5 episodes

Our lives are ruled by an abundance of small design decisions, most of which are invisible. Usable sets out to uncover them. Join the Quartz Creative team as we explore the unexpected user experience considerations behind some of life’s most common objects, places, and experiences—from haunted houses to meatless burgers.

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Our lives are ruled by an abundance of small design decisions, most of which are invisible. Usable sets out to uncover them. Join the Quartz Creative team as we explore the unexpected user experience considerations behind some of life’s most common objects, places, and experiences—from haunted houses to meatless burgers.

    Weddings: Designing the Perfect Day

    Weddings: Designing the Perfect Day

    Millennials aren’t killing the wedding industry, but they are reshaping it. Jess Levin Conroy, co-founder and CEO of wedding vendor directory Carats & Cake, joins us to discuss how the site’s approach to user-focused design has helped it respond to the shifting demands of a new generation of couples.


    For more from Quartz Creative, follow us on Instagram or visit us at our website, Creative.QZ.com.


    Recording space provided by The World of McIntosh (WoM), an iconic, invite-only townhouse located in the heart of Soho that was designed as an immersive sensory experience to showcase McIntosh Group brands’ products.


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    • 26 min
    The Strand: Redesigning the Bookstore in the Age of Amazon

    The Strand: Redesigning the Bookstore in the Age of Amazon

    The Internet was supposed to kill bookstores; instead, it’s revitalized them. Nancy Bass Wyden, owner of New York City’s bookstore-meets-cultural-institution The Strand joins us to talk about how the store has reinvented itself for an age that’s anything but post-retail.


    For more from Quartz Creative, follow us on Instagram or visit us at our website, Creative.QZ.com.


    Recording space provided by The World of McIntosh (WoM), an iconic, invite-only townhouse located in the heart of Soho that was designed as an immersive sensory experience to showcase McIntosh Group brands’ products.


    This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    • 19 min
    Haunted Houses and the UX of Fear

    Haunted Houses and the UX of Fear

    The best haunted houses are more than just jump scares. On this episode Quartz Creative branded content editor Alexandra Owens talks to Scott Simmons, creative director at Pittsburgh’s ScareHouse, about how he uses sociology, physics, and even geometry to bring nightmares to life.


    For more from Quartz Creative, follow us on Instagram or visit us at our website, Creative.QZ.com.


    Recording space provided by The World of McIntosh (WoM), an iconic, invite-only townhouse located in the heart of Soho that was designed as an immersive sensory experience to showcase McIntosh Group brands’ products.


    This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    • 25 min
    Designing the Impossible Burger

    Designing the Impossible Burger

    What makes meat taste like meat? On this episode Quartz Creative branded content editor Ricardo Bilton talks to Impossible Foods senior flavor scientist Laura Kliman about how her team designed a vegan burger that even meat eaters can’t help but love.


    Recording space provided by The World of McIntosh (WoM), an iconic, invite-only townhouse located in the heart of Soho that was designed as an immersive sensory experience to showcase McIntosh Group brands’ products.


    For more from Quartz Creative, follow us on Instagram or visit us at our website, Creative.QZ.com.


    This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    • 24 min
    Pandemic and the Rules of Fun

    Pandemic and the Rules of Fun

    On this episode, Quartz Creative branded content editor Ricardo Bilton talks to Matt Leacock, creator of the board game Pandemic, about how user-first design helps him create board games that are easy to enjoy, but hard to win.


    For more from Quartz Creative, follow us on Instagram or visit us at our website, Creative.QZ.com.


    Recording space provided by The World of McIntosh (WoM), an iconic, invite-only townhouse located in the heart of Soho that was designed as an immersive sensory experience to showcase McIntosh Group brands’ products.


    This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    • 24 min

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