Hack To Start Ep. 93: Design + Code founder Meng To

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This week’s guest is Meng To, the author of Design + Code. Meng started off his career as a self-taught graphic designer who transitioned to digital work.

Wanting to move to San Francisco to learn from some of the best designers in the world – designers who were passionate about solving problems – Meng managed to stay for a year until his visa expired and he could no longer continue to work. His dreams were crushed.

With nothing left to lose, and at a crossroad in his career, he set out to travel the world. He soon decided to launch a product while on his adventure. Having started to blog about a new app called Sketch, Meng quickly settled on teaching others how to design with it, and then how to bring those same designs to life through quick prototypes using xcode. Design + Code was born.

Two year later, Meng is still just as passionate about helping people learn how to implement their designs as real products and continuing to build & grow Design + Code as a full time job. He’s created several products and libraries since then – some paid, some free – to keep supporting his works and the students that have been using Design + Code.

Meng joins us to share his story, what motivated him to launch Design + Code, how he grew it into a full time project, what it was like to travel for 2 years, what it’s like being a new parent, and much more!


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Hack To Start is a weekly podcast focused on interesting people and the innovative ways they achieve success hosted by @FrancoVarriano & @TylerCopeland.

Our mission is to inspire others and to help them realize that success begins with a first step – an often imperfect, incomplete, stumbled upon first step or “hack” – that leads to something bigger. Most people aren’t sure where or how to start, but hopefully the stories and insights we’ll be sharing on this podcast will help.