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Designed Today brings you insights to help bridge the world of Design & Business. I’ve centered my career on being the bridge between the “design eye” and the “business mind”. Learn how you can improve your design, branding, marketing, and advertising skills all in one place. In this show, we’ll explore the startup world, flexing the entrepreneurial muscles, from a User Experience perspective.
 
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My guest today is David Hoang, who in my opinion has one of the best Design Twitter accounts. I've been following him for some time and have learned a ton about design leadership in the process. To be able to have him on the podcast today is an absolute pleasure, and you're going to love it. I've mentioned that the Designed Today podcast is changin…
 
Drew Bridewell is a fellow content creator with tons of experience to draw from which include companies like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Invision. Today he's away from the corporate world to pursue his own endeavors which include leveling up UX designers across the world. In today's episode, Drew takes us through the four different types of goals which…
 
It's the grand finale of our Soft-Skills mini-series! These last 7 episodes with Uncle Mikey have been a blast and I've learned a ton. Today is no exception. In our last episode, we dig one of the top UX Buzzwords... Empathy. What is it? Do you need it? How can you get it? All in today's episode. This series came about after a recent LinkedIn post …
 
It's no secret that my feelings towards recruiters are… rough at best. Corporate recruiters have never done me any favors other than escorting me to an interview, which in truth, I could have done on my own. Agency recruiters are another ball of fun. They tend to be a sizable percentage of my LinkedIn connection requests, followed by a surface leve…
 
We've been fortunate to have the one and only Uncle Mikey part of our Soft-Skills mini-series over the last couple of months, and today's episode shows why he's one of the best. Today we break down the soft-skill of listening, and Uncle Mikey has prepared a really fun way for us to discuss and remember it for next time. This series came about after…
 
In my vanity, I like to think I've got this podcasting stuff down after doing it for 3 years, but in truth, I've got nothing on the O.G. of UX Podcasting, Jason Ogle. It has been my experience hosting this podcast that I've really learned so much from my guests, that I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like to have been doing this for nea…
 
Another beautiful week to chat with the wickedly talented Uncle Mikey. Today's topic of discussion is collaboration. We've danced around this subject over the last few episodes as we've talked about facilitation and articulation, but today we hit the nail on the head to help you improve your collaboration sessions. Listen close to hear how you can …
 
There are a ton of different niches of design out in the world today, from physical products to digital products, learning products, and even voice products. That last one there is something I wasn't all too familiar with and was excited to have my guest Lauren Madsen come on the show to give us an introduction. Lauren works full time as a conversa…
 
This is week 4 of the Soft-Skills mini-series where Uncle Mikey (Michael Curtis) and I dive into the intangible skills that give designers an edge in the journey. Our focus today is on facilitation. Nearly every moment of my day is found in meetings, many of them which I am running or coordinating. Prior to a management role, I'd still say over hal…
 
New year, new you, right? How about some money in your pocket, how does that sound? If you’ve not started your freelance career, then what are you waiting for? Sure it can be intimidating, but tell me what new thing isn't. On the show today, I’ve got Jeremy Mura, a contract designer from Down Unda joining me to talk about how you can improve your c…
 
The new year is off to the races. Like many of you, I've got my fingers crossed for a better year than the last. I recognize however that to make the year better, I've got to do my part. Make your own luck. My encouragement to you today is this... If you're not a "resolution" kind of person, join me (a fellow non-resolution person) in breaking that…
 
The last 2 years have been an incredible journey. In this episode, we will celebrate with 7 of our fan-favorite guests. Please consider subscribing to Designed Today on any of the popular podcasting platforms. ********************************** Ready to join the email list or Slack community, receive your invite here: https://designedtoday.com/comm…
 
With the last double-digit episode of Designed Today, I’ve brought on another special guest. Torrey Podmajersky is the author of the best seller Strategic Writing for UX, one of the original UX writing books published by Oreilly, and holds a 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Additionally, Torrey works as a UX writer for Google and was kind enough to sh…
 
This is week 3 of the Soft-Skills mini-series, and we are starting off where both Uncle Mikey and I struggled in the self-assessment challenge from last week. The category of struggle was collaborating in groups, which in and of itself is a huge category of topics. We narrowed in on articulating your design choices and taking your stakeholders alon…
 
My guest today has made a huge splash in the freelance design world after. After his appearance on the Young Guns show hosted by Chris Do of The Futur, Connor was off to the races designing logos for businesses of all types. But to get himself to that point he had to be prepared. In his own words, learn what worked and what didn't work for Connor a…
 
