Learn how engineers and designers collaborate at Spotify: what works well, what can go wrong... and everything in between!
How do you choose colors? Prioritize your workload? Govern a design system? Our community panel returns to answer your thoughtful questions.
Simple brief, complex executions: UX Motion Designer Ade shares his journey on bringing 2022 Wrapped's data stories to life.
Journey up and through the cosmic soundscape to join ShroomCat for a misty mountaintop stomp.
Kicking off a big design project? Ashley shares tips and tricks for the all-important discovery phase.
Freshly squeezed sounds for your Sunday morning smoothie. Curated by Senior Product Designer Bex Moores.
How has Encore grown and evolved over the last few years? Find out what our design systems team has been up to and the learnings along the way.
Three Spotifiers reflect on the nuances of designing cultural moments at Spotify.
Meet Tobi Oyadiran, Product Designer II for the Spotify for Artists team in Stockholm.
Senior Product Designer Alexandria Goree walks us through the design process of making over Spotify’s homepage.
Go-to songs for when you want to focus... or get ready to go to the club. Curated by Senior Product Designer Fabiano Souza.
Our in-house experts give insights into how localization works at Spotify and offer pointers for your own design considerations.
Challenge the way you think and serve access-constrained users with these cards.
Lost musical gems from across the globe that graced the dance floors of yesterday. Curated by UX Writer Laura Lopez.
What do Spotify Design specialists do all day? Learn what UX Motion Designer, Ade, and Senior Art Director, Simon, bring to the band.
Songs for late nights in late summer, spanning geographies and genres. Curated by Product Designer Cecilia Falcão Bodin de Moraes.
How do you continue to improve your design craft? In this 3x3, three Spotifiers share their thoughts on keeping up in an ever-changing industry.
A lesson in Bay Area culture. Curated by Senior Product Designer John Richardson.
Meet Grace Kwon, Senior Service Designer for Business Affairs in Brooklyn.
A trio of service designers invite us behind the curtain to see where and how their role fits within Spotify Design.
A few Retro and Indie tracks to funk up your day. Curated by Product Designer Carly Batson.
Kamdyn Moore shares how she has approached scaling for growth, adjusting for remote work, and what’s coming in 2023.
Memory, wash over me, as I step into the sun. Curated by Senior Product Designer, Tim Davey.
Three design leads share a slice of wisdom on heading up their teams at Spotify.
Meet René Simonsson, Product Designer I for the Sharing team in Stockholm.
Vibey energy tracks with rhythm. Curated by Senior Product Designer, Liz Abshire.
In the first instalment of an interview series, two Designers reflect on life as a generalist at Spotify and the career path that led them here.
In this month’s 3x3, we hear from three Spotifers on how they craft brilliant B2B experiences.
Carly shows us her strategy to ensure Figma files are set up for exploring freeform designs while also creating space for collaboration and clarity.
Meet Ashley Moody, Product Designer II for the Ad Performance Platform team in New York.
Come, friend, stay awhile on the isle of sweet sounds. Curated by Senior UX Writer, Lee Ward.
Lazing by the lake or the beach and dreaming through those sun shining days. Curated by Engineering Managers Shaun Bent & Tyce Clee.
A summer drive with windows down, sunset to sundown. Curated by Designer, Erin Safreno.
Applying for a design internship at Spotify? We rounded up a band of previous interns and asked them how they made a strong first impression.
The do’s, the don’ts and everything in between: four designers answer your portfolio-related questions in a special edition of Ask Spotify Design.
Take cues from three smart Spotifiers who tell us how they set boundaries to allow their creativity to flourish.
A midnight drive to the left of the Milky Way. Curated by UX Writer, Cynthia Chou.
Energetic Reggaeton and Dembow for when there’s no caffeine around!🔥 Curated by Designer, Genesis Paredes.
Three designers talk us through the need-to-know tips for running a great meeting. TDLR: a little planning goes a long way.
Do you know how to make your praise meaningful? Check out these five principles.
Everybody say love! Forever pride mix. Happy Pride! Curated by Senior Product Designer, Leandro Velasco.
