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Featured Jessica Brown Director of UX VICE Keynote Speaker Design Gravity Exclusive
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Tags: Gravity's Exclusives / Branding & Advertising / Communication / Digital Design / Startup / Marketing / Technology / The Arts & Design

About

Jessica Brown is the Director of UX at VICE Media, where she leads the product design team. Her focus is to showcase VICE’s distinct storytelling through crisp, bold digital experiences on web, mobile, and TV apps. Since joining VICE, she’s managed the design for major initiatives including a network-wide site redesign, brand new VICE mobile apps, VICELAND mobile and TV apps, and a custom CMS.

Previously, she worked at Rent the Runway, where she established UX and research practices to bring users’ stories into the product development process. Before that, she consulted with a variety of startups in the Bay Area—from e-commerce, to enterprise software, to social media—and went on to co-found and raise funding for a fashion/tech startup called Threadflip.

She studied math and computer science at Stanford, and couples her techie sensibilities with a humanist approach to design. She’s fascinated by the co-evolution of culture and technology and remains an optimist.

Topics

Executing a Redesign at Scale

Jessica will talk about how she and her team redesigned VICE’s web experiences from the ground up, and how they approached designing core experiences that would work well across 12 distinct brands, distributed in 30 countries. She will talk about how to discover what’s most essential to preserve amid sweeping changes, and how to craft underlying design systems to continue to scale and grow.

Redesigns 101

Jessica will talk about the three main reasons motivating a product redesign. Based on each motivation, she will outline implications and guiding questions to keep the project on track. She will share short case studies from redesign projects at Rent the Runway and VICE, with key takeaways.

“I’m not creative” & Other Myths

Design as a practice has never been more appreciated. However, many people still claim that they are not creative. Jessica will speak to the common philosophies and practices guiding creative people of all disciplines, and help to demystify design and share ways everyone on your team can serve in a creative capacity.

Jessica Brown can customize her topics and content to fit your needs.
Other topics also address Design Leadership, Women in Technology and Leadership, Product-Market Fit, Branding, E-commerce, and Startups.

Videos

Articles

As a heavy text-message user (because it's a 1:1 or small group connection) I'm optimistic about digital spaces that focus on small-group connections...

Excited to see @Cocoon_HQ launch, and love the "ambient awareness" features that don't require intentional public broadcasting

people often assume there's a tension between efficient design execution and creative exploration. i feel strongly that they're not at odds, and both are necessary to do great work

https://www.builtinla.com/2019/11/21/clutter-ux-design

the LA consumer startup ecosystem is coming into its own -- Honey, Snap, Riot Games, Tinder, Bird, Dollar Shave Club.

The most $1B+ consumer startups outside of the Bay Area?

A few years back, I might have guessed that NYC would be the emerging leader. But pretty clear it's LA.

Great thread! Heartily agree with these points — starting with "link your portfolio everywhere" and "check your domains"

Design friends! We're building out a new design team at Clutter, and looking for seasoned designers. If you love early startup design work (establishing process, guidelines, systems) but you want to work at a more established scale, this could be for you!

https://www.clutter.com/roles

i've been going to a tennis class for about a month. my phone, of course, assumes that i'm getting mexican food, and has started preemptively telling me that the drive time to tacos por favor is only 10 minutes... 🤦‍♀️🌮

my sister and i love "tom hanksgiving" so very much that we were trying to come up with other celebrity / holiday binge watching themes...

we now plan to celebrate "kea-new years reeve"! what other holidays should we consider?

waiiiit... chrome inspect tools include taking full-screen screenshots? time saving revelation of the day 😆

⌘ + Option + I (open chrome developer tools)
⌘ + Shift + P (access command line in tools)
Type "screenshot" and select "area" or "full size" from the menu below

Figma fans: is there a way to share a prototype with folks on mobile, without requiring Figma mirror or login?

Ideal flow: I text them a link, they open the prototype...

“Do you have any of these on-device that we can play with?”

This is one of the major differences — decision makers relying on demos and prototypes over pictures and slide decks — between orgs that ship great products and orgs that ship shit