Jez goes on to discuss how after three years of this he was approached by Facebook for a product design job, again based on the content of his website. He describes the difficult process of making a decision to move to a field of work he knew very little about in a city on the other side of the Atlantic, and runs through the various motivating factors behind his final decision to accept, as well as the reality of living overseas in a job with which he struggled. Eventually, he moved to a position in the analogue research lab, where he felt much more at ease. “It just smells like art school again,” he says, recalling the scent of the printing press at work.
Asked how he adapted to the vast change from a freelancer in Edinburgh to a nine-to-five product designer in San Francisco, Jez replies, “Your mileage will definitely vary. It’s a matter of personal fortitude.” The gap between his old and new jobs was exceptionally wide, he says, and those who can minimise that gap will cope better. He goes on to describe the unexpected diversity he found at Facebook, whose size enables them to ship people they like in from all over the world.
Jez describes his development over his years at Facebook as characterised by a growth in confidence, due in part to the ready availability of critique and feedback. Questioned about his side projects, he talks about his motivations and how his work enriches them. He finishes by explaining what he would do if he had his time again: “I would have spent a lot more time exploring different styles and pushing myself.” Experimentation without expectation of results, he says, has always been where his biggest developments have come from.