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User Defenders: UX Design and Personal Growth

User Defenders: UX Design and Personal Growth

There are scores of inspirational UX Designers out there who are doing outstanding, innovative work and helping to shape the future in their struggle to solve important design problems while fighting for the users. In our highly accelerating world of technology, wearables and the connected life, there's never been a better time to be a great UX Designer. This podcast is aimed at highlighting those leading the way in their craft by diving deeper into who they are, and what makes them tick/successful, in order to inspire and equip those aspiring to do the same.

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071: User Defenders Live ? A Panel on Design Accessibility, Diversity & Ethics with Mina Markham, Derek Featherstone and Farai Madzima

I had the great honor of being invited back to An Event Apart Denver (2019) to record a live podcast episode with Mina Markham, Farai Madzima, & Derek Featherstone on the important topics of Accessibility, Design Inclusion & Ethics, Hiring & Retaining Diverse Talent and Landing a Job in UX. Amazingly, we were able to cover all of this in just under an hour!

Please enjoy, please share it out into your social channels, and please be sure to subscribe to User Defenders: Podcast at https://userdefenders.com/subscribe

Thanks to Jeffrey Zeldman + Eric Meyer for letting me share a stage I've revered for over a decade now, thanks to Toby, Marci, Mike & company for the amazing work behind the scenes at every AEA event. Also, very special thanks to Todd Libby for capturing this amazing 4K video on his new iPhone he got just to do this for me.

2020-02-14
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070: Harnessing Life Experiences in Design with Shaheena Attarwala

Shaheena Attarwala defends a woman?s right to design her own future, especially in the face of fierce adversity and opposition. She champions living ruthlessly amid oppressive whims and societal precepts. She?s a magnet that brings the issues forward and carries the water for anyone who dreams of raising their standards and never settling for status-quo expectations. She?ll persuade you to hunker down, prove your grit, and rattle some cages if you have to. This episode is not just about design. So make your way or step aside. It?s time to hear her metaphoric journey, examine your own life, and bring more awareness to poverty and oppression. In other words?sh*t?s about to get real!

Origin Story (3:56) A Kid's View (6:25) Oppression In Cultures (8:42) Ah-Ha Moments (11:38) Family Relations (13:48) How Did You Find Design? (16:52) What's Driving You? (20:53) Design Influence (22:26) Legal Skills and Design (33:04) Gaining Empathy (35:29) Don Norman (40:59) Teaching Curiosity (45:45) Harnessing Life Experiences (59:36) Story Banks (1:02:49) Design Superpower (1:06:46) Design Kryptonite (1:07:20) UX Superhero Name (1:08:32) Habit of Success (1:08:58) Recommended Book (1:10:15) Taking Risks (1:12:24) Best Advice (1:14:26)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/070

This episode is brought to you by UC Irvine?s executive master?s program for Human-Computer Interaction and Design. As a user experience professional, UCI?s hybrid program will allow you to maintain your job while pursuing the master?s degree that will propel your career forward. Visit userdefenders.com/uci to learn more.

This episode is also brought to you by Porkbun. Head to userdefenders.com/porkbun now and use coupon code DEFENDERS on the checkout page to get literally a free year of a .design domain name.

2019-11-25
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069: We Are All Pioneers with Sophia Prater

Sophia Prater reminds us that we're all pioneers in a field that is changing every minute. She encourages us to use forcing functions by getting the gig first, and then figuring it out. She introduces us to a design philosophy she pioneered called Object-Oriented UX which is all about taking really complex problems, and breaking them down into parts and organizing them. She also reminds us that in order to be successful in this field, we must become lifelong learners.

Origin Story (4:58) Biggest Failure (10:46) Design Superpower (25:57) What is OOUX? (30:27) Design Kryptonite (38:12) UX Superhero Name (42:28) Habit of Success (46:57) Invincible Resource (51:05) Recommended Book (52:52) Best Advice (55:26)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/069

This episode is brought to you by UC Irvine?s executive master?s program for Human-Computer Interaction and Design. As a user experience professional, UCI?s hybrid program will allow you to maintain your job while pursuing the master?s degree that will propel your career forward. Visit userdefenders.com/uci to learn more.

This episode is also brought to you by Porkbun. Head to userdefenders.com/porkbun now and use coupon code DEFENDERS on the checkout page to get literally a free year of a .design domain name.

2019-11-11
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068: People May be the Most Important Thing You Build as a Designer with Braden Kowitz

Braden Kowitz reveals how human-centered design has everything to do with the humans we design and build with every day. He advocates for a genuinely supportive environment where it?s okay to be who you are, and where you?re encouraged to speak up, and openly share how you?re truly feeling. He reminds us to acknowledge that life isn?t perfect, and neither are we?and that?s also okay. He articulates the origin story and evolution of design patterns and explains why ?ugly? may sometimes appear to win. He also challenges us to consider how the metrics we typically depend on, may not be telling us the complete story.

Free Time (7:49) Grounding Techniques (8:36) Mindful Techniques (9:26) Origin Story (16:25) Form, Function, and Balance (19:38) Managing Design Ambiguity (26:50) Establishing Design Patterns (37:57) What Have You Been Up To? (47:05) From Designer to Co-Founder (49:09) Dealing with Tradeoffs (52:02) Creative Side Hustles (52:41) Who Is This Product For? (53:47) Design Superpower (57:00) Design Kryptonite (58:15) UX Superhero Name (59:45) Habit of Success (1:01:03) Recommended Book (1:02:59) Best Advice (1:04:13) Tips on Culture (1:05:11)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/068

This episode is brought to you by UC Irvine?s executive master?s program for Human-Computer Interaction and Design. As a user experience professional, UCI?s hybrid program will allow you to maintain your job while pursuing the master?s degree that will propel your career forward. Visit userdefenders.com/uci to learn more.

This episode is also brought to you by Porkbun. Head to userdefenders.com/porkbun now and use coupon code DEFENDERS on the checkout page to get literally a free year of a .design domain name.

