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Welcome to The Check This Out Podcast! Episode #140 for June 7th, 2021 Title : “It’s Over” In this episode we talk about some of the positives and negatives from the past covid school year. Plus, Fonts, snap chat and project based learning. And Some Jamboard templates, a shark tracker, a snazzy webcam and much much more... #podcastedu Show Notes: h…
 
This week, we try to answer a simple question: is software ever finished? In The Sidebar, we talk money: compounding, investing, negotiating, planning, and more. Golden Ratio Supporter: Around Around is a better way to video call. It’s designed specifically to make it easier to gather small groups together to collaborate in real time, without all t…
 
This week, we talk about how the framework Strong Opinions, Weakly Held can be used to effectively critique visual design. In The Sidebar, we recap Google I/O 2021, discussing our favorite announcements, Material You, and the wild future of computers. Latest VIP Patrons: Javier Alaves Ash Oliver “Easily pronounceable” Michael Wilkins Mark Lee Zlata…
 
This week, we dig into two frameworks for leveling up at work: Proof of Curiosity and The Helpful Hierarchy. Whether you’re looking for more accountability, want to stand out in a job interview, or just want to be more intentional with your professional growth, we think these frameworks will help. Golden Ratio Supporter: Around Around is a better w…
 
This week, we talk about the tension between building what customers explicitly ask for versus building towards a team’s internal vision. In The Sidebar, we talk about the lack of public software critique: Why isn’t there an MKBHD equivalent for software design? Golden Ratio Supporter: Around Around is a better way to video call. It’s designed spec…
 
This week, we discuss the things we’ve done in our design careers that have had an outsized impact on our professional growth. In The Sidebar, we talk about the anatomy of icons and how that anatomy affects user interfaces. Golden Ratio Supporter: Around Around is a better way to video call. It’s designed specifically to make it easier to gather sm…
 
It’s event recap week! In this week’s episode we share our reactions to everything announced at Figma’s Config 2021. In The Sidebar, we dig into our favorite updates and the confusing head-scratchers announced at Apple’s Spring Loaded event. Golden Ratio Supporter: Around Around is a better way to video call. It’s designed specifically to make it e…
 
This week, we caught up with Joey Banks to talk about contributing to open source design. In the Sidebar, we ask Joey bonus questions about ramping up in a new job, the design advocate role, and being Twitter famous. Latest VIP Patrons: Chris Barrett Amanda Liam Mews The Sidebar: The Sidebar is an exclusive weekly segment for our Patreon supporters…
 
This week, we talk about the hidden complexities of a designer’s favorite element: the button. In the Sidebar, we examine interfaces that defer moderation responsibilities onto the end user. Golden Ratio Supporter: Around Thank you to Around, a better way to video call. The product is designed specifically to make it easier to gather small groups t…
 
This week, we talk about how to become a more strategic designer: what should you be doing day to day, or thinking about more often? In The Sidebar, we talk about the downsides of using metaphors to describe the role of designers in building software. Golden Ratio Supporter: Around Thank you to Around, a better way to video call. The product is des…
 
This week, we share tips and best practices for senior designers who are presenting their work in a portfolio review. In The Sidebar, we break down the qualities of great typographic hierarchy in interface design. Golden Ratio Supporter: Mailbrew A huge shoutout to Mailbrew for supporting the show this week! Mailbrew is a personal daily digest for …
 
This week, we catch up with Kathryn Gonzalez, the Head of Design Infrastructure at DoorDash. We talk about building DoorDash’s first design system, how to scale a design systems team, balancing technical and design skills, how to become a better systems designer by learning outside of work, and much more. Golden Ratio Supporters: Mailbrew A huge sh…
 
This week, we talk about how to have better design reviews. Who, what, where, and when? We share our experiences, and frustrations, with certain formats and processes. In The Sidebar, we try to answer the question: WTF is up with NFTs? Golden Ratio Supporter: A huge shoutout to Mailbrew for supporting the show this week! Mailbrew is a personal dail…
 
Welcome to The Check This Out Podcast! Episode #139 for March 14th, 2021 Title : “That's Life” In this episode we talk about what is happening with us in the real world. We share some of this and some of that. We listen to a few things. But mainly we hung out for some good needed conversations. Oh, and here are some notes: http://bit.ly/ep139cto If…
 
This week, we cover part two of our design tips and tricks series. We talk about naming conventions, thinking in divs, structuring frames, and share a few Figma pro-tips. In The Sidebar, we talk about design content overload. Golden Ratio Supporter: A huge shoutout to Mailbrew for supporting the show this week! Mailbrew is a personal daily digest f…
 
This week, we dig into specific tips and tricks to level up your craft game: how to leverage tools to make faster iterations, stay organized, and allow your mocks to easily scale over time. In The Sidebar, we dig into how to give design critique without having full problem or product context. Golden Ratio Supporter: A huge shoutout to Copilot, the …
 
This week, we talk about designing with grid systems. In particular: when grid systems break, and what to do when they don’t align with our hardware screens perfectly. In The Sidebar, we talk all about design debt: how to work with it, pay it down, and eventually learn to accept it. Golden Ratio Supporter: A huge shoutout to Copilot, the best app f…
 
