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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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English


Episodes

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

7/6/2019
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On the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon launch/landing, I invite you to come hear my rocket scientist father (G.A. "Jim" Ogle) re-tell his experience on User Defenders: Community (https://community.userdefenders.com) of the events that took place the day of the launch on July 16, 1969, leading into the unforgettable and awe-inspiring day of July 20, 1969 when the U.S. achieved the unimaginable feat of landing the first humans on the moon. He will also answer your questions...

Duration:02:41:54

062: UX School of No B.S. with Joe Natoli

6/24/2019
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Welcome to Joe Natoli’s UX School of No B.S. Class is now in session. Joe reveals that there’s no limit to how far any UX’er with a healthy dose of grit and resilience can go. He puts jargon in a choke-hold, then proceeds to drop-kick it in the privates! He inspires us to be like Tom Hanks in “Big”...never afraid to ask questions for the betterment of the people and project. He motivates us to apply for any job we truly want, especially when we feel unqualified for it. He also teaches us how...

Duration:01:40:15

061: Empathy as a Design Superpower with Jason Ogle

6/10/2019
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Jason Ogle proves that empathic design is not only possible, but essential in creating life-changing products and services. He enlightens us to our seldom talked about mirror neurons and the critical role they play in user testing. He shines a spotlight on incredibly powerful and moving examples of empathy in design. He also teaches us how empathy can not only be taught and learned, but practiced, because being great designer begins and ends with being a great human. Those who are able,...

Duration:00:49:32

060: Improv & UX?! Yes, and...with Mike Gorgone

5/27/2019
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Mike Gorgone unleashes his impromptu playbook to rescue us from our most unwelcome critic...ourselves. He teaches us how marrying the two seemingly disparate concepts of improv & UX, can help us break free from the crippling self-doubt that keeps us from our best collaborations. Yes, and he shows us how fun kills fear. He also reveals how even the "bad ideas" can lead us to great ones while building a fantastic UX punchline worthy of a standing ovation. Check out the detailed show notes...

Duration:01:03:53

059: Writing for Designers with Scott Kubie

5/13/2019
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Scott Kubie shows us how writing is designing with words. He reminds us that someone has to be the writer, and it’s our job to know who that person is. He calls on us to take up the task of writing when nobody else can, and warns of what leaving it till the end will do. He also shares some neat tricks to spur momentum and overcome those intimidating blank pages. Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at...

Duration:00:55:16

Help me keep User Defenders: Podcast on the air...

5/3/2019
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Help me keep User Defenders podcast on the air...and help yourself to some amazing, exclusive perks! Creating and running a podcast like User Defenders is not only a ton of work, but also very expensive. Each episode costs $200-300 to put into the world, not to mention the recurring monthly/annual costs for software, hosting, CDN, Web dev, and more I won't bore you with. Sponsors are what have made this show possible and kept the lights on since 2015, but sponsor dollars are scarce and...

Duration:00:08:27

058: Finding the Right Cultural Fit with Justin Dauer

4/29/2019
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Justin Dauer implores us never settle in our important quest to find the right cultural fit. He reminds us that being human-centered doesn’t just affect our users, but especially the humans we interact with. He encourages us to think hard about where we choose to hang our hat, and understand what the ramifications of the wrong decision may be. He also reveals the maze of signals to watch out for in our search for the culture that will foster our creativity, and empower our passion to produce...

Duration:00:55:47

057: Interviewing Like a Boss with Andy Vitale

4/15/2019
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Andy Vitale teaches us all about how to interview for our next UX job like a boss. He emphasizes the importance of avoiding jargon, and at all costs the temptation to conflate confidence with arrogance. He reminds us to be prepared to get way out of our comfort zones, and even offers smart techniques on how to cope with the discomfort in those critical moments. He also points out that pay isn't everything, and that a fantastic work culture can make all the difference. Check out the detailed...

Duration:01:12:35

056: Building an Effective UX Portfolio with Sarah Doody

4/1/2019
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Sarah Doody challenges us to think of our portfolio as one of the most important products we’ll ever create. She urges us to not only communicate our contributions, but to both show and tell the story of each project. In the end, she teaches us that using the right process is more than just about landing our next UX job–it will also make us better designers. Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at...

Duration:01:03:25

055: How to Get Your Foot in the Door with Andy Budd

3/18/2019
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Andy Budd reveals what the hiring minds of companies are really thinking. He answers how to navigate the recruitment process and presents an invaluable insight that shows how to subvert it altogether. He urges us to be more of who we are and to recognize that each of us has unique talents that are fit for the right organizations at the right time. He also emphasizes that it's up to each job seeker to communicate their personal value if they want to land the job of their dreams. Check out...

Duration:01:15:35

UD Community is Live! Join Us!

1/16/2019
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UD Community is Live! Join the most passionate, empathic, and hungry community of UXers around, now! UD Community is a safe gathering place for Defenders in all areas and phases of UX to connect with other Defenders, ask questions, share knowledge, and offer inspiration to help us not grow weary in our important mission of fighting for our users! https://community.userdefenders.com

Duration:00:09:42

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