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Userability

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Userability

Jared Spool & Robert Hoekman, Jr.

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It’s a show title, not a typo! Userability was a short-run, free-wheeling call-in podcast where UXers from around the world phoned in to ask Jared Spool and Robert Hoekman, Jr. questions on the spot a wide range of user experience topics. One caller, one question, a handful of useful takeaways, and hopefully some fun throughout.
 
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UX Advantage

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UX Advantage

Jared Spool & Karen McGrane

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What does it take to create a culture of design? How does putting user experience first change the way organizations work? At UX Advantage, Jared Spool & Karen McGrane interviewed inspirational pioneers who deliver user experience as a competitive advantage to their organization. The UX Advantage Podcast traces the journey to that event with short bursts of insight.
 
Being a great UX designer begins and ends with being a great human. We can't pour an empty cup into another. We can’t lead others where we are not. This UX podcast helps UX’ers become the best, most powerful designers (and humans) they can be. Yes, you'll discover how-to’s, but much more importantly you'll discover why-to’s. Every episode is sure to inspire and equip you on how to better fight for your users and business, and dare I say change the world (even if only for one human at a time) ...
 
The Design To Be Conversation podcast is a series of conversations with design leaders about how investing in their EQ has impacted their design careers. Rachel Weissman, the host of the show, is the Founder of Design To Be, a design leader, an EQ Coach, and a Meditation & Yoga Teacher. As a design leader, she has agency, start-up, and in-house experience most recently working at Google and Salesforce. The purpose of our show is to inspire designers with insightful conversations. Design To B ...
 
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In today’s episode, I speak with Wendy Johansson. Wendy is the Head of UX Apprentice Program at Amazon. She is a global product experience leader and entrepreneur focused on the intersection of product and user experience to scale high-performing global teams. She started and built her career as a UX leader at successful early-stage startups, co-fo…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Jonathan Shariat. Jonathan is the co-author of Tragic Design published by O'Reilly. He co-hosts the Design Review podcast, and is currently an Interaction Designer and Accessibility Program Lead at Google. We dive into the importance of communication for designers to convey clarity and solve problems, what communica…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Brad Frost. Brad is a web designer, speaker, writer, and consultant based in Pittsburgh. He is the author of the book Atomic Design, which introduces a methodology to create and maintain effective design systems. Brad co-hosts the Style Guides Podcast and has helped create several tools and resources for web designe…
 
This is the last episode of 2021. After nearly two years of outlining the content for this episode and nearly two months (at time of writing) of recording & editing, here’s everything I know (so far) on landing a job in UX. I hope this content is not only useful to you and anyone you […] The post 080: Everything I Know (So Far) on Landing a Job in …
 
Video available on the show notes page at userdefenders.com/080 This is the last episode of 2021. After nearly two years of outlining the content for this episode and nearly two months (at time of writing) of recording and editing, here's everything I know (so far) about landing a job in UX. I hope this content is not only useful to you and anyone …
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Hana Schank. Hana is the Co-Director of Strategy for Public Interest Technology at New America where she works to develop the public interest technology field via research, storytelling, and hands-on projects. She is the co-author of Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology. In the private sect…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Felix Lee. Felix is the Co-Founder and CEO at ADPList on a mission to democratize mentorships for all. He is a designer, engineer, and tech entrepreneur who believes in constantly reinventing the way we experience the world and beyond through purposeful design. Previously, Felix co-founded Packdat and has worked wit…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Jessica Helfand. Jessica is the founding editor of Design Observer and author of numerous books on visual and cultural criticism including her new book aptly called Self-Reliance. She is an artist, designer, writer and educator and has taught in Paris, Porto, London, Malta, the Netherlands, and across the United Sta…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Aaron Walter. Aaron is Acting Director of Product at Resolve to Save Lives where he explores how design and technology can help fight COVID-19. Formerly, he was the VP of content at InVision with 20 years of experience running product teams and helping companies enact design best practices. Aarron founded the UX pra…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Nancy Douyon. Nancy is a Global Design Ethicist & Product Philosopher. For more than fifteen years, she’s been leading as a Black woman at Google, IBM, Intel, and Uber working on human experience product design. Throughout her career, Nancy has gained a reputation for delivering big results in a culturally honest an…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Jared Spool. Jared is the Co-Founder, Co-CEO, and Maker of Awesomeness at Center Centre – UIE. For the past 43 years, Jared has been working with hundreds of organizations in the tech world. He has written two books, published hundreds of articles and podcasts, and has been touring the world speaking to audiences ev…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Chetana Deorah. Chetana is the Design Director at Coursera that empowers online education worldwide. As a product design leader and mentor, Chetana helps empower human-centered design to achieve high-impact business goals. In her most recent post as Design Director at Netflix, she has led product design for global a…
 
Here’s a fun treat I’ve never done before. In this episode I shine the spotlight on listeners Jordan Burke + Joel Ryerson who recently landed their first job in UX! Hear them tell their inspiring stories of their journey getting here while gaining some valuable insights on how you can too! I was blown away […] The post 079: Listener Spotlight – Lan…
 