If you've ever needed a design ally, this is for you. Three designers, in three different roles, share their thoughts on finding allies at work.
What unexpected skills come into play in your day-to-day? Here, three designers share the surprising things that help them excel in design.
The team behind Spotify Lite created this tool to ensure they're building products for the people around the world who face technological challenges.
Here, Spotify Designers share their advice for getting settled in a new team or role.
Meet Kavita Chepovetsky, Senior Product Designer for the Freemium team in New York.
Senior UX Writer, Nicole A. Michaelis, shares her experience of onboarding remotely as the only UX Writer in her team.
Find out what qualities designers at Spotify believe make for a great mentor.
In this post, Spotify UX Writers answer some of the most asked questions to land in their DMs. Dive in!
Find out Spotify Design Ops folks' top tips for a successful jam session.
This 3x3, designers share the skills they'd like to master this year.
Learn how and why our design systems team refreshed the icons you see when you use Spotify.
In this 3x3, Spotify Designers share the things that surprised them most about their Spotify Wrapped this year.
Carry on learning about what it takes to build usable, well-designed tools to help data scientists transform raw data into valuable insights.
A few members of the team behind Blend share how they brought to life Spotify's first personalized playlist that combines two users’ music tastes.
Meet Leslie Ogoe, Design Program Manager for the Experience Mission in Jersey City.
Meet Vandana Pai, Senior Product Designer for the Freemium team in New York.
In honor of Wellness Week, three Spotify Designers share (in three sentences) how they recharge their creative battery.
Learn how the design team behind the new 'Now Playing Bar' finessed a valuable piece of product real estate to make room for bigger changes.
Our community is back fielding questions from readers about creativity, ways of working, and how to navigate a career in design.
Read Senior UX Writer, Janine Saunders', techniques and frameworks for looking beyond the words to the true purpose of product writing: the message.
Join a Senior Product Designer specialising on internal tools, as she reveals the value behind the invisible products that power Spotify.
Designers share a snapshot of the ways they factor accessibility into their design process.
Meet Corinne Onetto, Senior Project Manager for the Editorial Design team in Stockholm.
Walking through mist and snow in a dark forest. Curated by Senior Product Designer, Farbod Faramarzi.
In this month's 3x3, our community reveals the talents and traits that make them great designers.
We've collated Spotify Designers' answers to the most frequently asked questions from this year's Screen Share Day.
Meet Janey Lee, Senior Product Designer for the Freemium team in Stockholm.
Meet Simeon Fadahunsi, Summer Intern Product Designer for the Content team in Stockholm.
This month, 3 designers tell us (in 3-ish sentences) how they design for local audiences.
Read how the Editorial Design Team partnered with It's Nice That and 11 independent visual artists to rebrand the Fresh Finds playlist collection.
This 3x3, Spotify Designers reflect on the childhood pastimes that signalled a future working in a creative field.
Meet Inês João, Product Designer for User Platform in Berlin.
Celebrating the world and all of its glitches. What happens when light is refracted or when you look at the sun for too long. Curated by Designer, Luna Alatorre.
A blend of Hip Hop and Rap to keep your head bumpin' while you work. Curated by Designer, Justin Gordon.
The light at the end of the tunnel. Curated by Product Designer, Tiffany Kim.
In the latest Ask Spotify Design members of our community share their unique perspectives on topics ranging from design systems to imposter syndrome.
Good vibes to put you in an instant groove. Curated by Product Designer, Kavita Chepovetsky.
In this month's instalment of 3x3, we're learning about the wise words that have guided three Spotify Designers' throughout their careers.
Sitting in a garden in East London, listening to the occasional siren at night. Curated by Product Designer, Aarti D'Cruz.
Meet Elias Lind, Product Designer for the Data Collection team in Gothenburg.
For these designers launching a new desktop app that replaces one of Spotify’s most loved clients was a daunting but irresistible opportunity.
If there's one button you use every time you open Spotify, it’s the play button. Today, we’re updating it significantly for better accessibility.
This month three Spotify Designers responsible for creating the ad experience for listeners share their approach.
A hearty blend of hip-hop to get those creative juices flowing. Curated by Associate Principal Designer, Brendon Manwaring.
