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Inside Creative Minds: Workflows, Habits And Strategies by Smashing Magazine

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“Be Humble, Be Honest, Don’t Be Afraid To Fail”

By Leona Hu

Influenced by his father, an architect, Benjamin Dauer had an early fascination with design, which came first from watching his father draw by hand and then connecting these drawings to physical space. When his father began using digital programs like AutoCAD, Benjamin became equally inspired, seeing it as a way for static design to achieve dimension.

Unlike many designers, Benjamin never formally trained at a design school. Instead, he learned his skills through observation, self-directed study and work experience. He currently is senior product designer at National Public Radio1 (NPR). Prior to that, he was lead product designer at SoundCloud2, a position that took him and his wife to ...

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