Episode

026 - How to Approach a Project

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Andy and Patrick explore the nuances of how designers approach a larger design project vs a smaller design update.

LISTEN IN TO HEAR:

  • How the design process can change based on the size of the project

  • The differences and similarities to large and small projects

  • How selecting and invlolving stakeholders at the beginning of each project can be important to a design’s success

Announcements:

Design much workshops is back with our next event happening in collaboration with meetup group Ladies that UX (SLC) on May 22nd at Vivant. RSPV here and join us and learn from, friend one the show, Jordan Reading on how to write and design a proper case study.

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

025 - How to be Self-aware (feat. Ingrid Cruz)

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Andy and Patrick sat down with Ingrid Cruz to talk about how self-awareness can help designers with their career growth.

LISTEN IN TO HEAR:

  • How to learn about the strengths and weaknesses that you my not see in yourself

  • How to foster a culture of feedback in a design team. 

  • How to look for self-awareness attributes when hiring a new design candidate

MORE ABOUT INGRID:

Ingrid is the Director of User Experience at RainFocus, a rapidly growing software company that powers some of the largest tech conferences in the world, for companies like Adobe, LinkedIn, Oracle, and Cisco. Prior to RainFocus, she led the UX team at Infusionsoft, a $100M SaaS company based in Arizona. As the site leader for their Utah office, she was also responsible for day to day operations, employer brand, and employee happiness. Ingrid has almost 20 years of experience in the design industry, and loves to bring cross-functional teams together to solve difficult problems—and have fun in the process. In her free time she can be found doing DIY projects, perfecting her barista skills, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband, daughter and three dogs

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.

The next Lunch UX will be on March 22nd at Jane. RSPV here and join us to learn how to handle silence and nervous participants during research from Danielle Green.

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.