I’ve only met a handful of people in my life where I almost immediately knew they had extraordinary design talent. Sarah Musselman, the designer who created Coywolf’s branding, is one of them, and Trevor Denton is another.
I worked with Trevor very briefly at Raven, until a once-in-a-lifetime job offer was given to him. While it was disappointing to lose him, I was genuinely excited for him and knew he would go far.
In the past several years, Trevor has gone far. The dream job he left Raven for was with Starbucks, where he got to work on their mobile app. He then joined Snap to become a part of the Snapchat design team. Now he’s started a new adventure at the startup media company Quibi.
Trevor and I recently caught up, and he discussed what it was like working for Starbucks and Snap, and how he and the product team approached designing the Quibi app.
The full interview covers:
- What it was like working at Starbucks and designing for their app
- Why it’s better to admit what you don’t know instead of faking it until you make it
- How a desire to be uncomfortable and grow as a designer brought him to Snap
- What it was like introducing new design patterns to Snapchat that ultimately got adopted by other apps
- How a desire to continue growing, innovating, and working on new challenges led him to Quibi
- Why you should always be open to new opportunities even if you’re happy where you are
- How to strike a balance between existing and new design patterns to keep an app intuitive
- How to maintain simplicity, minimalism, speed, and focus on app design
- What it was like designing for short-form content on a smartphone app