028: Be Persistent with Chris Coyier

 

User Defenders "CSS Man" Chris Coyier

Chris Coyier teaches us that if we care about succeeding in something, we need to be willing to persist for a long time. He inspires us to grab hold of the joy that comes from building for ourselves, too. He encourages us to not just use a framework because we’re “supposed to”, but to use whatever tool is right for the job. He also enlightens us to the superpower of using SVG in practical ways.

Chris Coyier is the founder of everybody’s favorite CSS resource CSS-Tricks, and the author of newly released A Book Apart published “Practical SVG”. He’s a fellow podcaster co-hosting the Shop Talk Show. He co-founded the incredibly innovative web coding playground, CodePen. He loves to share his knowledge as an international speaker and avid blogger. His life goal is to be a banjo player in an old time string band.

Practical SVG by Chris Coyier

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Hooked: How To Build Habit-Forming Products with Nir Eyal

 

Nir Eyal Author Of Hooked: How To Build Habit Forming Products on User Defenders

I have a listener survey and one of you suggested Nir Eyal as a superguest. Today (thanks to your suggestion) I got to interview the man himself. Nir is the author of the buzz-worthy book Hooked: How To Build Habit-Forming Products.

Nir did not disappoint. The guy is a wealth of knowledge and you’ll notice listening to him that he’s definitely got his 10,000 hours focusing on the fascinating topic of behavioral design. How do we design products that hook our users and create healthy habits? Should designers of addictive and potentially unsafe products be a little more vocal about offering help to its users? We touch on these provocative topics and much more in today’s episode!

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027: Looking Down The Road with Aarron Walter

 
User Defenders "The Falcon" Aarron Walter

Aarron Walter inspires us to always try and see the big picture. He challenges us to produce more grounded work by getting outside our bubbles, and feeling a bit more pain. He shows us how storytelling is central to the human experience and transcends our medium. He also inspires us to maintain plenty of inputs in order to craft more interesting experiences for our users.

Aarron Walter (The Falcon) is the VP of Design Education at InVision. Prior to this he founded the UX practice at MailChimp (along many other accomplishments too numerable to mention here). He’s the author of A Book Apart published Designing for Emotion. He’s a frequent speaker at conferences around the world, and his design guidance has helped the White House, the US Department of State, along with dozens of startups and venture capitalists. He’s run with the bulls in Pamplona, met 3 presidents, been blessed by the Pope, and bungee jumped off a 10 story crane. Eat your heart out most interesting man in the world.

  • Secret Identity (2:34)
  • Origin Story (4:47)
  • How Important Is Storytelling To Our Work? (9:49)
  • Has Film Influenced You As A Designer? (13:08)
  • Biggest Superhero (19:45)
  • Second Career Choice (22:37)
  • Biggest Failure (25:38)
  • Awkward Testing Story (33:44)
  • Design Superpower (39:29)
  • Design Kryptonite (40:58)
  • Design Superhero Name (43:50)
  • Fight For Users (44:28)
  • Future Of UX Design (46:39)
  • Habit Of Success (51:45)
  • Invincible Resource (53:02)
  • Book Recommendation (55:25)
  • Best Advice (57:35)
  • Most Excited About (58:16)
  • Contact Info (1:00:16)

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026: We Are Not Our Users with Nikkel Blaase

 

User Defenders "Deep Thought" Nikkel Blaase

Nikkel Blaase reminds us that we are not our users. He encourages us to make time for deep thinking. He teaches us that without failing, there’s no learning. He guides us to not spend too much time figuring out a solution if we don’t know what the problem is. He shows us how creating value for our users creates value for our business. He also motivates us to never stop learning, practice as often as we can…and stay curious.

Nikkel Blaase (Deep Thought) is a product and interaction designer from Hamburg, Germany currently working at XING. He’s the founder of “Design Made For You” studio. He’s a fantastic writer who’s published viral articles on Medium, FastCoDesign and InVision. He’s passionate about bringing product thinking to the world of product development in order to as he says build products that people actually want. When he was a teenager, he played guitar in a punk rock band.

  • Secret Identity (2:55)
  • Origin Story (5:18)
  • Biggest Superhero (7:55)
  • What Is Product Thinking (9:26)
  • Second Career Choice (11:10)
  • Biggest Failure (12:08)
  • Do Designers Lack Empathy For Their Businesses? (17:32)
  • Awkward Testing Story (20:45)
  • Design Superpower (24:17)
  • Design Kryptonite (26:42)
  • Design Superhero Name (29:51)
  • Fight For Users (35:46)
  • Future Of UX Design (39:01)
  • Generalist vs. Specialist (44:05)
  • Habit Of Success (44:58 )
  • Invincible Resource (46:11)
  • Book Recommendation (48:24)
  • Favorite Conference (51:13)
  • Best Advice (52:20)
  • Most Excited About (54:07)
  • Next Big Blog Ideas (55:07)
  • Contact Info (56:00)

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