A decade in tech and no tin.

courtesy Endgame Entertainment © 2012

The output of one diva is no substitute for the consistent work of self-aware, kind individuals.

Don’t work at startups to get rich. Join a startup to experience the rush of being an underdog and the joys and pains of autonomy. Wearing many hats is fun and provides break-neck growth. Do it early in your career though. It’s a young man’s game but cooler than working at an agency.

Join a startup to experience the rush of being an underdog and the joys and pains of autonomy.

Stay in touch with your professors and alumni. Leverage your existing networks. They provide a trove of anecdotes and references . They’ll tell you what it’s truly like to work at company [X].

People make designs. Smart, scrappy, imperfect people.

Practice salesmanship every day. Your designs aren’t self-evident to everyone. Practice on your oratory skills. Take an improv class with your team. And don’t — DON’T — revert to designer speak when explaining your solution. Tell a better story.

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Brent Palmer

Brent Palmer

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Design leader and manager @fast. Previously @carwow @Zendesk @PayPal @TrendKite @Spredfast.