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July 19, 2021

Linh Ho

How Curiosity Helps in Achieving New Goals

July 19, 2021

Our next step in exploring different career journeys in the design industry is centered around open-mindedness and a love for learning. In this interview with an experienced LA-based product designer, we discuss the importance of continuous education, playfulness and curiosity in achieving long-term career goals.

Linh Ho, Senior Product Designer

Linh Ho is an experienced product designer from Los Angeles. Throughout the years she has developed a passion for storytelling and a deep interest in the human condition.

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LINH, DO YOU REMEMBER THE DAY WHEN YOU STARTED TRANSITIONING FROM JUNIOR DESIGNER TO A MORE SENIOR POSITION?
 

I didn’t know at the time, but looking back on it, it was when I was given the opportunity to take the lead on an ongoing web project. I was given a chance to manage the project, make decisions, and focus more on the big picture than the process itself. I’d say that was the start of my transitioning to senior design specialist.

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Inspiration is not coming while you’re just staring at the screen
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FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE, WHAT HELPED YOU THE MOST IN BUILDING A CAREER IN THE DESIGN INDUSTRY?
 

Staying curious and always learning. In an industry where things are constantly changing, it’s important to learn a new skill set or improve the skills you already know. You can leverage downtime to learn something new or brush up on your skills.

 

This doesn’t have to mean design skills. You can learn about business, strategy, the industry, whatever you’re interested in and want to take in for your career. Operational skills like communication and leadership are so vital because they allow you to add value beyond producing designs and be involved in the decision-making process.

 

Knowing when and how to communicate your ideas is a valuable skill when speaking to stakeholders and solving the problem at hand.

ILLUSTRATION FROM LINH’S PORTFOLIO

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HOW DO YOU MOTIVATE YOURSELF WHILE BUILDING A NEW SKILL SET?
 

I think this ties back to the previous question a bit. Sometimes we can feel like we’ve reached a plateau or don’t have enough power to keep moving on, which is why it’s essential to stay curious and have a genuine love for learning

 

If you’re constantly improving yourself and staying open to opportunities, you’ll find your next challenge, whether it’s on a professional or personal level. It is a matter of your persistence and character as much as it is about design itself.

ILLUSTRATION FROM LINH’S PORTFOLIO

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IF YOU FIND YOURSELF STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF A WORK PROCESS, HOW DO YOU GET BACK TO A ‘PRODUCTIVE MODE’? WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF INSPIRATION?

 

The internet could be overwhelming. That’s why I prefer to spend a lot of time in nature and just play as if I were still a kid. The best ideas come when you’re calm, centered, and having fun. Random thoughts and ideas can spark while you're playing.

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If you’re constantly improving yourself and staying open to opportunities, you’ll find your next challenge, whether it’s on a professional or a personal level
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AT THE END OF EACH INTERVIEW, WE ASK OUR EXPERTS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE THEY’D LIKE TO GIVE TO JUNIOR DESIGNERS OR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO START A CAREER IN THE DESIGN INDUSTRY
 

Always ask questions! Observe the world, your surroundings, your environment. Our culture influences our design output more than we know. Good design is one that solves the user’s needs.