Episode

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

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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.

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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.

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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.