2019-10-28
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067: Design for How People Think with John Whalen

Dr. John Whalen teaches us what it means to design for how people think. He reveals the powerful principals behind what he calls the six minds of user experience, and explains how anybody can harness them to build better products (no doctorate degree required!). He reminds us that it takes serious research to reveal the deep insights that genuinely make our products successful for the user and the business. He also encourages us to understand that no one is more qualified than anyone else in solving unique problems.

Psychology and UX (5:04) Six Minds of Experience (8:48) Impact of Psychology (10:54) Acronym Cheat Sheet (16:03) Three Phone Numbers (17:08) Dark Psychology (25:21) Designing for Delight (31:24) Contextual Inquiries (42:50) Upside-Down Design (49:37) Design Superpower (56:09) Design Kryptonite (57:04) UX Superhero Name (58:43) Habit of Success (59:05) Recommended Book (1:08:02) Best Advice (1:10:38)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/067

This episode is brought to you by UC Irvine?s executive master?s program for Human-Computer Interaction and Design. As a user experience professional, UCI?s hybrid program will allow you to maintain your job while pursuing the master?s degree that will propel your career forward. Visit userdefenders.com/uci to learn more.

This episode is also brought to you by Porkbun. Head to userdefenders.com/porkbun now and use coupon code DEFENDERS on the checkout page to get literally a free year of a .design domain name.

 

2019-10-14
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066: Is Web Design Dead? with Jeffrey Zeldman

Jeffrey Zeldman answers the provocative question, ?Is Web Design Dead??. He enlightens us to what the Web was, where it?s at now, and where it could go in the future. He touches on the many short-sighted predictions that tend to prod our delicate psyches such as automation and new technologies poised to replace Web Designers. He encourages us to ignore the rhetoric and continue to learn as tools change how Web Design is done. He also emphasizes that the Web was built on sharing, and that we must continue to share if we want to not only protect its spirit, but keep it alive and thriving.

Godfather of Web Design (3:58) Is Web Design Dead? (5:58) Moving to In-House Design (12:59) Opposition (21:25) How'd It Make You Feel? (26:14) Ask Customer Service First (31:20) Small Business Owners and The Web (39:27) Early Days of The Web (41:13) Keeping the Spirit Alive (49:40)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Cesar Lemus' astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/066

This episode is brought to you by Springboard. Start a new job as a UX Designer in just 6 months or your money back. With Springboard?s UX Design Bootcamp Course, you'll get: Unlimited 1-1 expert mentorship ? Work experience on real business projects ? Work with a dedicated career coach. Apply today at userdefenders.com/springboard the special code USERDEFENDERS to receive $500 off tuition.

This episode is also brought to you by Optimal Workshop. Imagine a world where the right things are in the right places. Try their tools for free today at userdefenders.com/ow

This episode is also brought to you by Porkbun. Head to userdefenders.com/porkbun now and use coupon code DEFENDERS on the checkout page to get literally a free year of a .design domain name.

2019-09-30
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Advertise on User Defenders (Only One Spot Left Until Spring 2020)

If you've got a UX-related product, service or event you want to get in front of the most passionate, inspired and hungry UX podcast listening audience in the known Universe, please email me asap at sponsorship (at ] userdefenders (dot] com.

This will be the only opportunity to advertise on User Defenders: Podcast until Spring of 2020 (as I break long for the holidays).

It's getting to be the end of the year, and you may have something you want exposure to and possibly advertising budget left that needs to get used.

If either scenario is true, I?d love to get this going and partner with you and your organization.

The release dates and info on the last four episodes until Spring of 2020 are:

10/14: Design for How People Think with John Whalen (O?Reilly author and PhD) 10/28: Untitled with Braden Kowitz (Sprint book/Google Ventures fame) 11/11: We are all Pioneers with Sophia Prater (Object Oriented UX fame ? OOUX) 11/25: Harnessing Life Experiences in Design with Shaheena Attarwala (From the slums of Mumbai to UX Director/Humanitarian)

These last four may very well be the most inspirational and talked about of the season.

Hit me up ASAP (optimally before 10/4 to allow time for getting your spots solidified and into the episode launching 10/14). This will go fast, don't delay!

Email me at sponsorship (at ] userdefenders (dot] com

2019-09-25
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065: Yes, AI will Replace Designers with Jasmine Oh

Jasmine Oh informs us that AI will one day replace our current jobs as designers. She challenges us to adapt to AI since no career field is exempt from its influences. She also reminds us not to fear AI but to harness it to our advantage instead. She reveals that AI shouldn?t be judged as a gloomy UX future but as a medium that supports our most meaningful work in new roles. She also encourages us to challenge stakeholders when shallow data is used to feed requirements into a product.

Working at Microsoft (4:58) AI at Work (6:17) 5-Year View of AI (8:03) Today's Work Intersects with the Future (10:16) How Recognition Works (11:58) How Long Before Jobs Are Gone (15:50) Behavior and System Designers (17:36) What Does the Future Designer Look Like? (23:34) Being Human and Empathy (29:00) Microsoft CEO (31:58) Ways to Stay Ahead (33:25) Educational Resources (36:30) Design Superpower (40:13) Design Kryptonite (40:47) Secret Identity (42:51) Double and Triple-checking the Facts (43:57) Recommended Book (46:41) Habit of Success (47:24) Best Advice (49:06)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/065

This episode is also brought to you by Optimal Workshop. Imagine a world where the right things are in the right places. Try their tools for free today at userdefenders.com/ow

This episode is also brought to you by PingPong. Go to userdefenders.com/pingpong and use promo code USERDEFENDERS to get 25% off your first purchase

This episode is also brought to you by Porkbun. Head to userdefenders.com/porkbun now and use coupon code DEFENDERS on the checkout page to get literally a free year of a .design domain name.

2019-09-16
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064: How to Become Indistractable with Nir Eyal

Nir Eyal teaches us how to harness the skill of the century?becoming Indistractable. He reminds us that distraction is an action that starts from within. He motivates us to take command of our personal development in a world that is frequently competing for our attention. He encourages us to recognize the external triggers that don?t serve us and how to be more mindful of those that do. He also shares what it takes to be competitive in an increasingly automated job market.