Here’s a fun treat I’ve never done before. In this episode I shine the spotlight on listeners Jordan Burke + Joel Ryerson who recently landed their first job in UX! Hear them tell their inspiring stories of their journey getting here while gaining some valuable insights on how you can too! I was blown away at the depth, insight, authenticity and va…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Jason James. Jason is the VP of Design at Instacart, a grocery delivery and pick-up service where he leads product design, brand, and research. Previously, he served as VP of Design at Thumbtack and was leading design early in his career for Earnest, Intercom, Kin, and DoneDone. Jason is a mentor at Made in the Futu…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Dori Tunstall. Dori is the Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, and the first black female dean of a faculty of design. She is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. Dori leads the Cultures-B…
 
Resonant Design is a Berlin-based design agency specialized in interfaces for music production. In this episode, we talk about their product design process, taking inspiration from the physical world, and the advantages of being specialized in a well-defined niche. GUESTS Simon Martin Fabian Ruf Hauke Scholz HIGHLIGHTS 00:00 Intro 08:00 Starting Co…
 
Artwork by Eli Jorgensen Bob Baxley, a Silicon Valley pioneer, takes us back in time through the history of Silicon Valley and gives us a glimpse into the future of it. Spoiler alert: He’s got concerns. He reveals how every little interaction matters and motivates us to be proud enough of the work we do […] The post 078: There and Back (and Forward…
 
Bob Baxley, a Silicon Valley pioneer, takes us back in time through the history of Silicon Valley and gives us a glimpse into the future of it. Spoiler alert: He's got concerns. He reveals how every little interaction matters and motivates us to be proud enough of the work we do to want to show our friends and family...otherwise, we've got more wor…
 
Bao Vo is a musician and visual artist based in Los Angeles, California. In this episode, we talk about the importance of clearly communicating your ideas. Whether as an artist, musician, UX designer, or entrepreneur. CONNECT WITH BAO heyitsbao.com mingping.com www.linkedin.com/in/baovocreative LISTEN TO THE PODCAST Spotify http://spoti.fi/3p0eC1G …
 
Artwork by Eli Jorgensen Josh Mauldin shows us how resolving conflict not only makes us better humans, but better designers. He challenges us to approach conflict with a growth mindset and the question, “What can I learn from this?” to help us become less anti-conflict and more pro-resolution. He articulates the difference between healthy and […] T…
 
Josh Mauldin shows us how resolving conflict not only makes us better humans, but better designers. He challenges us to approach conflict with a growth mindset and the question, "What can I learn from this?" to help us become less anti-conflict and more pro-resolution. He articulates the difference between healthy and unhealthy conflict and teaches…
 
Today’s episode marks our 18th episode and the final episode of the first season of Design To Be Conversation. Season 2 will start back up the first week of August. We are beyond excited for what’s ahead! Today, I speak with Pablo Stanley. Pablo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Blush. Pablo has a YouTube channel called Sketch Together and gives talks a…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Jared Erondu. Jared is a design leader, investor, and advisor. He’s currently the VP of Design at Lattice where they are building people-first HR software to make the time we spend at work more meaningful. Jared is also the co-creator of Playbook and High Resolution, two projects dedicated to furthering knowledge-sh…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Tiffani Jones Brown, Executive Editorial Director at Dropbox. Tiffani oversees an interdisciplinary team of copywriters, UX writers and graphic designers. She specializes in simple and emotionally intelligent branding and copy, defining the voice and tone for multiple startups, including Facebook and Pinterest. Tiff…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Pim Schachtschabel. Pim is the former Co-Founder and Design Director of the world-renowned Sherlocked, an experience design company in Amsterdam. He uses his formal training in architecture and design thinking as a backbone to enhance our human experience. During the pandemic, he went on a journey to research, exper…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Sana Rao. Sana is the VP of Product and Design at Peanut, a social network for connecting women. Previously, she has worked at Deliveroo and Twitter leading design, content and research. Sana has built a career challenging the status quo and cultivating inclusive communities through the power of connectivity. She is…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Gabe Valdivia. Gabe is a Cuban-American designer based in New York City. He’s been practicing design for more than fifteen years, leading teams in large organizations and designing for startups. He's currently leading Consumer Experience Design at Patreon, connecting artists with a passionate audience to help them m…
 
Walker Raigh is a design director and podcast producer. In our conversation, we talk about the advantages of creating relationships with your prospects to ramp up your business development efforts. Among other things, we talked about networking, the law of reciprocity, and sharing your "secret recipe" with prospects to build relationship leverage. …
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Irene Au. Irene is the Design Partner at Khosla Ventures where she works with startup CEOs. She is dedicated to raising the strategic value of design and user research within software companies, having built and led the entire User Experience and Design teams at Google, Yahoo! and Udacity. Irene teaches yoga at Aval…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Dan Mall. Dan is a creative director and advisor from Philly. He’s the founder and CEO of SuperFriendly, a design collaborative that helps in-house teams make better digital products with design systems. Dan is the author of Pricing Design, and co-founder of Arcade, a fun way to manage design tokens for enterprise t…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Ioana Adriana Teleanu. Ioana is a UX Designer driven by the ambition to craft great products that people love. She currently works at UiPath on building RPA-enabling products that are easy to use. In the past, alongside years of working for ING Bank, she took on various freelancing and consulting roles with startups…
 
