User Defenders: Inspiring Interviews with UX Superheroes
By Jason Ogle: UX Design | Product Design | UI | Web Design
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There are scores of inspirational UX Designers out there who are doing outstanding, innovative work and helping to shape the future in their struggle to solve important design problems while fighting for the users. In our highly accelerating world of technology, wearables and the connected life, there's never been a better time to be a great UX Designer. For those more recently diving in and gaining experience, it can be quite daunting to stay inspired and enlightened in this ever-changing/evolving landscape. This podcast is aimed at highlighting those leading the way in their craft by diving deeper into who they are, and what makes them tick/successful, in order to inspire and equip those aspiring to do the same.
||Clean034: Great Products Start With Empathy with Jonathan Pimento||Jonathan teaches us how product managers are the glue between design and engineering. He reminds us that the most important role we can play in the success of a product is being a voice for the customer. He encourages us to never give up on our personal||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemystifying Public Speaking with Lara Hogan||“I saw a study that said speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person. I found that amazing. Number two, was death. Death is number two? This means, to the average person, if you have to be at a funera||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean033: Design Is About People with Andrea Picchi||Andrea Picchi reminds us that the core of design is always about people. He dives deep into the importance of design thinking. He motivates us to embrace ambiguity, and to fail as often as possible without losing the job. He also inspires us to be||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean032: There Is No There with Sarah Doody||Sarah Doody inspires us to break out of our comfort zones early & often if we want to achieve great things. She teaches us that our drawings should serve more as a communication tool than an art project. She encourages us to tap into our supe||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean031: Getting Scrappy with Mat Marquis||Mat Marquis reminds us that web design is scrappy business. He inspires us to fight for what we truly believe in. He shows us how we can take our designs and skills further by learning a little code. He motivates us to continue to hone our communi||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean030: Content For All with Aaron Gustafson||Aaron Gustafson inspires us to build a web for all people. He encourages us to keep an open mind about perspectives that are different than our own. He motivates us to keep focused on context when it comes to the users we’re designing for. He also||12/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean029: Be Relentless with Ling Lim||Ling Lim inspires us to be relentless in our pursuit of the person we want to become. She teaches us to create products that connect with our users and their lives by becoming them as much as possible. She challenges us to not sacrifice the sentim||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean028: Be Persistent with Chris Coyier||Chris Coyier teaches us that if we care about succeeding in something, we need to be willing to persist for a long time. He inspires us to grab hold of the joy that comes from building for ourselves, too. He encourages us to not just use a framewo||11/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHitting Pause…||After nearly a year of consistent podcasting, it’s time for me to hit pause… You can also read about this.||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHooked: How To Build Habit-Forming Products with Nir Eyal||I have a listener survey and one of you suggested Nir Eyal as a superguest. Today (thanks to your suggestion) I got to interview the man himself. Nir is the author of the buzz-worthy book Hooked: How To Build Habit-Forming Products. Nir did not di||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean027: Looking Down The Road with Aarron Walter||Aarron Walter inspires us to always try and see the big picture. He challenges us to produce more grounded work by getting outside our bubbles, and feeling a bit more pain. He shows us how storytelling is central to the human experience and transc||8/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean026: We Are Not Our Users with Nikkel Blaase||Nikkel Blaase reminds us that we are not our users. He encourages us to make time for deep thinking. He teaches us that without failing, there’s no learning. He guides us to not spend too much time figuring out a solution if we don’t know what the||8/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean025: UX Designers Work With Users with Ashley Karr||Ashley Karr teaches us that we can’t be exceptional at generalizing. She encourages us to always work with the people for whom we are designing. She motivates us to always trust ourselves and our instincts. She shows us how planning and orga||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean024: Seeing The Invisible with Francisco Inchauste||Francisco Inchauste teaches us that the best design is invisible. He enlightens us to how we can learn something from anyone, and to appreciate the people who surround us. He reminds us of the importance of validating our work. He also inspires us||7/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean023: Good Design Is Humble with Austin Knight||Austin Knight motivates us to just start making things. He encourages us to keep designing, even if it isn’t our job