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Hosted by Interaction Designer Aidan Simpson, the Method podcast profiles designers at Google, giving listeners an inside look at their journeys and design choices.

Hosted by Interaction Designer Aidan Simpson, the Method podcast profiles designers at Google, giving listeners an inside look at their journeys and design choices.
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Hosted by Interaction Designer Aidan Simpson, the Method podcast profiles designers at Google, giving listeners an inside look at their journeys and design choices.

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English


Episodes

Google UX Interns

9/17/2019
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Garrett Tolbert, Andrea Davila, and Alex Lim talk to us about life as a Google UX intern. In this episode, we talk with a trio of UX interns with three very different paths to Google: What led them to their internships? How their experience has changed them. What’s next in their UX journeys? Handy links for this episode: Learn about internships at Google Meet our guests: Garrett Tolbert – UX Engineering intern at Google Andrea Davila – UX Writing intern at Google Alex Lim – UX...

Duration:00:29:52

Emily Blank, Canvas Project & Material Design

8/20/2019
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What does the term “creative collaboration” mean to you? What do you need to consider when the things you create are seen in the seams of people’s day? How do the images we see everyday impact our living experience? Join us as we explore these Questions with Emily Blank, Art Director on Google’s Material Design team. Handy links for this episode: The Canvas Project by Google Cloud Meet our guest: Emily Blank works to create impactful imagery on Google’s Material Design team. She’s...

Duration:00:18:39

Philip Battin & Curtis Flanagan, Seed Studio

6/25/2019
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From prototyping futures to designing artifacts solely for discussion, tune in to explore the idiosyncratic—but important—field of speculative design. In this episode, host Travis Neilson sits down with Philip Battin and Curtis Flanagan from Seed Studio, a Google design team working on future-forward creative concepts for human-centered technology. In this intriguing conversation, the trio unpack what it means to rehearse the future to inform the present. Handy links for this...

Duration:00:26:23

The Google UX Hiring Process

5/28/2019
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What makes a portfolio stand out? Why is the design exercise necessary? What exactly is a “noogler” and how do you become one? In this episode, host Travis Neilson talks with Google Design Manager Mike Buzzard about the seven phases of the Google UX hiring process. Along the way, hear audio clips of designers describing their own stories of applying to work at Google. From overcoming the fear of submitting an application, to demystifying the full-day of on-site interviews, listen in for a...

Duration:00:18:23

Roxanne Pinto, Google Flights

4/23/2019
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In this episode, host Travis Neilson interviews Roxanne Pinto, a content strategist at Google, about the role of UX writing in helping people use—and understand—machine learning-driven products. Listen in as Pinto shares insightful anecdotes about unpacking errors and how mental models shape product interactions and user trust. Handy links for this episode: Get an overview of Google IO Explore Google Flights Explore Google Ads Meet our guest: Roxanne Pinto is a content strategist at...

Duration:00:20:46

Matthew Levine, Gallery (Passion Projects)

3/19/2019
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From scaling an idea into a viable product to building a design tool that optimizes collaboration with developers, tune in to part three of our series on passion projects. In this episode, host Travis Neilson interviews Matthew Levine, a UX lead and engineer at Google, to discuss the origins of Gallery and the tension between finding a passion-worthy problem and developing the necessary skills to solve it. Handy links for this episode: Get an overview of Gallery Download Gallery for...

Duration:00:17:56

Adrienne Klum & Spencer Syfrig, Practicing Playful Creation (Passion Projects)

3/12/2019
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In part two of our series on passion projects, host Travis Neilson interviews two Google UX designers to discuss their creativity-boosting workshop. From inventing new uses for unconventional objects to focusing on the process instead of the solution, tune in as Adrienne Klum and Spencer Syfrig unpack how listening, collaborating, and playing leads to wildly creative problem solving. Meet our guests: Adrienne Klum is a UX design manager at Google, currently working on Google Drive....

Duration:00:08:47

Adam Argyle, VisBug (Passion Projects)

3/5/2019
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From envisioning creative tools to helping new UXers navigate the developing world, tune in to part one of our three-part series on passion projects. In this episode, host Travis Neilson interviews Adam Argyle, a UX engineer at Google, about his journey creating the design tool VisBug, the connection between passion and empathy, and fervently advocating for an idea—even when you encounter challenges along the way. Handy links for this episode: Play in the VisBug sandbox Download the...

Duration:00:32:46

Isabelle Olsson, Google Hardware

2/5/2019
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In this special crossover episode, Google Method shares an interview from Design Notes—a show about creative work and what it teaches us. Taped at Google Design’s 2018 SPAN Helsinki conference, host Aaron Lammer interviews Isabelle Olsson about her journey to becoming an industrial designer and the intricacies of crafting the design language for Google Hardware. From learning the basics of design from her grandfather (a self-taught industrial designer) to her fascination with materiality and...

