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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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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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Valuable insights that have helped me so much!

By Mia Suresh - Dec 09 2019
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I am a current student of Apparel Technical Design with a recent realization and fervent desire to get into and end up working in the field of UX design and I happened to stumble upon this wonderful podcast. It provided me with a wealth of information because I was able to get internal insights from industry professionals and experts which is first hand experience that helps understand the field in a whole new way! Looking forward to more great conversations, interviews and insights!

Great show!

By ChristiRSY - Oct 16 2019
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Big fan of this show. One of the few UX podcasts that I really enjoy. Keep up the good work!

iTunes Ratings

138 Ratings
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122
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2
1
5

Valuable insights that have helped me so much!

By Mia Suresh - Dec 09 2019
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I am a current student of Apparel Technical Design with a recent realization and fervent desire to get into and end up working in the field of UX design and I happened to stumble upon this wonderful podcast. It provided me with a wealth of information because I was able to get internal insights from industry professionals and experts which is first hand experience that helps understand the field in a whole new way! Looking forward to more great conversations, interviews and insights!

Great show!

By ChristiRSY - Oct 16 2019
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Big fan of this show. One of the few UX podcasts that I really enjoy. Keep up the good work!

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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.

002: Don’t Let Anything Get in the Way of What You Want to Build with Josh Tucker

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Josh Tucker shares with us the importance of determination and resolve when building whatever it is you desire to build. He also stresses the importance of knowing everything you possibly can about your users and designing experiences that delight them and improve their lives. Josh Tucker (The Interactioneer) is an Interactive Designer at Google and […]

Nov 02 2015

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011: The Best Interface is No Interface with Golden Krishna

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Golden Krishna teaches us that it’s possible to reduce our amount of screen time and still solve people’s problems elegantly in the background. He enlightens us to how much we’re all drowning in screens. He also shares with us that our stuff isn’t good enough, and it never will be because as designers we’re always […]

Jan 04 2016

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039: Good Designers are Good at Business with Joe Leech

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Joe Leech shows us how psychology helps frame what we’re seeing in user research. He articulates why the superpower we need is understanding how business works. He inspires us get out of our seat and talk to executives in the organization more about the business. He also challenges us to not just always be shipping, but always be shipping the right things.

  • Secret Identity/Origin Story (4:39)
  • Biggest Superhero (14:50)
  • Biggest Failure (22:37)
  • Awkward Testing Story (30:03)
  • Design Superpower (32:03)
  • Design Kryptonite (33:34)
  • Design Superhero Name (36:52)
  • Fight For Users (42:03)
  • Psychology & Design (43:05)
  • Habit Of Success (49:48)
  • Invincible Resource (51:26)
  • Book Recommendation (54:40)
  • Best Advice (57:49)
  • Contact Info (59:46)

Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/039

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Aug 06 2017

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042: Practical Design Discovery with Dan Brown

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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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Sep 18 2017

1hr 17mins

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056: Building an Effective UX Portfolio with Sarah Doody

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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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Apr 01 2019

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051: Accessible Design = Better Design with Derek Featherstone

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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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Apr 23 2018

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035: Minding the Product Gap with Samuel Hulick

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Samuel Hulick shows us how to build bridges for our users. He motivates us to make sure that the effort put into building the software is not wasted in the onboarding experience. He also inspires us to stay curious, and always be learning.
  • Secret Identity/Origin Story (5:04)
  • Onboarding Defined (9:30)
  • Biggest Superhero (16:08)
  • Biggest Failure (17:00)
  • Weirdest Teardown (32:00)
  • Design Superpower (39:20)
  • Design Kryptonite (41:24)
  • Design Superhero Name (42:40)
  • Habit Of Success (48:30)
  • Invincible Resource (50:23)
  • How Much Is Too Much (52:00)
  • Best Advice (64:20)

LINKS Samuel’s Personal Twitter Samuel’s Professional Twitter Samuel’s Website Product People, Mind the Gap! [ARTICLE] Never Mix Up Features with Benefits Ever Again [ARTICLE] The Art of Building (or Burning) Product Bridges [ARTICLE] Kathy Sierra (Business of Software 2009) [VIDEO] Extra Credits (YouTube) [VIDEO]

Jun 12 2017

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062: UX School of No B.S. with Joe Natoli

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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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Jun 24 2019

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021: Designing for Happiness with Drew Lepp

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Drew Lepp encourages us to learn the business side of technology in order to achieve greater success with our designs. She encourages us to always know why we’re doing what we’re doing, and to be able to clearly articulate why every element on the page is there. She inspires us to fight on in our […]

Jun 06 2016

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003: Don’t Launch Anything. Validate and Test Everything with Craig Morrison

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Craig Morrison inspires us to know why we’re building what we’re building by looking for an opportunity in a market that needs something, and then by giving it to them. He also reminds us to do all the user research needed until we’ve built a product that people want to use. Craig Morrison (Validation Man) […]

Nov 02 2015

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Radical Empathy with Seth Godin

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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

Want to grow in your empathy levels toward other humans, but just not sure how to? I invite you to rise to the FREE One Week to Strong Empathy Challenge brought to you by User Defenders podcast. Simply visit userdefenders.com/empathy and enter your email address (which I commit to never ever compromise!).