This week, we talk about strategies and tactical tips for elevating a team’s bar to design high quality interfaces. In The Sidebar, we talk about how to transition from web to mobile design. Golden Ratio Supporter: A huge shoutout to Copilot, the best app for budgeting and tracking your personal finances. It’s our favorite tool for categorizing our…
 
This week, we talk about the real struggle of finding the time to do North Star design. It’s complicated! In The Sidebar, we try to find the digital equivalent of a Norman Door. Golden Ratio Supporter: A huge shoutout to Copilot, the best app for budgeting and tracking your personal finances. It’s our favorite tool for categorizing our spending, ha…
 
This week, we talk about “invisible design” – those products and experiences that go unnoticed when present, but would be immediately noticed if absent. In The Sidebar, we react to the new Tesla Model S refresh. Latest VIP Patrons: Ben Patton Grzegorz Danielle Schechter Havana Nguyen John Cafazza The Sidebar: The Sidebar is an exclusive weekly segm…
 
This week, we talk about designing experiences that weave between meatspace and screens. In The Sidebar, Marshall gives a deep dive into using modifier keys to level up your Figma productivity. Latest VIP Patrons: Sherri Kevin Fernandez Veronica Jefferson Brian Mireles John Brady Jade Tuckey Cathy Guarino Will The Sidebar: The Sidebar is an exclusi…
 
Welcome to The Check This Out Podcast! Episode #138 for January 24th, 2021 Title : “We Ain't Got Time for That” In this episode we talk about why we haven't been recording in awhile. And BIG CLOCKS, animated gifs, Plus some killer ideas on how to use Google Lens! Plus some Great shows to watch and podcasts to listen to. Show Notes: http://bit.ly/ct…
 
This week, we catch up with Priyanka Kodikal, a design manager leading consumer design at WhatsApp. We talk all about her journey as a designer, and what it's like building WhatsApp. In The Sidebar, we answer a simple question: should designers learn Figma in 2020? Latest VIP Patrons: Belinda Hui Nuzi Barkatally Eugene Fedorenko Mike Griffin UX Vie…
 
This week, we talk through our playbook for shipping personal projects. In The Sidebar, we weigh the tradeoffs of building an online persona. Should designers thought lead? Latest VIP Patrons: Adrian Corscadden Martin Maričák Polina Sogolov Tereza Kavinska Eric Eng Kuldar Kelly Hagan Jameson Bryant Maxym Nesmashny Matt Kubota Adam Haas Zachary Schw…
 
This week, we compiled all of our cold opens, stingers, and outtakes into a single 2020 Clipstravaganza! This is our final episode for 2020 – thank you everyone for listening and supporting us this year. We'll catch you in 2021! Design Details on the Web: 📻 We are @designdetailsfm 🎙 Brian is @brian_lovin 🎙 Marshall is @marshallbock 📬 Don't have Twi…
 
Welcome to The Check This Out Podcast! Episode #137 for December 21st, 2020 Title: “Digital Detox” In this episode we talk about Some ideas to unwind over the holiday break to detox for the digital world. And the Rams choked! Plus some shows to watch over the break and an example of a new green screen and much much more. Sites we cover: DeckToys Re…
 
This week, we talk about the skills and tools that designers can learn to become future-proof. In The Sidebar, we share our impressions, tips, and best practices for using Figma Variants. Latest VIP Patrons: Jesper Andrell David Nikita Khapankov Keyla Rodriguez Tanner Woodworth Josh Miles Jason Zurita John Thachil Katherine R Ross PW Timothy Grady …
 
This week, we talk about tips and processes for shipping a high quality UI. In The Sidebar, we discuss the Silicon Valley trend of job hopping every few years. Latest VIP Patrons: Matt Crowley Yannick Megan Learn C. Anderson John Tyrrell Matt Makaran John-George Sample James Bartlett Kramer Canfield James Smet Katu Muadinohamba Sophie Bond Graham B…
 
This week, we talk about the tradeoffs and considerations of designing for consistency. In The Sidebar, we share tips and strategies for starting a podcast. Latest VIP Patrons: Ashish Negi Alyssa Zhang Tiffany C Yu Aleksandra Strączek Richard Picot Sam Olendi Kamil Lafere Jackie Carr Joaquin Kunkel Fabian Valkenberg Belén Lozano Ruobing Chen Ryhan …
 
This week, we discuss the future of designing on Macs. Are we moving to a PC-dominated future in the field? In The Sidebar we nit pick through the latest changes in Figma's Auto Layout v3. Latest VIP Patrons: Maxime Daraize Jamie Rhodes Vitaly Odemchuk Yuyang Luo Yu Zhao Jaynish Shah Shanberg Andy Santana Erica Lester Christopher Mark Guill Jørgen …
 
This week, we discuss the career paths and tradeoffs for someone who wants to do both design and development. In The Sidebar, we recap the Mac event and share our first impressions of the new iPhones. Latest VIP Patrons: Jordan Isip Matej Hrescak Fabiano Souza Darren Soulsby Priscilla Oscar Linger Greg Corby Tamara Didenko The Sidebar: The Sidebar …
 
