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Episode 84

Wells Riley

I have special eyes. Product Designer Envoy.

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Wells Riley, is a product designer at Envoy, the new standard for visitor registration. Wells began building websites with his friends back in high school and took up design. He then started to notice that design wasn’t taken as seriously when it came to startups and great products, so he created a few online resources to inspire others. “Startups, This Is How Design Works” and Hack Design - which saw over 150,000 signups, are both still active and helping others. Wells joins us to share his story, why he got into product design, how he grew the community around both his design resources, what he’s doing at Envoy, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Wells.
  • Learn more about how Wells got into startups & design.
  • Learn more about how Wells approaches product design.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Wells Riley, is a product designer at Envoy, the new standard for visitor registration.

Wells began building websites with his friends back in high school and took up design. He then started to notice that design wasn’t taken as seriously when it came to startups and great products, so he created a few online resources to inspire others. “Startups, This Is How Design Works” and Hack Design - which saw over 150,000 signups - are both still active and helping others.

Wells joins us to share his story, why he got into product design, how he grew the community around both his design resources, what he’s doing at Envoy, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Wells got into startups & design.
  • Why Wells launched Hack Design & how he grew it to over 150,000 subscribers.
  • How Wells approaches product design.
  • Why Envoy doesn't give its employees specific job descriptions.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:50
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

3:27
How did you get into design and what motivated you to start your own firm?

10:56
You then lead product design at Kicksend. Can you tell us a bit more about what this product was about and how you created the opportunity to work there?

12:00
You’re also the founder of Hack Design, a design course for people who do amazing things and “Startups, This Is How Design Works”. What motivated you to create these resources?

18:42
How did you attract over 150,000 students to Hack Design?

21:43
You’re currently a product designer at Envoy. What is Envoy and how did you create the opportunity to work there?

23:14
What’s your role like as a product designer there? What are some of the challenges you’ve had to consider in making this product?

27:28
How do you approach design and building products through that lens?

33:02
What’s are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used?

34:51
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

36:28
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Wells Riley on Twitter
Wells Riley on the web
Envoy on Twitter
Envoy on the web
Hack Design
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Weather Underground
Shyp
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Benedict Evans

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