yet. He teaches us how the future of UX is all about expansion and that there’s never been a better time to be a desig||7/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean022: The Little Details Can Make A Big Difference with Jordan Dobson||Jordan Dobson inspires us to never stop learning and be generous in sharing knowledge with others. He encourages us to craft prototypes in order to gain valuable insight early and often. He challenges designers to gain empathy for their developers||6/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean021: Designing For Happiness with Drew Lepp||Drew Lepp encourages us to learn the business side of technology in order to achieve greater success with our designs. She encourages us to always know why we’re doing what we’re doing, and to be able to clearly articulate why every element on the||6/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean020-2: Stay Enchanted with Jeffrey Zeldman (Part II)||Don’t miss Part I of this unforgettable interview. Jeffrey Zeldman inspires us to not underestimate our users by always testing our assumptions–because we’re often wrong. He reminds us of the tremendous value of writing and synthesizin||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean020-1: Stay Enchanted with Jeffrey Zeldman (Part I)||Don’t miss Part II of this unforgettable interview. Jeffrey Zeldman dives deep into his origin story to enlighten us on how he got started on the Web. He inspires us to not get caught up in the buzzwords, but to keep it simple and clear. He||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDesign For Real Life||Design for Real Life is a profound and hugely inspiring book. The more things become automated and robotic, the more evident the need to remain human becomes. This book compels us to strive to stay human especially in our approach to how we design||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean019: The Power Of Design Patterns with Pek Pongpaet||Pek Pongpaet teaches us that the key to successful UX is in pattern recognition and application. He reminds us of the power of visual hierarchy in that if something’s important, it should never be buried. He reminds us of the power of observ||4/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean018: The Beauty Of Simplicity with David Demaree||David Demaree reminds us of the value of simplicity, brevity, and editing. He encourages us to know who are users are and where they’re coming from. He inspires us not to get too wrapped up into the closeness of our own material and not take||4/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean017: The Value Of The Theory Is In The Application with Victor Yocco||Victor Yocco teaches us that standing out in our work involves identifying human needs, and always being willing to address them. He enlightens us that failure leads to greater things, but our motivation should be not to fail. He shows us how prac||3/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean016: Meaning Comes From Making with Alexa Leigh Herasimchuk||Alexa Leigh Herasimchuk inspires us to go find our why and to not fear reaching out to people who inspire us. She teaches us that the future of UX should be integrated into our education system. She reminds us that we can’t make people care,||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean015: Going The Distance with Rachel Andrew||Rachel Andrew inspires us to understand people who are not like us because most often the products we design are not for us. She motivates us with her successful habit of GTD (Getting Things Done). She teaches us that solid attention to detail and||2/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean014: Designing For Mobile On Mobile with Khoi Vinh||Khoi Vinh teaches us that designers can do their best work by drawing on many different sources and working on different challenges simultaneously. A big fan of breaking large problems up into actionable chunks and making lists of all those things||2/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean013: Practice What You Do with Dan Mall||Dan Mall inspires us to get really good at what we do by constantly practicing it. He reminds us of the importance of work/life balance and setting the right priorities. He also reminds us that there’s a big difference between being a leader||2/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012: You Can Only Keep What You Have If You’re Willing To Give It Away with KaL MichaeL||KaL MichaeL teaches us that empathy is less of something we practice and more of a result of patience and perseverance. He challenges us to remain humble enough to know that we do not know everything, and what we don’t know will always far s||1/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011: The Best Interface Is No Interface with Golden Krishna||Golden Krishna teaches us that it’s possible to reduce our amount of screen time and still solve people’s problems elegantly in the background. He enlightens us to how much we’re all drowning in screens. He also shares with us th||1/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2015 Year End Review||In lieu of our normal episode, I wanted to do a quick Year End Review to offer a retrospective of 2015 and a glimpse into 2016 by addressing these three things: Things Accomplished Top 3 Learnings From Guests This Year What to expect from UX/UD in||12/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010: Pay Attention To The Unseen with Jeff Barnaby||Jeff Barnaby inspires us to pay attention to the unseen and always keep it simple. He shares with us that organization is the most important factor to success. He also encourages us to keep ourselves and our clients educated and that ours and