Design, Leadership & Product Strategy

Bio

Originally from Italy, I started my career in San Franciscoafter graduating from Hyper Island. Since then, my journey into design has evolved across three phases:

  1. I spent my formative years designing for digital agencies (AKQA, R/GA, Odopod, Fantasy), where I focused on craft and execution for a large number of verticals.
  2. Mid-career I moved to the client side to lead design at Tubi (acquired by Fox in 2020), where I built and shipped an entire product and brand ecosystem iteratively.
  3. In 2017 I joined Microsoft to bring new thought leadership to Fluent, and most recently I have lead the Windows Design Systems team throughout the release of Windows 11 (shipped October 2021), focusing on strategy and partnerships across disciplines and organizations.

Today I am a design leader, advisor and operator expertise in brand, product and design systems. I am an advocate for agile and distributed work practices, the open web and free access to information.

Competences

  • Product Design
  • Branding
  • Design Systems
  • Developer Experience
  • Front-end Development
  • Design Ops

I am technically minded and I maintain a generalist design practice as a way to impact all aspects of the customer lifecycle (with particular attention to brand, product, systems, code).
I am consistently curious and continuosly look to deepen and complement my skillset through experimentation and practice.

Method

I believe in building products incrementally and in leading teams towards professional and business goals through situational and supportive leadership.

Design
  • Be conceptually coherent
  • Lead with a strong foundation and defaults
  • Optimize for high composability
  • Make it memorable
Leadership
  • Establish the vision by working in the open
  • Align organizations by identifying shared incentives
  • Motivate teams to deliver excellence
Management
  • Meet individuals where they are
  • Build trust
  • Direct, coach, empower and delegate as appropriate
  • Drive personal and business growth
Strategy
  • Know your customer and build for them
  • Prioritize ruthlessly
  • Ship incrementally and often
  • Measure and learn