25 episodes

UX design pioneers and Adaptive Path co-founders Peter Merholz and Jesse James Garrett discuss the evolving challenges and opportunities for design leaders.

Finding Our Way Jesse James Garrett and Peter Merholz

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    • 4.8 • 16 Ratings

UX design pioneers and Adaptive Path co-founders Peter Merholz and Jesse James Garrett discuss the evolving challenges and opportunities for design leaders.

    25—The Reckoning

    25—The Reckoning

    In which Peter and Jesse take stock of emerging themes from prior conversations, trying to make sense of the crucial challenges of design and design leadership.

    This will be the last episode for a while, probably until autumn. Please stay in touch!

    • 45 min
    24: Delving into digital design—craft, teaching, lessons from architecture, standards and certification (ft. Jorge Arango)

    24: Delving into digital design—craft, teaching, lessons from architecture, standards and certification (ft. Jorge Arango)

    In which Peter and Jesse chat with Jorge Arango about the state of digital design, his background in architecture, teaching the next generation of designers, the seduction of prototyping, the potential advantages and drawbacks of certification, and more.

    • 47 min
    23–Make UX truly human-centered by addressing trauma, power, and other necessary and uncomfortable realities (ft. Vivianne Castillo)

    23–Make UX truly human-centered by addressing trauma, power, and other necessary and uncomfortable realities (ft. Vivianne Castillo)

    In which Peter and Jesse speak with UX researcher, educator, and humanity advocate Vivianne Castillo about what it takes to be truly human-centered, the necessity of addressing trauma, what UX can learn from human services professionals, and practices and rituals you and your teams can adopt.

    • 54 min
    22: “Right problem, right solution, done right”—The Vanguard of User Research (ft. Jen Cardello)

    22: “Right problem, right solution, done right”—The Vanguard of User Research (ft. Jen Cardello)

    In which Peter and Jesse talk to Jen Cardello, head of UX Research at Fidelity Investments, about her team's uncommon organization structure (within an independent insights team, peered with Market Research, Analytics, and Behavioral Economics), and the tools they use to make sure they're focused on the right problem, with the right solution, done right.

    • 49 min
    21—Creativity, banishing inner critics, impostor syndrome, and systemic racism (ft Denise Jacobs)

    21—Creativity, banishing inner critics, impostor syndrome, and systemic racism (ft Denise Jacobs)

    In which Peter and Jesse talk to creativity consultant and author (and former front-end developer!) Denise Jacobs about just what is creativity, how to maintain being creative as a leader, banishing your inner critic, taking charge in how you get feedback, and how impostor syndrome is probably a means of keeping historically disadvantaged groups down.

    • 35 min
    20—The business model is the new grid, and other mindbombs (ft. Erika Hall)

    20—The business model is the new grid, and other mindbombs (ft. Erika Hall)

    In which Peter and Jesse talk to strategic design and research consultant Erika Hall of Mule Design, learn about how "the business model is the new grid," why most design is simply just styling, and the importance of asking questions.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

AnnoyedUser_ks ,

Brilliant podcast about the challenges facing UX design leadership

I just finished the season finale of the Finding Our Way podcast and I absolutely loved it. Through all 25 episodes they tackled some truly important challenges facing UX design leadership. Even as a freelance researcher that has not worked internally for 15 years, I got a tremendous amount out of it.

What I enjoyed most (and honestly found refreshing) was how Jesse and Peter made it clear that they did NOT have all the answers. Navigating the direction of our industry is a journey we’re all on together and I just love how they invited us to figure this out together.

Through amazing discussions with admirable guests, they unpacked some juicy topics with brilliant insights. Some of my favorite episodes were with
Erika Hall, Jen Cardello, Billie Mandel

newuxer ,

Great

Episode 22 is awesome. Listened multiple times.

glencoco11 ,

What happened to episodes 1-5?!

I enjoyed episode 6, but what happened to the beginning episodes of this podcast? I feel like I missed something

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