19 episodes

Hello and welcome to making UX work; I’m Joe Natoli. Our focus here is on folks like you doing the tough, often unglamorous UX work in the real world. My guests will share their struggles, their successes, and their journey to and through the trenches of product design, development, and of course, user experience. Before we get into it, I’d like to give a shout out to our sponsor, Stache Studio — a streetwear clothing brand focusing on quality products with a positive message, inspired by the resilience to turn a negative situation into a positive outcome. The Stache mantra is that Even in the darkest times, there is a light revealing prosperity. Find your light and let it guide you through the darkness. Visit stache.studio to check out their incredibly well-designed products and learn more.

Making UX Work with Joe Natoli Joe Natoli

    • Technology
    • 4.3 • 12 Ratings

Hello and welcome to making UX work; I’m Joe Natoli. Our focus here is on folks like you doing the tough, often unglamorous UX work in the real world. My guests will share their struggles, their successes, and their journey to and through the trenches of product design, development, and of course, user experience. Before we get into it, I’d like to give a shout out to our sponsor, Stache Studio — a streetwear clothing brand focusing on quality products with a positive message, inspired by the resilience to turn a negative situation into a positive outcome. The Stache mantra is that Even in the darkest times, there is a light revealing prosperity. Find your light and let it guide you through the darkness. Visit stache.studio to check out their incredibly well-designed products and learn more.

    Episode 19, Tanya Netayavichitr: The Power of WE

    Episode 19, Tanya Netayavichitr: The Power of WE

    In both my previous experience working with her company as a consultant and this conversation, it becomes very clear very fast that Tanya Netayavichitr is someone who lifts every person she comes in contact with to greater heights. As you'll hear for yourself in the way she describes her experiences, it's never about her — it's about the people she's working with, guiding and advocating for.

    Tanya's quick ascent to leadership positions in the worlds of UX and Product Design is testament to her formidable skill, impeachable integrity and steadfast kindness.

    Twitter:
    @Netayavichitr

    LinkedIn:
    tnetayavichitr


    If you enjoyed this episode, please check out our good friend and sponsor, Stache Studio — a streetwear clothing brand focusing on quality products with a positive message, inspired by the resilience to turn a negative situation into a positive outcome. 

    • 59 min
    Episode 18, Will Sykora: Do things that scare you!

    Episode 18, Will Sykora: Do things that scare you!

    My guest for Episode 18 of Making UX Work is Will Sykora, who’s been working in design for over a decade, from a start in traditional graphic design to immersing himself in digital and web experiences. He’s worked in a multitude of industries, including hospitality, financial services, and government. He’s also worked independently as a freelance consultant, and launched his own startup along the way.

    Suffice to say Will is no stranger to taking risks, particularly when doing so means being true to himself.

    Twitter:
    @WillSykora
    Facebook:
    will.sykora

    LinkedIn:
    willsykora

    Websites:
    willsykora.com


    If you enjoyed this episode, please check out our good friend and sponsor, Stache Studio — a streetwear clothing brand focusing on quality products with a positive message, inspired by the resilience to turn a negative situation into a positive outcome. 

    • 1 hr
    Episode 17, Nick Finck: removing fear, reaching out and remaining hungry

    Episode 17, Nick Finck: removing fear, reaching out and remaining hungry

    For this first episode of Season 3, I'm breaking my "no rock stars" rule. Because although he would never describe or consider himself as such, Nick Finck is a rock star — in the absolute best sense of the word.

    For over 25 years, Nick has helped businesses build, grow, train, and support UX teams so they can focus on creating great products. And the core reason he's been so successful at doing so lies in his character, integrity and heart. Anyone who follow Nick on Twitter knows full well just how generous, selfless, supportive and wise he truly is.

     As you'll hear, Nick was one of the people who, along with Alan and Sue Cooper, had enormous impact on my path as an independent consultant. Had I not stumbled across his example nearly 15 years ago, I think my career would have taken a very different path.

    I am beyond fortunate to call him my friend — and I am truly honored to share this incredible 1.5 hour conversation with you all.

    Twitter:
    @nickf
    LinkedIn:
    nickfinck

    Websites:
    CraftAndRigor.com
    uxseattle.org


    If you enjoyed this episode, please check out our good friend and sponsor, Stache Studio — a streetwear clothing brand focusing on quality products with a positive message, inspired by the resilience to turn a negative situation into a positive outcome. 

