Leadership in Design
We’ve made it back from Interaction 19 in Seattle and brought along our refreshed selves. Let's start into spring together with a BANG! We’ve invited Pamela Mead and Temi Adeniyi to discuss Leadership in Design with all of us!
If you aren't able to make it at 7pm, please join us as usual, for post event drinks and mingling, at a bar next door which will be announced in time for the event.
See you over deep thoughts and Berlin skyline views,
Design Leadership for ImpostersTemi Adeniyi, Head of Design at Blinkist
Over the years, you worked hard to become a great designer — you practised your craft, honed your skills and finally put those Imposter Syndrome days behind you. Now, with your experience in tow, you've taken the step into leadership. But yet you find yourself wondering: "Wait. Am I even doing this right?" and asking "what the hell am I am doing here?". For anyone new to leading a design team and feeling like an imposter: you're not alone. In this session, I'll share my experience and thoughts on how to move from feeling like you're faking it to finding your voice as a leader.
Reflections from Inside of CompaniesPamela Mead, VP of Global Product Design at Delivery Hero
Recently, FastCompany headlined an interview of John Maeda about his latest DesignInTech presentation at SXSW as “John Maeda: 'In reality, design is not that important'”. Needless to say, it set off a Twitter storm that he has eloquently responded to in his blog about what he really said and meant. Both the FC article and the response highlight today’s demands on design leadership: how much is the organization setting up Design to have impact? How are we leading designers in “the squad” model that is increasingly decentralized and focused on unicorn designers? I want to share my reflections on these questions and open the dialog for how to get to a point of delivering Designs that are truly customer centric.
About our speakers
Temi AdeniyiTemi is Head of Design at Blinkist. In a career spanning 10 years, her experience has ran the gamut from design for the HERE Maps platform at Nokia, helping travellers find things to do at GetYourGuide, and exploring all facets of digital design from motion to shiny online campaigns for clients such as Mercedes-Benz, Sony and more. For the past 4 years, Temi has been heading up design at Blinkist. She joined to build and lead the design team and to help realise the companies mission of inspiring curious people to keep learning.
Pamela MeadAs VP of Global Product Design at Delivery Hero, Pamela focuses on building a global community of designers with a shared mission for creating customer focused, authentic local experiences. She leads a Berlin based global team and works with a team of designers located in LATAM, MENA and SE Asia.
Pamaela spent the last 15 years building design teams and practices in companies as diverse as Palm, Yahoo!, Intuit, Telefonica, and HERE Technologies. Her work has always focused on involving emerging technologies to create meaningful products and services that have a positive impact on people’s lives. Her priority is solving the right problems in ways that delight through simplicity, effectiveness and integrity.
As a design executive, Pamela has brought customer focus to innovation and agile product development practices, working in areas that include connected cars, urban mobility, video, financial and communication services, and health care. She is currently exploring the intersection between design and data, machine learning and AI. She believes it is essential that designers participate deeply in building the intelligence that will drive our experiences in the future.
Prior to moving into leadership positions at large corporations, Pamela led interdisciplinary teams at leading Design consulting firms like MetaDesign, Fitch and Doblin (Monitor). She holds several patents for mobile and television interfaces and is a frequent presenter at conferences. She holds a MS from the Institute of Design, IIT/Chicago.