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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

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 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: userdefenders.com/s5vid Can't wait to serve you this new season, Defender! The dope song...

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. This episode is brought to you by...

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. This episode is brought to you by InVision Studio (userdefenders.com/studio): The world's most powerful...

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. This episode is brought to you by InVision Studio (userdefenders.com/studio): The world's most powerful screen design tool Get your FREE audiobook...

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. This episode is brought to you by InVision Studio (userdefenders.com/studio): The world's most powerful screen design tool Get your FREE...

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. This episode is brought to you by InVision Studio (userdefenders.com/studio): The world's most powerful screen design...

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...

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. This episode is brought to you by InVision Studio (userdefenders.com/studio): The world's most powerful screen design tool Get your FREE audiobook (userdefenders.com/freebook) from...

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

045: Criticize by Creating with Alexa Roman

1/15/2018
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Alexa Roman motivates us to prove the value of design and contribute to it every single day. She encourages us to always be learning new things since designers work across many different fields. She inspires us to get more excited about analytics and measuring our designs. She also challenges us to think about what we want on our tombstones...while we’re still this side up. This episode is brought to you by InVision Studio (userdefenders.com/studio): The world's most powerful screen...

Duration:01:20:48

Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Stars: The True Story of a Real Rocket Man with G.A. “Jim” Ogle

11/21/2017
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Welcome to this very special, quite literally out of this world episode with my father, G.A. “Jim” Ogle. You know how they say it doesn’t take a rocket scientist? Well, my Dad is one. On a recent vacation to Florida to celebrate his 80th birthday, he spent nearly three hours telling me his compelling story. G.A. "Jim" Ogle fell in love with airplanes at the early age of 8 years old. The circumstances that presented this initial passion were far from ideal. He was recovering in a hospital...

Duration:02:38:34

044: Different Inputs = Different Outputs with Joshua Oluwagbemiga

10/30/2017
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Joshua Oluwagbemiga motivates us to allow different inputs to influence our visual outputs. He shows us the effective power of determination when pursuing the craft of design. He also reminds us that inspiration is all around us...if we’re looking for it. This episode is brought to you by Adobe, makers of XD (userdefenders.com/xd). Get your FREE audiobook (userdefenders.com/freebook) from Audible. No commitment. Cancel in 30 days, and you won't be charged. The book is still yours to keep.

Duration:01:01:42

An Episode Apart with Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman

10/20/2017
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On this special episode, Eric Meyer, Jeffrey Zeldman and I discuss the premiere web and UX design conference they started over a decade ago. We talk about the game-changing innovations that have come out of An Event Apart, as well as what to expect at User Defenders' very first Denver appearance on December 11-13, 2017.

Duration:00:30:47

Animation at Work with Rachel Nabors

10/16/2017
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Rachel Nabors gives us a deep-dive into the art & science of web animation. She motivates us to sell animation as a UX enhancement, rather than a delight factor. She also exhorts us to animate ethically and responsibly. This episode is brought to you by Adobe, makers of XD (userdefenders.com/xd). Get your FREE audiobook (userdefenders.com/freebook) from Audible. No commitment. Cancel in 30 days, and you won't be charged. The book is still yours to keep.

Duration:01:03:30

043: Making New Designers with Laura Klein

10/2/2017
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Laura Klein shows us how User Experience happens whether we design it intentionally or not. She paints a picture of what the the future of UX Design looks like. She teaches us if we’re too close to a project, we ought to step back and let others do the research. She also uses a really effective medical analogy to remind us of the value of specialization. This episode is brought to you by Adobe, makers of XD (userdefenders.com/xd). Get your FREE audiobook (userdefenders.com/freebook) from...

Duration:01:12:44

042: Practical Design Discovery with Dan Brown

9/18/2017
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Dan Brown inspires us to get great at asking questions because 'the question' is one of our most invincible resources. He reminds us to maintain a spirit of collaboration with the the team members we’re struggling with since they care as much about the project as we do. He encourages us to always peer beneath the surface at the underlying structure of whatever we’re working on. He also motivates us to never settle. This episode is brought to you by Adobe, makers of XD...

Duration:01:17:25

041: Everything’s Terrible, and That’s Great with Matt Griffin

9/4/2017
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Matt Griffin shows us how empathy and sensitivity to the world around us is the key to great design. He teaches us how as a leader, the worst decision is no decision. He explains how hands are his most invincible UX resource or tool. He also inspires us starting out to take ‘every damn opportunity […]

Duration:01:25:30

040: Should Developers Design with Laura Elizabeth

8/21/2017
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Laura Elizabeth reveals how developers can learn design. She articulates the importance of reflecting on our users’ needs more than our personal tastes. She touches on how making a product makes us better designers. She also inspires us to always be genuine in our dealings with our customers if we want to build (and keep) […]

Duration:01:06:48