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Jared Volpe

Digital product design lead(er) and manager*.

*I’m a problem solver.

Aspiring baker, ceramicist, cook, & furniture maker**.

**Sometimes I like to make things with my hands... not with a keyboard and mouse.

If you’re here, you’re likely trying to figure out what my deal is. Hopefully this site will help.

If there is one thing that sums up my design philosphy it would be Jobs’s oft-cited "Design is how it works" axiom:

Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, "Make it look good!"" That's not what we think design is. It's not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

If you're interested, read a bit more about me or scroll down for some work highlights and experience.

Experience

Oxide Computer Company →

As the sole designer on a small team of engineers at a company that is going to revolutionize rack scale computing, I’m doing everything from digital product design, DesignOps, product management, hiring, brand and marketing design, and art direction (for re-branding, hardware renditions, swag, and more).

Microsoft

I led two remote-friendly teams of product designers, researchers, and copywriters (five and seven members) who hailed from Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Berlin, and Barcelona. I played a handful of different roles as a manager: mentor, friend, sometimes bearer of bad news, career advisor, and proud colleague. I worked with both teams to establish our design culture and facilitate ceremonies and processes to make us more effective. Our work was primarily on strategic projects with GitHub (post-acquisition) for two organizations in the Developer Services group: Azure Boards (Atlassian Jira compete) and App Center (Google Firebase compete).

Read more about my work at Microsoft

Niko →

I built an employee engagement tool called Niko so everyone at any level in a company — from interns to the CEO — can submit, vote on, and respond to questions and suggestions. It helps companies preserve organizational knowledge and expose history and decision-making. I’m an armchair organizational psychologist, so if you are interested in that, let’s chat!

Read about working on Niko

Read about why I started Niko →

Read about why ignoring employee engagement is a big mistake →