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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 Gabriel Adorf Mike …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
This week, we discuss a listener question about the tension between design systems and creativity. Do design systems destroy creativity, or simply get the boring parts of our work out of the way? In The Sidebar, we discuss the challenges in sharing North Star design visions across teams. Golden Ratio Patrons: Did you know that teams in more than 15…
 
This week, we caught up with Bobby Goodlatte and Josh Williams, two designers-turned-investors who recently announced Form Capital, an early-stage venture fund. In this episode we talk about the path to starting a fund, whether founders should live in the Bay Area, and share advice to designers who are interested in starting their own company somed…
 
This week, we talk about the recently-unveiled GPT-3 AI tool and the implications of AI for design. In The Sidebar, we discuss HUD design in video games, nerding out on diegesis, skeuomorphism, and more. Golden Ratio Patrons: Float is an easy to use resource management tool for planning your projects and scheduling your team's time. Access your sch…
 
This week, we caught up with Cemre Güngör to talk about transitioning from design to product management, the tension between the roles of PD and PM, why products fail, and so much more. In The Sidebar, we discuss the most over- and under-rated skills for PMs. Golden Ratio Patrons: More than 3,000 of the world's top design teams, including BuzzFeed,…
 
This week, we attempt to answer the age-old question every designer will someday face: should I be a product manager? In this week's Sidebar, we share our first impressions of macOS Big Sur, covering our favorite changes and what we hope to see updated before public release. Golden Ratio Patrons: Are you still using spreadsheets to plan your projec…
 
This week, we caught up with Yitong Zhang to talk about what it's like to navigate the visa process in the US. We dig into the details of different work visas, the constraints they impose on designers, and what is changing in the current processes. This, plus bonus questions and cool things as always! Golden Ratio Patrons: Float is a resource manag…
 
This week, we go deep down the WWDC rabbit hole to dissect the latest design details coming from Apple HQ. We also share our spicy takes on the new macOS icons in this week's sidebar. Golden Ratio Patrons: The world’s top creative teams use Float to plan their projects and schedule their team’s time, all in one place. Schedule tasks with an easy dr…
 
This week, we caught up with Maurice Cherry to talk about design podcasting, building an agency from scratch, and the current state of diversity in design. Maurice is a designer, podcaster, creative strategist, agency founder, writer, speaker, and much more. Golden Ratio Patrons: Float is an easy to use resource management tool for planning your pr…
 
This week, we share some accessibility gut checks that designers should think through before moving into high fidelity mocks. We also talk about industrial design and video game hardware in this week's Sidebar, plus we share our cool things as always! Golden Ratio Patrons: More than 3,000 of the world's top design teams, including BuzzFeed, Ogilvy,…
 
This week, we talk about weaponizing hashtags, co-opting social media movements, and solving hard problems in product design. Spoiler: hard problems are hard. This, plus The Sidebar, some follow up, and cool things as always. Golden Ratio Patrons: Visualize who’s working on what and when, and drag and drop to assign tasks in a click. With Float you…
 
This week, we share some tips for getting unstuck when working on complicated design problems. We also share our home screen organization philosophies in The Sidebar, catch up on Tweets, and share our cool things as always. Golden Ratio Patrons: Float saves your team time, so you can get back to doing what you love! The world’s top creative teams u…
 
This week, we talk about how to overcome skill gaps. What should you do if you are bad at visual design? What if you can't make icons? Should you play into strengths or develop upon your weaknesses? We explore these topics, and more! Golden Ratio Patrons: Are you still using spreadsheets to plan your projects? Float is a resource management softwar…
 
This week, we discuss the characteristics of high quality software. We do our best to organize and outline things to pay attention to that will help you ship better software. This, plus a Sidebar discussing how to handle negative feedback from customers, and cool things as always! Golden Ratio Patrons: More than 3,000 of the world's top design team…
 
