Today we are talking to Andy Budd, the founder of ClearLeft. And we discuss bridging the gap between designers and technologists, the rise of DesignOps and its comparisons to DevOps, and how great design can take your product to the next level.

All of this, right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast.



Show Notes
2:22 Running ClearLeft for a long time, takes up a lot of time’
2:50 UX London , leading design – conferences
3:30 Elite dev
4:00 Really excited about how his agency can promote professionalization of design
4:30 Went to SXSW first time in 2005
5:25 Started dConstruct ran for 10 years
6:35 Flash had a limited lifespan
7:20 CSS Mastery outsold Harry Potter for a Week
8:22 People are often frustrated by technology
9:04 Challenge about technology – coming to a point where tech is becoming democratized
10:28 Design is one of the few things that are difficult to copy
12:53 Airbnb were designers
14:54 Art form to create a functioning product
15:15 Industries where nobody is excelling in particular areas – as soon as someone invests in design they set themselves apart
16:43 When you’re new to a sector all you need to do is provide capability
18:02 Find a fantastic designer – ability doesn’t always stop at graphics
19:17 Can’t start without a technologist, can start without design
20:05 A lot of tech companies hire the cheapest design at the start
20:53 Technical debt is a huge problem and so is design debt
22:04 Most of Andy’s conferences have been in the UK
22:25 Adaptive path – Happy Cog  – design events in the US
23:10 They know their market and serve their market well
24:10 Just came back from Tokyo and New Zealand
24:42 Break down the barrier between design and technologists
25:37 Diversity creates a lot of things
26:45 There’s a lot that design can learn from technologists and vise versa
28:00 DesignOps – using the same DevOps techniques for design ops
32:35 Live react updates
33:38 Work on Fractal at ClearLeft
38:22 Prototypes, Process and Play conference in Chicago – Andy Speaking

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company LeaderBits.io. Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of BeasleyFoundation.org a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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