This week, we brainstorm design patterns that help save people from themselves. From stopping the spread of misinformation, to saving eardrums, to screening spoilers, these design ideas are often clever and non-obvious. In the Sidebar, we discuss why radio and checkbox inputs are the way they are, and how to use them well in your designs. Latest VI…
 
Welcome to The Check This Out Podcast! Episode #136 for November 9th, 2020 Title: “World Kindness Day” In this episode we talk about World Kindness Day on Nov 13th. And as always we have to have few check this out tech moments that you may well, want to check out. Plus podcasts and books about kindness and much much more…. What are you going to do …
 
This week, we dig into practical steps for creating a culture of design excellence. In The Sidebar, we share strategies for designing adaptive interfaces that work well on any screen size. Golden Ratio Patrons: Float Float has been a lifeline for teams working remotely in 2020. With float you can send your team their work schedule (daily or weekly)…
 
This week, we discuss the tradeoffs and challenges of designing interfaces for one-handed use. In The Sidebar, we talk about strategies for collaborating effectively with brand and product design. Golden Ratio Patrons: Float Float has been a lifeline for teams working remotely in 2020. With float you can send your team their work schedule (daily or…
 
This week, we talk about the shallow parts of design culture, where superficial work tends to generate far more attention and praise. We dig into potential solutions for this, too. In The Sidebar, we recap and share our spicy takes on the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and HomePod mini. Golden Ratio Patrons: Float Float has been a lifeline for teams wor…
 
Welcome to The Check This Out Podcast! Episode #135 for October 19th, 2020 Title: “Fantasy Draft of EdTech Tools” In this episode we talk with Scott Bedley and Jon Samuelson and do a fantasy draft of edtech tools.Have some good discussions with great friends about each of the tools. Show Notes: http://bit.ly/ctoep133 If you are enjoying the show, p…
 
This week, we discuss strategies for teaching design fundamentals and how to make the process engaging and fun for new designers. In The Sidebar, we discuss the pain of noticing problems right before you ship. Golden Ratio Patrons: Float Float has been a lifeline for teams working remotely in 2020. With float you can send your team their work sched…
 
This week, we talk about how to have effective brainstorms: what does good prep look like, and what should be done alone or with a group? In The Sidebar, we share our spicy takes about brutalism in interface design. Golden Ratio Patrons: Float Float has been a lifeline for teams working remotely in 2020. With float you can send your team their work…
 
This week, we discuss options for designers to close the gap to becoming a senior. In The Sidebar we try to identify what is the duct tape of design. Golden Ratio Patrons: Float Float has been a lifeline for teams working remotely in 2020. With float you can send your team their work schedule (daily or weekly) via Slack or email, and keep them in t…
 
Welcome to The Check This Out Podcast! Episode #134 for September 27th, 2020 Title: “What’s Worked and What Hasn’t” In this episode we discuss life back in the hybrid classroom. And with that, what’s been working and what’s NOT. Plus some deep fake fun?, a new virtual presentation tool, and much much more. Show Notes: http://bit.ly/ep134cto If you …
 
This week, we sat down with Danae Holmes, a UX researcher at YouTube Gaming to talk about everything UX research. We dig into research methodologies, effective collaboration with design, tips to get better at user research, the future of the field, and so much more. Golden Ratio Patrons: Float Float has been a lifeline for teams working remotely in…
 
This week, we deep dive into tips and strategies for building a better settings experience in your product. In The Sidebar, we discuss the efficacy of paginating onboarding screens. Golden Ratio Patrons: Float Float has been a lifeline for teams working remotely in 2020. It lets you keep track of who's working on what and plan your team's time, fro…
 
This week, we dive into the details of having effective user research sessions, sharing tips and strategies to get more value out of customer conversations. In The Sidebar, Marshall explains his work journaling process to capture better day-to-day notes. Golden Ratio Patrons: Float Float gives you the most accurate view of your team's availability …
 
This week, we try to answer one very simple question: what do designers even do all day? In The Sidebar, we discuss when and where to use system defaults versus creating a custom UI. Golden Ratio Patrons: Keep track of who's working on what and plan your team's time, from anywhere! Get an accurate view of your team's availability and capacity, set …
 
This week, we weigh the pros and cons of working on a product that you love to use every day. Is it really so bad to be your own power user? In The Sidebar, we discuss steps to take when exploring vague problem areas. Golden Ratio Patrons: Float is a resource management software for planning your team’s time across multiple projects. Companies like…
 
Welcome to The Check This Out Podcast! Episode #133 for August 24th, 2020 Title: “What Color Is Your Hybrid?” In this episode discuss how we are dealing with what education dealt us today. Also a countdown of ideas for Distance Learning, Plus more and many more resources for distance learning. Show Notes: http://bit.ly/ctoep133 If you are enjoying …
 
This week, we answer two listener questions – bonus question in The Sidebar! In the first, we discuss text contrast, accessibility, and winning arguments. In the second, we work out what it means to measure success in interface design. Golden Ratio Patrons: We’re supported by Float.com, a resource scheduling tool that is visual, flexible, fast, and…
 
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