110 episodes

Being a great UX designer begins and ends with being a great human. We can't pour an empty cup into another. We can’t lead others where we are not.

This UX podcast helps UX’ers become the best, most powerful designers (and humans) they can be. Yes, you'll discover how-to’s, but much more importantly you'll discover why-to’s.

Every episode is sure to inspire and equip you on how to better fight for your users and business, and dare I say change the world (even if only for one human at a time) in a much deeper and more tangible way than you ever thought possible.

User Defenders – UX Design & Personal Growth Jason Ogle

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 192 Ratings

Being a great UX designer begins and ends with being a great human. We can't pour an empty cup into another. We can’t lead others where we are not.

This UX podcast helps UX’ers become the best, most powerful designers (and humans) they can be. Yes, you'll discover how-to’s, but much more importantly you'll discover why-to’s.

Every episode is sure to inspire and equip you on how to better fight for your users and business, and dare I say change the world (even if only for one human at a time) in a much deeper and more tangible way than you ever thought possible.

    Everything I Know (So Far) on Landing a Job in UX with Jason Ogle

    Everything I Know (So Far) on Landing a Job in UX with Jason Ogle

    This is the last episode of 2021. After nearly two years of outlining the content for this episode and nearly two months (at time of writing) of recording and editing, here's everything I know (so far) about landing a job in UX. I hope this content is not only useful to you and anyone you know looking to land their first (or next) job in UX, but I sincerely hope this episode is greatly inspirational and even life-changing for you.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Listener Spotlight – Landing My First UX Job

    Listener Spotlight – Landing My First UX Job

    Here’s a fun treat I’ve never done before. In this episode I shine the spotlight on listeners Jordan Burke + Joel Ryerson who recently landed their first job in UX! Hear them tell their inspiring stories of their journey getting here while gaining some valuable insights on how you can too! I was blown away at the depth, insight, authenticity and value they both added with their motivational and entertaining stories of struggle and ultimately triumph!

    • 1 hr 35 min
    There and Back (and Forward) Again with Bob Baxley

    There and Back (and Forward) Again with Bob Baxley

    Bob Baxley, a Silicon Valley pioneer, takes us back in time through the history of Silicon Valley and gives us a glimpse into the future of it. Spoiler alert: He's got concerns. He also likens our work to building sandcastles on the beach, causing us to reflect on the brevity and temporal nature of it, and inspires us to make everything we make with our friends (for others) count.

    • 2 hr 13 min
    Conflict Resolution for People Who Hate Conflict with Josh Mauldin

    Conflict Resolution for People Who Hate Conflict with Josh Mauldin

    Josh Mauldin shows us how resolving conflict not only makes us better humans, but better designers. He challenges us to approach conflict with a growth mindset and the question, "What can I learn from this?". He articulates the difference between healthy and unhealthy conflict and teaches us why healthy conflict is good and even worth pursuing. He also reveals how embracing conflict is the catalyst for building the best teams, the best products, and the best you.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    User Research? Game On with Steve Bromley

    User Research? Game On with Steve Bromley

    Steve Bromley shows us how to level up our user research skills. He illuminates the path to getting started as a Games User Researcher. He inspires us to use our user research superpower and insights to make things better for our users. He teaches us techniques he's used to actually enjoy synthesizing data more. He reveals how many user's is enough–spoiler alert...it depends.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    You Belong Here with Jessica Gaddis

    You Belong Here with Jessica Gaddis

    Jessica Gaddis motivates us to realize that we belong here. Not only in the field of design, but in this often painful and perplexing world we call home. Why? Because somewhere, sometime, somehow...someone needs us. She touches on the unwelcome voice in many of our heads known as imposter syndrome and how she’s been able to successfully combat it. She shares with us how advocating for black women in design as a mentor has been one of the most rewarding and impactful design decisions she’s ever made.

    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
192 Ratings

192 Ratings

UXer BP ,

One of the Better UX Podcasts

Whether you’re looking for a new position in the UX world, want to improve your skills, or hear from talented UXers, there’s few UX podcasts that are better than User Defenders.

Jason’s interview style, guests, detailed show notes, and solo episodes are a wealth of information.

He’s also not simply churning out episodes weekly to meet some metric. For example episode 80 on landing a job, literally years in the making.

Zephaniah92 ,

Insightful and Encouraging

I finished an immersive course in UX right before the pandemic (around the time you left your job). I have struggled to secure a role and gave up at some point. This podcast was a huge motivation to try again! Thank you!

TimmonsDesign ,

The best UX podcast out there

I’ve been listening for a few years now and really get a lot out of this podcast. I would definitely say my career has improved and progressed with this added ammunition. Jason is an incredible host who is open, honest and authentic. He is someone most people can relate to. Check out episode 80, one of my favorites.

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