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Designers Alexis Allen and Matt O’Dell bring you practical, actionable advice from their decades of experience designing custom apps. Whether you’re new to the world of design or a seasoned veteran, learn about UI/UX design methods and best practices you can use to create powerful, flexible apps that are also simple and intuitive to use.

Want some free UI/UX resources sent directly to your email inbox? Check out our UI Design Checklist, Visual Design Cheatsheet, and Workflow Design Reading List here: https://www.fmdesignuniversity.com/resources/

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Designers Alexis Allen and Matt O’Dell bring you practical, actionable advice from their decades of experience designing custom apps. Whether you’re new to the world of design or a seasoned veteran, learn about UI/UX design methods and best practices you can use to create powerful, flexible apps that are also simple and intuitive to use.

Want some free UI/UX resources sent directly to your email inbox? Check out our UI Design Checklist, Visual Design Cheatsheet, and Workflow Design Reading List here: https://www.fmdesignuniversity.com/resources/

    5 - We Need to Talk About Ideation

    5 - We Need to Talk About Ideation

    Unlock the potential of teamwork and shared creativity! 
    In this episode, we explore how to generate unique and innovative solutions to tough design problems, and how to involve your clients to help you develop ideas into real, workable solutions. 
    We don’t just talk about how to generate lots of ideas, though. We also dive into exactly how to review and validate them with your clients, including whether you should present only your best idea, or all of the ones you came up with!
    There’s much more in our conversation that'll help you make the most of your idea-generating process.
    Don't miss this chance to learn about these powerful strategies that can help transform your team's approach to problem-solving. Tune in today!

    • 40 min
    4 - The Secrets to Synthesizing Your Research Like a Boss

    4 - The Secrets to Synthesizing Your Research Like a Boss

    In this episode, Matt and I talk about how to turn user research into something useful and compelling, that will help you both understand the problems you’ve defined, and enable you to communicate with others about them. We debate various ways of molding all the stuff you’ve gathered into a valuable tool that will help you keep your project on track, and enhance your chances of success.
    Some highlights:
    Why you should synthesize user research into something you can shareWhat kinds of documents are best to help you illustrate the discoveries you made during your research, and convince stubborn stakeholders to make changesThe value of involving users in the design processHow important it is to create user research documentation to help you estimate your project scope and cost.
    Ultimately, we uncover valuable secrets that will help you make the most of the time you spent researching!

    • 36 min
    3 - Level-Up Your UX with User Research Methods Anyone Can Use

    3 - Level-Up Your UX with User Research Methods Anyone Can Use

    User research is incredibly important to the success of any potential app. But what exactly is user research, why is it so important, and what are the methods you can use to carry it out?
    In this episode, we deep-dive into the topic of user research methods in UX design. We cover a wide range of topics including:
    How to conduct effective user research to inform the design processThe role of interviews in user research and how to conduct them effectivelyWhy it’s important to challenge your own assumptions and not take everything at face valueWhy you need to understand the user's world to design effective solutionsHow the design process is similar to the scientific method
    This episode provides valuable insights and practical examples for anyone looking to improve their understanding of user research and enhance their design strategy. 

    • 36 min
    2 - How a Design Process Helps You Create Exceptional UX

    2 - How a Design Process Helps You Create Exceptional UX

    In this episode, we talk about why it’s so important to have a design process to create an amazing UI or UX. Without any sort of process, you may—or may not—be solving the right user problems. But if you learn and follow a good design process, you can vastly increase your chances of UI/UX success.
    Listen in to discover why it’s crucial that you understand the people who’ll be using your solution—and the problems they face, when and how to include them in the process, and why it’s essential to validate your ideas before you invest a ton of time into development.
    We also touched on the importance of good communication throughout the design process.
    Whether you’re a seasoned designer or just getting started, this episode is packed with valuable insights and practical advice.
    Resources mentioned in the show
    The Workflow Design Workshop - Learn UX Design for Claris FileMaker - 8-Week UX course for FileMaker developersAbout IDEO: Our Story, Who we Are, How We WorkSoftware Estimation - By Steve McConnellMapping Experiences - By James KahlbachFileMaker UI/UX Design Community - Join our Facebook group!

    • 44 min
    1 - Why Everyone Can (and Should) Be a Designer

    1 - Why Everyone Can (and Should) Be a Designer

    This is our very first episode of the show! We (Alexis and Matt) discuss the idea that everyone can design. We talk about how design is not just for “designers”, and how more software developers should recognize their role as designers—even if they’re building something small or seemingly insignificant.
    We also talk about why it's crucial to understand user needs, and how hard it is to design for behaviour and process change.
    We tackle the age-old debate about the difference between UI and UX design—and why that difference might not matter too much in the long run!
    Ultimately, we agree that designing is really about solving problems for people and making their lives easier, and that everyone making software has the ability to contribute to that goal.
    Resources mentioned in the show
    Resources - UI/UX Design for Claris FileMaker - Download free design resources hereThe Workflow Design Workshop - Learn UX Design for Claris FileMaker - 8-Week UX course for FileMaker developersFileMaker UI/UX Design Community - Join our Facebook group!

    • 36 min
    Introducing: Everyone Can Design - A UI/UX Podcast

    Introducing: Everyone Can Design - A UI/UX Podcast

    We’re Alexis Allen and Matt O’Dell, UI/UX designers with decades of experience helping all sorts of clients create effective custom apps. On the "Everyone Can Design" podcast, we strive to demystify UI/UX design and make it accessible to everyone.
    We bring you practical, actionable advice to help you improve your UX design skills. Our focus is on exploring user experience, design, and problem-solving for all, with a particular emphasis on helping software developers learn about UX design methods and best practices. By sharing our knowledge, we want to empower you to create powerful and flexible apps that are also simple and intuitive to use.
    Alexis is a FileMaker designer and developer with over 25 years of experience, and is the founder of fmdesignuniversity.com, a blog devoted to UI/UX design for the Claris FileMaker platform.
    Matt is an Experience Design Team Leader with a focus on systems design, business process, tools, and education.

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