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Life of a design agency; Warren Hutchison, Founder, Else London
Warren Hutchison, founder of London-based agency Else, talks to Marek Pawlowski about what it means to create, grow and nurture your own design studio. The conversation ranges from Warren's early forays into digital design in the mid-90s to working client-side for the likes of Universal Music and Yell.com. Marek and Warren get deep into the importance of attracting and retaining talented designers, the M&A landscape as design agencies are acquired by big professional services firms and how...
Mobile context; Eric Kim, VP Design & co-founder, Modo Labs
Eric Kim, VP of Design and co-founder at Modo Labs talks to MEX founder Marek Pawlowski about the challenges of growing a design team within a mobile UX-focused start-up. The conversation roams from Eric's early interest in architecture and how things work, then into graphic design and on to working with early web technologies. The discussion turns to Eric's role as a co-founder with a design background and how this has played an important part in shaping the culture of the company. Get in...
Psion revisited in the Gemini PDA? Martin Riddiford & Davide Guidi
The Gemini PDA by Planet Computers brings a much loved form factor back to the world of smartphones – the clamshell, keyboard-based palmtop. In this episode, MEX founder Marek Pawlowski talks to Martin Riddiford of Therefore Design and Davide Guidi, CTO of Planet Computers, and hears the story of Gemini’s development and successful crowdfunding campaign. It is a tale which traces its roots back over two decades, to the days when British computing pioneer Psion was at the forefront of...
UX of iPhone X; Steve Litchfield, The Phones Show
Just how significant are the user experience changes in iPhone X and what hints do they give us about the future of mobile innovation? Steve Litchfield, technology journalist and one of the world's most experienced reviewers of smartphones, shares his hands-on impressions of Apple's flagship with MEX founder Marek Pawlowski. Drawing on his experiences reviewing more than 200 mobile devices, Steve places iPhone X in the context of 20+ years of touchscreen interfaces. The conversation...
Crap futures; James Auger & Julian Hanna
James Auger and Julian Hanna, the duo behind the Crap Futures blog, talk to Marek Pawlowski about what what motivated them to take on a provocative question we all ponder from time-to-time: whether or not the digital age we’re ushering in really represents the path to a better future? They talk about some of the dystopian examples they’ve highlighted at Crap Futures and share techniques we can all use to ensure the future really serves those who have to live in it. Get in touch with...
Closure experiences; Joe Macleod, author of Ends
Joe Macleod's book 'Ends' asks us to consider why we have such difficulty designing closure experiences. He talks to MEX founder Marek Pawlowski about how the thinking behind the book emerged from a career in mobile technology with Nokia and design agency Ustwo, where he saw companies unable to address important issues around off-boarding. The conversation ranges across the diverse areas Joe explores in the book, from historical behaviour patterns in religions, industry and health to...
User research & holocracy; Alex Genov, Head of UX Research, Zappos
Alex Genov, head of UX Research at Zappos, talks to Marek Pawlowski, founder of MEX, about designing retail experiences, understanding users as people and emerging user research methods. The conversation covers Genov’s early interest in experimental social psychology and expands into a discussion of how he has applied his knowledge in both financial services and retailers. Genov and Pawlowski also talk about Zappos’ core commitment to customer service and how its adoption of the holocracy...
Wearable experience design; Marek Pawlowski & Alex Guest
Marek Pawlowski and Alex Guest take up Patrizia Bertini's challenge from the last episode and go in search of wearable technology beyond the smartwatch. After questioning the term 'wearable' itself, Marek and Alex cite examples ranging from illuminated clothing to medical implants, before searching for design approaches which might result in products more relevant to users' lives. Marek challenges listeners to abandon the smartphone as the anchor point for wearable products and see whether...
The Friday design inspirations project
In this episode we share 6 digital design inspirations, from a sci-fi film script written by artificial intelligence to a fashion collection influenced by sound waves. Prompted by a move to Basecamp for MEX collaboration, podcast co-host Alex Guest introduced ‘Friday inspirations’, a recurring task for each member of the team to share a weekly ‘find’ with colleagues. Alex and co-host Marek Pawlowski take turns explaining why they picked each inspiration and how it relates to digital...
Experiencing virtual reality & HTC Vive special edition
This special edition of the MEX podcast takes you hands-on with the user experience of virtual reality, with bonus photos and videos. In episode 12 we went in-depth on the design principles of augmented, virtual and mixed reality with Greg Taylor of Tigerspike. When Greg took delivery of his HTC Vive – arguably the most immersive virtual reality experience available to consumers today – he invited Design Talk hosts Marek Pawlowski and Alex Guest to spend an afternoon exploring it in...