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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

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

Fiona Yeung & Alison Boncha of Hexagon UX

3/27/2018
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In this episode, Aidan Simpson interviews Interaction Designers Alison Boncha and Fiona Yeung about impostor syndrome, the importance of mentorship, and how they developed the bold, inclusive new brand for Hexagon—a supportive community of women and non-binary UXers. The trio also discuss great career advice, hard lessons, and why everyone should have a “Yay Folder.” A few highlights: Alison on why you should leave your first job “A friend in college told me, never stay your first job...

Duration:00:16:53

Josh Lovejoy from Google Clips

2/27/2018
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In this episode, Aidan Simpson interviews UX Designer Josh Lovejoy about the design of the Google Clips camera, building user trust in ‘magical’ products, and ways of using UX to help people feel more in the moment. Learn more about the journeys and creative decisions of designers at Google by subscribing to the Method podcast. A few highlights: On overcoming the myths of magic, neutral AI, 10:22 “We can use technology to connect better with the self that we aspire to be. If we can get...

Duration:00:12:15

Margaret Urban from Google Assistant

1/30/2018
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In this episode, guest interviewer and Google designer Travis Neilson talks with Senior Interaction Designer Margaret Urban about the magic of language, the importance of considering cognitive load, and the future of voice user interface design. On making computers sound human, 2:35 “How language is used in the social context is really important in creating something that sounds natural. Because we want the computers to talk like people. We don't want to force the people to talk like...

Duration:00:22:40

Ayan Daniels from Android Messages

1/4/2018
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In this episode, Aidan interviews Visual Designer Ayan Daniels about her work on Android Messages, her debate-sparking illustration for the Pixel phone, and what it’s like being a woman of color at Google. Ayan Daniels is a San Francisco-based Visual Designer hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio. Currently working on the Android Messages team, Ayan has been at Google for more than two years and previously worked on both Android and Pixel. Handy info and links for this episode: RCS (Rich...

Duration:00:22:26

Sydney Hessel from Design Sprint Team

12/5/2017
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UX Researcher and Sprint Master Sydney Hessel talks about her unconventional research background, the ins and outs of the sprint methodology, and getting people out of their comfort zones to generate creative ideas.

Duration:00:20:34

Rachel Been from Material

11/8/2017
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Material Design Creative Director Rachel Been on creating a design system at scale, emoji, and the creative power of curiosity. A few highlights: On the challenge of making a design system at scale, 1:23 “To create a system that potentially works for thousands of products to use. To define and spec a button that thousands of different product teams could functionally use. It’s a challenge to make that work.” On becoming a designer, 7:18 “I have a really atypical background. I studied...

Duration:00:18:37

Roman Nurik from Firebase

10/11/2017
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In this episode, Design Advocate and host of the new Design Notes podcast Liam Spradlin speaks with Senior Interaction Designer Roman Nurik about Google’s Firebase mobile development platform, the unique challenges of designing for developers, and his approach to building design tools. Subscribe to the Method podcast on Google Play, iTunes, or RSS. A few highlights: On designing UX for developers, 18:00 “We really want to make sure that if you come into Firebase not having ever built a...

Duration:00:34:41

Darren Delaye from Daydream

8/24/2017
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In this episode, Aidan speaks with User Experience Designer Darren Delaye about the unique challenges of designing for VR, the future of Daydream, and Darren’s work across many products over his 12 years at Google. “A new challenge is not knowing exactly what versions of your platform, your hardware, and the future, to design for. The easiest projects are the ones where you know the goals and you know the parameters. But sometimes, working on the Daydream team and in VR, we don't even know...

Duration:00:27:23

Rita DeRaedt from Google Voice

8/3/2017
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In this episode, Aidan speaks with Interaction Designer Rita DeRaedt about rising to challenges, crafting a new onboarding sequence for Google Voice, taking risks, and much, much more. A few highlights: On getting coffee with Google co-founder Sergey Brin, 2:44 "The other design interns and I had this ongoing joke that we were going to get Larry and Sergey to have a one-on-one with us . . . and because I wanted to make it happen, I kind of volunteered myself." On becoming a television...

Duration:00:25:06