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Jerzy and Rob check in on their 2020 Art Soundoff journals. What themes and topics did we choose, and why? What outcomes are we hoping for with this year’s challenge? If you’re participating in #artsoundoff this year, join the live stream and share your experiences and reflections! Sponsors for this episode Four Million Years Later Rob's workshops …
 
Actively learning is a lot like using applied research. It's a very useful place to work from, you can be confident enough to proceed making things yet not too confident to prevent learning as you go. We setup teams and organizations to sink or swim based on too much certainty. We're certain often from a combination of ego and efficiency seeking wi…
 
Where does UX go wrong? Whether a system is broken at the surface or takes deeper understanding to see how it's not serving the health of its audience along with it's other constituencies: UX can be used to help fix or to make things worse. How can that be? Organizations have a lot to do to just exist and maintain exsistence. Some are not questioni…
 
It's useful to have even a rough concept of what you're working toward, things you know are important or likely to encounter, or at least are worth checking to see if they'd be helpful. For example, a mental model like a creative progression going from rough concept to refined to complete. You can have a UX Mindset informed mental model of getting …
 
Any product we make connects a variety of groups of people. UX Constituencies are groups of people I find relate to most any project/product/system/endeavor: your audience, your team, your organization, the world, and you. Here I explore why considering each of those groups helps you make more meaningful things whether you're a UX expert or any per…
 
Listening is the most powerful thing you can do to understand. Here I share a few ways of listening that work individually or combined to meet the needs of you and your team in the moment. And the UX Mindset series continues! Related Links and Resources Introduction to the UX Mindset Series UX Mindset for Business UX Mindset for Software Engineerin…
 
Last episode Jerzy and Rob talked about note taking on physical media, including a demonstration of taking notes. It’s a big topic, why and how you gather notes, and even how you put notes to use. Join Jerzy and Rob in this episode of the Lean Into Art podcast as they explore digital ways they take notes and make use of them for planning, project, …
 
Being open to including others is a big start to making something more meaningful. List making is one of the best tools you can use no matter if you identify as a ux designer or not. This episode continues the UX Mindset series! Related Links and Resources Introduction to the UX Mindset Series UX Mindset for Business UX Mindset for Software Enginee…
 
Audiences learn about your work, then what's it like for them to learn more, to support your work. If you offer a variety of products how do they find the one they need in this moment? UX Mindset for artists has two distinct and useful concerns: Making your work findable, purchasable, useful, and usable Including the audience in the work itself Thi…
 
Advocate for design in order to advocate for and include learning about our audiences. We designers practice many useful skills to help us and those we work with to make inclusive decisions that shape products and systems. Something that can get overlooked along the way: helping others see the value of this including of human context. It's useful t…
 
As someone who's worked both as a software engineer and ux designer I want to share the value adding human centered design tools for making engineering decisions. This episode continues the UX Mindset series! Related Links and Resources Introduction to the UX Mindset Series UX Mindset for Business Art Soundoff — Lean Into Art Rob's Products and Way…
 
Continuing the UX Mindset series, I share why I think it's so useful for anyone running, planning, or leading a business to see user experience design and human centered design tools as so worthwhile to include in decision making. Related Links and Resources Introduction to the UX Mindset Series Rob's Products and Ways to Support the Polytechnicast…
 
Note taking can help with gathering our thoughts and set us up to build upon ideas. Join us in this note taking and note using infused episode of the Lean Into Art podcast. Jerzy and Rob will discuss how we each make use of notes with physical tools, digital tools, and how this note taking helps with creating and collaborating on projects. This top…
 
This week Kate and Rob discuss our approach designing different ways to celebrate Halloween. Also: it's looking like be applying this approach to the next few holidays. This week's art and science picks: one is about a flying creature, the other is about video editing. Kate and Rob's Goal Planning Workshop and Workbook: Useful Any Time of Year We b…
 
Since I'm taking part in a creative challenge called Art Soundoff (http://artsoundoff.com), I decided to use the workbook from my Customizing Your Next Creative Challenge workshop. Customizing Your Next Creative Challenge is available on Gumroad and Skillshare. Related Links and Resources Polytechnicast - Creative Challenge Worksheet - YouTube Vide…
 
Whether digital or analog, favorite art tools have a timeline and a story to them. First you’re curious about a new way or something breaks and it’s time to try something else. Then you explore an option and have an impression, will this new tablet or marker be a keeper? Some tools get to stick around and reliably help you get real projects complet…
 
