AMA: I'm Justin Edmund, the first product design hire at Pinterest.

almost 6 years ago from Justin Edmund, Product Designer at Pinterest

  • Ryhan HassanRyhan Hassan, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    Current CMU student here. Any tips for new grad designers? Was there anything you did when you first moved to California that ended up being really helpful?

    Also, what's going on with Foundation? Are you planning on releasing it anytime soon?

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    • Justin EdmundJustin Edmund, almost 6 years ago

      A few tips for new grad designers:

      • Your fresh eyes are extremely valuable. Make use of the time you have with them.

      • Even if you have a job, never stop updating your portfolio. You never know what is going to happen, and I've seen tons of people in shitty situations because they didn't update their portfolio for years and suddenly found themselves unemployed.

      • Never let anyone tell you how to work. You know under which conditions you're the most productive and effective.

      And San Francisco-specific things:

      • There's nothing of value north of Market. Don't go there.

      • You should live in the city, at least for a little while. Don't give into the housing prices: if you hunt for a bit you'll eventually find somewhere you really like. (I was homeless for 3 months!)

      And about Foundation:

      Oh boy, Foundation.

      The web version kinda works. I'm working on an iPhone version. There will be more news soon. The main problem is both Foundation and Pinterest are full-time jobs, but only one of them is paying me $$$, so that's the one I focus on.

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      • Account deleted almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

        There's nothing of value north of Market. Don't go there.

        I am guessing you mean north of the eastern end of market? Like financial district?

        Otherwise, there are far too many amazing neighborhoods and places north of market. Haight, Divisadero, tender-loin/nob, polk street, chinatown, north beach, Hayes valley, duboce park, panhandle, japantown ...... north of market is half the city.

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        • Justin EdmundJustin Edmund, almost 6 years ago

          A bit of an inside joke—I live down near Bernal Heights and I'm incredibly lazy, so I rarely ever venture north of Market ;)

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