Book Origin Story (3:59) Response to Hooked (7:59) Seeking Relief (15:25) My Daily Milky Way (33:06) Breaking Habits in Stuck Environments (35:31) Pharmaceutical Distractions (42:13) Where Are We Heading? (45:46) Did You Ever Find Out? (49:54) What Superpower Would You Want? (54:06)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links and transcript at userdefenders.com/064

Show the world you're becoming indistractable and the master of your devices. Get your RESIST Massaging the Squirrel tee now at userdefenders.com/squirrel-tee

This episode is brought to you in part by Optimal Workshop. Imagine a world where the right things are in the right places. Try their tools for free today at userdefenders.com/ow

This episode is also brought to you by PingPong. Go to userdefenders.com/pingpong and use promo code USERDEFENDERS to get 25% off your first purchase

This episode is also brought to you by Porkbun. Head to userdefenders.com/porkbun now and use coupon code DEFENDERS on the checkout page to get literally a free year of a .design domain name.

 

2019-09-10
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063: Mindset & Learning How to Learn with Jessica Ivins

Jessica Ivins schools us on the critical value of a growth mindset in UX Design. She teaches us how to learn how to learn. She enlightens us as to why it?s always better to generalize before specializing. She reminds us introverts that we can only truly succeed by extroverting. She also reveals how the best tool recommendations can only come when it?s clear what one is trying to learn.

Personal Passions (5:18) Origin Story (6:28) Biggest Failure (12:52) Introvert or Extrovert (17:10) Awkward Testing Story (18:30) Design Superpower (24:46) Design Kryptonite (31:14) Secret Identity (33:09) Fights for Users (34:41) Habit of Success (35:27) Best Tips (37:15) Invincible Resource (42:10) Generalize Vs Specialize (44:18) Recommended Book (47:36) Your Why (51:57) Best Advice (53:13)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/063

This episode is brought to you by Optimal Workshop. Imagine a world where the right things are in the right places. Try their tools for free today at userdefenders.com/ow

This episode is also brought to you by PingPong. Go to userdefenders.com/pingpong and use promo code USERDEFENDERS to get 25% off your first purchase

This episode is also brought to you by Porkbun. Head to userdefenders.com/porkbun now and use coupon code DEFENDERS on the checkout page to get literally a free year of a .design domain name.

2019-09-02
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[Encore] Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Stars: The True Story of a Real Rocket Man with G.A. ?Jim? Ogle

On the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon launch/landing, I invite you to come hear my rocket scientist father (G.A. "Jim" Ogle) re-tell his experience on User Defenders: Community (https://community.userdefenders.com) of the events that took place the day of the launch on July 16, 1969, leading into the unforgettable and awe-inspiring day of July 20, 1969 when the U.S. achieved the unimaginable feat of landing the first humans on the moon. He will also answer your questions live!

Check out the show notes at https://userdefenders.com/rocketman which includes a compelling slideshow of my Dad from childhood (including accident photos) through to his exciting career in the space industry, Eli Jorgensen's superhero art, a timeline of my Dad's career accomplishments, and much more!

Join User Defenders: Community at https://community.userdefenders.com (Try it FREE for 7 Days)

 

2019-07-06
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062: UX School of No B.S. with Joe Natoli

Welcome to Joe Natoli?s UX School of No B.S. Class is now in session. Joe reveals that there?s no limit to how far any UX?er with a healthy dose of grit and resilience can go. He puts jargon in a choke-hold, then proceeds to drop-kick it in the privates! He inspires us to be like Tom Hanks in ?Big?...never afraid to ask questions for the betterment of the people and project. He motivates us to apply for any job we truly want, especially when we feel unqualified for it. He also teaches us how leaving a legacy should never start with one foot in the grave, it starts right here...right now!

What Do You Like to Do When You?re Not Working? (7:42) What Inspired You to Pursue a Career in This Field? (10:34) How Do You Get an Entry Level Job That Requires 3-5 Years of Experience? (34:28) What Is It About Jargon That Drives You Nuts? (47:31) One Definition of What UX Is (1:01:15) What Value Do Older UXers Bring to the Table? (1:08:16) UX Advice for Juniors in the Field (1:13:15) The One Thing You Wish You Knew When You Started (1:17:32) If You Had One Word for Folks Trying to Get into UX, What Would That Be? (1:20:16)

 

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/062

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2019-06-24
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061: Empathy as a Design Superpower with Jason Ogle

Jason Ogle proves that empathic design is not only possible, but essential in creating life-changing products and services. He enlightens us to our seldom talked about mirror neurons and the critical role they play in user testing. He shines a spotlight on incredibly powerful and moving examples of empathy in design. He also teaches us how empathy can not only be taught and learned, but practiced, because being great designer begins and ends with being a great human.

Intro Story (00:24) What is Empathy? (5:04) Mirror Neurons (9:14) Still Face Experiment (11:17) Mirror Neurons and Movies (15:59) Inspiring Examples from IDEO (19:19) Doug Dietz's Empathy for Terminally Ill Children (23:35) Margaret Hamilton's Empathy for Apollo 11 (29:44) Can We Grow in Empathy? (34:07) Seth Godin Explaining Empathy (35:21) Put Your Oxygen Mask on First (36:10) Seth Godin on Faked Empathy (39:19) Seth Godin on Being Indispensable in an AI World (40:57) Empathy & Mindfulness (43:23) Rise to the Empathy Challenge (45:55)

Those who are able, should definitely check out the video of this episode with the compelling clips inserted. The video, and detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/061

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2019-06-10
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060: Improv & UX?! Yes, and...with Mike Gorgone

Mike Gorgone unleashes his impromptu playbook to rescue us from our most unwelcome critic...ourselves. He teaches us how marrying the two seemingly disparate concepts of improv & UX, can help us break free from the crippling self-doubt that keeps us from our best collaborations. Yes, and he shows us how fun kills fear. He also reveals how even the "bad ideas" can lead us to great ones while building a fantastic UX punchline worthy of a standing ovation.

