Follow Your Fears for Inspiration (Kevin Hawkins, BookClub)


November 15, 2021
"If you're looking for inspiration to solve a problem, don't just look at the competitors and other people solving the problem—go look at the people having the problem. If we're going to find a better way to handle life, then we should be better at knowing that life, we should just go live that life."


Kevin Hawkins is the director of product design at BookClub—an online platform that brings authors and readers together. He is also an award-winning, multi-disciplinary design leader and educator with over 12 years of experience building communities and launching products.

Kevin is a self-taught front-end developer and started his career doing freelance web design for local businesses and science NGOs in his home town: Washington D.C. He transitioned to his first full-time job in UX at 16. Since then, he's been a UX leader for, PwC, EY, Gap Inc., and more.

Kevin now resides in Amsterdam where he teaches UX and directs the production and launch of innovative products. In his spare time, he likes to travel, learn new perspectives, and desires to be challenged while doing good work.

In this episode we cover:

  • Outcome vs. intent
  • Workaholism
  • Cultural inspiration
  • 20% time
  • Sofas  & interior design
  • Hygge
  • And more!