Mock IT is a design and culture podcast sponsored by MetroStar. Hosts Liz and Marie are passionate about design of all shapes and forms and the impact UX design can generate for all generations. The podcast offers an inside look at two UX Designers navigating design for the government and emerging design trends. The duo often invite their friends and industry experts on the podcast to chat about their passions and discoveries.
Join us every two weeks as they share their personal stories!
How to Create Designs for Great Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives
Hosts Liz and Marie are back with Season 3 of Mock IT. They share highlights from the ACT-IAC Customer Experience (#CX) Summit and welcome Principal Designer Allison Turi. Turi discusses the process behind designing swag and marketing material for an organization's corporate social responsibility (#CSR) initiatives. The trio chatted about past fundraisers, what mistakes to avoid, and why t-shirts make everyone go wild.
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+ Figma Tool: www.figma.com
+ Zander Whitehurst's Instagram: instagram.com/zanderwhitehurst/
+ Rainbow Families Website: rainbowfamilies.org
+ Toys For Tots Donation Link (Exp. Dec. 8, 2022): amzn.to/3XHY8hj
How Can Data Sustain City Growth in the Next Decade
It's a bird, it's a plane ... it's Data Experts. Shane Mayti and Ahmed Awad sat down with Liz and Marie to discuss their work as summer interns at MetroStar. The pair joined a team of technologists who are collecting and analyzing data to aid in smart urban growth, including where to invest in things like community building, infrastructure, funding, and more. Community decision-makers (in this case, the city of Bloomington, Indiana) must have access to accurate, consumable population data to ensure they can lead sustainable growth. Tune into this episode to learn more about their data journey and how they used public data to answer or approach challenging problems.
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Exploring the Camaraderie Behind Motherhood, Leadership, and Women Empowerment in Government
VP of Federal Civilian at MetroStar, Ashely Brush, joined Liz and Marie this week to discuss her leadership role, empowering women in the industry, and how to balance motherhood during it all.
Before the trio dived into their experiences as mothers at MetroStar, Ashley shared her path to leadership, what she believes makes a great leader, and her team's role in transforming civilian projects for the government. Their discussion includes topics like customer experience, user research, and dark patterns.
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The Process Behind UX Storytelling for Clients and Teams
Do you find yourself only focusing on colors, fonts, and photos while designing for a client? Do you feel as if clients only provide feedback on those aspects of your work? This is when UX storytelling comes into play to help designers and clients dig deeper and solve their users' true problems. Associate Design Manager Marie walked Project Manager Liz through the process of crafting a story around your designs and how to present them to people. UX storytelling can make a big difference in end products, timelines, communication, and more!
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Do You Want to Join a Government Contractor?
Transitioning to the contracting world can be scary, especially if you're coming from a role that is a complete 180 from the industry. Hosts Liz and Marie discuss their journey into the industry and share the fears they had, what excites them about their work now, and the tips and tricks to make it work--no matter your role. If you're debating whether or not this industry is right for you, then this is the episode for you!
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Unlocking the Value of Social Media Data for Sports and Esports Brands with Zoomph
Amir Zonozi, President, and Nick Cronin, Chief Digital Officer of Zoomph, share insights into their media measurement company for sports and Esports brands. The company aims to help their clients understand the value they create online through their brand partners, and they dive deep into audience insights and how consumers engage with brands online. Amir and Nick discuss the changing landscape of collecting online data, how (and when) to reshape your products and services, and the power and importance of hiring women in sports.
Learn more about Zoomph: https://zoomph.com/#
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Informative & Fun
The two co-hosts have a great dynamic. They make you feel like you’re sitting in a coffee shop listening to two friends talk about design. Not only are the fun, but you’ll actually learn a thing or two and get an idea of how design works in the government!