This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is author and designer Carly Ayres, who is currently focusing on community and culture on Google.
Ayres is an exceptionally original thinker: about design, branding, conversation and community. After closing her doors at HAWRAF, an interactive design and development studio, she has since returned to Google, where she works on a team focused on UX Community & Culture: “A big part of what I do next wanted to learn was who I wanted to learn from besides people who have been in the industry for a very long time, ”she says.
In this episode of Milkshake, Ayres shares her main out-of-office ambition and some of her favorite titles from her bookshelf, including Victor Papanek’s real world design: “It’s about why the things you buy are too expensive and break easily and ruin that World and will lead to the end of all we know [plus] a couple of suggestions to keep that from happening, ”she says. “It’s wonderful read, especially for those who want to rethink how they think about design.”
Ayres is also looking at the future of brand-centric “conversations” in a post-social media world, a development she believes is already happening, especially among luxury retailers. “What is this conversation like beyond social media?” She says. “We talk to brands on social media, but where else can this dialogue take place? Do we see events or opportunities to meet people in person? Maybe there are new platforms. Maybe we’ll see how brands really get into personal writing and scrapbooking. I think there are many opportunities there to have this two-way conversation. “
Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, the Wall Street Journal and other outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.
Milkshake, the first regular series from DMTV (Design Milk TV), turns the traditional interview format on its head by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry professionals to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or container. During their open discussions, you will not only get an insight into their personal housewares collections, but also valuable insights into their work, their lives and their passions.