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User Defenders podcast: Inspiring Interviews with UX Superheroes

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There are scores of inspirational UX Designers out there who are doing outstanding, innovative work and helping to shape the future in their struggle to solve important design problems while fighting for the users. In our highly accelerating world of technology, wearables and the connected life, there's never been a better time to be a great UX Designer. This podcast is aimed at highlighting those leading the way in their craft by diving deeper into who they are, and what makes them tick/successful, in order to inspire and equip those aspiring to do the same.

There are scores of inspirational UX Designers out there who are doing outstanding, innovative work and helping to shape the future in their struggle to solve important design problems while fighting for the users. In our highly accelerating world of technology, wearables and the connected life, there's never been a better time to be a great UX Designer. This podcast is aimed at highlighting those leading the way in their craft by diving deeper into who they are, and what makes them tick/successful, in order to inspire and equip those aspiring to do the same.
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There are scores of inspirational UX Designers out there who are doing outstanding, innovative work and helping to shape the future in their struggle to solve important design problems while fighting for the users. In our highly accelerating world of technology, wearables and the connected life, there's never been a better time to be a great UX Designer. This podcast is aimed at highlighting those leading the way in their craft by diving deeper into who they are, and what makes them tick/successful, in order to inspire and equip those aspiring to do the same.

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Episodes

Radical Empathy with Seth Godin

11/13/2018
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Seth Godin shows us what radical empathy looks like. He reminds us to do work that matters, for people who care by focusing on serving a minimum viable audience. He teaches us that the way to stay indispensable in our work is to do work where you can’t write down the steps. He also reveals how faked empathy is just as good as real empathy for the true professional acting as if. Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero...

Duration:00:52:48

054: UX Research on a Budget with Becca Kennedy

11/5/2018
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Becca Kennedy teaches us how to do UX research on a budget. She encourages newer designers to demonstrate their problem-solving superpowers by redesigning sub-par experiences they use regularly. She reminds us that users are human before they’re users. She also shows us how we can have anything in life we want, if we will just help others get what they want. Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at...

Duration:01:16:24

Imposter Syndrome: Why We Have it, and How to Kick it in the Privates!

10/29/2018
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Imposter Syndrome is a very common and unwelcome condition especially among creative people. In Jason Ogle's very first monologue episode, he...wait, it's me writing this (and my voice matters, dog gonnit!)...I tackle the important, and very common condition among creative people known as imposter syndrome. I address what it is, why we have it, and how to kick it in the privates! Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links and transcript at...

Duration:00:26:38

Banish Your Inner Critic with Denise Jacobs (Part II)

10/22/2018
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Denise Jacobs teaches us how to banish our inner critic. She motivates us to realize what we’re capable of creatively. She encourages us to overcome the fear of the unknown by turning that fear into curiosity. She also guides us into how to ask for feedback in a way that’s healthy and beneficial to us. Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/innercritic-2 This episode is brought to you by...

Duration:01:25:32

Banish Your Inner Critic with Denise Jacobs (Part I)

10/15/2018
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Denise Jacobs teaches us how to banish our inner critic. She motivates us to realize what we’re capable of creatively. She encourages us to overcome the fear of the unknown by turning that fear into curiosity. She also guides us into how to ask for feedback in a way that’s healthy and beneficial to us. Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/innercritic-1 This episode is brought to you by...

Duration:01:06:24

The State of UX in AI with Josh Clark

10/1/2018
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Josh Clark enlightens us to everything we need to know about the current state of UX in AI. He takes us on an unsettling stroll through uncanny valley. He encourages us to let machines do what they're really good at, and humans do what they're really good at. He guides us into how to begin getting our hands dirty with AI/Machine-Learning. He also articulates how our software/machines are embedded with values, and inspires us (for future's sake) to be intentional about the kinds of values we...

Duration:01:53:43

053-2: Be a Good Ancestor with Alan Cooper (Part II)

9/17/2018
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Alan Cooper teaches us what it means to be a good ancestor. He enlightens us to why it’s so hard to build good software. He reveals how money trumps good UX and ethics far too often. He explains why UX is not about finding the best location for a hamburger menu, but about solving the big problems that exist for the user and the business. He also inspires us to consider (and potentially redirect) the footprints we’re leaving now, for the generations to come. Check out the detailed show notes...

Duration:01:07:40

053-1: Be a Good Ancestor with Alan Cooper (Part I)

9/10/2018
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Alan Cooper teaches us what it means to be a good ancestor. He enlightens us to why it’s so hard to build good software. He reveals how money trumps good UX and ethics far too often. He explains why UX is not about finding the best location for a hamburger menu, but about solving the big problems that exist for the user and the business. He also inspires us to consider (and potentially redirect) the footprints we’re leaving now, for the generations to come. Check out the detailed show notes...

Duration:01:08:04

052: Shining a Light on Black Designers with Tim Hykes

8/27/2018
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Tim Hykes shines a light on black designers. He shows us how an inspiring idea, and a lot of hard work can make a huge impact. He inspires us to challenge everything, especially the status quo. He motivates us to not wait to be asked to solve a problem, but to be a self-starter and solve it. He also teaches us how being a great designer starts with being a great person. Check out the detailed show notes including the transcript and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at...

