Jason James is a product design leader, repping Chicago on the West Coast. Currently, he’s leading Customer Product Design, Design Systems, and Content Strategy at Thumbtack.
His work and work ethic are both deeply influenced by his blue-collar, modest upbringing in Northern Illinois. When not working, he plays with his two cats, Whiskey and Ringo, and drinks Pamplemousse La Croix with his wife while watching Hulu. If you’d like to say hello, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jul 2018 – What design management is and isn't in order to help aspiring managers make a more informed decision about their career path
May 2018 – After running 600+ product design interviews in the last two years, I thought, "Why not just publish the answers?"
Sep 2017 – My biggest, most visible regret: designing failed or failing companies
Jun 2017 – To my fellow product designers, you will be judged by what you ship. Shipping is everything and the only thing.
Mar 2017 – Guidance about the opportunities for career development and personal growth within the Product Designer role
Dec 2016 – Consider being very methodical about your next job change. Evaluate the opportunities across 16 different factors. Here’s a tool to help.
Apr 2016 – For every product designer, they will be evaluated across three areas: technical caliber, diversity, and values.
Nov 2013 – If some place or some job is making you feel like long hours “come with the territory” just know they are misleading you to their benefit.
Jul 2013 – When you’re faced with a decision between a prestigious job or a non-prestigious job, pick the one with the best culture.
Jun 2013 – Mistakes happen. But your response to those events sets the tone for your workplace.
May 2013 – Selling off the best hours of the best years of your life is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make (and remake).