our||12/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009: There Is No “Big Time”, There’s Always Something Ahead with Josh Clark||Josh Clark inspires us to not forget to splash in puddles and give ourselves permission to play in our work. He encourages us to not just tell our story, but to find out our users’ story and craft our experience and technology around that. H||12/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008: There’s A Lot Of Opportunity For Those Who Are Willing To Take Some Risks with Ben Callahan||Ben Callahan inspires us to be passionate about the interfaces we design and put ourselves in the shoes of the people who are using them to do amazing things. He shares a really interesting parallel from Jazz music to the work we do. He reminds us||12/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007: Focus More On Solving Problems And Less On Dribbble Likes with Rafal Tomal||Rafal Tomal inspires us to focus more on solving complicated problems for clients, and less on Dribbble likes. He also emphasizes the importance of keeping our UI and layouts minimal to make room for typography and especially to limit the number o||11/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean006: Learn To Let Go Of The Things You Can’t Control…Focus On The Things You Can with Chloë Bregman||Chloë Bregman inspires us to not get caught up with titles like UX Designer, but to find what we’re great at and focus our energy on building those strengths to build products that not only solve problems, but bring happiness to people. She||11/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005: Surround Yourself With People That Reflect Who You Want To Become with Andi Galpern||Andi Galpern inspires us to ask where do we want to go, and then encourages us to meet a mentor who can help take us there. She states that community is the key to becoming all we can be and that five minutes with the right person can change our l||11/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004: Use The Materials That You’re Given with Christopher Schmitt||Christopher Schmitt reminds us to use the materials that we’re given and that we can learn something from everybody if we keep an open mind. He also encourages us to share what we know through exercising our superpower of writing and we can||11/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003: Don’t Launch Anything. Validate And Test Everything with Craig Morrison||Craig Morrison inspires us to know why we’re building what we’re building by looking for an opportunity in a market that needs something, and then by giving it to them. He also reminds us to do all the user research needed until weR||11/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002: Don’t Let Anything Get In The Way Of What You Want To Build with Josh Tucker||Josh Tucker shares with us the importance of determination and resolve when building whatever it is you desire to build. He also stresses the importance of knowing everything you possibly can about your users and designing experiences that delight||11/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001: The Lines Between Designer And Developer Are Starting To Blur with Daniel Hooper||Daniel Hooper is a former Apple engineer and creator of the exciting new prototyping software application Principal. He designed and engineered a super-innovative iOS keyboard concept and the YouTube video is approaching a million views. Hes also cre||10/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean000: Welcome to the User Defenders Podcast!||The story behind the mission, the host and the future of User Defenders Podcast.||9/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Actionable Learning Meets Years of Experience
What a nice surprise to find this podcast! Right off the bat in Episode 001 the host pulled in a former Apple superhero who was able to blur the lines between developer/engineer/designer. Great to peek behind the curtain at people’s processes and experiences as well as some of their painful lessons learned along the way. Years of experience condensed into some actionable steps you can use tomorrow.
Plus, it’s presented in a fun flavor with the superhero theme. Bonus — terrific audio quality. Keep it going!
Finally, a meaty podcast on UX and Design!
I’ve been a designer since back in 1996 (right around the same time as Jason, our esteemed host), and I can safely say this is definitely one of the most professional and informationally meaty podcasts in the vein of UX/design that I’ve listened to. Through his diverse and accomplished guests, he delves into very practical and tangible information that would help anybody from the novice to pro, whether you’re a UX, product, or visual designer. Also, this is consistent content at a weekly frequency that you can count on. Most that I’ve listened to are spotty at best. Do yourself a favor and tap the ‘subscribe’ button!
Fresh and fun podcast
I am a fresh UX/UI designer taking my first steps into the field. If you want a podcast that is both fun and insightful, you’ve found it. I’ve listened to a lot of his podcasts and I’ve learned something new from each one. It never feels repetitive or boring. This podcast is great for people who are new and learning. Based on my coworker feedback, it’s also great for experienced UXers. Jason has mastered the personal and professional balance of the podcast. Each interview feels like a story instead of a dry interview.
The theme is so fun and I can’t help but to use my new found favorite phrase “user defender” all the time in the office. I also love the illustrations of superheroes, AKA interviewees, on the website. It puts a face to the voice.
Fight on Jason!
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