Jan 25, 2021
Industry Preview: Axios CEO Jim VandeHei On Media Post-Trump
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What does media look like in the post-Trump era? Axios CEO and co-founder Jim VandeHei is betting that newer companies like Axios will have an easier time bridging the divide between the two “bubbles” of media that have emerged. With four years under its belt, the upstart media publication is applying its formula to local news in 2021. A lean editorial staff will write up the news in Axios’ signature, bullet-point style in five cities, including Tampa Bay and the Twin Cities. VandeHei also gives his take on trends like “corporate social responsibility” advertising, revenue diversification and AI in journalism.

Design Thinking 101
Design Thinking 101
Dawan Stanford
Design, and One Question to Rule Them All // ALD 002 — DT101 E63
I hope you enjoyed this episode. In these short Ask Like a Designer episodes on the Design Thinking 101 podcast, you’ll find new ways to explore the show’s stories and ideas about design-driven innovation. I'll share methods, templates, and ideas that have worked in my practice in teaching. This episode is about a question behind almost everything people do as they create growth and opportunity by seeing and solving like a designer. This episode is based on this article: ALD 002 // Design, and One Question to Rule Them All. Read the article and others like it on Fluid Hive’s Ask Like a Designer. What did you think of this episode? Please send your questions, suggestions, and guest ideas to Dawan and the Fluid Hive team. Cheers ~ Dawan Design Thinking 101 Podcast Host President, Fluid Hive Show Highlights [00:50] The One Question to Rule Them All. [01:19] Solving the wrong problem. [01:41] What happens when you solve the wrong problem. [01:49] Why solving the right problem is actually impossible. [02:31] Lessons from a yacht crash. [03:10] What problem am I trying to solve is never “one and done.” [04:23] How do you find the answer to “what problem am I trying to solve?” [04:34] How-Might-We questions [04:45] Free Ask Like a Designer tool to help you choose your next problem to solve. [05:08] To design is to ask questions. [05:27] Design Thinking 101 Learning courses. [05:52] The Innovation Smart Start webinar. Design Thinking 101 Learning — Courses and More Design Thinking 101 Learning helps people start seeing and solving like a designer. Each training course focuses on a different collection of actions and skills critical to using design thinking effectively and getting the results you seek. Please join me in the first course, Design Thinking 101 — Framing: Creating Better Solutions by Finding More Valuable Problems to Solve. Each course is structured to help your innovation actions create what you need for the people you serve, your organization and yourself. Grab your spot and start seeing and solving like a designer today. Design Thinking 101 Episodes You Might Like Ask Like a Designer 001 — DT101 E61 A Short Introduction to Design Thinking with Dawan Stanford — DT101 E32 Design Research + Tools for Thinking + Using Research Well with Terri Herbert — DT101 E55 Other Resources Download the Design-Driven Innovation Project Launch Guide — Guide to launching innovation projects and avoiding common innovation traps Design-Driven Innovation. Innovation Smart Start Webinar — Take your innovation projects from frantic to focused! Fluid Hive: Learn — A growing collection of courses, webinars, and articles for people expanding their design thinking, service design, and human-centered design skills.
7 min
Design Details
Design Details
Brian Lovin, Marshall Bock
386: Designing with Grid Systems
This week, we talk about designing with grid systems. In particular: when grid systems break, and what to do when they don’t align with our hardware screens perfectly. In The Sidebar, we talk all about design debt: how to work with it, pay it down, and eventually learn to accept it.Golden Ratio Supporter: A huge shoutout to Copilot, the best app for budgeting and tracking your personal finances. It’s our favorite tool for categorizing our spending, having our net worth available at a glance, and getting monthly (and yearly!) digests of all your spending. Get the app at VIP Patrons: * Leigh LaMon * Edyta Niemyjska * Jaime * Brandon Hills * Jonathan De Wet * Guilherme Kaiser * Lillian Lin * Aris Acoba * Kyle Stuart * Hugo Tunius * Kish Patel * Michael Otto * Denis Zastanceanu * Kelvin O'Shea * Scott Underwood * Lachlan Campbell * Lucas VanGombos * Sam xia * Ravi Aujla * Brian NelsonThe Sidebar: The Sidebar is an exclusive weekly segment for our Patreon supporters. You can subscribe starting at $1 per month for access to full episodes going forward! Sign up at In this week's Sidebar, we answer a listener question that can be ultimately paraphrased as: _How do you deal with design debt?_Main Topic: Joey Jungle asks on GitHub: _Designing with grid systems?_ – and continues with many words asking why grid systems are often unintuitive, and don’t align neatly with our hardware screens. Great question!Cool Things: * Brian shared the iA Quattro typeface, one of three beautiful (and free, open source!) typefaces from the iA team. It seems to be striking a happy middle ground between a sans and a mono, making it useful for adding a computer-y tone to an interface while staying readable. * My thread with some work in progress screenshots. * Marshall shared Little Nightmares II, a beautiful (and scary) indie side-scroller. It looks gorgeous, and the sound design is incredible.Design Details on the Web: * 📻 We are @designdetailsfm * 🎙 Brian is @brian_lovin * 🎙 Marshall is @marshallbock * 📬 Don't have Twitter? Email us at * 🙌 Support us on Patreon - your support literally makes this show possible. Thank you ❤️ * ❓ Got a question? Ask it on our Listener Questions Hub, and we'll do our best to answer it on the show :) * ⭐️ Enjoying the show? Leave us a review on iTunes Byeee!
25 min
Product Thinking
Product Thinking
Melissa Perri
Dear Melissa - Answering Questions About Starting a Career in Product Management
In this Dear Melissa segment, Melissa answers subscribers’ questions about transitioning into product management. Q: What can I do to prove to potential employers that I have what it takes to be successful as a product manager, even though I don’t have experience? How do I write my resume? A: Right now, companies are looking for senior product managers to balance out their teams, since they have mostly trained juniors. You should look for a company on LinkedIn that will invest time and resources into training you. Investigate their product leader: if they are very experienced, they will likely know how to train people and be more willing to find people to work with. For resumes, I recommend highlighting your achievements in previous jobs that are affiliated with product management, such as doing customer interviews and creating personas. Pull out what’s relevant and tell the story the way you want to tell it. Q: Do you need an MBA to become a product manager? A: MBA’s typically help product managers in leadership positions, but it’s not a requirement for transitioning into the field.  Q: What steps should a senior product manager take to move into a director role if he or she has not had the opportunity to manage people? A: What I’ve seen that helps people move into that role is showing that you can be strategic and think outside the box. Additionally, you have to be more business-focused; while we want to ruthlessly prioritize the user and their needs, you also have to figure out how to prioritize that within the frame of your company strategy. Think about what the company strategy is and then take every chance you get to explain to the leaders how your product can help achieve those goals. Q: How do I evaluate a company's maturity and practice in modern product management? What should I look for before and during the interview process? A: Here are some questions I ask product management leaders to gauge the company’s maturity, and what the responses indicate. What are your most important business goals? What are your most important product goals? What are you working on now and why? If they can't tell me the story behind that, it means that there's no strategy in the organization or that there's misalignment. If you get to meet the head of sales or the head of engineering, ask them about product management to see if they have a good understanding of it. If the rest of the organization doesn't know what you do, you're probably gonna have a hard time executing and doing your job there. Resources Melissa Perri on LinkedIn | Twitter
26 min
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