Adobe Principal Designer Khoi Vinh on Creative Collaboration

When you’re developing a product, you don’t have anything unless you have a chunk of a developer’s time. Everything depends on your optimizing a developer’s time. So unless you can do it all yourself—and nobody can, if you’re really going to grow a company—you have to adapt to the working style and particulars of your technical cofounder or your team or your CTO. It’s just a fact of working in technology. I do that now at Adobe. On the product design side, we have an agenda; we have things we want to get done. And ultimately, we’re conforming to the availability and the expertise and the interests and the enthusiasm of the technology team. At the same time, we’re trying to push them to channel their energy in a way that’s consistent with what our customers want, because ultimately that’s what we’re judged on. We’re not judged on how well we work with the engineer; we’re judged on what our customers want. But in order to get there, we have to partner—truly partner—with engineers.Khoi Vinh, Principal Designer at Adobe, writer at Subtraction.com 

About the Event

Khoi Vinh is an entrepreneur, graphic designer, blogger, and former design director for the New York Times online. He was also named one of “The 50 Most Influential Designers in America” by Fast Company. Khoi is currently principal designer at Adobe, design chair at Wildcard, and co-founder of Kidpost. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Mixel (acquired by Etsy, Inc.) and co-founder of the design studio Behavior, LLC. He is the author of Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design. This talk is sponsored by the Design + Innovation Club.

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