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Kate and Laura drink and fight about what is wrong with user experience design.

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Kate and Laura drink and fight about what is wrong with user experience design.

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Fun way to learn UX

By rosyhearts - Oct 15 2019
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Omg Laura and Kate are so funny... I just learned about this podcast. I’m only up to episode 3 so far but was already laughing since episode 1. This is such an awesome podcast to listen to while I’m doing work. Looking forward to more!

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By Heyo2000 - Aug 05 2015
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It’s great. It’s the best. Buy it!

iTunes Ratings

60 Ratings
Average Ratings
51
4
2
3
0

Fun way to learn UX

By rosyhearts - Oct 15 2019
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Omg Laura and Kate are so funny... I just learned about this podcast. I’m only up to episode 3 so far but was already laughing since episode 1. This is such an awesome podcast to listen to while I’m doing work. Looking forward to more!

Great!

By Heyo2000 - Aug 05 2015
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It’s great. It’s the best. Buy it!
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What is Wrong with UX

Latest release on Jan 14, 2020

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Kate and Laura drink and fight about what is wrong with user experience design.

Rank #1: 4 Things that Will Make You a Better UX Designer

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In this episode, Kate and Laura discuss four things that will make you a better UX Designer. Learn why getting better at taking feedback and understanding business can help improve your career. Also, Laura gets shouty. Again. 

Music: The Future Soon by Jonathan Coulton

Drink Pairing: Single Malt Scotch

Oct 06 2015

28mins

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Rank #2: UX Education

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In this episode, Laura's off yelling at clouds, and the notable Jess Ivins steps in to talk about learning, education and how to keep growing as a UX person. Jess says smart and helpful things while Kate rambles on but does get in some good references to articles she did not write. A highlight is how to talk to your boss to get the company to invest in your learning.

Drink pairing: The dark, inky joy of a good Malbec.

Oct 01 2019

28mins

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Rank #3: Requirements

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In this episode, Kate and Laura yell about PRDs, MRDs, and FRDs which are things that nobody under 40 has ever heard of or cared about. They also talk about how PMs and UXers can never agree on who is responsible for what kinds of requirements, probably because they're all too busy redefining their job descriptions. 

Drink pairing: Pumpkin Spice Vodka (Look, it's autumn, so I assume this abomination exists somewhere)

Sep 24 2019

28mins

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Rank #4: Should Designers Lead

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In this episode, Kate and Laura discuss something (semi) topical. They argue about whether designers should lead and then of course somehow veer into what design even is anyway and it's pretty much a typical mess. 

Drink Pairing: Mojitos (or anything muddled)

Apr 02 2019

25mins

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Rank #5: Data is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

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In this episode, Kate and Laura UXplain GDPR (probably incorrectly) and talk about some good approaches to treating your users' data a little more respectfully. 

Drink Pairing: Vodka Martini (I'd say "shaken, not stirred" but that bruises the booze, so knock it off with that nonsense)

Apr 17 2018

26mins

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Rank #6: Who Is a Designer?

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For some horrible reason, Kate and Laura are beating the dead horse that is Everybody is a Designer...wait...NOBODY is a Designer...I mean...oh who the hell cares? Just tell me what we're drinking for this one. 

Drink Pairing: Just decide already. I mean I GUESS EVERYBODY IS A BARTENDER NOW TOO. 

Jul 23 2019

32mins

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Rank #7: Usability Testing Context

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In this episode, Kate and Laura discuss how usability testing strategies may change depending on...wait for it...that's right, the context of the company and type of product. Drink every time they say, "It depends." No, seriously, don't do that. You'll die. 

Drink pairing: Lemon Drops

Mar 20 2018

29mins

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Rank #8: A Few of Our Favorite Tools

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After a few podcasts talking about things they don't like, Kate and Laura decide to be slightly more positive and discuss a few tools that make their work lives easier. Besides booze.

Drink Pairing: Tequila Sunrise

Jun 13 2017

31mins

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Rank #9: Unicorn Hunting

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In this episode, Kate and Laura complain about UX job descriptions and give people some suggestions about how to deal with them. TL;DR; There's nothing you can do about it so just ignore them. 

Drink Pairing: Anything sparkling

Jan 15 2019

27mins

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Rank #10: Everything Ops is New Again

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In this episode, Laura blathers on again about DevOps while Kate desperately tries to explain how any of this is relevant to designers. (Ed. note: It isn't!) They finally agree to yell at people about naming their layers while admitting that they never have and never will. Laura accidentally coins the phrase: Enforce, Evolve, and Enhance, which sounds like something directly out of 1984. 

Drink Pairing: Fuzzy Navel

Jun 25 2019

27mins

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Rank #11: The Five Things UX Designers Must Never Say

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In this week's episode, Kate and Laura bitch about the stupid things people say during the design and research process and the terrible questions people ask their customers. No UXers were harmed in the making of this episode, probably because Kate was just drunk enough to not have to be restrained. 

