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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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This podcast is insightful and thought-provoking!

By Karey Stivers - Feb 11 2020
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When I started studying UX and web development in college a few years ago, I set out on the search for some good podcasts on those subjects. I came across the User Defenders Podcast and from the first episode I listened to I was hooked! I love the genuineness that the host Jason brings to the conversation - he is actually really interested in listening to his guests’ answers! The conversations (because that’s what they are, and not interviews) a lot of the time end up being about caring for the needs of our users and our own personal development as people, which are just as important as learning the newest JavaScript or developer tool features! Thank you, Jason, for such a well-executed podcast and I look forward to listening to future episodes! Fight on, my friend!

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

150 Ratings
Average Ratings
131
9
4
1
5

This podcast is insightful and thought-provoking!

By Karey Stivers - Feb 11 2020
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When I started studying UX and web development in college a few years ago, I set out on the search for some good podcasts on those subjects. I came across the User Defenders Podcast and from the first episode I listened to I was hooked! I love the genuineness that the host Jason brings to the conversation - he is actually really interested in listening to his guests’ answers! The conversations (because that’s what they are, and not interviews) a lot of the time end up being about caring for the needs of our users and our own personal development as people, which are just as important as learning the newest JavaScript or developer tool features! Thank you, Jason, for such a well-executed podcast and I look forward to listening to future episodes! Fight on, my friend!

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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User Defenders: UX Design and Personal Growth

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Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 018: The Beauty of Simplicity with David Demaree

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David Demaree reminds us of the value of simplicity, brevity, and editing. He encourages us to know who are users are and where they’re coming from. He inspires us not to get too wrapped up into the closeness of our own material and not take the criticism of our work too personally. He also teaches […]

Apr 11 2016

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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: 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

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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Oct 14 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #6: 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

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

Get your FREE audiobook from Audible at userdefenders.com/freebook. No commitment. Cancel in 30 days, and you won't be charged. The book is still yours to keep.

Aug 06 2017

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Rank #7: 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

1hr 9mins

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Rank #8: 007: Focus More on Solving Problems and Less On Dribbble Likes with Rafal Tomal

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Rafal Tomal inspires us to focus more on solving complicated problems for clients, and less on Dribbble likes. He also emphasizes the importance of keeping our UI and layouts minimal to make room for typography and especially to limit the number of choices we want our users to make to the most critical ones. He […]

Nov 30 2015

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Rank #9: 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

1hr 7mins

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Rank #10: 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

This episode is brought to you by InVision Studio (userdefenders.com/studio): The world's most powerful screen design tool

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Apr 23 2018

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Rank #11: 006: Let Go of the Things You Can’t Control…Focus On The Things You Can with Chloë Bregman

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Chloë Bregman inspires us to not get caught up with titles like UX Designer, but to find what we’re great at and focus our energy on building those strengths to build products that not only solve problems, but bring happiness to people. She reminds us to focus on the team and that all ideas are […]

Nov 23 2015

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Rank #12: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products with Nir Eyal

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I have a listener survey and one of you suggested Nir Eyal as a superguest. Today (thanks to your suggestion) I got to interview the man himself. Nir is the author of the buzz-worthy book Hooked: How To Build Habit-Forming Products. Nir did not disappoint. The guy is a wealth of knowledge and you’ll notice listening […]

Sep 12 2016

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Rank #13: 008: There’s a Lot of Opportunity for Those Who Are Willing to Take Some Risks with Ben Callahan

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Ben Callahan inspires us to be passionate about the interfaces we design and put ourselves in the shoes of the people who are using them to do amazing things. He shares a really interesting parallel from Jazz music to the work we do. He reminds us to make every day count by first thinking about […]

Dec 07 2015

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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: 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

This episode is brought to you by InVision Studio (userdefenders.com/studio): The world's most powerful screen design tool

Get your FREE audiobook from Audible at userdefenders.com/freebook. No commitment. Cancel in 30 days, and you won't be charged. The book is still yours to keep.

Mar 12 2018

1hr 33mins

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Rank #16: 029: Be Relentless with Ling Lim

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Ling Lim inspires us to be relentless in our pursuit of the person we want to become. She teaches us to create products that connect with our users and their lives by becoming them as much as possible. She challenges us to not sacrifice the sentimental quality of a product when we design for it […]

Dec 09 2016

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Rank #17: 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

This episode is brought to you by InVision Studio (userdefenders.com/studio): The world's most powerful screen design tool

Get your FREE audiobook from Audible at userdefenders.com/freebook. No commitment. Cancel in 30 days, and you won't be charged. The book is still yours to keep.

Jan 29 2018

1hr 8mins

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Rank #18: 033: Design is About People with Andrea Picchi

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Andrea Picchi reminds us that the core of design is always about people. He dives deep into the importance of design thinking. He motivates us to embrace ambiguity, and to fail as often as possible without losing the job. He also inspires us to believe in design and to always defend the user’s point of […]

Mar 01 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: 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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