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The show dedicated to inspiring, educating, and motivating UX designers both new and seasoned. Guests share their UX journey, career, and industry experience.

What is UX‪?‬ Pek Pongpaet

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The show dedicated to inspiring, educating, and motivating UX designers both new and seasoned. Guests share their UX journey, career, and industry experience.

    S6E10 An interview with Natalia Vargas, Director of Product Design for Cariloop

    S6E10 An interview with Natalia Vargas, Director of Product Design for Cariloop

    Natalia is a design leader from La Paz, Bolivia and now works in Dallas, Texas as Director of Product Design for Cariloop, a caregiver support company focused on relieving the stress and anxiety felt by all caregivers. After interning at advertising agencies she fell in love with the interaction design portions of campaigns and quickly transitioned into the world of user experience. She’s had the great fortune of working with some exciting brands, most notably Verizon, 7-Eleven, Animal Supply Company, Coca-Cola and Qdoba, before ultimately adopting the mission of helping caregivers. Natalia is a strong believer in thoughtful design, and intentional storytelling, and works hard to bring empathy, emotion and quality to products.


    In this episode, we talked about:


    What is Cariloop?Natalia’s role at CariloopHow Cariloop serves peopleTransforming customer’s journeyNatalia’s background and how did she get into designNatalia’s advice on people who are struggling to become a better designerNatalia as an artistWhat do expect if you will try Cariloop’s services


    Links:


    https://cariloop.com/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/cariloop/
    Connect with Natalia

    • 25 min
    S6E9 How to find job opportunities with Meesh Lin, Product Designer at Okta

    S6E9 How to find job opportunities with Meesh Lin, Product Designer at Okta

    Meesh Lin began designing and launching websites at age eight by learning from her self-taught web designer mother. She's had an unconventional path to design—having freelanced, contracted, and designed-in house for start-ups and public companies over the last 6+ years. Today, Meesh is designing Okta's first consumer product.


    Inspired by her design journey, she discovered a deep passion for mentorship and helping aspiring designers and technologists break into tech. Also, having worked alongside so many different people and personalities on global remote teams, Meesh has mastered the art of leveraging soft skills to build authentic relationships at work, which lead to effective cross-functional collaboration and happier teams.


    Meesh mentors for ADPList, Co.Lab, and First Round Fast Track. She also provides design advice for early-stage start-ups. Prior to Okta, Meesh designed at Lilt, 15Five, Reddit, eBay, and Gigster.


    In this episode, we talked about:


    What is Okta?How did Meesh learn design from her momHow to find opportunities as new designersPay gapsHow to advocate for yourselfHow to get people to engage more in a meetingMeesh’s first job and her challengesFrom archaeologist to designer


    Links:


    https://meesh.design/
    https://twitter.com/meesh_lin
    https://www.instagram.com/meesh.lin/

    • 47 min
    S6E8 AI, and what it means for the future of design with Peter Szalontay

    S6E8 AI, and what it means for the future of design with Peter Szalontay

    Peter Szalontay is the DataGoat/CEO at DataMilk, it is a team of data science and UX experts on a mission to empower eCommerce brands to build AI-powered UX on the level of Big Tech. DataMilk’s Smart UX suite enables fast, fluid, and predictive digital experiences that boost user engagement and gross profit.


    In this episode, we talked about:


    How Artificial Intelligence will impact UX DesignWhat is AI software called “DALL-E”Peter’s career at GooglePeter on creating businesses out of AI applicationsWhat UX means to “DataMilk”

    Links:


    Connect with Peter
    https://www.datamilk.ai/
     

    • 42 min
    S6E7 An interview with Alicia Warren, Product Design Director for IT Products at Rippling

    S6E7 An interview with Alicia Warren, Product Design Director for IT Products at Rippling

    Alicia is a Product Design Director for IT Products at Rippling - the platform that frees smart people to work on hard problems! She has been a designer across industries, including higher education, academia, insurance, pharmacy, e-commerce, and technology, and is an Adjunct Instructor at Columbia College, where she focuses on how to prepare for moving from college to what your life as a designer will be like. She co-organizes the Ladies that UX Chicago meetup, where she brings conversations like accessibility, ethics in design, and emotional intelligence to the community.


