Tim Van Damme is the founder of Abstract, a company building version control for designers. Previously, Tim was a designer for Instagram, Dropbox and more.

In this episode he reflects on the design industry as a whole and teases us about his new project Abstract. We also uncover his mysterious alter alias Max Voltar.

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Episode 005 Highlights

2:40: Why embark on project Abstract?

5:50: Making the move from Belgium to America

9:00: Working at Gowalla, and the Facebook acquisition

11:25: Joining Instagram

12:20: Cold emailing design influencers

14:20: First projects at Instagram

15:55: Tim’s second experience with Facebook buying out his company

18:40: Moving on to the Dropbox design team

20:10: Lessons learned from working within a large design organization

22:30: Projects at Dropbox

25:50: A culture of sharing and giving back to the design community

29:20: Who is Max Voltar?

Posted by:Sam Solomon

I'm a designer, writer and tinkerer. I currently lead workflow and design systems at Salesloft.

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