54 episodes

The Design To Be Conversation podcast is a series of conversations with design leaders about how investing in their EQ has impacted their design careers. Rachel Weissman, the host of the show, is the Founder of Design To Be, a design leader, an EQ Coach, and a Meditation & Yoga Teacher. As a design leader, she has agency, start-up, and in-house experience most recently working at Google and Salesforce. The purpose of our show is to inspire designers with insightful conversations. Design To Be Conversation is brought to you by Design To Be, a community that elevates designers to become empowered, educated, and effective using EQ-based tools and practices. Visit us at www.designtobe.com.

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The Design To Be Conversation podcast is a series of conversations with design leaders about how investing in their EQ has impacted their design careers. Rachel Weissman, the host of the show, is the Founder of Design To Be, a design leader, an EQ Coach, and a Meditation & Yoga Teacher. As a design leader, she has agency, start-up, and in-house experience most recently working at Google and Salesforce. The purpose of our show is to inspire designers with insightful conversations. Design To Be Conversation is brought to you by Design To Be, a community that elevates designers to become empowered, educated, and effective using EQ-based tools and practices. Visit us at www.designtobe.com.

    Dan Szuc and Josephine Wong: How to use Practice Spotting as a tool to shift culture

    Dan Szuc and Josephine Wong: How to use Practice Spotting as a tool to shift culture

    In today's episode, I speak with Dan Szuc and Josephine Wong. 

    Dan is a co-founder and principal at Apogee and co-founder of Make Meaningful Work, as well as the co-founder of UX Hong Kong. He has been involved in the UX field and based in Hong Kong for over 20 years. Dan has lectured about user-centered design globally. He has co-authored three books including Global UX with Whitney Quesenbery, The Usability Kit with Gerry Gaffney and Make Meaningful Work with Josephine Wong.

    Josephine is a co-founder and principal at Apogee and co-founder of Make Meaningful Work, as well as the co-founder of UX Hong Kong. Jo grew up in multicultural Hong Kong, with a Chinese-Burmese father and Chinese-Indonesian mother. She collaborates with global teams conducting research in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. Jo is passionate about the environment, political and economic systems, and how we can live healthier and happier lives while not adversely impacting less fortunate people.

    In this episode, Dan and Jo take us through the experience of using an observational and sense-making tool they’ve developed called Practice Spotting. It can be used to uncover implicit learning opportunities and deepen explicit practices in support of the character, leadership, and culture you want at work.

    This is our last episode before we take a few months’ break. Thank you to everyone who’s been listening!

    Practice Spotting examples and downloads

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Evan Dody: Lead with optimism

    Evan Dody: Lead with optimism

    In today’s episode, I speak with Evan Dody. Evan is the Head of Design + Creative at Angi (including HomeAdvisor and Handy). He leads Product Design, Brand Creative, UX Research, UX Writing, and DesignOps across the multi-sided home services marketplace. He and his team help homeowners across the country create and care for homes they love, while simultaneously helping local businesses thrive.

    Prior to Angi, Evan led design teams at Mailchimp and Huge in Brooklyn. He's designed customer-centric services for some of the world's most recognizable brands—McDonald's, American Express, and United Airlines to name a few. He's passionate about creating easy digital products that help people enjoy their in-person lives more and helping the small business economy thrive.

    We dive into what it means to lead with optimism, including redefining optimism as an active tool for change, uncovering the why behind the work you’re doing, and the vital role that identity and representation play in believing a positive outcome is possible.

    • 39 min
    Fonz Morris: Take a risk to honor yourself

    Fonz Morris: Take a risk to honor yourself

    In today's episode, I speak with Fonz Morris. Fonz is an entrepreneur and self-taught designer, born in Brooklyn and now based in San Jose. He has worked in tech and design on both coasts of the United States, in Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and California. His belief in the importance of self-driven education continued through his travels through Europe, Central and South America, and South East Asia. Since 2020, Fonz has been the Lead Product Designer at Netflix. Prior to joining Netflix, he led a design team at Coursera.

    We dive into what it means to be true to yourself, the value of a supportive community, and how to build confidence in your decisions when taking risks.

    Find Fonz on Twitter at @youngfonz.

    • 44 min
    Andy Budd: How to move from practitioner to leader

    Andy Budd: How to move from practitioner to leader

    In today’s episode, I speak with Andy Budd. Andy is a design leader, conference speaker, start-up advisor & coach. He co-founded Clearleft, the first dedicated UX consultancy in the UK, along with the Leading Design and UX London conferences. He’s a member of the Adobe Design Circle, and has appeared on both the Wired 100 and BIMA 100 lists of influential leaders in tech. He’s currently helping start-up founders make the most of Design in his role as an Expert in Residence at Seedcamp, Europe's most successful early stage venture fund.

    We dive into what you give up and what you gain in the shift from a designer role to a design leader role – and how to navigate common pitfalls. This episode is full of honest and actionable insights to guide you in choosing a path that’s most meaningful to you.

    The book Andy references is Julie Zhuo's The Making of a Manager. Find Andy on Twitter at @andybudd.

    • 53 min
    Rachel Weissman x Jayneil Dalal: Lessons from 10 days of silent meditation

    Rachel Weissman x Jayneil Dalal: Lessons from 10 days of silent meditation

    This is our 50th episode of Design To Be Conversation. Thank you all so much for your support – and an extra special thanks to those of you who have been listening since the beginning! Today we’re celebrating by doing something a little bit different. In this episode, our guest host Jayneil Dalal interviews me about my experience with a 10-day silent meditation retreat.

    Jayneil Dalal is a product designer born in Gujarat, India and polished in Dallas, Texas. He hosts the design MBA podcast where he interviews rockstar designers. And I’m Rachel Weissman, the Founder & CEO of Design To Be and the host of the Design To Be Conversation podcast. I’m also an emotional intelligence coach, keynote speaker, and meditation & yoga teacher currently based in Venice, California.

    We dive into what happens when disconnecting from technology entirely, the difference between experiencing and intellectualizing, and listening to your body to get clarity on your career.

    Find Rachel on Twitter at @racheldweissman and Jayneil on Twitter at @jayneildalal.

    • 41 min
    Malthe Sigurdsson: Own your convictions in order to influence and create impact

    Malthe Sigurdsson: Own your convictions in order to influence and create impact

    In today’s episode, I speak with Malthe Sigurdsson. Malthe has 25 years of experience as a designer and design leader building, scaling, and managing design organizations that deliver beautiful and effective work across multiple disciplines and product categories. He is currently the Chief Design Officer at Handshake, where he is leading product and brand design across the company. At Handshake his goal is to help level up the end-to-end consumer and enterprise experiences and is instrumental in helping Handshake grow a world-class design team. Before Handshake, Malthe was Head of Design at Stripe, leading design for 6 years. Prior to Stripe he was SVP of Product and Design at Rdio and Creative Director at Skype.

    We dive into what ownership, influence, and impact can look like for designers working with diverse stakeholders. We discuss 6 key steps for exerting influence with outsized impact – including identifying and communicating your convictions, and enabling others to be successful alongside you.

    • 40 min

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