Duration:00:24:19

Google UX Confessions

1/8/2019
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From inventing fictitious calendar entries to incorporating personal photos in design mocks, listen in to Google designers’ deepest design confessions. In this episode, host Travis Neilson and a panel of Google UX designers discuss and reflect on their peers’ anonymous confessions and offer insight on important topics, quirky habits, and design struggles that don’t often get airtime. Meet our panel: Simon Pan is a senior interaction designer at Google working on Google News. Before joining...

Duration:00:22:18

Peter Jin Hong & Scott Wasson, Google Job Search

12/4/2018
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In this episode, host Travis Neilson interviews two UX designers at Google—Peter Jin Hong and Scott Wasson—discussing the impact of Google Search and how the newly launched Job Search feature is changing the job-seeking landscape. They cover everything from the effect of transactional memory on job hunters to the importance of qualitative research when making UX decisions. Listen in as they talk behavioral science, soft skills, and identity to illustrate how empathy affects the experience...

Duration:00:37:28

Margaret Lee, UX Community & Culture at Google

11/13/2018
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In this episode, host Travis Neilson interviews Margaret Lee, a UX director at Google, about her journey to leadership and explorations of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Lee shares personal vignettes—including the career stories of her immigrant parents, and stewarding the opinionated nature of her young daughter—to discuss her own path to becoming a “reluctant leader.” Listen in to hear how Lee found a healthy balance between meeting performance expectations at work and being her...

Duration:00:27:47

August de los Reyes of Google Search, Assistant, and News

10/16/2018
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In this episode, host Travis Neilson interviews August de los Reyes, a UX director at Google, about considering a product’s cultural equity—its noneconomic and nonfunctional benefits—and how that influences a user’s state of being. De los Reyes also touches on everything from game and car design to the Eames’ Powers of Ten to illustrate how zooming in and out of designed systems can help bridge the gap between the designer’s intent, the functionality of a product, and the user’s emotional...

Duration:00:30:04

Illustrators at Google

9/19/2018
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In this episode, host Travis Neilson interviews a trio of Google illustrators creating images to inform and delight millions of people around the world. Designer Mat Helme shares insights from his work creating the guidelines for Google’s product illustrations. Motion Designer Laura Dumitru talks about her creative process and the animations she designed for the new Pixel startup sequence. Doodler Hélène Leroux shares the story of her illustrations for Back To The Moon—a Google doodle about...

Duration:00:28:23

Jens Riegelsberger of Google

8/21/2018
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In this episode, Travis Neilson interviews Jens Riegelsberger, a UX Director at Google, about the company’s evolving design identity. Riegelsberger discusses his role in launching Google’s Product Excellence program—an initiative that sets the bar for quality and usability across all Google products—and what it means to build teams that favor multiple perspectives and diverse skillsets. A few highlights: On being a good leader “Look at your job as chiefly to enable other people's insights...

Duration:00:22:39

Ryan Powell of Waymo

7/24/2018
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In this episode, Aidan Simpson interviews Ryan Powell, Waymo’s Head of UX Design, about the company’s Early Rider Program and the challenges of designing during a technology paradigm shift. Plus, Powell unpacks the thinking behind how his team decides what details to include in the car’s interfaces so they foster trust with users. A few highlights: On the challenge of replacing human drivers “I think there's some number out there that says more than half of all communication is nonverbal....

Duration:00:23:28

Conor O'Sullivan of Google Pixel

6/25/2018
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In this episode, Aidan Simpson interviews Google Sound Design Lead Conor O’Sullivan about the nuances of crafting product sounds and the choices that shape everything from notification pings to haptic feedback. The conversation also covers the elements that make up Google’s sonic branding, including resolving G chords and piano music. A few highlights: On the value of sonic subtlety, 9:31 “I do think your goal as a sound designer is to provide feedback that doesn’t jump out too much. It...

Duration:00:21:18

Rich Fulcher of Material Design

5/30/2018
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In this episode, Aidan Simpson interviews Material Design director Rich Fulcher about the evolution of design tools, the importance of flexibility in a design system, and what it means to design for users who are also designers and developers. Learn more about the journeys and creative decisions of designers at Google by subscribing to the Method podcast on Google Play, iTunes, RSS, or Spotify. A few highlights: On designing for designers and developers "It's a little hard to get a feel...

Duration:00:23:37

Jay Wong from Project Fi

5/24/2018
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Aidan interviews UX Design Lead Jay Wong about her experience working as a designer with a computer science degree, some of the design decisions and challenges her team tackles on Project Fi, and much, much more. A few highlights: On why designers should learn programming, 9:35 “Learning to code forces you to get better as a designer because it forces you to think of everything as a system.” On education and knowing your design tools, 15:00 “The faster you are at the tool and the...

Duration:00:23:16

Todd Hausman of Chrome OS

5/1/2018
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In this episode, Aidan Simpson interviews UX Researcher Todd Hausman about human side of research, taking career risks, and his work on Chrome OS—the operating system on devices like Chromebook and Acer’s new Tab 10 tablet. Learn more about the journeys and creative decisions of designers at Google by subscribing to the Method podcast on Google Play, iTunes, RSS, or Spotify. A few highlights: On the best part of being a researcher “What I love about being a researcher is that you get...

Duration:00:17:02