This past week we sat down with Ryan Sims, the former head of design at Rdio. We caught up with him about his latest career change as he heads to Adobe, what it was like growing the design team at Rdio and what it means to have a design mentor. This was an insightful episode, and we hope you all enjoy!
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Ryan on the Web:
3:00 – We catch up with Ryan on his latest adventures in funemployment.
Future of Web Design
9:00 – a mispronunciation kicks off a backstory of Ryan’s journey at Rdio.
15:00 – A brief diversion into Ryan’s latest music.
To Pimp a Butterfly
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
18:00 – We chat branding, Vdio and working at a music startup.
21:00 – Ryan explains his path to get into Rdio and how he managed a growing design team.
Ryan Sims on The Great Discontent
30:00 – What are the distractions of product design?
37:00 – Ryan shares his views on being a “pixel perfect” designer.
42:00 – The two traits that Ryan looks for in a designer.
49:00 – What are the most important things to do in a design critique?
53:00 – Ryan explains his views on design mentors and why he wished he’d had one.
1:06:00 – How do you navigate a career transition?