What Got You into Improv? (3:47) What Was the Aha Moment That Inspired You to Combine Improv with UX? (7:43) Are You Also Presenting at These Workshops? (9:44) Are You Writing a Book on This Topic? (10:09) Workshop Topics (11:09) Where Does Improv Fit in the Design Process? (18:01) How Does the Yes And Exercise Work? (20:57) Coaching Through the Fears of Doing Improv (26:47) Feeling Safe About Ideas in the Workplace (32:36) What Can Help to Make You Better at Improv? (38:56) How Can We Use This in the Field? (42:09) Final Thoughts (51:50)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links and transcript at userdefenders.com/060

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2019-05-27
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059: Writing for Designers with Scott Kubie

Scott Kubie shows us how writing is designing with words. He reminds us that someone has to be the writer, and it?s our job to know who that person is. He calls on us to take up the task of writing when nobody else can, and warns of what leaving it till the end will do. He also shares some neat tricks to spur momentum and overcome those intimidating blank pages.

Why Do We Forget About Writing? (6:30) What's Wrong with Lorem Ipsum? (9:36) Present the Problem Before the Visuals (12:57) Are Designers Expected to Be Writers? (15:55) The Rough-In Process (20:08) Getting Approval Through Stakeholder Participation (24:11) Putting It All Together (30:12) IKEA Instructions with Words (37:43) Edit Yourself Later (41:49) How to Level Up (47:10)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/055

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2019-05-13
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Help me keep User Defenders: Podcast on the air...

Help me keep User Defenders podcast on the air...and help yourself to some amazing, exclusive perks!

Creating and running a podcast like User Defenders is not only a ton of work, but also very expensive.

Each episode costs $200-300 to put into the world, not to mention the recurring monthly/annual costs for software, hosting, CDN, Web dev, and more I won't bore you with.

Sponsors are what have made this show possible and kept the lights on since 2015, but sponsor dollars are scarce and unreliable.

I also don't want to just keep the lights on, but continue to grow the show (what got you here, won't get you there). I am envisioning some amazing things to continue happen and branch out from this purposeful, mission-minded entity. In addition to continuing to release the best UX podcast content in the Universe, organizing & running UD Community (and all the ongoing special training/events happening there), I'm currently trying to get a UD Mentors program off the ground, as well as even thinking about organizing a UD Conference one day.

Making these exciting things a reality, in addition to keeping the lights on on the podcast, will only be truly possible with your consistent support.

In exchange, I?ll give you some pretty marvelous/exclusive things in return such as:

A personal thank you mention from me on a future episode Access to the exclusive patron-only feed Early ad-free access to future podcast episodes including an exclusive RSS feed Invite to membership at the exclusive (and thriving) UD Community Exclusive UD logo and symbol stickers mailed to you 20% off coupon code to the store for UD merch Monthly group live streams and/or one on one video chats with me

After you commit to a monthly pledge, consider yourself a valued member of this exclusive club! I encourage you to check out the Patreon page.

I encourage you to check out the Patreon page (https://userdefenders.com/support) where you can read the complete story of why I launched this support campaign, see a video from me, and learn more about the reward tiers you can receive, as you consider tangibly supporting this show for whatever amount you're comfortably able to contribute each month.

You're why I do this, and would like to continue to...

Fight on my friends!

Jason Ogle
Your host and friend

2019-05-03
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058: Finding the Right Cultural Fit with Justin Dauer

Justin Dauer implores us never settle in our important quest to find the right cultural fit. He reminds us that being human-centered doesn?t just affect our users, but especially the humans we interact with. He encourages us to think hard about where we choose to hang our hat, and understand what the ramifications of the wrong decision may be. He also reveals the maze of signals to watch out for in our search for the culture that will foster our creativity, and empower our passion to produce what could be our greatest work?yet.

What Does It Mean to Say "The Right Cultural Fit"? (5:07) Why It's Vital to Find That Fit (7:28) What Are the Reasons You Made This Your Life Mission? (8:55) Is It a Good Plan to Apply for Jobs Everywhere? (17:13) The Best Ways to Vet a Company?s Culture (22:47) Is It Worth Jumping into an Undesirable Culture to Gain Experience? (31:57) Before Heading into an Interview (34:25) Thoughts on Interview Questions (40:32) Advice for Listeners Who Feel Stuck (44:35)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/058

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2019-04-29
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057: Interviewing Like a Boss with Andy Vitale

Andy Vitale teaches us all about how to interview for our next UX job like a boss. He emphasizes the importance of avoiding jargon, and at all costs the temptation to conflate confidence with arrogance. He reminds us to be prepared to get way out of our comfort zones, and even offers smart techniques on how to cope with the discomfort in those critical moments. He also points out that pay isn't everything, and that a fantastic work culture can make all the difference.

The Importance of Soft Skills (4:55) Calming Your Nerves (17:08) The Importance of Body Language (22:18) What Do You Love About Interviewing? (36:15) What Do You Hate About Interviewing? (38:21) How Much Should I Be Paid? (41:13) Discussing Salary During an Interview (47:06) Favorite Last Interview Questions (51:07) Whiteboard Exercise Preparation (54:58) How to Tell If a Company Understands UX (60:29) Words of Encouragement (63:47)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/057

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2019-04-15
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056: Building an Effective UX Portfolio with Sarah Doody

Sarah Doody challenges us to think of our portfolio as one of the most important products we?ll ever create. She urges us to not only communicate our contributions, but to both show and tell the story of each project. In the end, she teaches us that using the right process is more than just about landing our next UX job?it will also make us better designers.

Ideal Number of Projects (4:07) Lead with the Best Project (5:40) Alternate Portfolios (7:13) What a Recruiter Is Looking For Most (13:03) Proving Your Knowledge (15:52) What Does Storytelling Mean? (23:47) Edit Your Work (29:48) Do You Need a Website? (39:44) Build a Portfolio Quickly (49:36) The UX Academy (54:09) Best Advice (56:31)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/056

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2019-04-01
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055: How to Get Your Foot in the Door with Andy Budd

Andy Budd reveals what the hiring minds of companies are really thinking. He answers how to navigate the recruitment process and presents an invaluable insight that shows how to subvert it altogether. He urges us to be more of who we are and to recognize that each of us has unique talents that are fit for the right organizations at the right time. He also emphasizes that it's up to each job seeker to communicate their personal value if they want to land the job of their dreams.