Jinny Oh is the founder of WANDR, an award-winning, and fully-remote UX design agency. CONNECT WITH JINNY https://wandr.studio https://jinnyoh.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/jinnyohh/ ---- ABOUT THE PODCAST Welcome to the Growing Design Podcast, where we help you grow your design agency If you want to learn how to - How to price your services - H…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Mig Reyes, Product Design Manager at Instagram that helps bring the world closer to people and things they love. As a passionate supporter of the design community, Mig, together with his team, tirelessly works to improve the simplicity and craft of Instagram wherever you may find it. Mig is the president emeritus of…
 
Artwork by Eli Jorgensen Steve Bromley shows us how to level up our user research skills. He illuminates the path to getting started as a Games User Researcher. He inspires us to use our user research superpower and insights to make things better for our users. He teaches us techniques he’s used to actually enjoy […] The post 076: User Research? Ga…
 
Join the UD Email List at userdefenders.com/join through March 2021 and enter to win a free signed copy of Steve Bromley's new book, "How to be a Games User Researcher"! Steve Bromley shows us how to level up our user research skills. He illuminates the path to getting started as a Games User Researcher. He inspires us to use our user research supe…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Frank Bach. Frank is a Lead Product Designer at Headspace in LA. Prior to this, he worked on the global launch of Red Bull TV. His work spans product, growth and brand design. He's interested in the relationship between mindfulness and creativity: how meditation can empower you to be a stronger designer and more eng…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Debbie Levitt. Debbie is the CXO of Delta CX, has been a CX and UX strategist, designer, and trainer since the 1990s. As a “serial contractor” who lived in the Bay Area for most of this decade, Debbie has influenced interfaces at Sony, Wells Fargo, Constant Contact, Macys.com, Oracle, and a variety of Silicon Valley…
 
Adam Rotmil is a product discovery and design lead at AstraZeneca and a product design professor at Maryland Institute College of Art. We dive into why it’s essential to cultivate self-awareness as a designer, how to make your career strengths and weaknesses actionable, the importance of retrospectives, how to create a safe working environment, as …
 
ABOUT In this episode, Danielle Fauteaux and I talk about the intersection between UX design and SEO, how to communicate expectations with clients, and how to foster solid relationships in your network that will help you grow your business. --- CONNECT WITH DANIELLE https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielle-f-47a18aab/ --- FREE CHECKLIST FOR VETTING DES…
 
Greg Bennett is a Conversation Design Principal at Salesforce, leading the company’s first dedicated Conversation Design practice since its inception. As a linguist, Greg focuses his work on empowering designers to create conversational experiences that feel natural and helpful, build user trust, and meet customer expectations. We dive into the art…
 
ABOUT In this episode, Laura Khalil walks us through her career as a successful marketing consultant. From working with startups to building her own firm and consulting some of the largest tech companies. --- FREE CHECKLIST FOR VETTING DESIGN CLIENTS https://edorozco.ck.page/newsletter-subscribe --- ABOUT I'm Ed Orozco. I help UX agencies become mo…
 
Yuan Wang is a leadership coach for creative professionals, an adjunct professor at California College of Arts, and a design mentor with ADPlist.org. For the past ten years, she’s led design at Airbnb, Twitter, and Mozilla. We dive into her career journey, how to be a great mentor and how to bring mentorship into your organization, the difference b…
 
Stæven Frey is the principal and Senior Brand Strategist at Quantum Branding, a strategy-focused branding agency based in Nashville, TN. In this episode, Stæven walks us through the memory structures that make people recognize and remember brands. In our conversation, we chat about building your agency's core offering, how to price based on your cl…
 
Artwork by Eli Jorgensen Jessica Gaddis motivates us to realize that we belong here. Not only in the field of design, but in this often painful and perplexing world we call home. Why? Because somewhere, sometime, somehow…someone needs us. She inspires us to find our community because they’re already out there, searching for us and […] The post 075:…
 
Jessica Gaddis motivates us to realize that we belong here. Not only in the field of design, but in this often painful and perplexing world we call home. Why? Because somewhere, sometime, somehow...someone needs us. She inspires us to find our community because they’re already out there, searching for us and waiting for us to connect with them and …
 
In this episode, Zach Hill and I chat about sharing what you know, how to be more effective when selling design outcomes, and the importance of always having a growth mindset and be willing to learn from others. Zach is a passionate design-centered strategist that combines an obsession for user experience, product strategy, and process with a found…
 
Dennis Lenard is the CEO at Creative Navy and a digital product architect. He comes from a cognitive science background and has helped to shape and launch more than 150 digital products in industries such as healthcare, embedded interfaces, and enterprise. We dive into the ideals of the theory of mind, the importance of regulation of emotion, the d…
 
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