A classic mixtape style with indie, electronic and soul. Curated by Principal Designer, Heiko Winter.
Meet JD Welch, Senior Product Designer for Experimentation in the Data and Insights team in Stockholm.
Senior Design Manager, Pilar Serna, shares how she hired and onboarded a fully distributed team that was able to collaborate efficiently from day one.
Get noticed. Tell your design story. And don’t forget the data. This is our guide to getting hired at Spotify Design.
Every month, 3 Spotify Designers share their thoughts on a subject close to their hearts. To keep things concise, they get just 3 sentences to answer.
Browse the template Senior Product Designer, Alexandria Goree, uses to plan and execute a fully remote design sprint.
Meet Nanci Veitch, Design Program Manager for the Design Ops team in London.
The series where the friendly folks from Spotify's design community answer questions sourced from readers (like you!).
The Design Productivity Blueprint helps people with a stake in design output ensure designers spend their time on high-value work.
This month, three Product Designers tell us about the considerations they need to make when creating for podcasters.
Meet Hui Yuan, Product Designer for the Data & Insights Platform team in New York.
Our Scorecards tool was created by some Principal Designers on Spotify's Premium R&D team to help keep everyone aligned and projects moving forward.
Senior UX Writer, Diane Murphy, walks us through the process the Personalization Team uses to name playlists at Spotify.
We interview Senior Product Designer, Janey Lee, about how she's learning to uncenter herself and her experiences from her design practice.
This is the story of how product designers at Spotify translated important pieces of the 2020 Wrapped brand campaign into a beautiful app experience.
Honoring Black Designers for Black History Month: Meet Laura Eley, Laura Eley, UX Writer for S4X in New York.
Honoring Black Designers for Black History Month: Meet Sean Ritzie, Design Director for the Freemium team in New York.
Honoring Black Designers for Black History Month: Meet Victoria Ayo, Associate Product Designer for Partner & Platform Experience team in New York.
In search of a fresh perspective, we spoke to four people who craft real life experiences to find out how they make "aha!" Moments happen.
What makes a great personalized playlist? Three Product Designers responsible for crafting Spotify's listening experience share their thoughts.
In January's 3x3, we chat better work and design practices for 2021. Find out what design resolutions Spotify Designers are making this new year.
Meet Chloe Wood, Senior Product Designer for the Freemium team in London.
In the second Ask Spotify Design our team offers a perspective on your design dilemmas while illustrator, Sofi Salazar, provides the final flourishes.
Meet Aarti D'Cruz, Product Designer for the Freemium team in London.
Engineers occupy a unique role within a design organization. Here, 3 engineers explain how they see it.
Emphasis on relaxation and focus. No vocal samples, just beats. Curated by Product Designer, Sabrina Siu.
Soulful indie-pop and R&B sounds for your city-wandering pursuit. Curated by Product Designer, Mel Wong.
A product designer explains how she built usable, well-designed tools to help data scientists transform a mass of raw data into valuable insights.
Butterfly playlist for a champagne pink velvet dream. Curated by Product Designer, Clara Shim.
An anytime, anywhere, instant dance party. Curated by Senior Product Designer, Mat Budelman.
Sunday is Eclectic. Curated by Principal Product Manager, Dariusz Dziuk.
Dark, heavy, melodic. All about finding beauty in chaos. Curated by Senior Product Designer, Drew Eckhardt.
Tunes to get you in the zone to finish that deck before lunch. Curated by Senior Product Designer Susan Walsh.
Past and future hip-hop, R&B, soul, world excellence. Curated by Design Director, Sean Ritzie.
Meet Mitul Iyengar, Product Designer for Royalties and Reporting team in New York.
Engineering Manager, Tyce Clee, wants to give you the benefit of his hindsight by sharing the 5 things he learned while building Encore.
How is creating a voice user interface different from other design work? 3 Spotify Product Designers break it down (in 3 short sentences).
Discover how we made Past Lives, Spotify Design's first ever podcast about the unexpected paths people took to get to a career in design at Spotify.