Duration:01:10:30

Season 5 Teaser Reel

8/16/2018
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Just a small taste of what's to come in what could possibly be the best season yet...Season 5 of User Defenders podcast begins 08.27.17 Featuring in order Alan Cooper, Tim Hykes, Denise Jacobs, Jason Ogle, Josh Clark, Alan Cooper. Be sure to subscribe to automatically receive the incredible new episodes: userdefenders.com/subscribe This was originally recorded as a video (hence the not-great audio quality from my iPhone mic for intro). If you'd like to watch the video, check it out here:...

Duration:00:08:02

Show Update: Days of Future & Past

7/6/2018
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Here's a bit about what's been going on with me, and what's to come with the show and the forthcoming/exciting Season 5.

Duration:00:17:02

051: Accessible Design = Better Design with Derek Featherstone

4/23/2018
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Derek Featherstone teaches us how designing for people with disabilities is really just better design for everybody. He shows us how people with disabilities aren’t different from us, they just use different tools to accomplish the same things. He encourages us to apply empathy to grow our skills in learning how to design for accessibility. He also reveals how taking small steps to incorporate something new into our design process could change everything. Check out the detailed show notes...

Duration:00:53:26

Mindful Technology with Liza Kindred

4/9/2018
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Liza Kindred challenges us to be more mindful in how we use and design technology. She offers us a value system on how to do just that. She encourages us to slow down and incorporate meditation and mindfulness practices into our daily lives. She reminds us to connect more with the real humans physically present with us. She also inspires us to design for the world we want to live in. Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at...

Duration:01:24:55

050: We Can Be Heroes with Jason Ogle

3/26/2018
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Jason Ogle shows us how we can all be design superheroes with the right mindset. He reveals how grit trumps talent, every day. He reminds us of the peril that bad leadership and ego can have on a team and organization. He challenges us to never stop fighting for our users. He also inspires us to be a catalyst for our community. Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/050 This episode is brought to you by InVision Studio...

Duration:01:18:06

049: User Research War Stories with Steve Portigal

3/12/2018
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Steve Portigal challenges us to enjoy the silence when interviewing people. He teaches us the importance of rapport-building, and offers sage advice on how to do it. He shows us how sticking with an interview even when it’s not going well can sometimes bring forth the best data. He also reveals how a little empathy can go a long way in field research. Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/049 This episode is brought to you...

Duration:01:33:38

048: Pick Yourself with Cassie McDaniel

2/26/2018
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Cassie McDaniel inspires us to get away from the ‘pick me’ mindset, and to pick ourselves. She challenges us to be willing to kill our darlings so that something better can emerge. She teaches us the importance of knowing our values, but also embracing the fact that they are going to change. She also encourages us to not just do what we’re good at, but do what we enjoy. Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/048 This episode...

Duration:01:16:09

Live Recording at An Event Apart Denver with Luke Wroblewski, Cassie McDaniel and Chris Coyier

2/19/2018
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I was so delighted when at the beginning of 2017, Eric Meyer + Jeffrey Zeldman asked me if I wanted to record a live episode at my favorite design conference, An Event Apart. Welcome to this very special episode where I felt like I needed to give a radio intro in front of a live audience! Lol, you’ll see what I mean. Thankful to my hero Chris Coyier for saving the day and pulling me out of broadcast mode, into live mode. First time for everything! I’m still in awe at my panel of bad design...

Duration:01:03:59

047: The Web is Neither Good or Bad…nor is it Neutral. It’s an Amplifier with Jeremy Keith

2/12/2018
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Jeremy Keith reveals how the web is neither good or bad, nor neutral, but an amplifier. He inspires us to not let the future be just something that happens to us, but rather something we make with the small things we do today. He encourages us to build software ethically with our users’ psychological vulnerabilities in mind. He motivates us to not build on rented land, but to publish using the superpower of our own URLs. He also shows us how looking to the past is just as important as...

Duration:01:23:48

046: Good Design Favors the Curious with Joe Johnston

1/29/2018
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Joe Johnston inspires us to embrace the superpowers of curiosity and empathy for our users and business owners. He motivates us to always stay curious, and ask why to get to the heart of the problem faster. He encourages us to make sure we use the shiny objects available to us to actually solve a problem. Check out the detailed show notes and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/046 This episode is brought to you by InVision Studio (userdefenders.com/studio):...

Duration:01:08:24

Designing for Designers: Building InVision Studio with Tom Giannattasio

1/19/2018
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“Designers are the architects of human behavior. With a consolidated tool like Studio, designers are going to be able to focus a lot more on designing...as they should.” — Tom Giannattasio In this very special episode, I had the great privilege of talking to Studio mastermind Tom Giannattasio all about what went into building what's being touted as "the world' most powerful screen design tool". Tom has an interesting designer origin story. In this interview, you'll hear how his past...

Duration:00:50:30