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Episode 16, Rich Harrison: don't "push back" — pull forward.

    Episode 16, Rich Harrison: don't "push back" — pull forward.

    My guest Rich Harrison has 15 years of design leadership experience, partnering with over 50 organizations. He has served as a UX lead, team leader, and senior designer for higher education, Fortune 500 companies, government, nonprofits, startups, and small businesses. He's spent the last 5 years supporting UXPA Minnesota as a board member and UX mentor and serves on the advisory board for the technical communication program at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    Rich's core philosophy is that design is service work; we are in this together! Empathy and relationships come first; as designers, we are responsible to the users we serve. Successful design is evidence-based and outcomes-focused.

    Twitter:
    @wakinginfinity
    LinkedIn:
    blueskyvisions

    If you enjoyed this episode, please check out our good friend and sponsor,Stache Studio — a streetwear clothing brand focusing on quality products with a positive message, inspired by the resilience to turn a negative situation into a positive outcome. 









    The Stache mantra is  that even in the darkest times, there is a light revealing prosperity; find your light and let it guide you through the darkness. Visit https://www.stache.studio/ to check out their incredibly well-designed products and learn more!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 15, Helen Arvanitopoulos: PREACH!!!

    Episode 15, Helen Arvanitopoulos: PREACH!!!

    Helen Arvanotopoulis describes herself as a Design Thinking Preacher, UX Evangelist and Service Design Advocate. She is currently Head of UX for the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Aegon NV, working across Europe, Asia and America helping businesses and teams build and grow their capabilities and transform their organisations.

    Her passion and belief in collaboration and a multi-disciplinary approach comes through loud in clear in this conversation, and I have no doubt that the organizations and people she’s helped over the last 13+ years have benefitted greatly from that conviction. Helen is a born storyteller whose outgoing personality shines through at every turn.

    In her own words:

    "For design to really make an impact it must ultimately serve a purpose, it must also be well researched, ideated, concepted and delivered. This has been my design mantra since stepping into the UX field and one I still proudly resonate with today."

    So today, my friends, you get TWO preachers for the price of one — enjoy!

    Twitter:
    @HelenArvan
    LinkedIn:
    helen-arvanitopoulos

    If you enjoyed this episode, please check out our good friend and sponsor, Stache Studio — a streetwear clothing brand focusing on quality products with a positive message, inspired by the resilience to turn a negative situation into a positive outcome. 





















































    The Stache mantra is  that even in the darkest times, there is a light revealing prosperity; find your light and let it guide you through the darkness. Visit https://www.stache.studio/ to check out their incredibly well-designed products and learn more!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 14, Russ Troester: inspiration, encouragement + resilience

    Episode 14, Russ Troester: inspiration, encouragement + resilience

    Russ Troester is still very new to UX, but he's definitely in the right place because, in his own words, he has a passion for “helping to make things suck less.” While he especially enjoys the research-related portions of the UX design process, Russ has had a very wide-ranging career across multiple industries.

    But the one constant, and the thing that I really believe led him to UX is his very real, and very honest empathy and concern for his fellow human beings.

    Like a lot of folks right now, Russ is currently looking for his next UX gig, and a great deal of our conversation revolved around the struggles and challenges inherent in that search. So if you're struggling as well in these uncertain times, I truly hope you'll find inspiration and encouragement in this episode.

    Twitter:
    @RussTroester
    LinkedIn:
    russtroester
    Websites:
    The World Over There Podcast

    If you enjoyed this episode, please check out our good friend and sponsor, Stache Studio — a streetwear clothing brand focusing on quality products with a positive message, inspired by the resilience to turn a negative situation into a positive outcome. 





    The Stache mantra is  that even in the darkest times, there is a light revealing prosperity; find your light and let it guide you through the darkness. Visit https://www.stache.studio/ to check out their incredibly well-designed products and learn more!

    • 1 hr 10 min

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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So much value!

Filled with engaging conversations with amazing UX professionals who sure know how to deliver enjoyable topics that everyone could enjoy and learn from.

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Joe is an amazingly knowledgeable UX professional, and it's been fascinating to listen to the everyday UX pros on his show and the problems they tackle on a day-to-day basis.

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