Lo-fi beats for tending your zen garden. Curated by Senior Product Designer, Linnea Strid.
When it's shutdown...again... Curated by Senior Product Designer, Rosie Ferris.
For the ethereal nights we don’t want to end. Curated by Senior Product Designer, Vandana Pai.
Meet Mattias Johansson, Senior Product Designer for the Experience team in Stockholm.
Spotify's launching its biggest voting campaign to date. This is the story of how it came together, told by one of the designers who made it happen.
In 3x3 this month, we ask Spotify Product Designers to share their techniques for maintaining collaboration at every stage of a project.
With a background in psychology, Ben worked as a case manager at a psychiatric ward straight out of college. Now, he’s a senior product designer at Spotify.
Linnea dives into her background as a fine art painter, the website she built as a kid for Japanese music fans to chat, and how she developed her love for problem solving through product design.
Spotify UX Writer Lee recounts his days as a music journalist, riding roller coasters with Muse and visiting Coldplay’s recording studio before he discovered his love for bringing storytelling to design.
After the 2008 recession, architecture graduate Kamdyn went from installing $17,000 chandeliers in bathrooms to discovering her love for design operations, which she now leads at Spotify.
The creative minds behind Spotify Original podcast, Dissect, share their process for creating a powerful visual identity with each new season.
Rob used to spend his time capturing weddings from hot-air balloons. Now, he works as a senior designer at Soundtrap, a digital audio workstation.
Sunrise and sunset choons for the zone. Curated by Senior Product Designer, Mattias Johansson.
If you dare to knock at the door of the cosmos. Curated by Staff Machine Learning Engineer, Samuel Ngahane.
In the first Ask Spotify Design, our team dishes up answers to your questions with special sprinkles from a guest illustrator.
For escaping to anywhere but here. Curated by Backend Engineer Jennifer Liaw.
Meet Kathleen Namgung, Product Designer for the Marketplace team in New York.
A self-service tool by Spotify’s Ethics Guild to help teams investigate ethical questions when developing a product or service.
Discover what motivated us to create our new design system, how it’s structured, and how it’s different from what we’ve tried before.
In this 3x3, we’re talking to Product Designers about what they’ve learned this year and how it’s changed their approach to work.
Get acquainted with the audio hero of Spotify Design, the Listen hub, and learn how we’re bringing our global design community together through music.
Learn how creative agency, paq works, and photographer, Ekua King, translated Notting Hill Carnival’s rich culture into a digital festival experience.
Meet Anjana Menon, Senior UX Writer for the Growth Opportunities team in London.
For those summer days when you're hanging out with your friends and time doesn't matter. Curated by Engineering Managers Tyce Clee & Shaun Bent.
Meet Ryan Smith, Product Designer for the Premium R&D team in Stockholm.
Three new members of the Spotify Design Team share their advice for starting a new job while working remotely.
That when everyday is a Whensday kinda vibe. Curated by Senior UX Writer Amanda Lasnik.
Learn how a Spotify design sprint stayed focused and on track—even during a global pandemic.
Product Designers explore how designing for personalized experiences affects their work.
In part two of our Spotify Design rebrand extravaganza, we take a closer look at how, with our new brand in hand, we made over our webspace.
Explore three design principles created to make sure people can get the help they need, when they need it.
Discover how we designed and implemented a new micro-interaction for our heart icon.
UX Writers share their thoughts on working from home for 90+ days.
Celebrating Pride: Meet Fabiano Souza, Senior Product Designer for the Podcast team in Stockholm.
Celebrating Pride: Meet Spencer Huddleston, Associate Principal Designer for the Platform & Partner Experience team in Stockholm.
Celebrating Pride: Meet Kamdyn Moore, Lead Program Manager for the Design Ops team in New York.
Celebrating Pride: Meet Ryan Swedenborg, Senior Product Designer for the Premium team in New York.
Design principals talk design principles. Here’s how we aim to make Spotify feel Relevant, Human, and Unified.
Annina Koskinen presents a framework she's developed to help her teams at Spotify reach their goals and ship with impact.
idk why i’m crying in the club rn. Curated by Art Director Ben Sifel.