Resumes That Stand Out (6:20) UX Education (28:45) Does Your Appearance Matter? (38:23) What About Soft Skills? (48:25) The Recruiter Follow-Up (60:09) Asking for Feedback (67:30)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/055

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2019-03-18
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UD Community is Live! Join Us!

UD Community is Live! Join the most passionate, empathic, and hungry community of UXers around, now!

UD Community is a safe gathering place for Defenders in all areas and phases of UX to connect with other Defenders, ask questions, share knowledge, and offer inspiration to help us not grow weary in our important mission of fighting for our users!

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2019-01-16
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Radical Empathy with Seth Godin

Seth Godin shows us what radical empathy looks like. He reminds us to do work that matters, for people who care by focusing on serving a minimum viable audience. He teaches us that the way to stay indispensable in our work is to do work where you can?t write down the steps. He also reveals how faked empathy is just as good as real empathy for the true professional acting as if.

Creating UX for Early Computer Games (4:23) What Book Would the Seth Godin of the Industrial Revolution Write? (6:43) How Do You Define Empathy? (9:30) Why is Empathy Important in Doing Great Work? (12:01) What's Your Greatest Story of Empathy in Action? (14:50) One of the Greatest Marketing Lessons Seth Ever Learned (18:44) Status Over Empathy (25:07) Empathy Learned the Hard Way (28:19) What's Your Best Advice in Building our Empathy Levels? (30:33) Advice for Becoming Better Storytellers (32:51) Are Our Smartphone Addictions Negatively Affecting our Empathy Levels? (34:27) Seth's Apple Rant (37:44) Apple Could Solve the Texting & Driving Dilemma in 4 Minutes (If They Wanted To) (39:31) How Do We Stay Indispensable In Our Work in an AI World? (41:16) Faked Empathy is Just as Good as Real Empathy (43:59) What Makes You Angry? (45:34) Jason's Blurb for Seth's New Book "This is Marketing" (48:10)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/seth

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2018-11-13
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054: UX Research on a Budget with Becca Kennedy

Becca Kennedy teaches us how to do UX research on a budget. She encourages newer designers to demonstrate their problem-solving superpowers by redesigning sub-par experiences they use regularly. She reminds us that users are human before they?re users. She also shows us how we can have anything in life we want, if we will just help others get what they want.

Becca's Tattoo's Origin Story (5:31) Why Psychology? (6:26) What is Human Factors? (11:43) How do we find research subjects? (24:06) The Law of Diminishing Returns (31:16) Awkward Testing Story (32:57) Design Superpower (39:14) Design Kryptonite (40:48) Coping with Imposter Syndrome (44:49) UX Superhero Name (49:10) Should we Call Them Users? (53:45) Fights for Users (56:33) Habit of Success (59:11) Invincible Resource (61:54) Recommended Book (63:54) Best Advice (66:09) Contact Info (70:07)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/054

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2018-11-05
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Imposter Syndrome: Why We Have it, and How to Kick it in the Privates!

Imposter Syndrome is a very common and unwelcome condition especially among creative people. In Jason Ogle's very first monologue episode, he...wait, it's me writing this (and my voice matters, dog gonnit!)...I tackle the important, and very common condition among creative people known as imposter syndrome. I address what it is, why we have it, and how to kick it in the privates!

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links and transcript at userdefenders.com/impostersyndrome

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2018-10-29
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Banish Your Inner Critic with Denise Jacobs (Part II)

Denise Jacobs teaches us how to banish our inner critic. She motivates us to realize what we?re capable of creatively. She encourages us to overcome the fear of the unknown by turning that fear into curiosity. She also guides us into how to ask for feedback in a way that?s healthy and beneficial to us.

Why do so many think they're not creative? (6:08) Name that inner critic! (28:13) Listener Question: (43:35) Best advice for imposter syndrome sufferers? (80:34)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/innercritic-2

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2018-10-22
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Banish Your Inner Critic with Denise Jacobs (Part I)

Denise Jacobs teaches us how to banish our inner critic. She motivates us to realize what we?re capable of creatively. She encourages us to overcome the fear of the unknown by turning that fear into curiosity. She also guides us into how to ask for feedback in a way that?s healthy and beneficial to us.

Why did you write ?Banish Your Inner Critic?? (8:27) We?re all born creative?what happens to us? (27:11) Creativity > public school (35:04) Do you have Dunning Kruger effect? (39:49) The value of a creativity cheerleader (49:25) Listener question: How can I assure my self worth is not dependent on external sources? (57:05)

Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/innercritic-1

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2018-10-15
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The State of UX in AI with Josh Clark

Josh Clark enlightens us to everything we need to know about the current state of UX in AI. He takes us on an unsettling stroll through uncanny valley. He encourages us to let machines do what they're really good at, and humans do what they're really good at. He guides us into how to begin getting our hands dirty with AI/Machine-Learning. He also articulates how our software/machines are embedded with values, and inspires us (for future's sake) to be intentional about the kinds of values we embed into them.

Josh passes the Turing Test (07:33) What is AI/Machine Learning? (10:04) Is AI?s uncertainties driving engineers nuts? (18:28) Listener Q: How do we address AI's failure in presenting errors? (27:00) Taking a stroll down "uncanny valley? + ?mechanophilia" (34:35) Is there hope for the UX of Voice UI? (42:05) Will the machines we?ve built eventually overtake and destroy us? (55:08) Will AI eventually take our jobs? (68:35) Is there a specific area of focus that will benefit designers interested in AI? (77:50) Listener Q: At what point in the AI development process should UX get involved and how? (91:09) Do we take these awesome technologies for granted? If so, why do we do that? (100:13) If today was your last day, what would be your final plea to designers and developers building the future of AI? (105:03)

Check out the detailed show notes including the transcript at userdefenders.com/uxai

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2018-10-01
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053-2: Be a Good Ancestor with Alan Cooper (Part II)

Alan Cooper teaches us what it means to be a good ancestor. He enlightens us to why it?s so hard to build good software. He reveals how money trumps good UX and ethics far too often. He explains why UX is not about finding the best location for a hamburger menu, but about solving the big problems that exist for the user and the business. He also inspires us to consider (and potentially redirect) the footprints we?re leaving now, for the generations to come.

