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In EP51 we interviewed Afshin Mehin who is the founder of Card79 about brain-machine interfaces and the future of multi-modal interaction design. He and his team recently had the chance to work on the Neuralink robot and beyond that experimented in many internal projects on the future of thought-based interfaces. During the episode we jump into: ho…
 
In episode 50 I had the absolute pleasure to learn from Gavin Ivester, VP of Design of Bang & Olufsen. Gavin made experiences working at Apple, Nike, Puma and even gained experience working as a design consultant. During the episode we talk about to: how to lead design teams and projects at Apple, B&O, Nike, Puma and others how design drives brand …
 
In episode 49 I had the absolute pleasure to learn from Spencer Nugent. Spencer is well known in the Industrial Design community for his tremendous community content and sketching tutorials with his blog Sketch-A-Day. In the past, he worked at ASTRO Studios, Vivint Smart Home, and others. Currently, he is also an educator at Offsite, an education p…
 
In episode 48 I had the absolute pleasure to catch up and learn from Phil Balagtas. Phil Balagtas is an Experience Design Director at McKinsey & Co. in San Francisco,CA. He is also the founder of The Design Futures Initiative (DFI) that focuses on speculative design. An educator and futurist. His Design Futures events bring together designers, futu…
 
In episode 47 I had the absolute pleasure to catch up and learn again from Bilgi Karan. Bilgi Karan is UX Manager at Inter IKEA Group - working on Smart Home experiences. Hybrid design approach. Bilgi has a strong background in designing hybrid experiences, uniting interaction and industrial design aspects, Before his role at IKEA, he worked as a P…
 
Happy to share that episode 46 is out! 🎙 This time we had the great opportunity to speak to Kevin Bethune - Founder & Chief Creative Officer at dreams • design + life Chair of the Design Management Institute Board of Directors, and Author at the The MIT Press - as he is writing a book on the intersection of design and business. Kevin started as a d…
 
A good manager needs to identify the levels of wants & needs - this can be done through behavioural planning. In episode 45 I chat with Matt Wallaert on driving behaviour outcomes. Matt is the author of “Start at the end” and former director of Microsoft Ventures. Formerly he was also Chief Behavioural Officer at Clover Health. Matt and me meet in …
 
“Tension doesn’t have to be a bad thing… Tension can actually be healthy…” — Mark Abraham In episode 44 I chat with Marc Abraham about innovating in product strategy and product development by balancing different tensions and how they could even create a better outcome in the end. Marc is Head of Product for Engagement at ASOS in London and Cu-Cura…
 
“Cross-pollination is the best thing for creativity. - Rob on his creative process. In episode 43, we chat with Rob Harrigan, Lead Designer at Y Media Labs and former Design Principle at IBM within the Data & AI organisation. In the episodes he shares how designers can see, explore and visualise potentials and visions of technology - making ideas t…
 
"How do you democratise not only access to technology, but also pay attention to the diversity and richness that is important for technology to adopt or adapt, rather, to different parts of the world where it’s going to be used, and designers can effectively impact that situation as well." - Scott on the importance of user experience in creating ac…
 
"What should we be building to provide the most value to people in this product space?" In Episode 41, we chat with Kristie Fisher, Staff UX Researcher at Google. Kristie is currently building the UX Design Research at Google Stadia, and has previously worked on Google Suite and Google Ads, and has previously worked at Xbox and Microsoft. With a ba…
 
“There’s a lot of great realisation in the design industry around the ethics of design. We know the power of design, but how do we use our power for good?” In Episode 40, we talk with Janaki Kumar, Head of Design of Commercial Bank at JPMorgan Chase, and co-instructor at Stanford’s LEAD course on Customer Experience Design, and has previously led t…
 
“Design is an activity you do in response to some information about thinking what you might do next, and it’s almost like a pause in between some data and a need or a problem and an action, that allows people to consider a range of different options.” - Ben Reason In episode #39 we talk with Ben Reason, Founding Partner at Livework, a service desig…
 
“Design is a privilege - As designers we have been given a space to question. And a belief that we have a role to play in changing the world around us. And most people don’t come in with those opportunities.” Robert on both opportunity and reponsibility of being a designer. In episode #38 we talk with Robert Fabricant, Co-Founder & Partner at Dalbe…
 
“We live in a 3D world, but as children we were taught to think in 2D.” - Ana on the importance of re-learning to think and shape in 3D. In episode #37 we talk with Ana Sofía González, Senior Designer at Microsoft on designing future mixed reality experiences in the B2B space.💡 We chat with Ana about what excites her about Mixed Reality and the app…
 
“How do we take things that are very inhuman by nature and make them more human. Tweak algorithms to make them seem more human, more interesting, more weird.” - Dan on designing with AI and robotics. In episode #36 we talk with Dan Saffer, Product Design Leader and Author of 4 influential design books. He gained work experience as a Senior Staff De…
 
In episode 35 we talk with Mark Rolston who is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer at argodesign as part of a series of conversations at Interaction 20 in Milan by IXDA. Formerly he served as Chief Creative Officer of frogdesign, founding the firm’s software business and guiding its transformation into a modern strategic design organization. Mar…
 
