Where the design community meets.
Welcome to episode five of DN FM. Through interviews, news and Office Hours community segments, DN FM aims to spark a meaningful conversation on design.
Tim Van Damme is on the show this week to share the stories behind his prolific design gigs. He takes us back to his freelance roots in Belgium and big move to America where he kicks off a series of high profile design roles. Tim reflects on the design industry as a whole, recognizing the culture of sharing that was so formative in his early years as an up and comer. He also teases us about the new star studded project Abstract, and uncovers his mysterious alter alias Max Voltar.
Tim is a Belgian designer working on Abstract, a new tool for for design teams. His past roles include Gowalla, Dropbox and Instagram.
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Why embark on project Abstract? (2:40)
Making the move from Belgium to America (5:50)
Working at Gowalla, and the Facebook acquisition (9:00)
Joining Instagram (11:25)
Cold emailing design influencers (12:20)
First projects at Instagram (14:20)
Tim's second experience with Facebook buying out his company (15:55)
Moving on to the Dropbox design team (18:40)
Lessons learned from working within a large design organization (20:10)
Projects at Dropbox (22:30)
A culture of sharing and giving back to the design community (25:50)
Who is Max Voltar? (29:20)
I love Tim's honest response at 27:42 re: helping others, responding to emails... and how important it is to "behave being a professional designer"...and "behave like proper human beings".
An example to all of us