Should designers code? (4:40) Specialization vs. generalization (7:41) How do designers get business on board with building great products? (13:19) How do you be a good ancestor? (25:30) Ancestry Thinking (41:06) What does the future of UX look like to you? (44:01) What advice do you have for aspiring UX designers? (53:13) What do you want your legacy to be? (57:16)

Check out the detailed show notes including the transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/053-2

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2018-09-17
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053-1: Be a Good Ancestor with Alan Cooper (Part I)

Alan Cooper teaches us what it means to be a good ancestor. He enlightens us to why it?s so hard to build good software. He reveals how money trumps good UX and ethics far too often. He explains why UX is not about finding the best location for a hamburger menu, but about solving the big problems that exist for the user and the business. He also inspires us to consider (and potentially redirect) the footprints we?re leaving now, for the generations to come.

There?s no such thing as UX Design? (8:13) Why do you put so much emphasis on Interaction Design? (24:41) How important are design patterns? (31:35) How do you build a product you can?t prove is valuable yet? (45:58) Why are there so many bad products in the world? (50:50)

Check out the detailed show notes including the transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/053-1

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2018-09-10
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052: Shining a Light on Black Designers with Tim Hykes

Tim Hykes shines a light on black designers. He shows us how an inspiring idea, and a lot of hard work can make a huge impact. He inspires us to challenge everything, especially the status quo. He motivates us to not wait to be asked to solve a problem, but to be a self-starter and solve it. He also teaches us how being a great designer starts with being a great person.

Secret Identity (6:55) Criminal Justice Background (11:47) Why the Web/UX? (13:47) Racist Hand Soap?? (17:00) 28 Days of Black Designers (20:39) Why aren't there more Black Designers? (26:17) Design Superpower (38:11) Design Kryptonite (40:05) UX Superhero Name (42:51) Fights for Users (44:09) Habit of Success (48:07) Invincible Resource (56:11) Recommended Book (57:30) Best Advice (60:21) Contact Info (64:10)

Check out the detailed show notes including the transcript and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/052

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2018-08-27
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Season 5 Teaser Reel

Just a small taste of what's to come in what could possibly be the best season yet...Season 5 of User Defenders podcast begins 08.27.17

Featuring in order Alan Cooper, Tim Hykes, Denise Jacobs, Jason Ogle, Josh Clark, Alan Cooper.

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This was originally recorded as a video (hence the not-great audio quality from my iPhone mic for intro).

If you'd like to watch the video, check it out here: userdefenders.com/s5vid

Can't wait to serve you this new season, Defender!

The dope song playing in the background was written by my friend Alan Oakes from his incredible project, Let Em Riot (letemriot.com).

2018-08-16
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Show Update: Days of Future & Past

Here's a bit about what's been going on with me, and what's to come with the show and the forthcoming/exciting Season 5.

2018-07-06
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051: Accessible Design = Better Design with Derek Featherstone

Derek Featherstone teaches us how designing for people with disabilities is really just better design for everybody. He shows us how people with disabilities aren?t different from us, they just use different tools to accomplish the same things. He encourages us to apply empathy to grow our skills in learning how to design for accessibility. He also reveals how taking small steps to incorporate something new into our design process could change everything.

Origin Story (5:53) What Were Your ?Aha? Moments? (12:02) Why Do We Tend to Forget About Disabled Users? (17:15) Tools Disabled Folks Use to Navigate (20:47) Accessibility, Greater Than Aesthetics (31:37) Has Designing for Accessibility Ever Made Things Worse for Majority of ?Able? Users? (36:14) Story of Biggest Triumph in Designing for Inclusivity + Accessibility (42:36) What?s a Roadmap for Learning this Stuff? (44:56) Contact Info (47:35)

Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/051

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2018-04-23
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Mindful Technology with Liza Kindred

Liza Kindred challenges us to be more mindful in how we use and design technology. She offers us a value system on how to do just that. She encourages us to slow down and incorporate meditation and mindfulness practices into our daily lives. She reminds us to connect more with the real humans physically present with us. She also inspires us to design for the world we want to live in.

What is Mindful Technology? (6:50) Benefits of practicing Mindful Tech? (9:23) How do you mitigate FOMO? (24:46) Smartphone addiction in the home (30:10) Implications if we don't practice mindful tech? (40:52) How do we design for human connection? (47:39) How can we inspire others to be more mindful with tech? (56:56) What would your last words be to designers influencing tech? (67:20) Liza's "Eff This" book (71:35) Jason's mindfulness tip (76:17)

Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/mindfultech

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2018-04-09
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050: We Can Be Heroes with Jason Ogle

Jason Ogle shows us how we can all be design superheroes with the right mindset. He reveals how grit trumps talent, every day. He reminds us of the peril that bad leadership and ego can have on a team and organization. He challenges us to never stop fighting for our users. He also inspires us to be a catalyst for our community.

Secret Identity (6:49) Origin Story (11:14) Biggest Superhero (21:31) Biggest Failure (28:51) Awkward Testing Story (35:06) Design Superpower (40:35) Design Kryptonite (43:04) UX Superhero Name (49:16) Fights for Users (57:09) Habit of Success (61:28) Recommended Book (67:10) Best Advice (69:58)

Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/050

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2018-03-26
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049: User Research War Stories with Steve Portigal

Steve Portigal challenges us to enjoy the silence when interviewing people. He teaches us the importance of rapport-building, and offers sage advice on how to do it. He shows us how sticking with an interview even when it?s not going well can sometimes bring forth the best data. He also reveals how a little empathy can go a long way in field research.

Secret Identity (8:08) Origin Story (12:19) What drives your curiosity? (24:53) Roberta 'call me Bert's war story (29:28) What's Ethnography (the "E-word") (38:32) Rapport-building tips (46:51) Brian's war story (55:21) UX Superhero Name (66:28) Habit of Success (75:06) Steve's Corset War Story (78:39) Best Advice (84:53) Contact Info (88:33)

Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/049

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2018-03-12
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048: Pick Yourself with Cassie McDaniel

Cassie McDaniel inspires us to get away from the ?pick me? mindset, and to pick ourselves. She challenges us to be willing to kill our darlings so that something better can emerge. She teaches us the importance of knowing our values, but also embracing the fact that they are going to change. She also encourages us to not just do what we?re good at, but do what we enjoy.

