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over 5 years ago from Joel Califa, Senior Product Designer at GitHub

  • Earl CarlsonEarl Carlson, over 5 years ago

    I don't disagree with a lot of what you're saying here and a lot of the same notions nearly drove me out of the tech industry in the first place. Essentially as soon as a company takes venture funding they are looped into a vicious cycle where they have to continually grow.

    There is a lot of satisfying design work needed in the world, and some of the same skill sets we use in our day to day to prove our worth in these institutions can also be used to prove worth in other areas. I'm not there yet, but I've got a few friends that are making a serious go at it, and I hope to soon as well. There's a lot of NGO's that could use the "design thinking" that we've crafted over the years.

    Now that being said we will probably not get that sweet tech salary, so if then we have to weigh those, what's more important some money in my pocket, or feeling like I'm contributing positively in the world?


    In all seriousness though, thanks for sharing <3 It's better that we are starting to talk about it.

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    • Samantha S, over 5 years ago

      I'm relatively young (late 20's), these are just some of my observations and thoughts on the subject. Glad I could have resonated with fellow designers and that I'm not just crazy for thinking what I do :)

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