This week, we discuss what it means to have and develop taste. From software to fashion, styles change, trends come and go, so what does it mean to be tasteful? In The Sidebar, we discuss the hacker mindset and building for an audience of one. This, plus cool things like a handy iPhone app and a killer new VR game! Golden Ratio Patrons: Float is an…
 
This week, we try to figure out the right time to give up on a fight when collaborating with stakeholders who have different opinions and priorities. We also cover a lot of feedback this week, discuss new design resources in The Sidebar, and share our cool things of the week. Golden Ratio Patrons: We're looking for partners to work with. If your te…
 
This week, we introduce a new supporter-only show segment, The Sidebar. Each week we'll be sharing a story, pro-tip, shortcut, or design-related cool thing. Supporters on Patreon will hear the first story today! We also discuss the most over and undervalued design skills, including feedback from folks on Twitter. And, of course, we share our cool f…
 
This week, we dig into the dregs of our portfolios to critique some of earliest design work. We try to look for indicators of taste and fundamentals, but ultimately have a good laugh about our early mocks. We'd love to see your early work too, so share it with us on Twitter this week! Golden Ratio Patrons: We're looking for partners to work with. I…
 
This week, we talk about counterintuitive user experiences that designers regularly design for in our day to day work. Let us know what we missed! As always, we catch up on feedback, tweets, and share our cool things of the week: a blog post explaining how to polish an interface, and a YouTube series about first-time reactions. Golden Ratio Patrons…
 
This week, we share our tips and tricks for staying organized in Figma, simplifying the engineering handoff, and not getting bogged down in pages hell. This, plus some follow up, cool things, and a little social distancing check-in. Sponsor: Fathom Analytics – we love it, we use it, we can't recommend it enough. Fathom is a privacy-first analytics …
 
This week, we dissect the newest iPad Pro and its new adaptive cursor, speculating on the future of cursor-touch hybrid interactions. Marshall also shares early feedback on a new prototyping tool and we find escapism in our cool things. Sponsor: Fathom Analytics – we love it, we use it, we can't recommend it enough. Fathom is a privacy-first analyt…
 
This week, we catch up with Meg Lewis, a designer, coach, writer, speaker, business-owner, podcaster, and all-around fun human being. We talk about building passive income streams, how to give advice, having strong opinions, and facing public criticism – among many other things. And as always, we share our cool things of the week included a very ti…
 
This week, we discuss the metagame of product design, thinking out loud about the skills we do in between the craft work that help us to be more effective, have more impact, and grow faster in our careers. As always, we dig into followup, talk about some fleeting news, and share our cool things of the week! Sponsor: Fathom Analytics – we love it, w…
 
This week, we discuss practical tips to level up your visual interface design skills, including tracing and focusing on a "learning by doing" mindset. And as always, we share our cool finds of the week including a new notes application and a creative TV show. Golden Ratio Patrons: We're looking for partners to work with. If your team is hiring, lau…
 
This week, we discuss strategies for giving better upward feedback to senior designers. We also share our thoughts on how to name your spacing components, list our favorite design podcasts, and as always, share this week's cool things for your eyes and computer. Golden Ratio Patrons: Sisu is looking for a thoughtful and data-savvy designer to help …
 
This week, we discuss key lines, design tokens, and how to make your designs look consistent across all devices. We also discuss a compelling new design tool, add some listener follow-up to last week's discussion on self reviews, and discuss the pros and cons of using Sign in with Apple. As always, we share our cool things of the week, this time fe…
 
This week, we discuss the ins-and-outs of writing an effective self review: What should you talk about? How important is it? What does a bad self review look like? As always, we share our cool things of the week, this time including a new provider for Marshall's favorite esport, and a movie that is "cool" or...something. Golden Ratio Patrons: Sisu …
 
This week, we get deep into the weeds on creating layouts with Sketch's Smart Layout and Figma's Auto Layout, and compare the experience with implementing layouts in CSS and SwiftUI. This is a detailed exploration at the pros and cons of each toolset, and we try to find takeaways that can help us reconcile the wildly different mental models for eac…
 
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