We want to thank Ryan Rumsey for his advice to Yuan Zheng, our Product Design intern, during this exclusive interview. Ryan is the author of Business Thinking for Designers, a book published by InVision, and the CEO of Second Wave Dive. He has previously led Experience Strategy at USAA, built Product and Design organizations at Electronic Arts as well as Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, and developed best-in-class software for Apple.

In this interview, Ryan talks about how an early career designer can navigate company business models, the role designers play in helping businesses create a more positive impact on society, and introduces the works of other design leaders committed to delivering social impact. He celebrates the works by Dori Tunstall, Erika Hall, and Mike Monteiro on ethical designs, as well as Boyuan Gao, Sam Kapila, and Jahan Mantin’s works on equity and inclusion.

In this exclusive interview, Ari Franklin talks about his experience as the Director of Product from Stronghold Resource Partners, an investment manager focusing on energy and natural resources. He gives advice to Yuan Zheng, our product design intern, and talks about the post-covid work environment as well as the way sustainability will impact the role of product designers and product managers. Prior to his current role, Ari led multiple product teams along Dell’s entire product life cycle at Pivotal Labs. Thank you for the interview!

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