Episode 34 kicks off a series of conversations at Interaction 20 in Milan by IXDA. I had the outstanding opportunity to sit together with Doug Powell, Vice President of Design at IBM. Doug shares insights on how he is focusing on building a framework where designers can grow into leaders and the importance of excellent design leadership. Also, we t…
 
In episode 33 I talk with Tanu Malhotra during UX India who is a UX Manager at IG Wealth Management and Mackenzie Investments. Before that she was Senior UX Designer at SAP working on B2B Enterprise products and Lead UX Designer at Samsung B2C consumer product concepts and visions. We learn about the difference of designing for enterprise solutions…
 
In episode 32 I got the chance to talk to Ruchin Shah, Senior Interaction Designer at Frog India who joined the Bangalore studio when it was being set up and was an active contributor in scaling up the studio and its culture. He shares his personal experience and journey as a designers getting international work experience at already an early time …
 
In episode 31 we get the chance to learn from Lajja Mehta Senior UX Researcher at Salesforce and dive into UX Research at large corporations and driving it within organisation. We talk about the importance of UX Research in the design process how to incorporate UX Research in the UX design process best practises and common mistakes on the intersect…
 
In episode 30 I talk with Nick Cochran, Design Strategy Manager at ExxonMobil. During UX India we sat together and exchanged over his experiences building and growing internal design communities, resources and culture for many years. We tap into his experience transitioning from a technical IT role into the design and being part of day one of desig…
 
In episode 29 I had a very inspiring talk with Bermon Painter, Innovation & Strategy Lead at EY Wavespace. During the conversation at UX India we dive into his approach on design leadership, hiring, team building and learnings during the years his approach towards innovation strategy and how he is connecting with design, business and tech how he is…
 
“Innovation has become a lazy industry word” - Mario van der Meulen In episode 28 I had the great opportunity to talk to Mario van der Meulen living in Singapore as Head of CX at Tribal Worldwide and former Principal Designer Foolproof and Creative Director at Frog Shanghai. We have sat together at UX India where both of us gave a talk and workshop…
 
In episode 27 I talk to Udhaya Kumar Padmanabhan, Global Strategic Design Director at Designit, a Wipro Company. Certainly one of the most inspiring conversations I had during the podcast. Udhaya shares inspiring insights from his proven track recording on the intersection of entrepreneurship and design consulting for companies around the world. We…
 
About the Episode In episode 26 I had the chance to chat with Steve Fadden on driving UX Research and Insights. Steve is the Head of User Research for Analytics, Insights, & Measurement at Google as well as Lecturer for User Experience Research at UC Berkeley. We get the chance to learn from his deep experience working at the intersection of UX res…
 
In episode 25, I have the chance to talk to Shiva Jaini, Product Design Manager at Google, on driving intrapreneurship as a designer. Certainly one of the most talented designers I had the chance to talk to, especially on the intersection on design & intrepreneurship. We learn about: - his journey of driving YouTube Kids during his time as a Staff …
 
In episode 24, I had the chance to talk to Mohan Krishnaraj, Vice President and Global Head of User Experience at HARMAN International (A company of Samsung) on the future of connected experiences and his perspectives on design leadership. This episode kicks off a series of episodes in collaboration with UX INDIA. We learn about: his new book "The …
 
In this episode I have the chance to talk to Heike Rapp, former VP of Product Design at SAP in San Francisco and former Senior Director, Brand Strategy & Design at Autodesk. Heike shares her insights on designing enterprise solution and digital platforms at SAP that need to integrate various client, use case and environments but also how to integra…
 
In this episode, I talk with Hector Silva, Founder of Advanced Design & Research Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame about the future of design education and bring value to design communities. As this is a collaboration of the Advanced Design Context Podcast and Design we touch on: why and how he launched Advanced Design to bring va…
 
In this episode, I talk Chris Jackson, Founder & Director of We Create Future in New Zealand on the journey from being a furniture designer in the UK into becoming a future thinker and service designer in New Zealand why future thinking is important and why there is not the “one future” but rather a plurality of futures why and how we as designers …
 
In this episode I talk with Paul Hatch, CEO of Teams Design USA. We talk about the journey of scaling a design studio and why it is important to specialize and become known for a certain skill and topic. We also tap into how Industrial Design was influenced by UX and how ID will change in the future considering topics like AI-driven tools and gener…
 
Just launched episode 18, which was an inspiring conversation with Laura Silva - VP Accessibility Technology - UX Design Lead at Bank of America as well Mentor at Girls Who Code and formerly UX Designer at Amazon. She shares outstanding insights on - the importance of accessibility in design and how to integrate it into the design process - how she…
 
Designdrives Podcast is back with new episodes. In the episode 17th I spoke with Qin Li who is the VP of Design at Fuseproject in SF and is Chair - Board of Directors of IDSA (Industrial Design Society of America). We sat together by the annual conference of IDSA in Chicago the day after Qin and the outstanding team was recognised with some impress…
 
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