How the best design recruiter in the country finds the top 1% of designers

Judy Wert is the co-founder of Wert & Company, a leading
international executive search firm specializing in design –
for top-tier startups and Fortune 500 corps. In this episode,
she shares how she’s been recruiting the best designers for
more than two decades, what she sees in the top 1 percent of
designers she’s worked with, and how an internal database
they created is helping to understand how design has changed
over the years.

Of the tens of thousands of designers Wert has talked with over
the past 22 years, there are two traits that weave their way
through the best. The first is the mastery of their craft.
Whatever craft it is, the best of the best own it and are
determined to perfect it. The second is the mastery of
themselves. Specifically, Wert says the ability to be
self-reflective and the control of their exuberance is key. “A
little is okay, but a lot is going to trip them up at some

Before LinkedIn, the only solution to creating a network of
potential recruitment leads was to build a database on your
own. Wert & Company did just that and now have over 20
years of information from some of the best minds in the
business. She even has a fun little anecdote on Airbnb Founder
Joe Gebbia from a note written back in 2007.

Jared Erondu and Bobby Ghoshal are the hosts
of High Resolution. This post and
episode notes were put together by freelance
Gannon Burgett. Watch
for High Resolution episodes to drop every Monday on
TechCrunch at 8 a.m. PT. You can also listen
iTunes and Overcast.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: