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

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

  • Tierney CyrenTierney Cyren, almost 6 years ago

    What do you think would have happened/what would you have done had things not worked out at Pintrest? What was the thing you knew you wanted? What was the reason that the consultancies offered you positions? Your portfolio? Your degree?

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    • Justin EdmundJustin Edmund, almost 6 years ago

      I had a few criteria that I developed over many, many interviews at many, many companies:

      1. I didn't want to work at an agency.
      2. I wanted to work at a startup or somewhere dealing with technology.
      3. I didn't want to work anywhere I would have been the first designer.
      4. I didn't want to be in New York City (my hometown).
      5. I wanted to be in San Francisco.

      I don't really know why consultancies offered me positions, but if I were to guess, it might have been some combination of being half-decent at design, knowing how to code, having built full products, and CMU being a prestigious design school.

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