Ricardo Vazquez on bringing UX leadership to trade and invest in crypto product markets
March 1st, 2022
38 mins 28 secs
About this Episode
Hello and welcome to Sustain Open Source Design! The podcast where we talk about sustaining open source with design. Learn how we, as designers, interface with open source in a sustainable way, how we integrate into different communities, and how we as coders, work with other designers.
Django is our panelist today, and joining him as his guest is Ricardo Vazquez, who’s the Senior UX Manager at Wealthsimple, bringing UX leadership to trade and invest in crypto product markets. Ricardo tells us what brought him into the world of open source design, how he brings his curiosity and sense of sharing to design, and how he sees open source design as a community. We also find out how he got his start into teaching, he goes in depth about creative storytelling, his passion with design systems, and he shares his ever-recurring career goals. Go ahead and download this episode now to find out more!
[00:00:50] Ricardo explains what brought him into the world of open source design, and how he’s bringing his curiosity, openness, and sense of sharing to design.
[00:02:32] We hear how Ricardo uses Figma for his work.
[00:04:32] Ricardo describes how he sees open source design as a community.
[00:07:01] We find out more about what Ricardo meant when he mentioned open sourcing creative storytelling, and he talks about the book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
[00:14:04] Ricardo talks about the onus of open source communities and how we have the power to bring transparency to the process.
[00:18:27] We hear how Ricardo got into his teaching career.
[00:23:36] Django explains how designing is much like painting.
[00:24:17] Ricardo shares with us his passion of working with design systems or thinking in systems, and he mentions a great book to read called, Thinking in Systems.
[00:29:41] We find out what Ricardo’s ever-recurring career goals are.
[00:37:30] Ricardo tells us about a podcast he writes for called, Full Hearts.
[00:00:57] “Honestly, it’s curiosity that led me to open source design.”
[00:05:12] “The open source community is tight, integrated, curious, intelligent, driven, and passionate to advance the collective.”
[00:05:38] “I continue to believe in Mozilla’s mission that they have about net neutrality, and turning everyone into creators of the web, not just consumers of the web.”
[00:07:36] “The more time I’ve spent in this industry the more I realize that skills are not what lead you to impact change as much as storytelling.”
[00:17:03] “The value of open source is about discovering opportunities.”
[00:24:27] “Thinking in systems and design systems also allow you to do something very similar with a goal of understanding first and then being able to execute in a very rigorous way.”
[00:26:01] “The purpose of a system is to solve problems and create desirable futures.”
- [00:32:57] Ricardo’s spotlight is Raycast and a Things Extension by Loris.
- [00:35:03] Django’s spotlight is Penpot.
- Open Source Design Twitter
- Open Source Design
- Sustain Design & UX working group
- SustainOSS Discourse
- Sustain Open Source Twitter
- Django Skorupa Twitter
- Ricardo Vazquez Twitter
- Ricardo Vazquez LinkedIn
- The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
- Thinking in Systems by Donella H. Meadows
- Things Extension by Loris (Raycast)
- Full Hearts podcast
- Produced by Richard Littauer
- Edited by Paul M. Bahr at Peachtree Sound
- Show notes by DeAnn Bahr Peachtree Sound