If you're joining us for week 2 of our mini-series on Soft-Skills, we're going to assume you no longer need to be convinced of the importance of these skills in the workplace. I will take this opportunity however to note that, none of this will matter if you can't honestly assess where you stand when it comes to these skills. All of this will be ti…
 
Laura Silva is the VP of Accessible UX Design at Bank of America and shares with us what a day in her life looks like. Her background wasn't always rooted in accessibility, but after a few life events, she felt inclined to help those who are often forgotten. In this episode, you'll learn how you can look out for those with different accessibility n…
 
I've got some special for you... Today's introduction is the start of a new mini-series in which my good friend Michael Curtis will be joining me to talk about Soft Skills, and how you can strengthen your own. Over the last few years, I've found Uncle Mikey and I expressing similar thoughts on the topic. It's one of the reasons that we became frien…
 
Jared Spool, the Maker of Awesomeness and co-founder of Center Centre UIE, is here to share some great insights. We discuss the steps you should be taking before leaving your UX Schooling, and what you can do to help you secure a job after graduation and avoid those first-year growing pains. Additionally, we jump to the other side of the table in t…
 
A much overdue Q&A session with questions sent in by the listeners via Slack, LinkedIn, and Instagram. The questions tackled in this episode include: "How did you start learning? How did you find the right resources?" "How did you land your first job as a designer?" "What skills should good UX Designers have?" "How do you keep yourself inspired and…
 
It wasn't too long ago that people were born and their parents knew from Day 1 what they were going to grow up to be. For some it was a Doctor, for others it was a lawyer. Some people were going to take over the family grocery store. But if you start asking around, I could almost guarantee nobody today was born and raised to be a UX Designer. This …
 
In 2020, it's still unlikely to come across UX positions that still don't require a bit of UI work. However, unless you came from a visual design background, chances are you didn't spend much time learning UI while in your Bootcamp or online learning. This could ultimately hinder your hireability. Give this episode a listen and take the challenge t…
 
Social media cultivates a world in which we feel pressured to live behind a facade of "everything's good" and "always sunshine over here" - but the truth of the matter is nobody is actually living that way, so why do we pretend? When quarantine hit, and everyone found themselves working from home, I began to see a natural evolution to get a glimpse…
 
Case studies are already an incredibly tricky thing to figure out. Even once we get all the details locked in, it's easy to lack confidence when we see parts of the traditional UX process missing from a project. If you're considering a small white lie to work in a survey which never actually happened, or if you want to showcase some other skills th…
 
Many people struggle to find that balance between speaking up for your design decisions and coming off as too defensive. This balance between humble yet confident is a hard one to master. Fortunately, my guest today, Elize Todd, as figured out how to strike that balance and has learned the positive outcomes of speaking out. This goes even further t…
 
We are all going to have bad days. We're all going to have those days where we planned out our stretch goals, and when it comes time to act, we find excuses not to do it. I've found that for me its important on those days to just show up. Show up for your job, your class, and the workshop you RSVP'd for. Show up for your friends and family. Taking …
 
You might "like" Disney, but that's childsplay in comparison to my next guest. In this episode of Designed Today, my guest Adam Landefeld, the SVP of Product at Domo, shares insights he's learned from the original Disney Imagineers and how he's applied it to building software products. Adam has been passionate about all things Disney from an early …
 
What a whirlwind of a week. I somehow went from extreme excitement on a project to a grinding halt after just one phone call. What happened that lead me to have to fire this client, I'll let you know in this week's storytime. I share these stories not to put anybody on blast. You wouldn't know the people or companies I'm talking about because I'm t…
 
Often times we think of our UX Deliverables as a checkbox or a level to pass. It's in those situations you need to remind yourself of why that checkbox exists. Understanding the value of our deliverables starts with knowing what the deliverables are, and the value they can bring to the table. Ana Santos is passionate about these deliverables, and o…
 
If you've found yourself struggling with your business because they don't understand UX, and they don't understand what you're trying to bring to the table, I got just the trick. In today's episode, I'm going to help those tortured designers figure out how to fix their situation, but it's probably not as you'd expect. Please Subscribe either on You…
 
There are many reasons that today is the best day to begin your own freelance UX career. Many in my network were laid off at the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic and rehiring has been slow. Others are just unhappy with their job and have found it difficult to leave just yet. Whatever your reason, its not too soon to start the journey. My guest to…
 
Are you avoiding the glaringly obvious issues of your product because of how familiar you've gotten with the glaring mistake? Maybe you're not even sure how to answer it because if it was still glaringly obvious, then you'd address it. Well, it's not that simple. Stockholm Syndrome in the Design world is when we've become all too familiar with what…
 
