Tom joins our very first episode to talk all about his challenges of finding an academic lane in college, transitioning from developer to designer, and learning the tough lessons of moving from an individual contributor to a manager. Tom’s love for video games and his openness to finding the right path will inspire anyone looking to build a career in design or change career gears after college.
“When in doubt, keep going, keep pushing, and do what you love.”-Tom Censani
Tom leads an incredibly talented team at Eventbrite responsible for the user interface of the company’s products. Their projects tackle everything across the platform, from native apps to the responsive web framework at the center of Eventbrite’s event marketplace that serves event attendees and organizers. Tom believes that design can solve digital problems while also helping address the organizational needs of any business. Before Eventbrite, Tom was a designer for Food Network’s web and mobile experiences. He loves video games, has a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mug, and is a close friend of mine. Yes, it’s true, I even emceed Tom’s wedding to his blushing bride Nicole.
When I sat down with Tom Censani—director of product design at Eventbrite, the events ticketing platform he joined nearly six years ago—for the inaugural episode of my new creative careers podcast, Making Ways, we talked all about his challenge to find an academic lane in college and his transition from a developer trajectory to diving into all things design.