As creative professionals we like to dream of having boundless time and limitless budgets to pursue our ideas and perfect our work. History however, teaches us that the spark of creative genius is often accompanied by significant pressure, stress, and unexpected twists of fate. In this talk, Bob Baxley demonstrates how common constraints and economic concerns often serve as the catalysts to innovative and original thought. Drawing lessons from subjects as diverse as Dr. Seuss, Sputnik, and Beethoven, Bob shares the history and backstory behind some of the wold’s greatest creative accomplishments.
Constraints, Conditions, and Conviction: Even Genius Needs a Push
Design Executive and Advisor, Formerly at Pinterest, Apple & Yahoo!
Bob Baxley is a design executive who lives and works in Silicon Valley. He most recently served as the Head of Product Design at Pinterest where he built, led, and managed a multifaceted design team responsible for both the consumer and business facing elements of Pinterest.
Prior to that, Bob spent over eight years at Apple, where he served in senior leadership roles for Apple’s retail and e-commerce teams. As a Director of Design, Bob hired and led the creative team responsible for a broad variety of applications including the Apple Online Store, the Apple Store app, and the transactional areas of iPhoto and GarageBand
As Director of Design for Yahoo! Search, Bob built and led the design team that created Yahoo! Answers and designed other search-centric properties. Bob’s career as a designer began at Claris Corporation where he was Lead UI Designer for the initial releases of ClarisWorks and MacProject Pro.
The author of “Making the Web Work”, Bob is also a sought after public speaker sharing his experiences and observations about a range of topics related to design, technology, innovation, and the culture of Silicon Valley.
Bob holds a B.A. in History and a B.S in Radio/Television/Film from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a Master of Liberal Arts from Stanford University.
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