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Welcome to Siberia's microblog. Here we share (character limited) thought pieces, celebrate client wins, and give you a feel for what's on our minds in and out of day to day work.

Talent Handbook!

Date: May 1st, 2024

Filed Under: READ

Talent Handbook!

Demand for digital transformation and the talent associated with it boomed during peak pandemic. Brilliant up-and-comer designers, engineers, and PMs who had cut their teeth at Siberia graduated to the ranks of Airbnb, Rivian, and a host of venture-backed startups. And they are all doing great work. 

For a while, we tried to compete, but the signals became clear, and we dove head-first into reversing our talent model. 80% of our project teams became contract essentially overnight. The trend had been building, but the push over the cliff meant initiating our own transformation, overhauling systems, processes, and ways of working to turn our new reality into an advantage. 

How do we do this while maintaining our Siberia-ness? How do we guide and govern project teams that have fewer reps together than we were used to? Do we need to work on our screening, hiring, and firing process? Of course. 

Our onboarding handbook is a key tool that has emerged, one and we continually iterate on, fine-tune, and bullshit detect. And because the internet is cool, we’re open-sourcing it foritthat bad boy for your reading enjoyment. If you’re a potential client curious about what it’s going to be like to work with us, or a beautiful talent looking for a new studio to collaborate with, give it a read and let us know what you think!

Smash the link to READ OUR HANDBOOK!

Contact: hello@siberia.io

FastCo Most Innovative

Date: March 28th, 2024

Filed Under: client news

Congratulations to three of our client collaborators for their designation to Fast Company's 2024 Most Innovative Companies list. They've been recognized in Healthcare, Film and Television, and Top Ten overall. Read about their amazing work:

Function

IMAX

Novo Nordisk

Boss Beauties at NYSE

Date: March 13th, 2024

Filed Under: client news

Boss Beauties at NYSE

We had a chance to do a little "speed mentoring" with Break Through Tech and our friends at Boss Beauties to the next generation of young women coders. It was inspiring to meet some emerging talent, and hear challenge and success stories from leaders from Serena Ventures, NASCAR and more. This is an essential mission to get behind.

Watch the recap from the floor of the New York Stock exchange, and listen for a hint about an exciting upcoming launch!

Bloomberg Redesign Live

Date: February 26th, 2024

Filed Under: CLIENT NEWS

We're thrilled to see Bloomberg's newly launched homepage go-live with a bold, and clear audience-first focus.

Bloomberg was early to adopt a subscription-centric model. Paywalls and premium price points mean designing and iterating around true customer value creation.

Building off a deeply collaborative series of vision sprints, the new dynamic homepage leans into real-time content and features driven by market data, personalization and customization.

Hear from Global Head of Product Marissa Zanetti-Crume about how this new version lives up to the mission of arming business leaders with the news, information and connections they need to succeed.

Big Design Freakout?

Date: February 23rd, 2024

Filed Under: READ

Big Design Freakout?

A new piece in FastCo is making the rounds and asking the question of questions — is the “Design” out of step with business? Or is this cohort of C-level design leadership entering their OK Boomer phase? 

Building off their November coverage of IDEO layoffs, which declared the end of the era of design thinking (killer headlines guys, but must we hyperbolize?), this sentiment represents a growing awareness of a recasting of the role of design within corporations ranging in sector, from IBM to J&J.

We’re debating. Is this indeed an identity crisis or a correction, or a needed shake up to revitalize our beloved field? 

One thing is irrefutable - generational change is afoot and design is a battle-tested instrument to navigate change. Regardless of titles, or where the headshots sit on an org chart. 

Here’s a little PMA to balance out the gloom.

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