2020 has asked many of us to level up our skills with online teaching, learning, and presenting. Jerzy and Rob check in to see how they’ve been thinking about using a variety of video information to tell a story, to demonstrate a technique, or to perform something they care about while talking about why they care about it. And how will this inform …
 
Jerzy and Rob celebrate some of their favorite spooky stories and stories featuring monsters. In traditional LIA fashion, they also ask themselves why these stories appeal to them. Join the live stream to share some of your own stories and analysis! Sponsors for this episode Jerzy's Comics Rob's workshops Lean Into Art Discord Links mentioned: Sven…
 
Creating for yourself, no matter your medium, has a power to it. Recently it’d been over a month since Jerzy drew something just for him. He found it invigorating and that’s the kind of thing we find fascinating to explore. Join Rob and Jerzy as they discuss creating projects because you want to, with no other agenda. Sponsors for this episode Four…
 
Some projects get the bulk of our effort and attention, yet others are those side projects that get less frequent or shorter durations of time and effort. In this episode of the Lean Into Art cast, join Jerzy and Rob as they discuss whittling at those side projects as an approach to make small consistent progress. Sponsors for this episode Science …
 
This week Jerzy and Rob are joined by returning guest Gregg Schigiel to talk about the value of keeping the connections between you and your social/professional network active. Sponsors for this episode Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Rob's Store Lean Into Art Discord Thanks to our top Patreon supporters Brandon Dayton Dave 'Sri' Seah Gail Buschman Dav…
 
Jerzy and Rob check in on what they’re reading/watching/playing, followed by another entry from the Obstacles series. Sponsors for this episode Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Rob's workshops Lean Into Art Discord Links mentioned: Gods and Robots: Myths Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology The Diamond Age Holey Moley My Octopus Teacher Guacamelee…
 
This week Jerzy and Rob look at the methods and rationale for hiding pieces of original art in public. Links to sites mentioned Jake Parker's Art Drops David Zinn Jerzy's PowerCon art drops Jerzy's bowling night art drops Thanks to our top Patreon supporters Brandon Dayton Shauni Redfearn DADO Chris Watkins Ben Odgren Connect with Jerzy and Rob Jer…
 
This week Jerzy and Rob are joined by returning guest Gregg Schigiel to talk about the value of keeping the connections between you and your social/professional network active. Sponsors for this episode Four Million Years Later Rob's store Lean Into Art Discord Links mentioned: Art Soundoff Art & Science Punks Podcast Thanks to our top Patreon supp…
 
This week Kate and Rob discuss our slow skill building to using our 3D printer: from modeling with Tinkercad to slicing with Cura and even learning a little Gcode. Also: we talk about how we recently learned Kate has breast cancer and she's begun chemotherapy. This week's art and science picks: one is about crafting delicious donuts, the other is a…
 
Jerzy and Rob look at the role curiosity plays in designing, creating, marketing, and acquiring other skills useful to communicating with images. Sponsors for this episode Four Million Years Later Guitar Fretter Lean Into Art Discord Thanks to our top Patreon supporters Becca Hillburn Chris Watkins Katherine Sugrue Ashley Knapp Keri Goble Billick T…
 
Guitar Fretter is 10 years old and I still have more ideas to add and refine. Some of those ideas I'm putting into a new game, some I'm putting into the classic version of Guitar Fretter. Recently I thought I'd make a quick art update and I expected to be ready to publish in about 4 days. Did things get out of hand where it took 4 weeks instead? An…
 
One way to add service to your products is to teach about how they get made. Marketing your work as an artist can be an uncomfortable second skill, though it could be more than that. Marketing your work in the best context is a service because it helps you reach the audience that needs and wants what you make. In this episode of Lean Into Art, join…
 
Visual storytelling is a big theme with the Lean Into Art podcast. Also: working with what you have as a storyteller to do a myriad of things that go with not just the creative process but also presenting your creative work in a useful and usable way. Jerzy and Rob talk about useful tools to consider using even if you’re not a User Experience (UX) …
 
This week Kate and Rob discuss and react to a variety of exciting NASA news. Also: we talk about how we're managing and planning along with ambiguity brought about by the COVID-19/'rona' pandemic. This week's art and science picks: one about a cool slimy project, the other a printable art activity. Kate and Rob's Goal Planning Workshop and Workbook…
 
What do you do when you’ve got a product that you can’t find a partner for? Is it time to set it aside and try something else, or is it time to hire yourself to and go it alone? Join Jerzy and Rob for a discussion on evaluating a project when influential people in the field don’t want to invest in it. Sponsors for this episode Four Million Years La…
 
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