Secret Identity (8:27) Origin Story (20:56) Being Mozilla Foundation's Design Director (24:09) Biggest Failure (36:36) Kill Your Darlings (40:24) Design Superpower (52:54) Habit of Success (62:59) Invincible Resource (67:39) Best Advice (70:33)

Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/048

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2018-02-26
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Live Recording at An Event Apart Denver with Luke Wroblewski, Cassie McDaniel and Chris Coyier

I was so delighted when at the beginning of 2017, Eric Meyer + Jeffrey Zeldman asked me if I wanted to record a live episode at my favorite design conference, An Event Apart.

Welcome to this very special episode where I felt like I needed to give a radio intro in front of a live audience! Lol, you?ll see what I mean. Thankful to my hero Chris Coyier for saving the day and pulling me out of broadcast mode, into live mode. First time for everything! I?m still in awe at my panel of bad design Avengers consisting of Cassie McDaniel, Chris Coyier, and Luke Wroblewski who each added so much value to the episode and attendees. Oh, did I mention this session took place right after ?Happy Hour?? Please enjoy this very special, first-ever live broadcast of User Defender podcast!

2018-02-19
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047: The Web is Neither Good or Bad?nor is it Neutral. It?s an Amplifier with Jeremy Keith

Jeremy Keith reveals how the web is neither good or bad, nor neutral, but an amplifier. He inspires us to not let the future be just something that happens to us, but rather something we make with the small things we do today. He encourages us to build software ethically with our users? psychological vulnerabilities in mind. He motivates us to not build on rented land, but to publish using the superpower of our own URLs. He also shows us how looking to the past is just as important as looking to the future.

Iron Man Photo Story (4:43) On Net Neutrality (13:31) What's "Adactio"? (20:44) Is the Internet Good or Evil? (24:41) Hippocratic Oath for Software Designers (35:51) Resilient Web Design (49:06) Why do you Love the Web so Much? (54:26) The Power and Generosity of the Community (63:05) What Comes Next? (71:34) Listener Question? (73:44) Last Words to the Builders of the Web (74:18) Contact Info (80:15)

Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/047

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2018-02-12
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046: Good Design Favors the Curious with Joe Johnston

Joe Johnston inspires us to embrace the superpowers of curiosity and empathy for our users and business owners. He motivates us to always stay curious, and ask why to get to the heart of the problem faster. He encourages us to make sure we use the shiny objects available to us to actually solve a problem.

"Merhl" Backstory (7:40) Secret Identity (11:38) Origin Story (13:46) Empathy is Still Important (18:52) Biggest Failure (24:46) Design Leadership/Culture (28:41) Awkward Testing Story (33:24) Design Superpower (41:50) Shiny Objects Syndrome (44:12) UX of Ambient-Driven Experiences (50:46) UX Superhero Name (56:14) Habit of Success (57:11) Invincible Resource (60:05) Best Advice (61:00) Contact Info (63:34)

Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/046

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2018-01-29
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Designing for Designers: Building InVision Studio with Tom Giannattasio

?Designers are the architects of human behavior. With a consolidated tool like Studio, designers are going to be able to focus a lot more on designing...as they should.? ? Tom Giannattasio

In this very special episode, I had the great privilege of talking to Studio mastermind Tom Giannattasio all about what went into building what's being touted as "the world' most powerful screen design tool". Tom has an interesting designer origin story. In this interview, you'll hear how his past experiences have really shaped him into the toolmaker superhero that he's become. In this compelling interview with Tom, you'll hear him answer my questions such as:

What is Studio, and what makes it ?the world?s most powerful screen design tool?? Do designers really need another tool? What makes Studio different than all the others? What lessons did you learn from Macaw that you?ve applied to Studio? What?s it like designing for designers? What are the inherent challenges? What have been the rewards? Much more!

TIMESTAMPS

Designing with colorblindness (2:30) What is Macaw? (7:09) What is Studio? (16:37) Do we need another design tool? (22:08) Where does Studio leave Craft & InVision tools? (27:30) Lessons learned from Macaw in making of Studio (31:14) What's it like designing for designers? (34:44) Coolest things you've seen folks do with Studio so far? (37:51) How much does Studio cost? (41:17) When is Studio available? (42:08) Designers are becoming the architects of human behavior (43:35) When we build (45:51)

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2018-01-19
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045: Criticize by Creating with Alexa Roman

Alexa Roman motivates us to prove the value of design and contribute to it every single day. She encourages us to always be learning new things since designers work across many different fields. She inspires us to get more excited about analytics and measuring our designs. She also challenges us to think about what we want on our tombstones...while we?re still this side up.

Secret Identity (7:49) Origin Story (12:42) What Will Your Tombstone Say? (19:25) Biggest Failure (21:50) Design Superpower (29:40) How Important is Aesthetics? (35:52) Awkward Testing Story (48:49) Design Kryptonite (55:23) UX Superhero Name (63:59) Designing with Data (64:30) Habit of Success (70:09) Invincible Resource (71:39) Recommended Book (73:28) Best Advice (74:48)

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2018-01-15
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Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Stars: The True Story of a Real Rocket Man with G.A. ?Jim? Ogle

Welcome to this very special, quite literally out of this world episode with my father, G.A. ?Jim? Ogle. You know how they say it doesn?t take a rocket scientist? Well, my Dad is one. On a recent vacation to Florida to celebrate his 80th birthday, he spent nearly three hours telling me his compelling story.

