37 episodes

Have you ever wondered how the user interface (UI) design was created for a game, website, or app you love? What about the time you were using a website or app and thought, "this could be a better experience, but I wouldn't even know where to start"?

UI Narrative shares the stories of people of color interface designers and researchers and their contributions towards creating user-centered experiences.

We also discuss Tolu Ajayi's experience as a Senior Product Designer and how she continues to level up as a black woman in the tech space. Join Tolu bi-weekly to get constructive advice, tools, and insight to help you create successful products.

UI Narrative: UI/UX Design and Product Strategy Tolu Ajayi

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Have you ever wondered how the user interface (UI) design was created for a game, website, or app you love? What about the time you were using a website or app and thought, "this could be a better experience, but I wouldn't even know where to start"?

UI Narrative shares the stories of people of color interface designers and researchers and their contributions towards creating user-centered experiences.

We also discuss Tolu Ajayi's experience as a Senior Product Designer and how she continues to level up as a black woman in the tech space. Join Tolu bi-weekly to get constructive advice, tools, and insight to help you create successful products.

    How Teams Can Be More Productive with Psychological Safety | Abadesi Osunsade, Hustle Crew

    How Teams Can Be More Productive with Psychological Safety | Abadesi Osunsade, Hustle Crew

    Episode 37 Show Notes:
     
    Abadesi and I talk about whether it's worth staying at a company to advocate for inclusion and diversity. She also offers advice to help with building up your self-confidence.
     
    "Each of us as individuals almost has to apply certain frameworks to help us process the environment that we're in and help us decide around if this an environment that you genuinely believe is moving in the direction you want it to or is this an environment that's stagnating or that's even opposed to like being more inclusive, being more progressive?" - Abadesi Osunsade
     
    Mentions:
     
    Abadesi’s Book:
    Dream Big. Hustle Hard. The Millennial Woman’s Guide to Success in Tech 
    https://bookshop.org/a/13365/9781548824747
     
    Social links:
    www.instagram.com/abadesi
    www.instagram.com/hustlecrewlive
    www.twitter.com/abadesi
    www.twitter.com/hustlecrewlive 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/abadesi/
     
    Websites:
    Hustle Crew
    www.hustlecrew.co
    Techish Podcast
    www.techishpod.com 
     
     
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    • 50 min
    Is It Time to Quit Your Job

    Is It Time to Quit Your Job

    Episode 36 Show Notes:
     
    There’s no perfect job out there because our wants and needs are always changing depending on what we’re going through in life. What you want this month might change to what you need next month. Ya know?
     
    Changing jobs every 1-3 years is okay. I usually know after 6 months when I’m going to quit my job. And every 6 months I make the evaluation to see if that date has changed. I like to have options. I don’t like to feel stuck. I don’t want you to feel stuck.
     
    In this episode, I go over multiple reasons you may want to quit your job. Then go over the steps you can take before handing in your resignation letter.
     
    Podcast Info:
     
    Transcripts available on episode web page.
     
    Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and Spotify.
     
    RSS feed: https://uinarrative.libsyn.com/rss
     
    Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear.



    Announcements:
    Join the UI Narrative Email Club to be the first to hear about weekly blog posts and exclusive podcast recaps. You can sign up at uinarrative.com/emailclub.
     
    Want to become a Product Designer? Or need a portfolio review? Learn more at uinarrative.com/workwithme.
     
    Let’s Connect:
    Have a question for me? Email me at hello@uinarrative.com.
     
    Let’s connect! #uinarrative
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    Twitter @uinarrativeco

    • 28 min
    Balancing Being a Parent While Making a Career Pivot | Terri Rodriguez-Hong

    Balancing Being a Parent While Making a Career Pivot | Terri Rodriguez-Hong

    Episode 35 Show Notes:
     
    Becoming a parent is most likely the most challenging job you'll ever have. Terri Rodriguez-Hong shares her story of getting into UX Design and encourages parents looking to make the career pivot.
     
