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Kate and Laura drink and fight about what is wrong with user experience design.

Kate and Laura drink and fight about what is wrong with user experience design.
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United States

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Kate and Laura drink and fight about what is wrong with user experience design.

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English


Episodes

What We Learned

10/15/2019
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It's a totally arbitrary milestone! On this, their 99th episode, Kate and Laura pretend that they're capable of learning and argue about what's changed and what's stayed the same over the years since they started yelling at each other. Drink Pairing: Candy Corn Martini (it's a martini made with candy corn infused vodka which is apparently a thing that exists because everything is terrible)

Duration:00:31:30

UX Education

10/1/2019
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In this episode, Laura's off yelling at clouds, and the notable Jess Ivins steps in to talk about learning, education and how to keep growing as a UX person. Jess says smart and helpful things while Kate rambles on but does get in some good references to articles she did not write. A highlight is how to talk to your boss to get the company to invest in your learning. Drink pairing: The dark, inky joy of a good Malbec.

Duration:00:28:43

Requirements

9/24/2019
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In this episode, Kate and Laura yell about PRDs, MRDs, and FRDs which are things that nobody under 40 has ever heard of or cared about. They also talk about how PMs and UXers can never agree on who is responsible for what kinds of requirements, probably because they're all too busy redefining their job descriptions. Drink pairing: Pumpkin Spice Vodka (Look, it's autumn, so I assume this abomination exists somewhere)

Duration:00:28:46

Troubleshooting

9/10/2019
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In this episode, Kate and Laura talk about absolutely nothing design related whatsoever. It's pretty much all just Laura whining about reinstalling Python and Kate asking if you've turned it off and on and again. There's probably a minute or two of useful info on how to troubleshoot a system. Drink Pairing: Body Shots!

Duration:00:25:47

Tradeoffs

8/27/2019
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In this episode, Laura rants for several minutes about virtual keyboards, since apparently it's still 2008. Then they talk about car crashes and how to maybe not contribute to them with your stupid design tradeoffs. Drink Pairing: Irish Coffee (made with Fair Trade coffee, obvs)

Duration:00:26:40

Welcome Robot Overlords

8/13/2019
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In this episode, Laura whines that she doesn't have a robot army yet, and Kate gets distracted thinking about robot bartenders. Do robots podcast yet? Asking for a social media intern who has to write these blurbs. Drink Pairing: Old Fashioned

Duration:00:31:44

Who Is a Designer?

7/23/2019
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For some horrible reason, Kate and Laura are beating the dead horse that is Everybody is a Designer...wait...NOBODY is a Designer...I mean...oh who the hell cares? Just tell me what we're drinking for this one. Drink Pairing: Just decide already. I mean I GUESS EVERYBODY IS A BARTENDER NOW TOO.

Duration:00:32:10

Design Doing

7/9/2019
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What's that? Kate and Laura are talking about doing things again? Well, beats the hell out of actually doing anything, I suppose. Drink Pairing: Dewars and soda

Duration:00:29:36

Everything Ops is New Again

6/25/2019
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In this episode, Laura blathers on again about DevOps while Kate desperately tries to explain how any of this is relevant to designers. (Ed. note: It isn't!) They finally agree to yell at people about naming their layers while admitting that they never have and never will. Laura accidentally coins the phrase: Enforce, Evolve, and Enhance, which sounds like something directly out of 1984. Drink Pairing: Fuzzy Navel

Duration:00:27:54

How Long Will This Take?

6/4/2019
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An unintentionally long episode about time estimates that proves that time estimates are bullshit. Also, Kate talks about her favorite drink recipe. Drink Pairing: Old Fashioned

Duration:00:31:28

One Weird Trick to Piss Off Your Users

5/7/2019
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In this episode, Kate and Laura discuss the only thing they're really experts on: pissing people off. Drink Pairing: Light Beer

Duration:00:29:28

Don't Read the Comments

4/23/2019
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In this episode, Kate tries to talk Laura into caring about the podcast listeners. Hey, that's you! If you enjoy hearing people cackle about borderline abusive neglect, this is the episode you've been waiting for. Drink Pairing: Highball (this was a listener request, so don't say we never listen to our listeners, despite the fact that we explicitly say we don't in this episode)

Duration:00:32:30

Should Designers Lead

4/2/2019
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In this episode, Kate and Laura discuss something (semi) topical. They argue about whether designers should lead and then of course somehow veer into what design even is anyway and it's pretty much a typical mess. Drink Pairing: Mojitos (or anything muddled)

Duration:00:25:26

Craft

3/19/2019
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In this episode, Kate and Laura argue about The Craft, which relates to neither witchcraft nor macrame owls, so honestly why do they even bother? Seriously though, tune in for 30 minutes of blathering about what words mean. Drink pairing: Craft beer

Duration:00:30:13

Motivation

3/5/2019
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In this episode, Kate and Laura talk about how to get and stay motivated in a design environment. In an ironic and completely foreseeable twist, I honestly can't be bothered to come up with something clever to say about any of this. Drink pairing: eh. Whatever's closest.

Duration:00:27:27

The World Where We Live

2/19/2019
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In this episode, Laura and Kate take on the world - specifically, a framework for making decisions that takes into account the fact that humans are bad at long vs short term decision making. You can really tell that Laura failed Philosophy a few times in this one. Drink Pairing: White Russian

Duration:00:34:03

Should You Write a Book?

1/29/2019
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In this episode, Kate and Laura ask the important question: Should you make the same stupid mistake that Laura has made repeatedly? No. The answer is no. Also, what is wrong with you? Have we taught you nothing? Drink Pairing: Absinthe

Duration:00:30:42

Unicorn Hunting

1/15/2019
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In this episode, Kate and Laura complain about UX job descriptions and give people some suggestions about how to deal with them. TL;DR; There's nothing you can do about it so just ignore them. Drink Pairing: Anything sparkling

Duration:00:27:29

Protect Your Users from Each Other

1/1/2019
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In this episode, Kate and Laura talk about how and why to protect your users from each other while they slowly lose what little faith they still had in humanity. Happy New Year. Drink pairing: Bottomless Mimosas. Or topless. Whatever. You do you.

Duration:00:30:36

Storyboarding

12/18/2018
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In this episode, Kate and Laura talk endlessly about visual things. Again. This time it's storyboards. Also, Laura apparently has something against Cleveland? And also the rest of humanity? Who even knows? Drink pairing: Mulled wine

Duration:00:26:35