company cultureIn this Topical Zoom episode, I speak with Matthew Strom, who is the co-founder of Planetary, a design agency, to talk about the role of tools in shaping company culture and more.

Who is Matthew Ström?

Matt is a designer and developer. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. He co-founded Planetary four years ago, and is currently leading the design organization. Matt likes to spend his time making art and music with mathematics. He plays ping-pong, and has a dog named Tim.

What you will learn – Company Culture, Tools, Design Management and more!

This topic requires some background. Matthew Ström runs a design agency that’s distributed across the globe and has been successful at it for over 4 years. Working in distributed teams is challenging and in that, doing design work can seem impossible. Matt and his team have mastered the art of working as a distributed design agency, and shares his experience managing talent, culture, tools and their interdependencies.

  1. Before we started recording for this interview, you talked about the impact processes and tools have on your company and team culture. Can you elaborate?
  2. You’ve been working with com  panies of various sizes now. What are the most common mistakes you see design teams make in the early stages of bringing a product to life?
  3. What are the lessons you learnt from your transition from a designer to a design manager?
  4. What’s your advice for designers working with remote teams? How can they increase the odds of success working remotely?

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Getting Started & Resources

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