    Mentions:
     
    Contact Out (Chrome plug-in)
    https://contactout.com/
     
    Online communities
     
    UX Her - Woman of Color product design group
    https://community.uxher.com
     
    Where are the black designers - Slack group
    https://wherearetheblackdesigners.com
     
    Black By Design
    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12077430/
     
    All Black Creatives
    https://www.allblackcreatives.com
     
    Hire Black
    https://hireblacksummit.com
     
    Designer Hangout
    https://designerhangout.co
     
    Designer’s Guild
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/designguild




    Terri’s LinkedIn
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/flaxenink/
     
    Terri’s Twitter 
    https://twitter.com/flaxenink
     
    Terri’s Website
    https://www.terrirodriguezhong.com



    Podcast Info:
     
    Transcripts available on episode web page.
     
    Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and Spotify.
     
    RSS feed: https://uinarrative.libsyn.com/rss
     
    Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear.



    Announcements:
    Join the UI Narrative Email Club to be the first to hear about weekly blog posts and exclusive podcast recaps. You can sign up at uinarrative.com/emailclub.
     
    Want to improve your UI design? Learn more at uinarrative.com/gradingsystem.
     
    Let’s Connect:
    Have a question for me? Email me at hello@uinarrative.com.
     
    Let’s connect! #uinarrative
    Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn @uinarrative
    Twitter @uinarrativeco

    • 48 min
    How To Land a Product (UI/UX) Designer Job

    How To Land a Product (UI/UX) Designer Job

    Episode 34 Show Notes:
     
    How the hell do you land a Product (UI/UX) Design job during a pandemic? Are you looking for a job, or plan to soon? This episode is for you. 
     
    We are in the middle of a pandemic, so you must be wondering how I will get a job when the economy is down. Here's the real truth: companies are still hiring, and some companies laid people off. I can only speak about the American economy when I say the pattern of how this works. 
     
    Tech jobs will only go up from here because there will always be companies looking to create a product that will solve a problem for people. There are still plenty of jobs available right now, but the commonality with most people applying is they don't do anything to stand out. 
     
    Most people don't do what I go over in this episode. If you want to stand out while applying for a job, grab your earbuds, and listen to this latest UI Narrative podcast episode.
     
    Mentions:
     
    Portfolio Inspiration
    https://www.bestfolios.com/casestudy
     
    Portfolio CMS
    https://www.squarespace.com/
    https://www.wix.com/
    https://www.behance.net/
    https://webflow.com/
    https://portfolio.adobe.com/
    https://wordpress.com/
    https://www.weebly.com/
     
    Resume Templates
    https://www.etsy.com/search?q=resume+template
    https://creativemarket.com/search?q=resume+template
     
    Resume Inspiration
    https://www.casestudy.club/journal/ux-designer-resume 
        
     
    Job boards
    https://www.uxresearchjobs.com
    https://www.uxjobsboard.com
     
    Design Challenge Episode
    https://www.uinarrative.com/podcast-posts/episode21
     
    Interview Questions
    https://www.springboard.com/blog/ux-design-interview-questions/
     
    Help with Portfolio, Resume, Interviews, Getting Started in UI/UX Design
    https://www.uinarrative.com/workwithme



    Podcast Info:
     
    Transcripts available on episode web page.
     
    Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and Spotify.
     
    RSS feed: https://uinarrative.libsyn.com/rss
     
    Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear.



    Announcements:
    Join the UI Narrative Email Club to be the first to hear about weekly blog posts and exclusive podcast recaps. You can sign up at uinarrative.com/emailclub.
     
    Want to improve your UI design? Learn more at uinarrative.com/gradingsystem.
     
    Let’s Connect:
    Have a question for me? Email me at hello@uinarrative.com.
     
