In this episode of Technically Speaking, our host Harrison Wheeler talks to UX Director at Google Aastha Gaur. She takes us on a journey through the different teams she’s been a part of in Google, how the insides of this enormous company work, and the story of how she got into UX Design and leadership. Join this conversation and have a sneak peek into the job of the people who make our online user experience flow effortlessly in our day-to-day!
Jump straight into:
(01:35) - Aastha’s work as UX Director at Google: Working at a huge scale to support customers throughout the globe.
(03:51) - The four pillars of UX execution: How Google’s team performs at a high level and Aastha’s leadership management.
(10:51) - How much influence can a UX designer have on Google?: The roadmap for creativity inside a giant decentralized company.
(15:09) - How Aastha got into design: Her journey optimizing for day-to-day happiness.
(23:10) - Challenging stereotypes and staying true: Aastha’s Indian background and her identity as a designer.
(26:56) - How to maintain balance in and out of work: Brunch, dancing, and feminine energy in Corporate America.
(32:42) - A piece of advice for designers building their careers: Dive into the power of divergent thinking!