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Neurodivergence and Storytelling in the Workplace With Design Lead Alexis Cotton

Neurodivergence and Storytelling in the Workplace With Design Lead Alexis Cotton

Alexis Cotton, a Design Lead at Meta, discusses her journey into design and her experience as a neurodivergent designer. She shares her passion for storytelling and finding her voice as a designer. Alexis also talks about the challenges of making friends during the pandemic and the importance of work-life balance.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how to rediscover hobbies, find new interests, and embrace change post-pandemic

  • Discover strategies for connecting with others and transform your home into a comfortable and uniquely creative space that perfectly reflects your style

  • Create impactful designs using the power of communication and storytelling

  • Leverage your distinctive point of view to accomplish outstanding outcomes in your profession

  • Use Alexis' tip to effectively manage remote work and maintain a work-life balance


"We should talk about how hard it is to make friends during the pandemic and be more upfront with people that we are close to and ask them to set us up." - Alexis Cotton

"Your design work is only as great as the way that you can articulate it." - Alexis Cotton

"With these decisions to go back to the office, be hybrid or remote, you should really think about where you do your best work." - Alexis Cotton


(00:24) Introduction to the episode and guest, Alexis Cotton

(01:08) Icebreaker: Rediscovering hobbies post-pandemic

(02:52) Icebreaker: The place that best symbolizes her personality

(05:42) Icebreaker: The challenges of making new friends

(08:13) Her journey into design and the impact of the Posse Foundation on her career

(11:51) Her transition from fine arts to product design

(14:01) Her role as a Product Design Architect at Meta

(18:04) Neurodivergence and its impact on work

(20:52) The importance of storytelling and finding your voice

(28:07) Her advice on work-life balance and finding what works best for you

(28:48) How to reach Alexis Cotton

About The Guest:

Meet Alexis Cotton, a Design Lead at Meta with a fine arts and graphic design background. She has honed her skills at renowned companies like Gigster and Intuit. Alexis is passionate about storytelling and constantly strives to find her unique voice as a designer. Additionally, she is neurodivergent, which gives her a distinct perspective and helps her excel in her work.

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Technically Speaking is a podcast by Harrison Wheeler about BIPOC designers, entrepreneurs & technologists sharing their unique stories of triumph and resilience at the intersection of product design.