Today you get to meet a friend and mentee of mine, Uliti Fangupo. I met him over two years ago when he was in the middle of a UX Bootcamp. He reached out trying to better himself and his career. It was clear to me that he had the "Drive" and "Ambition" to succeed in the real world. I took him under my wing and gave him a couple of opportunities and…
 
Building off of Episode 76 with the Boxing analogy, I'm going to keep that thought process moving forward and share with you today why you need to keep those gloves up and protecting your face. Among the many punches that will be thrown at a designer as they go along their design process, is the unintentional biases that could slip in and knock us …
 
Mariah Hay has built product organizations for some years now, most recently for the publicly traded company, Pluralsight. She was directly involved in growing its product team from 150 to 600 contributors in just a short couple of years. In today's episode, she shares some of the insights gained in helping design those organizations to function at…
 
Even when I go to the gym, it's hard for me not to continue thinking about the world of UX. As I'm throwing punches into a bag and trying to better my footwork, lessons, and relations flood my mind that would have otherwise been a stretch. UX Designers can throw a combination of punches. But as the fight progresses we've got to be able to pivot and…
 
Last year I met with and had lunch with a recent UX Bootcamp graduate. Throughout that lunch, I was impressed by her level of understanding and knew that her realizations since Bootcamp could help so many who were still in school. With that, I invited her to the show and it was well worth it. My guest today is Olivia Laboriel, shes a freelance UX D…
 
Today we depart from the topic of UX and dissect what makes a champion. I'm going to guess that if you listen, watch Designed Today, or are reading these show notes, you are in the pursuit of becoming better. But we often struggle to figure out where to begin. Setting goals should come easily, but getting lost in the details of that goal is all too…
 
The Twitter legend himself, Mr. Doug Collins (aka @DougCollinsUX) is here to teach you some fundamentals and specifics of designing for accessibility. Whether you're new to the field of UX or 5+ years, you'll be able to take something away from the insights he's garnished with over 19 years of experience. Additionally, he is offering his course on …
 
Did the title get you to come here for a story about how I was a design diva and I've overcome that? Or maybe for a spiteful story about design divas? Wow, what a clickbaity title. Sure there is a bit of design diva in all of us. It's hard to find a pure-bred design diva. But lets self assess to make sure that that design diva which IS in each of u…
 
Catherine Wong is the Chief of Product at Domo, a company that gives other companies BI leverage at cloud scale in record time. Her downline includes around 200 Engineers, Product Managers, and UX Designers. When asked "What advice do you have for someone in tech who is early in their career?" Catherine's response was simply, "Hustle". This isn't j…
 
Every now and then its fun to go un-scripted and answer a bunch of audience submitted questions. On this episode, we answer the questions How do I increase the phone calls I receive after applying for a job? And how can I get around the whole "no work experience" issue? What is Nuemorphism? How can I avoid getting frazzled at morning stand-up meeti…
 
Finding a mentor is one of the first things every new designer should be doing. But who should that person be? What if on the other side of the coin its now your turn to mentor the next designer. How do you set them down the right course? Patrick Cox has had his time on both sides of that coin and has come to bring insights for your journey. Resour…
 
Don't for a second believe that you're the only one struggling in this new world we are living in. We've had so much throw at us over the last couple of months, things that nobody has had time to prepare for or practice. But we are problem solvers and creators, don't let the apathy created by today's environment get you to slow down. Learn more abo…
 
Inclusion and diversity is a tough topic to tackle, but it must be tackled. Knowing how flat it would fall if I tackled this topic in a rant, I decided to seek out someone who could enlighten all of us from a different perspective. Nissa Farley has been in management for most of her career. Today she is the Director of Product Management at CHG Hea…
 
I've been thinking about this concept for a few weeks now, ever since a friend of mine shared it on social media. It's not necessarily a design principle that you'd have learned about in school, but it applies here none the less. Before you attempt your next redesign, or before you start on a new project which you inherited from a previous designer…
 
Nir is an author of two awesome books that you’ve probably heard of. His first became a wall street journal bestseller, titled Hooked: How to build habit-forming products. His second, released last year in which I devoured in just a couple weeks, is called Indistractable: How to control your attention and choose your life. For those who’ve gotten t…
 
Its the end of March, but its the first episode of 2020. Welcome back to Designed Today, I've got a lot to catch you up on including what's happened over the last few months, how my time was spent, how I've been inspired, and what you can expect next from the show. Links mentioned in Episode: All new Designed Today website: http://designedtoday.com…
 
Imposter Syndrome. It sucks. And you’re not alone in feeling it. After doing some research I found that 70% of the people in this country have at least a passing acquaintance with the feelings or symptoms that are associated with imposter syndrome. These thoughts come along with feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, unworthiness, perfectionism, and fear…
 
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