named one of Fast Company's "50 Most Influential Designers in America". He is the author of two books and has a long history of launching successful startups and side projects. In this interview, we discussed how writing has helped Khoi, not only in his career as a designer, but also how writing a book gives him a certain amount of credibility, and why he would not trade his writing experience for anything in the world.
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Key points from this episode:
- Learn all about Khoi's exciting time at the New York Times and how they transitioned into digital products.
- Khoi shares how his team there focused on user experience and creating lasting products and experiences, which completely transformed the world of journalism.
- Understand how writing has helped Khoi and served him not only in his career as a designer but also to form long-lasting friendships and create opportunities.
- Learn why Khoi believes writing is crucial for designers to continue to challenge themselves, grow with new ideas, and refine their expression.
- As a designer, find out how telling a story around what you do can help give you an opportunity to stand out from the competition.
- Khoi shares his secret to keeping a consistent writing schedule, and how passion gives him the extra motivation needed.
- Find out what it takes to write a book, and why Khoi found it to be much more difficult than expected.
- Understand why Khoi believes that writing a book gives you a certain amount of credibility, and why he would not trade his writing experience for anything in the world.
- Learn about Khoi's main insights from his book, How They Got There, and the behind-the-scenes learning points from key interviews.
- Khoi discusses his current role at Adobe and gives a sneak peek into Adobe XD.
- Find out how a shift to cloud-based products has motivated Adobe to develop new products and allowed them to adapt to the changes and demands of the market.
- Adobe allows employees to explore their own side projects. Find out how that type of culture has benefited Adobe in its' overall growth.
- Khoi shares his tips on growing your social media following and his strategies for integrating different platforms and keeping his profile authentic.
Links from the show
- Khoi’s Blog, Subtraction.com
- Khoi’s Twitter (@khoi)
- Khoi’s Book, Ordering Disorder
- 50% off on Khoi’s Book, How They Got There, with code “hackingui”
- Getting Things Done Methodology
- Todoist App
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The Hacking UI podcast is hosted by Sagi Shrieber and David Tintner, a designer and developer who are also both entrepreneurs, bloggers, productivity/time-hacking maniacs, and all around tech geeks.
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