One of my most-loved tools (and one I often use daily) is Dropbox. Known for its user-friendly-ness, fun branding and illustrations, and the tireless and talented team behind it all, Designer Linda Eliasen’s role fits right into all of those. She landed the position as “resident maker” in one of Silicon Valley’s largest tech companies due to her relentless pursuit of personal education post-graduation — enrolling in various classes from Yale’s online courses in astrophysics, ukelele and lettering lessons. Her curiosity has led her many places throughout her career, from interning at the Cartoon Network and working on a Super Bowl ad, to where she finds herself now at Dropbox.
Originally hired as an illustrator, Linda is now involved in the entire design process at Dropbox – from designing products to picking typefaces to completely redesigning Dropbox’s jobs page (and making this recruiting video) – which is no small feat, given that her designs affect many of the company’s over 400 million users. Today, we’re thrilled to have Linda chat about her role at Dropbox, being a woman in the tech industry, the most important question you should ask yourself, and last but not least, Chemex coffee. –Sabrina
Photography by Tim Van Damme