I've been really lucky to have worked with many incredibly talented designers. At each place I worked, the design manager there taught me something important and unique. Here's what I'd say to them if I were to meet them again. And I do hope I get to meet all of them again in the future!
To Angelique: Thank you for teaching me how to make wireframes and visual designs when I was just a "creative assistant" ordering pizzas.
To Richard: Thank you for letting me work with you as a sub-freelancer taking on different projects.
To Yutai: Thank you for giving me opportunities to explore my skills at work. And also the logo principal "tight not touch."
To Keara: Thank you for showing me top-notch mobile designs and pushing me to pay attention to details. Typos are unprofessional!
To Doug: Thank you for giving me the most fun projects in the startup and encouraging me to think about product directions.
To Rich: Thank you for pushing my visual design skills and encouraging me to learn from other people's work.
To Jeff: Thank you for introducing me to the latest design tools (at the time Sketch) that changed the whole design process.
To Dave: Thank you for being the caring leader of a design team facing clients from hell.
To Karin: Thank you for being a design director who I could always chat with about my career.
To Mike: Thank you for being a calm force during a chaotic project and someone whose work output can always be relied on.
To George: Thank you for showing me how to genuinely care for fellow designers and bring a team together.
Without these design leaders, I wouldn't be where I am today. And I hope to take all of what I've learned and share it with other designers now and in the future!
If you have a chance to say a thing or two to your former managers, what would they be?
Here’s to gratitude!