Episode 26

Leadership, Individuality, and Balance with Aastha Gaur

Published on: 9th September, 2021

In this episode of Technically Speaking, our host Harrison Wheeler talks to UX Director at Google Aastha Gaur. She takes us on a journey through the different teams she’s been a part of in Google, how the insides of this enormous company work, and the story of how she got into UX Design and leadership. Join this conversation and have a sneak peek into the job of the people who make our online user experience flow effortlessly in our day-to-day! 

Jump straight into:

(01:35) - Aastha’s work as UX Director at Google: Working at a huge scale to support customers throughout the globe. 

(03:51) - The four pillars of UX execution: How Google’s team performs at a high level and Aastha’s leadership management. 

(10:51) - How much influence can a UX designer have on Google?: The roadmap for creativity inside a giant decentralized company. 

(15:09) - How Aastha got into design: Her journey optimizing for day-to-day happiness.

(23:10) - Challenging stereotypes and staying true: Aastha’s Indian background and her identity as a designer.

(26:56) - How to maintain balance in and out of work: Brunch, dancing, and feminine energy in Corporate America. 

(32:42) - A piece of advice for designers building their careers: Dive into the power of divergent thinking!

 

Episode Resources:

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