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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.

User Defenders: UX Design and Personal Growth Jason Ogle

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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.

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

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

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

    • 1 hr 1 min
    070: Harnessing Life Experiences in Design with Shaheena Attarwala

    070: Harnessing Life Experiences in Design with Shaheena Attarwala

    Shaheena Attarwala defends a woman’s right to design her own future, especially in the face of fierce adversity and opposition. She champions living ruthlessly amid oppressive whims and societal precepts. She’s a magnet that brings the issues forward and carries the water for anyone who dreams of raising their standards and never settling for status-quo expectations. She’ll persuade you to hunker down, prove your grit, and rattle some cages if you have to. This episode is not just about design. So make your way or step aside. It’s time to hear her metaphoric journey, examine your own life, and bring more awareness to poverty and oppression. In other words…sh*t’s about to get real!
    Origin Story (3:56) A Kid's View (6:25) Oppression In Cultures (8:42) Ah-Ha Moments (11:38) Family Relations (13:48) How Did You Find Design? (16:52) What's Driving You? (20:53) Design Influence (22:26) Legal Skills and Design (33:04) Gaining Empathy (35:29) Don Norman (40:59) Teaching Curiosity (45:45) Harnessing Life Experiences (59:36) Story Banks (1:02:49) Design Superpower (1:06:46) Design Kryptonite (1:07:20) UX Superhero Name (1:08:32) Habit of Success (1:08:58) Recommended Book (1:10:15) Taking Risks (1:12:24) Best Advice (1:14:26) Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/070
    This episode is brought to you by UC Irvine’s executive master’s program for Human-Computer Interaction and Design. As a user experience professional, UCI’s hybrid program will allow you to maintain your job while pursuing the master’s degree that will propel your career forward. Visit userdefenders.com/uci to learn more.
    This episode is also brought to you by Porkbun. Head to userdefenders.com/porkbun now and use coupon code DEFENDERS on the checkout page to get literally a free year of a .design domain name.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    069: We Are All Pioneers with Sophia Prater

    069: We Are All Pioneers with Sophia Prater

    Sophia Prater reminds us that we're all pioneers in a field that is changing every minute. She encourages us to use forcing functions by getting the gig first, and then figuring it out. She introduces us to a design philosophy she pioneered called Object-Oriented UX which is all about taking really complex problems, and breaking them down into parts and organizing them. She also reminds us that in order to be successful in this field, we must become lifelong learners.
    Origin Story (4:58) Biggest Failure (10:46) Design Superpower (25:57) What is OOUX? (30:27) Design Kryptonite (38:12) UX Superhero Name (42:28) Habit of Success (46:57) Invincible Resource (51:05) Recommended Book (52:52) Best Advice (55:26) Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/069
    This episode is brought to you by UC Irvine’s executive master’s program for Human-Computer Interaction and Design. As a user experience professional, UCI’s hybrid program will allow you to maintain your job while pursuing the master’s degree that will propel your career forward. Visit userdefenders.com/uci to learn more.
    This episode is also brought to you by Porkbun. Head to userdefenders.com/porkbun now and use coupon code DEFENDERS on the checkout page to get literally a free year of a .design domain name.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    068: People May be the Most Important Thing You Build as a Designer with Braden Kowitz

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

    Braden Kowitz reveals how human-centered design has everything to do with the humans we design and build with every day. He advocates for a genuinely supportive environment where it’s okay to be who you are, and where you’re encouraged to speak up, and openly share how you’re truly feeling. He reminds us to acknowledge that life isn’t perfect, and neither are we…and that’s also okay. He articulates the origin story and evolution of design patterns and explains why ‘ugly’ may sometimes appear to win. He also challenges us to consider how the metrics we typically depend on, may not be telling us the complete story.
    Free Time (7:49) Grounding Techniques (8:36) Mindful Techniques (9:26) Origin Story (16:25) Form, Function, and Balance (19:38) Managing Design Ambiguity (26:50) Establishing Design Patterns (37:57) What Have You Been Up To? (47:05) From Designer to Co-Founder (49:09) Dealing with Tradeoffs (52:02) Creative Side Hustles (52:41) Who Is This Product For? (53:47) Design Superpower (57:00) Design Kryptonite (58:15) UX Superhero Name (59:45) Habit of Success (1:01:03) Recommended Book (1:02:59) Best Advice (1:04:13) Tips on Culture (1:05:11) Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/068
    This episode is brought to you by UC Irvine’s executive master’s program for Human-Computer Interaction and Design. As a user experience professional, UCI’s hybrid program will allow you to maintain your job while pursuing the master’s degree that will propel your career forward. Visit userdefenders.com/uci to learn more.
    This episode is also brought to you by Porkbun. Head to userdefenders.com/porkbun now and use coupon code DEFENDERS on the checkout page to get literally a free year of a .design domain name.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    067: Design for How People Think with John Whalen

    067: Design for How People Think with John Whalen

    Dr. John Whalen teaches us what it means to design for how people think. He reveals the powerful principals behind what he calls the six minds of user experience, and explains how anybody can harness them to build better products (no doctorate degree required!). He reminds us that it takes serious research to reveal the deep insights that genuinely make our products successful for the user and the business. He also encourages us to understand that no one is more qualified than anyone else in solving unique problems.
    Psychology and UX (5:04) Six Minds of Experience (8:48) Impact of Psychology (10:54) Acronym Cheat Sheet (16:03) Three Phone Numbers (17:08) Dark Psychology (25:21) Designing for Delight (31:24) Contextual Inquiries (42:50) Upside-Down Design (49:37) Design Superpower (56:09) Design Kryptonite (57:04) UX Superhero Name (58:43) Habit of Success (59:05) Recommended Book (1:08:02) Best Advice (1:10:38) Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/067
    This episode is brought to you by UC Irvine’s executive master’s program for Human-Computer Interaction and Design. As a user experience professional, UCI’s hybrid program will allow you to maintain your job while pursuing the master’s degree that will propel your career forward. Visit userdefenders.com/uci to learn more.
    This episode is also brought to you by Porkbun. Head to userdefenders.com/porkbun now and use coupon code DEFENDERS on the checkout page to get literally a free year of a .design domain name.
     

    • 1 hr 18 min
    066: Is Web Design Dead? with Jeffrey Zeldman

    066: Is Web Design Dead? with Jeffrey Zeldman

    Jeffrey Zeldman answers the provocative question, “Is Web Design Dead?”. He enlightens us to what the Web was, where it’s at now, and where it could go in the future. He touches on the many short-sighted predictions that tend to prod our delicate psyches such as automation and new technologies poised to replace Web Designers. He encourages us to ignore the rhetoric and continue to learn as tools change how Web Design is done. He also emphasizes that the Web was built on sharing, and that we must continue to share if we want to not only protect its spirit, but keep it alive and thriving.
    Godfather of Web Design (3:58) Is Web Design Dead? (5:58) Moving to In-House Design (12:59) Opposition (21:25) How'd It Make You Feel? (26:14) Ask Customer Service First (31:20) Small Business Owners and The Web (39:27) Early Days of The Web (41:13) Keeping the Spirit Alive (49:40) Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Cesar Lemus' astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/066
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    This episode is also brought to you by Optimal Workshop. Imagine a world where the right things are in the right places. Try their tools for free today at userdefenders.com/ow
    This episode is also brought to you by Porkbun. Head to userdefenders.com/porkbun now and use coupon code DEFENDERS on the checkout page to get literally a free year of a .design domain name.

    • 1 hr 6 min

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