We partnered with designers to design a design brand that helps designers showcase their design work to an audience of… (wait for it) ...designers.
Meet the creatives and hear the story behind this year’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM) campaign.
Embark on a voyage of discovery through the history of Spotify on the iPad, all the way through to how we designed our latest generation.
Celebrating AAPIHM: Meet Andrea Nguyen, Program Manager for the Design Ops team in New York.
Celebrating AAPIHM: Meet JC Chhim, Senior Product Designer for Car & Wearables in Stockholm.
Welcome to techno spa–relax in the darkened corners of contemporary techno. Curated by Product Designer Patrick Ree.
Celebrating AAPIHM: Meet Shota Pangilinan, Product Designer for the Spotify for Artists in New York.
A calm, upbeat mess with positive vibes. You pick the occasion. Curated by Art Director David Karlsson.
Poppy disco for the new era. Curated by Senior Product Designer Ryan Swedenborg.
Funky rap love songs for long walks to the Brooklyn deli. Curated by Senior Art Director Tina Snow Le.
Celebrating AAPIHM: Meet Kat Zhou, Product Designer for the Design Platform team in Stockholm.
Meet Jack Maxwell, Senior Product Designer for the Creator Marketplace team in New York.
We've opened up the music box and described how we've shaped the tool to suit our needs and culture at Spotify.
Meet Rosie Ferris, Senior Product Designer for the Podcast team in London.
Guest author Jarom Vogel reveals the step-by-step of creating the illustrations featured on our Spotify for Podcasters page.
Meet Daniela Estevez Fernandez, Senior Product Designer for the Premium team in London.
We followed four of our designers to see why they hacked, how they hacked, and what they learned during Spotify's Hack Week 2020.
Spotify Design is proud to sponsor It’s Nice That’s Ones to Watch 2020, championing a diverse and inclusive creative community.
A closer look at the ways in which we try to ensure that Spotify looks just right, no matter where it appears.
Spotify’s experience isn't defined or constrained by the bounds of a smartphone screen, and neither are our design and user research practices.
Meet Siri Johansson, Senior Product Designer for the Consumer Experience team in Stockholm.
Building a great design team is actually pretty similar to starting a great band. Here's how.
Meet Achal Varma, UX Prototyper for the Design Platform team in New York.
Meet Reema Bhagat, Senior Product Designer for the Cross-Platform Experiences team in Stockholm.
Meet Nicola Felaco, Associate Principal Product Designer for the Core Experience team in Stockholm.
How our Design Ops brings together designers working across multiple locations, for multiple audiences, across multiple platforms.
An evening to challenge creatives to consider how their work influences the way people hear everything from the news to their favorite song.
Reflecting on projects at Spotify, we’ve come up with three principles we believe will help others design Machine Learning-powered experiences
UX designers and machine learning experts from across industries highlight the intersection of cutting-edge tech and human-centered design.
Next time you have a complex research question, consider using this 3-step process to mitigate blind spots and turn discrepancies into opportunities.
We hosted a Swedish Meetup (T12t) about digital accessibility and what it means for everyday design. Here's how the event went down.
How our Premium team uses Service Design strengthens designers and help them make faster, better decisions in moments that matter.
Discover from our Global Insights Team how they help Spotify travel all over the world—without getting lost in translation.
Local knowledge is everything when expanding into new markets. Here's how we build empathy, understand our audience, and find inspiration worldwide.
How we developed our personas tool, how we use it today, and why it’s so useful for an autonomous, cross-functional organisation like Spotify.
Explore with us how the collaboration of design and insights plays a lead role in expanding our global reach in the first of a three-part series.
Spotify Design and It's Nice That team up to discuss the kinds of ethical trade-offs that inevitably influence our work as designers.
Ethical design is something we’re spending more and more time thinking about at Spotify. Here's our take on how to tackle this hot button issue.
Discover how we encourage our designers to shift from users to core contributors and co-authors of our shared design system.
At Spotify, we’re constantly investing in how we support and deliver a design system to the business. Here's what we learned along the way.
Error messages should help users solve problems and move on. This is our guide on how to write clear, helpful copy for when things go wrong.
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