G.A. "Jim" Ogle fell in love with airplanes at the early age of 8 years old. The circumstances that presented this initial passion were far from ideal. He was recovering in a hospital bed following a 7-hour surgery to essentially re-attach his badly mangled right leg from a horrible school bus wreck. He awoke from the operation to see a model airplane hanging down from a wooden structure over his bed that was to be used as a traction device to slowly pull his left leg back into place. It was broken at the hip and rammed almost three inches into his lower torso. His injuries would prevent him from being a pilot in the Air Force. But this reality would not deter him from being in the air with airplanes because 12 years later he became involved in space with missiles and rockets on his first job at Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1958. This was the beginning of his 51-year career of being associated with every manned moon mission and all 135 Space Shuttle missions. He finally got his layoff notice along with 8,000 other space workers following the final Shuttle mission, STS-135, in July 2011. He likes to tell folks questioning his unusual longevity in this field that he was fortunate to be ?in the right place at the right time and the right age.? He considers himself blessed for having had the opportunity to be a part of this truly exciting time in America?s beginnings in space. Fun fact: Jim requires 10 lemons and multiple servings of tartar sauce with every seafood meal. The last lemon squeeze after the meal is used to clean his hands!

Tragic Beginnings (08:50) Missiles (21:58) Meeting Wernher von Braun (42:36) Apollo I Fire (48:36) Moon Missions (55:55) How in the World Was this Possible? (67:27) Space Shuttle (87:57) Challenger: What Went Wrong? (105:35) Columbia: What Went Wrong? (112:08) Next Chapter of Space Travel (118:50) Takeaways from Space Stories (132:32) What Drove You to Overcome Your Adversity? (136:15) Advice for Those in the Midst of Adversity (139:48) In Closing (144:11)

Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen's astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/rocketman

2017-11-21
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044: Different Inputs = Different Outputs with Joshua Oluwagbemiga

Joshua Oluwagbemiga motivates us to allow different inputs to influence our visual outputs. He shows us the effective power of determination when pursuing the craft of design. He also reminds us that inspiration is all around us...if we?re looking for it.

Secret Identity/Origin Story (7:05) Biggest Superhero (18:50) Biggest Failure (22:26) Awkward Testing Story (26:14) Design Superpower (29:59) Design Kryptonite (30:55) UX Superhero Name (33:37) Fights for Users (35:15) Habit of Success (38:21) Invincible Resource (40:55) Recommended Book (43:29) Listener Question (45:40) Best Advice (51:07)

Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/044

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2017-10-30
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An Episode Apart with Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman

On this special episode, Eric Meyer, Jeffrey Zeldman and I discuss the premiere web and UX design conference they started over a decade ago. We talk about the game-changing innovations that have come out of An Event Apart, as well as what to expect at User Defenders' very first Denver appearance on December 11-13, 2017.

2017-10-20
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Animation at Work with Rachel Nabors

Rachel Nabors gives us a deep-dive into the art & science of web animation. She motivates us to sell animation as a UX enhancement, rather than a delight factor. She also exhorts us to animate ethically and responsibly.

Animation Origin Story (5:44) Getting Animation Buy-off (14:01) Animation is Not About Delight (20:47) Do I Have to Draw to Animate? (33:42) Web Animation Resources (36:41) Future of Banner Ads (46:27) Listener Question (50:59) 24 Hour Comic (55:44)

Check out the detailed show notes at userdefenders.com/aaw

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2017-10-16
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043: Making New Designers with Laura Klein

Laura Klein shows us how User Experience happens whether we design it intentionally or not. She paints a picture of what the the future of UX Design looks like. She teaches us if we?re too close to a project, we ought to step back and let others do the research. She also uses a really effective medical analogy to remind us of the value of specialization.

Secret Identity (5:44) Origin Story (10:56) Where is Design Going? (16:04) Do Titles Matter? (24:50) It Just Works? (29:20) Is Everyone a Designer? (32:56) What Drew you to User Research? (39:16) Awkward Testing Story (44:44) Listener Question? (49:58) Habit of Success (55:42) Invincible Resource (59:24) Recommended Book (63:00) Best Advice (65:30) Contact Info (68:55)

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2017-10-02
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042: Practical Design Discovery with Dan Brown

Dan Brown inspires us to get great at asking questions because 'the question' is one of our most invincible resources. He reminds us to maintain a spirit of collaboration with the the team members we?re struggling with since they care as much about the project as we do. He encourages us to always peer beneath the surface at the underlying structure of whatever we?re working on. He also motivates us to never settle.

Secret Identity (7:47) Origin Story (9:29) Biggest Failure (20:23) Awkward Testing Story (23:27) Design Superpower (28:04) Design Kryptonite (30:52) UX Superhero Name (33:50) Fights for Users (36:08) Habit of Success (40:54) Invincible Resource (43:27) Recommended Book (51:23) Practical Design Discovery (53:40) Overcoming Team Tension (57:00) Best Advice (69:04) Contact Info (71:48)

Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/042

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2017-09-18
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041: Everything?s Terrible, and That?s Great with Matt Griffin

Matt Griffin shows us how empathy and sensitivity to the world around us is the key to great design. He teaches us how as a leader, the worst decision is no decision. He explains how hands are his most invincible UX resource or tool. He also inspires us starting out to take 'every damn opportunity we can get'.

Secret Identity (4:46) Origin Story (7:18) Bearded Closing its Doors (17:04) Biggest Failure (31:45) Awkward Testing Story (43:21) Design Superpower (45:44) Design Kryptonite (46:54) UX Superhero Name (50:07) Fights for Users (51:48) Habit of Success (63:25) Invincible Resource (65:22) Recommended Book (70:54) Best Advice (78:12)

Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/041

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2017-09-04
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040: Should Developers Design with Laura Elizabeth

Laura Elizabeth believes developers can learn design. She articulates the importance of reflecting on our users? needs more than our personal tastes. She touches on how making a product makes us better designers. She also inspires us to always be genuine in our dealings with our customers if we want to build (and keep) trust.

Secret Identity (4:05) Origin Story (9:55) Biggest Superhero (13:32) Biggest Failure (16:23) Design Superpower (20:54) Transition from Freelance to Product (23:04) Design Kryptonite (26:13) Design Superhero Name (29:34) Should Developers Design? (34:10) Habit Of Success (42:59) Invincible Resource (48:55) Book Recommendation (52:09) Listener Question (54:58) Best Advice (59:39) Connect & Keep Up (64:08)

Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen?s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/040

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2017-08-21
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