    In this episode, we talked about:


    How to get a job after being unemployed for a yearHow to see if a company is a good fit for you using organizational designTips on career strugglesUX driven transformationHow did Alicia get into designAlicia’s role at RipplingWhat is Rippling and how does it serve people?

    Links: 


    Connect with Alicia
    https://twitter.com/mika_jo
    https://www.rippling.com/
    https://adplist.org/mentors/alicia-joy-warren 



    Hiring:


    Product Designer: https://www.rippling.com/careers/5035370003?gh_jid=5035370003
    Lead Product Designer: https://www.rippling.com/careers/5201191003?gh_jid=5201191003
    UX Researcher: https://www.rippling.com/careers/5035351003?gh_jid=5035351003

    • 34 min
    S6E6 An Interview with Erick Arias, Sr. Product Designer at Meta (formerly known as Facebook, Inc.)

    S6E6 An Interview with Erick Arias, Sr. Product Designer at Meta (formerly known as Facebook, Inc.)

    Erick Arias is an Experienced Product Designer with a demonstrated history of transforming the way enterprises build software. He is currently the Sr. Product Designer at Meta (formerly known as Facebook, Inc.)
    In this episode, we talked about:


    Erick’s advice and tips with portfolio reviewsHow did Erick get into designWhere did Erick grow up and the story of his upbringing Erick’s first job as a designerErick’s mentorship at ADPlistLinks:
    erickarias.com
    https://adplist.org/mentors/erick-arias
    https://twitter.com/erickarias
    https://medium.com/@earias1

    • 32 min
    S6E5 An interview with Nima H. K., Design Director at First Republic

    S6E5 An interview with Nima H. K., Design Director at First Republic

    Nima H. K. graduated from York/Sheridan Program in Design, and is a passionate storyteller obsessed with user experience and telling the right story at the right time. Currently a design director in San Francisco, and just recently designed and built a SaaS product from scratch. He has 16+ years of experience working as a freelancer, at design agencies, and startups. He is happy to share his findings throughout this journey to inspire other designers.


    In this episode, we talked about:


    Building team for design orgMentoring at ADP listLearning from people in regards to passion and leadershipLessons, advice and principles on building great teamsCareer strugglesOpinion on consulting vs full-time employee debateAnd MUCH MORE!


    Links and Resources


    Five Love Languages
    https://adplist.org/mentors/nima-h-k
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nimahk/


    Hiring!


    Director of Product Design: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3126648593
    Senior Product Designer-Strong UI: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3141175010
    User Experience Research Lead: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3060459257
    Senior Product Designer-Design System: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3141169643

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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166 Ratings

166 Ratings

Jwzipper ,

Stellar Pod for Rising Star Designers :D

I’ve been listening to this podcast for just under a year so far--and i've enjoyed every single episode! Pek and crew are putting together interviews that bring out great insights and actionable steps for young designers (like me!). In the same breathe, I feel each guest has a unique story that makes my own story feel just as valid for my curvy pathway to UX. Great listening for chill learning and chuckles on your commute. ;D

ASobering ,

Such a wealth of knowledge! 🧠

This is one of the most insightful UX podcasts that I have ever come across! Pek does such a great job of sharing his own personal wisdom and I love how he also leads meaningful conversations with guests who bring so much experience and actionable insight to the table. Highly recommend checking this show out - you won’t be disappointed!

RinnO'R ,

Fun listen!

Pek contacted me on linked in & invited me to listen to this podcast. I am really enjoying the guests. Especially Reina! I tend to over complicate my UX, user flows, testing & design. Reina was a joy to listen to, I have some great take always from the interview. I def feel more relaxed about applying for jobs & my approach to design after this podcast. 😊👍Rinn, No Need 2B Modest Design

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