024 - How to elevate your research game (feat. Danielle Green)

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As designers, there are many potential things that could keep us up at night. Fear that your portfolio isn’t good enough, logo redesigns that you just love to hate, or even worry that you aren’t doing the right level of user research to inform your design decisions could all lend to your tossing and turning at night.


In an effort to help you sleep better, Andy and Patrick sat down with Danielle Green, a user research manager at Jane.com, to get a better understanding what advanced level user research looks like and what steps you can take to get there.

LISTEN IN TO HEAR:

  • How to know when you should start employing an advanced research process

  • How to deal with bias in your user research

  • Why you should involve fake data to your user research (I know, crazy right?)

MORE ABOUT Danielle:

Danielle Green is the User Research Manager at Jane. She has 4 years of experience as a UX researcher. Danielle has been involved in many types of businesses and projects, including: start ups, enterprise B2B, B2C, SaaS, physical products, and digital products. Before researching users in the business world, she conducted cognitive research in the fields of neuroscience and psychology.

Announcements:

Design Much has opened a merch store with 2 different t-shirt designs for sale! Check them out here and help support the podcast.

 

023 - How to break down a large project (feat. Eric Avarell)

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Andy and Patrick sat down with product manager, Eric Avarell to get a better understanding of how he works to break down large projects so that his team can be more effective in building the best product possible.

LISTEN IN TO HEAR:

  • How to product managers and designers can approach breaking a project into smaller pieces

  • How you can leverage team involvement to improve a break down

  • How to use tools like StoriesOnBoard to form a project narrative and map out objectives and milestones.

MORE ABOUT ERIC:

Eric is a Product Manager at Canopy. He has enjoyed wearing a number of different hats, and working on a wide variety of products as Canopy has quickly grown over the last 4 years. Connect with Eric on LinkedIn.

Announcements:

Design Much has opened a merch store! We are releasing a t-shirt design with 2 different variants. Check them out here and help support the podcast.

 

022 - How to Speak Up (feat. Allison Zubal)

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Communication is a vital part of each UX designer’s role. However, sometimes we can find ourselves in situations where we lack the confidence to speak our opinions or offer feedback even if we think our input could offer more value for a product. Andy and Patrick had a speak up session with product designer, Allison Zubal to find out why speaking up is important and how designers can get better at sharing their thoughts with others.

 

LISTEN IN TO HEAR:

  • How to can gain the confidence to speak up.

  • How senior designers and executives can create a better environment that encourages more to speak up.

  • How to get better at offering feedback that has value.

MORE ABOUT Allison:

Allison is a UX designer at Canopy. She has nearly 4 years designing great user experiences for industries such as e-commerce, healthcare and tax. Connect with Allison on LinkedIn.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The next Lunch UX will be Friday, November 30th. Mike Curtis will teach us how write about your work and present your portfolio with confidence. Free lunch and venue provided by 1800- contacts in Draper. RSVP here