Intro Music: The Future Soon by Jonathan Coulton, who is awesome

Drink Pairing: Woodford Reserve Bourbon

May 01 2015

30mins

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Rank #12: Don't Be a UX Designer

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In this episode, Kate and Laura bitch about some of the most annoying things about being a UX Designer and do everything in our power to keep you from becoming one. You'll thank us later. 

Music: The Future Soon by Jonathan Coulton

Drink Pairing: anything with bitters

Aug 13 2015

30mins

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Rank #13: Working with Non-Designers

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On this week's episode, Kate escapes from her cage, so Christina Wodtke valiantly takes her place to talk about how designers can talk to people who aren't designers. That's right. Two designers talking to each other about how they might hypothetically talk to other people. 

Drink Pairing: Gin! 

Aug 22 2017

31mins

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Rank #14: What the Hell is a Product Designer, Anyway?

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In this episode of What Is Wrong with UX, Kate and Laura argue about what the term Product Designer means and whether it's just a new word for the same job we've been doing for years. 

Intro music: The Future Soon by Jonathan Coulton. 

Drink Pairing: Single Malt Scotch

Apr 18 2015

27mins

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Rank #15: Statistics are Bullshit

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In this week's episode, Kate and Laura reveal that everything they've been saying has been a lie and they really think that statistics are lies. Ok, honestly, this is just them banging on about how not everything is for everybody again. 

Drink Pairing: It's pumpkin spice season, so enjoy bourbon and disdain for people who drink things that taste like pumpkin spice.

Sep 19 2017

18mins

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Rank #16: 4 Possibly Useful Skills for Designers

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Kate and Laura really don't like to be told what to do. That's why they get annoyed when people declare "Designers should really be able to..." In this episode, we discuss the pros and cons of designers learning things like coding, story telling, and metrics, and then we leave it up to you, the listener, to make your own damn decisions. 

Drink Pairing: Who are we to tell you what to drink? Make up your own mind!

Apr 04 2017

29mins

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Rank #17: The Best Advice We Were Never Given

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In this episode, Kate and Laura talk about the advice we wish people had given us instead of making us learn things the hard way. We really don't like doing things the hard way. 

Drink Pairing: You never drink what we tell you to, anyway

Music: The Future Soon by Jonathan Coulton

Jul 19 2016

23mins

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Rank #18: UX Trends

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Kate and Laura answer questions submitted by the fine UXers at Tradecraft. This week, we completely fail to tell the future of the UX. 

Music: The Future Soon by Jonathan Coulton

Drink Pairing: Vintage Champagne

Aug 02 2016

25mins

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Rank #19: Where Should You Work

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In this episode, Kate and Laura discuss the pros and cons of doing UX work in agencies, big companies, and startups. This is a good one if you're trying to figure out where to go next. 

Drink Pairing: Sidecar

Music: The Future Soon by Jonathan Coulton

Nov 08 2016

31mins

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Rank #20: Storyboarding

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In this episode, Kate and Laura talk endlessly about visual things. Again. This time it's storyboards. Also, Laura apparently has something against Cleveland? And also the rest of humanity? Who even knows?

Drink pairing: Mulled wine

Dec 18 2018

26mins

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Problems with Agile UX

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In this episode, Kate and Laura yell even more than usual about how hard it is to design things in environments that say they're agile (but probably aren't). 

Drink pairing: Shots! Preferably flu shots, followed by the shot of your choice

Jan 14 2020

32mins

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Advocating for UX

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In this episode, Laura and Kate blather on about how Words Have Meanings and debate what on earth people mean when they say that they "advocate for UX within their organization." 

Drink Pairing: Hot Toddy

Dec 10 2019

27mins

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Unpacking Visual Design

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Once again, Kate and Laura decide to talk endlessly about a visual medium. In this episode, they talk about what we mean when we talk about visual design, which is very slightly more interesting than it sounds. 

Drink Pairing: Wild Turkey (tis the season)

Nov 26 2019

31mins

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Tips for New UX Designers

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In this episode, Kate and Laura attempt to give advice to new UXers (something neither of them has been since dinosaurs roamed the earth). Laura advocates violence, surprising nobody who has ever met her. 

Drink Pairing: 20 year old scotch

Nov 12 2019

33mins

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What We Learned

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It's a totally arbitrary milestone! On this, their 99th episode, Kate and Laura pretend that they're capable of learning and argue about what's changed and what's stayed the same over the years since they started yelling at each other. 

Drink Pairing: Candy Corn Martini (it's a martini made with candy corn infused vodka which is apparently a thing that exists because everything is terrible)

Oct 15 2019

31mins

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UX Education

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In this episode, Laura's off yelling at clouds, and the notable Jess Ivins steps in to talk about learning, education and how to keep growing as a UX person. Jess says smart and helpful things while Kate rambles on but does get in some good references to articles she did not write. A highlight is how to talk to your boss to get the company to invest in your learning.