Nov 13 2018

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026: We Are Not Our Users with Nikkel Blaase

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Nikkel Blaase reminds us that we are not our users. He encourages us to make time for deep thinking. He teaches us that without failing, there’s no learning. He guides us to not spend too much time figuring out a solution if we don’t know what the problem is. He shows us how creating value […]

Aug 15 2016

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049: User Research War Stories with Steve Portigal

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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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Mar 12 2018

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055: How to Get Your Foot in the Door with Andy Budd

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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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Mar 18 2019

1hr 15mins

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022: The Little Details can Make a Big Difference with Jordan Dobson

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Jordan Dobson inspires us to never stop learning and be generous in sharing knowledge with others. He encourages us to craft prototypes in order to gain valuable insight early and often. He challenges designers to gain empathy for their developers by learning a bit about code. He also shows us how the little details can make […]

Jun 20 2016

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043: Making New Designers with Laura Klein

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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)

Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/043

This episode is brought to you by Adobe, makers of XD. Try it free at userdefenders.com/xd

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Oct 02 2017

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028: Be Persistent with Chris Coyier

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Chris Coyier teaches us that if we care about succeeding in something, we need to be willing to persist for a long time. He inspires us to grab hold of the joy that comes from building for ourselves, too. He encourages us to not just use a framework because we're "supposed to", but to use whatever tool is right for the job. He also enlightens us to the superpower of using SVG in practical ways.

LINKS Chris' Twitter Chris' Website CSS-Tricks CodePen The Snowballing Of Practice Made By [VIDEO]

Nov 23 2016

1hr 11mins

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019: The Power of Design Patterns with Pek Pongpaet

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Pek Pongpaet teaches us that the key to successful UX is in pattern recognition and application. He reminds us of the power of visual hierarchy in that if something’s important, it should never be buried. He reminds us of the power of observation and in testing our product with users. He also inspires us to […]

Apr 25 2016

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046: Good Design Favors the Curious with Joe Johnston

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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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Jan 29 2018

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025: UX Designers Work with Users with Ashley Karr

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Ashley Karr teaches us that we can’t be exceptional at generalizing. She encourages us to always work with the people for whom we are designing. She motivates us to always trust ourselves and our instincts. She shows us how planning and organization are key contributors to success. She also inspires us to give back by […]

Aug 01 2016

1hr 4mins

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070: Harnessing Life Experiences in Design with Shaheena Attarwala

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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.

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Nov 25 2019

1hr 27mins

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069: We Are All Pioneers with Sophia Prater

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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.

Nov 11 2019

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

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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.

Oct 28 2019

1hr 12mins

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067: Design for How People Think with John Whalen

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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

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Oct 14 2019

1hr 18mins

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066: Is Web Design Dead? with Jeffrey Zeldman

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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

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Sep 30 2019

1hr 6mins

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Advertise on User Defenders (Only One Spot Left Until Spring 2020)

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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

Sep 25 2019

5mins

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065: Yes, AI will Replace Designers with Jasmine Oh

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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.

Sep 16 2019

59mins

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064: How to Become Indistractable with Nir Eyal

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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.

Sep 10 2019

1hr

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063: Mindset & Learning How to Learn with Jessica Ivins

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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.

Sep 02 2019

1hr 10mins

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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

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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)

Jul 06 2019

2hr 41mins

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062: UX School of No B.S. with Joe Natoli

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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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Jun 24 2019

1hr 40mins

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061: Empathy as a Design Superpower with Jason Ogle

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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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Jun 10 2019

49mins

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060: Improv & UX?! Yes, and...with Mike Gorgone

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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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May 27 2019

1hr 3mins

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059: Writing for Designers with Scott Kubie

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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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May 13 2019

55mins

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Help me keep User Defenders: Podcast on the air...

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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!

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May 03 2019

8mins

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058: Finding the Right Cultural Fit with Justin Dauer

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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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Apr 29 2019

55mins

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057: Interviewing Like a Boss with Andy Vitale

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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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Apr 15 2019

1hr 12mins

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056: Building an Effective UX Portfolio with Sarah Doody

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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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Apr 01 2019

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055: How to Get Your Foot in the Door with Andy Budd

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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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Mar 18 2019

1hr 15mins

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UD Community is Live! Join Us!

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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!

https://community.userdefenders.com

Jan 16 2019

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