Cap Watkins is a product designer and a manager of creativity. He is currently the VP of Design at BuzzFeed, where he manages managers, a product design team that covers the site, their apps, internal tooling, data analysis, and ad sales. He also manages the consumer branding team, which works on logos, the style guide, and swag. If you ever see someone with a BuzzFeed T-shirt on, chances are high that Cap had strong influence over it.
He believes in the spirit of collaboration, as well as thoughtful, holistic design solutions that get out of the way and empower people to accomplish much more. His big ideas and ceaseless drive have led him to some of today’s biggest tech companies. His past work includes Formspring, Zoosk, Etsy and hush-hush stuff at Amazon.
Cap is a prolific blogger, conference speaker, an avid fan of startups and technology, and his favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. So, for this DQSD interview we carved out (pun intended) something a little different. Towards the end, we asked Cap a series of rapid fire questions about his overall affinity for Turkey Day, and his answers are delicious.