Drink pairing: The dark, inky joy of a good Malbec.

Oct 01 2019

28mins

Play

Requirements

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In this episode, Kate and Laura yell about PRDs, MRDs, and FRDs which are things that nobody under 40 has ever heard of or cared about. They also talk about how PMs and UXers can never agree on who is responsible for what kinds of requirements, probably because they're all too busy redefining their job descriptions. 

Drink pairing: Pumpkin Spice Vodka (Look, it's autumn, so I assume this abomination exists somewhere)

Sep 24 2019

28mins

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Troubleshooting

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In this episode, Kate and Laura talk about absolutely nothing design related whatsoever. It's pretty much all just Laura whining about reinstalling Python and Kate asking if you've turned it off and on and again. There's probably a minute or two of useful info on how to troubleshoot a system. 

Drink Pairing: Body Shots!

Sep 10 2019

25mins

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Tradeoffs

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In this episode, Laura rants for several minutes about virtual keyboards, since apparently it's still 2008. Then they talk about car crashes and how to maybe not contribute to them with your stupid design tradeoffs. 

Drink Pairing: Irish Coffee (made with Fair Trade coffee, obvs)

Aug 27 2019

26mins

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Welcome Robot Overlords

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In this episode, Laura whines that she doesn't have a robot army yet, and Kate gets distracted thinking about robot bartenders. Do robots podcast yet? Asking for a social media intern who has to write these blurbs. 

Drink Pairing: Old Fashioned

Aug 13 2019

31mins

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Who Is a Designer?

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For some horrible reason, Kate and Laura are beating the dead horse that is Everybody is a Designer...wait...NOBODY is a Designer...I mean...oh who the hell cares? Just tell me what we're drinking for this one. 

Drink Pairing: Just decide already. I mean I GUESS EVERYBODY IS A BARTENDER NOW TOO. 

Jul 23 2019

32mins

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Design Doing

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What's that? Kate and Laura are talking about doing things again? Well, beats the hell out of actually doing anything, I suppose. 

Drink Pairing: Dewars and soda 

Jul 09 2019

29mins

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Everything Ops is New Again

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In this episode, Laura blathers on again about DevOps while Kate desperately tries to explain how any of this is relevant to designers. (Ed. note: It isn't!) They finally agree to yell at people about naming their layers while admitting that they never have and never will. Laura accidentally coins the phrase: Enforce, Evolve, and Enhance, which sounds like something directly out of 1984. 

Drink Pairing: Fuzzy Navel

Jun 25 2019

27mins

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How Long Will This Take?

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An unintentionally long episode about time estimates that proves that time estimates are bullshit. Also, Kate talks about her favorite drink recipe. 

Drink Pairing: Old Fashioned

Jun 04 2019

31mins

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One Weird Trick to Piss Off Your Users

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In this episode, Kate and Laura discuss the only thing they're really experts on: pissing people off. 

Drink Pairing: Light Beer

May 07 2019

29mins

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Don't Read the Comments

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In this episode, Kate tries to talk Laura into caring about the podcast listeners. Hey, that's you! If you enjoy hearing people cackle about borderline abusive neglect, this is the episode you've been waiting for. 

Drink Pairing: Highball (this was a listener request, so don't say we never listen to our listeners, despite the fact that we explicitly say we don't in this episode)

Apr 23 2019

32mins

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Should Designers Lead

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In this episode, Kate and Laura discuss something (semi) topical. They argue about whether designers should lead and then of course somehow veer into what design even is anyway and it's pretty much a typical mess. 

Drink Pairing: Mojitos (or anything muddled)

Apr 02 2019

25mins

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Craft

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In this episode, Kate and Laura argue about The Craft, which relates to neither witchcraft nor macrame owls, so honestly why do they even bother? Seriously though, tune in for 30 minutes of blathering about what words mean. 

Drink pairing: Craft beer

Mar 19 2019

30mins

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Motivation

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In this episode, Kate and Laura talk about how to get and stay motivated in a design environment. In an ironic and completely foreseeable twist, I honestly can't be bothered to come up with something clever to say about any of this. 

Drink pairing: eh. Whatever's closest. 

Mar 05 2019

27mins

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The World Where We Live

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In this episode, Laura and Kate take on the world - specifically, a framework for making decisions that takes into account the fact that humans are bad at long vs short term decision making. You can really tell that Laura failed Philosophy a few times in this one. 

Drink Pairing: White Russian

Feb 19 2019

34mins

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iTunes Ratings

60 Ratings
Average Ratings
51
4
2
3
0

Fun way to learn UX

By rosyhearts - Oct 15 2019
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Omg Laura and Kate are so funny... I just learned about this podcast. I’m only up to episode 3 so far but was already laughing since episode 1. This is such an awesome podcast to listen to while I’m doing work. Looking forward to more!

Great!

By Heyo2000 - Aug 05 2015
Read more
It’s great. It’s the best. Buy it!