Each week, join designers Omri Dvir and Aaron Draczynski as they react to industry news and discuss hot topics and trends in the world of UX design.
Sustainable Design with special guest Sandra Pallier (#19)
We're joined this week by very special guest Sandra Pallier, a designer at Microsoft and climate activist who graciously answers all our questions around sustainability. Sandra shares insights and principles that designers can keep in mind to develop products that are better for the environment. We examine the positive influence you can have within your company, as well as the behaviors you can change in your personal life to reduce your own environmental impact. We also discuss how Hollywood keeps delivering doom-and-gloom visions of a dystopian future when it could be doing so much to inspire us.
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The Other Side of the Table: how to conduct design interviews (#18)
Interviewing potential job candidates is not an easy task. It's up to you to make the candidate feel comfortable, ask the right questions, keep the interview running on-time, and make your company look like a great place to work — that's a lot of responsibility! This week, we reveal our secrets for running a successful design interview: advance preparation, creating the right atmosphere, getting the signal you need, and much more. Also, we react to news of Reddit allowing employees to work from anywhere without changing their salaries, and rumors of an upcoming Windows 10 UI redesign.
If You Build It, They Will Come?: how to encourage adoption of design systems (#17)
What should you do when your design idea exceeds the limits of your company's design system? Is it okay to break the rules? Or maybe you're building a new design system yourself — making neatly organized collections of UI elements is fun and all, but how do you get your entire company to actually adopt your system? We discuss strategies for rolling out design systems and ensuring people use them. Also, we react to news of Jony Ive taking on a design role with Airbnb.
The ‘I’ in ‘Team’: the highs and lows of life as a lone designer (#16)
Life isn't easy when you're the only designer on your team. How do get proper feedback on your work? When you're outnumbered by engineers and PMs, how can you ensure that the wants and needs of design don't fall off the radar? We talk about building a design culture as a team of one, and the unique opportunities that solo designers have which their counterparts in larger organizations typically don't. Also, we express our lack of excitement over the new iPhone 12.
Wax On, Wax Off: how to find (and keep) a good mentor (#15)
There are so many things a UX design mentor can offer: career guidance, portfolio suggestions, interview advice, training on your soft skills, and more. Mentors are awesome, but how do you find one and build a strong, effective relationship with them? This week, we dive into what mentees should know: how to set expectations with your mentor so they can offer the most relevant advice, being respectful of your mentor's time, closing the loop, and how some of the best mentorships are actually with people you already know. Also, we react as Microsoft and Dropbox announce their permanent work-from-home policies and Zoom unveils new platform features.
Here to Stay: a practical guide for the worker-from-home (#14)
Several months have passed since our very first episode of Redlines where we discussed remote work. Since then, more and more companies have announced a permanent shift to working-from-home, making it clear that WFH is here to stay. Now, with several months of remote work experience under our belts, we're here to discuss WFH tactics: managing our daily work schedules, finding time to unwind, setting up the right workspace, and more. Also, we react to news of Facebook's Messenger integration into Instagram and major tech companies unveiling new hardware products.