The Different Flavors of Design Management (Brian Peterson, Affirm)

January 14, 2022
On this episode
Anthony Armendariz
Brian Peterson
"As a design manager, I look for messy areas that allow for a lot of ripe opportunities for me to experiment and change things. A company with a good mess means that the landscape is there for people to try things and change bits."
About this episode

Brian Peterson is a a multidisciplinary cosmic creator surfing through the skies supporting, connecting, and empowering organizations through strategic design. Brian’s background is in fine arts with a brief stint in animation/illustration. He later turned to design through freelance visual design, to a founding team startup, to the design studio at Funsize, and now, supporting/leading/growing design teams at Affirm, which brings honest financial products to the world.

Brian is a strong believer in collaboration and he sees design as a vehicle for connecting people and transforming organizations. When not thinking about design management, operations, methodologies, etc., Brian likes to build worlds through drawing.

In this episode we cover:

  • Design management
  • Individual contributors
  • Growth
  • Management
  • Design operations
  • Leveling up
  • And more!

Funsize is a digital product design studio that helps inspiring product teams, small and large, uncover opportunities, bring new products to market, evolve digital products and services, and explore the future.

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On this episode
Anthony Armendariz
Brian Peterson
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