The Not-So-Secret Life of Design Managers (Ted Boda, Instagram)

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By Anthony Armendariz. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Ted Boda is currently a Product Design Manager on the Well-Being team at Instagram. He is also a former Director of Design at Udacity, former Senior Designer at Nest Labs, former Lead Mobile Designer at Netflix and a former Lead UI Designer for Keynote at Apple (where, interestingly enough, he worked on some of the slides used for Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth). With all that experience to draw on, we loved having Ted on the show — for a second time — to hear what he's been up to and gain some insight into how design management is done at one of the largest social media platforms on earth.

We cover:

  • Guesswork at the beginning of design leadership
  • Design leadership at Instagram
  • Design tools at Instagram and Facebook
  • The Well-being team at Instagram and what they do
  • What an average week looks like for Ted.
  • His "cameo" on Netflix
  • Qualities to look for in Design Managers
  • Ted's childhood interests

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