    Let’s connect! #uinarrative
    Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn @uinarrative
    Twitter @uinarrativeco

    • 34 min
    Top 10 Skills That Every Product (UX/UI) Designer Must Have | Aminah Cárdenas

    Top 10 Skills That Every Product (UX/UI) Designer Must Have | Aminah Cárdenas

    Episode 33 Show Notes:
     
    For this episode, Aminah Cárdenas and I discuss all the skills every product designer should have and how to obtain them. We think it’s super important to have a growth trajectory when you’re trying to level up as a designer. This list is super useful to have in mind as an aspiring or current product designer.



    Mentions:
     
    List of Product Design skills we discussed
    https://uxdesign.cc/what-it-takes-to-be-a-product-designer-424a4151261e
     
    Aminah’s LinkedIn
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aminahc/
     
    Aminah’s Website
    https://aminahcardenas.com



    Podcast Info:
     
    Transcripts available on episode web page.
     
    Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and Spotify.
     
    RSS feed: https://uinarrative.libsyn.com/rss
     
    Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear.



    Announcements:
    Join the UI Narrative Email Club to be the first to hear about weekly blog posts and exclusive podcast recaps. You can sign up at uinarrative.com/emailclub.
     
    Want to improve your UI design? Learn more at uinarrative.com/gradingsystem.
     
    Let’s Connect:
    Have a question for me? Email me at hello@uinarrative.com.
     
    Let’s connect! #uinarrative
    Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn @uinarrative
    Twitter @uinarrativeco

    • 1 hr
    A Non-Traditional Product (UX/UI) Design Career Is Attainable | Nastasia Tebeck

    A Non-Traditional Product (UX/UI) Design Career Is Attainable | Nastasia Tebeck

    Episode 32 Show Notes:
     
    Did you know you don’t have to get a bachelor’s or master's degree in product design to be a product (UX/UI) designer? Nastasia Tebeck and I talk about her non-traditional path to becoming a product designer and how you can do the same. We also discuss her experiences as being a Latinx designer in corporate America. 
     
    Mentions:
     
    Daily UI Challenge
    https://www.dailyui.co
     
    Nastasia’s Twitter
    https://twitter.com/nastasiaelise
     
    Nastasia’s Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/nastasiaelise/ (personal)
    https://www.instagram.com/nastasiaelise_art/ (Artwork)
     
    Nastasia’s Website
    http://www.nastasiaelise.com (Design + Illustration)
     
    Nastasia’s LinkedIn
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nastasiatebeck/



    Podcast Info:
     
    Transcripts available on episode web page.
     
    Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and Spotify.
     
    RSS feed: https://uinarrative.libsyn.com/rss
     
    Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear.



    Announcements:
    Join the UI Narrative Email Club to be the first to hear about weekly blog posts and exclusive podcast recaps. You can sign up at uinarrative.com/emailclub.
     
    Want to improve your UI design? Learn more at uinarrative.com/gradingsystem.
     
    Let’s Connect:
    Have a question for me? Email me at hello@uinarrative.com.
     
    Let’s connect! #uinarrative
    Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn @uinarrative
    Twitter @uinarrativeco

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

mynickname4reviews ,

Useful expert tips & relatable

Topics covered in this podcast are extremely useful to anyone getting into Product (UI/UX/IxD) design. The info comes from experts working in the field and from a variety of experiences. It is fun to listen to because it is presented in a real & relatable way. One of my favorite podcasts.

Balie3 ,

The Best Podcast!

UI Narrative is definitely my top podcast. I was immediately hooked after listening to the first show. I am a black UX designer and representation is so important in this field and very rare. It is surprising how many gems I have gained from this show. This podcast has an amazing host who brings on awesome guests!!! 10/10 would definitely recommend listening.

Katherineclareux ,

Great for someone transitioning into design

I found this podcast out of pure luck. It is fun to listen to and is relatable as someone who is transitioning into UX and trying to learn as much as possible. I have listened to 9 episodes so far. Each episode has helped me by giving valuable insights into the UI/UX world.

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