Episode 10: Tiny Nuggets of Delight (feat. Tim Van Damme) – The Design Details Podcast

This week we caught up with Tim Van Damme, an amazing designer who has been a part of some of our favorite products including Instagram and Dropbox. For this hour we chat about Tim’s past experience in design, working on Mailbox, Dribbble and the future of design/technology. We had a lot of fun with this show and we hope you all enjoy the conversation!

If you have feedback or suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach us on Twitter at @designdetailsfm or email us directly!

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Tim on the Web:






Show Notes:

2:00 – We dig a bit into Tim’s past interview experiences and first steps into the design world.

The Great Discontent with Tim Van Damme

net magazine

24 Ways (Tim’s piece)

atebits (Tweetie, Loren Brichter)

11:00 – Insights into the differences of European vs. American clients and design.

14:00 – Tim talks about taking breaks and disconnecting.

Tim’s Instagram



20:00 – What it’s like working on Mailbox for Mac; Tim tells us about his personal style.


27:00 – We get into the ethos of UI design, talking about the details and emotional design.

The Design Details blog posts

Design Details: Tumblr for iOS

Screenshot of Dropbox’s uploader

32:00 – Design is like math.

37:00 – Let’s talk Dribbble.

Dropbox on Dribbble

Tim on Dribbble

48:00 – We chat about the current state of user interfaces and what the next big leap will be.

Susan Kare

A polyphasic sleep experiment

55:00 – What will be the next breakthrough in input mechanisms?

Paralysed woman flies F-35 fighter jet using only her mind

1:00:00 – Tim shares what he hopes to be working on in the future – what’s next? Strawberries?

1:03:00 – We chat about email as a communication method and what’s next for Mailbox.

Email is the Worst

1:05:00 – Magical software is the worst.

Little Big Details on Dropbox