Hello everyone! I’m Margaret Gould Stewart, and I am a part of the Facebook design team. I lead the designers and researchers who help build a lot of our tools for business, big and small, all around the world, to help them connect with Facebook’s 1.7B users in meaningful ways.
Previously, I led design at YouTube, and before that for Google Search, Google News, and a bunch of other consumer stuff. I started my career a while back at a start up called Tripod, which was one of the big homepage building sites in the first dot.com era.
I studied Theatre as an undergrad, which has been more useful to my career that you might think. I did my graduate studies at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunication Program (ITP), or as some like to call it, “Engineering for Poets”.
I love working on big, gnarly design problems that look to address large scale societal problems. I love democratizing systems like the media and markets to benefit the little guys. And I love building teams who work together to build beautiful, meaningful things.
I write on Medium.com (https://medium.com/@mags) and run a event series called Elegant Tools (https://www.facebook.com/groups/eleganttools/) which looks to inspire more designers to apply their talent and time to under-served industries.
Finally, I am the mother of three kids, married to a Canadian, and have a dog named Sunny and a cat named Pepper Potts, who is just as sassy as her name indicates. I love photography, I love to bake, and I LOVE going to the movie theatre where I can immerse myself in a good story while eating popcorn.
If you have any questions about what it’s like to work at and design for Facebook, about building design teams, about collaboration, about diversity in tech, why theatre training has been useful in my career, or just about anything that comes to mind, leave your questions here and I’ll do my best to answer them!
I’ll be here live on Wednesday, August 17 at about 9AM Pacific time. Hope to chat with you then!