020-2: Stay Enchanted with Jeffrey Zeldman (Part II)

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User Defenders "Zeld Man" Jeffrey Zeldman

Don’t miss Part I of this unforgettable interview.

Jeffrey Zeldman inspires us to not underestimate our users by always testing our assumptions–because we’re often wrong. He reminds us of the tremendous value of writing and synthesizing our thoughts. He teaches us to never underrate our gut instincts. He also encourages us to stay enchanted in our work.

Jeffrey Zeldman is the Godfather of Web Design, and unquestionably the greatest friend of the Web. He’s a guy behind highly esteemed Web Design content initiatives such as A List Apart, An Event Apart and A Book Apart. He’s a prolific speaker and heavily influential blogger. He’s the Author of the our industry’s staple: Designing with Web Standards. He’s the host of one of my favorite design podcasts: The Big Web Show. He’s also the founder of renown Web Design studio Happy Cog. Back in the day, he played synth and Casiotone with The Insect Surfers, a DC post-punk techno-surf band.

LINKS
Jeffrey’s Twitter
Jeffrey’s Website

[RESOURCE] I think it’s your brain. Everything else is replaceable. If you’re bored, start learning something new. If you’re bored, you shouldn’t be in this field. If you’re restless and easy easily distracted–that’s good. That means you’ll keep learning.
[BOOK] Don’t Make Me Think


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020-1: Stay Enchanted with Jeffrey Zeldman (Part I)

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User Defenders "Zeld Man" Jeffrey Zeldman

Don’t miss Part II of this unforgettable interview.

Jeffrey Zeldman dives deep into his origin story to enlighten us on how he got started on the Web. He inspires us to not get caught up in the buzzwords, but to keep it simple and clear. He also gets vulnerable to reveal how overcoming his biggest failure has led to his greatest successes.

Jeffrey Zeldman is the Godfather of Web Design, and unquestionably the greatest friend of the Web. He’s a guy behind highly esteemed Web Design content initiatives such as A List Apart, An Event Apart and A Book Apart. He’s a prolific speaker and heavily influential blogger. He’s the Author of the our industry’s staple: Designing with Web Standards. He’s the host of one of my favorite design podcasts: The Big Web Show. He’s also the founder of renown Web Design studio Happy Cog. Back in the day, he played synth and Casiotone with The Insect Surfers, a DC post-punk techno-surf band.

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Jeffrey’s Twitter
Jeffrey’s Website


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Design for Real Life with Eric Meyer & Sara Wachter-Boettcher

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Design for Real Life

Design for Real Life is a profound and inspiring book. The more things become automated and robotic, the more evident the need to remain human becomes. This book compels us to strive to stay human especially in our approach to how we design for other humans. It deeply challenges the long-held status-quo of resistance to serving so-called edge-cases in our work. It shines a floodlight on our biases that prevent us from looking at the harmful effects our design decisions can have on others when they lack thoughtfulness, compassion & empathy.

Sara Wachter-Boettcher is a content strategy consultant, writer, and the former editor-in-chief of A List Apart. She is the author of Content Everywhere from Rosenfeld Media. She’s also a frequent conference speaker and content strategy workshop facilitator. She’s lived in South Philly for three years, but has still never had a cheesesteak.

Eric Meyer has been working on the web since late 1993 and is an internationally recognized expert on HTML, CSS, and web standards. He’s a widely read author and the founder of Complex Spiral Consulting. He’s technical lead at Rebecca’s Gift, non-profit organization dedicated to providing healing family vacations after the death of a child. He’s also the co-founder of one of my favorite Web conferences…An Event Apart. His first paying gig was working the fry station at a very busy McDonald’s.


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019: The Power of Design Patterns with Pek Pongpaet

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User Defenders "G.S.D." Pek Pongpaet

Pek Pongpaet teaches us that the key to successful UX is in pattern recognition and application. He reminds us of the power of visual hierarchy in that if something’s important, it should never be buried. He reminds us of the power of observation and in testing our product with users. He also inspires us to not just do the work we’re given, but to do the work we want to do.

Pek Pongpaet is the Managing Partner at Silicon Valley based studio imPekable. He crafts outstanding mobile and web products for clients that include Google, HP, Motorola and Groupon to name a few. He’s quite the ninja…literally. He’s an actual motion capture model in the Mortal Kombat games. He’s one of the rare and coveted breeds we would call a unicorn, but he would call a Diviner (Developer/Designer). One of the things you may not see on his resume is his experience working as a stock photography model.

LINKS
Pek’s Studio (impekable)
Pek’s Twitter
Pek’s Instagram

[RESOURCE] Study design patterns.
[BOOK] Don’t Make Me Think


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018: The Beauty of Simplicity with David Demaree

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User Defenders "The Simplifier" David Demaree

David Demaree reminds us of the value of simplicity, brevity, and editing. He encourages us to know who are users are and where they’re coming from. He inspires us not to get too wrapped up into the closeness of our own material and not take the criticism of our work too personally. He also teaches us the importance of staying in touch with the community and to read as much as we can.

David Demaree is a software maker, speaker and blogger. He’s the author of newly released A Book Apart published, Git for Humans. He’s a product manager, designer and web developer for everyone’s favorite groundbreaking font-service software, Adobe Typekit. He’s one of the lucky ones who can say he works really close to a great coffee place…called his kitchen.

LINKS
David’s Twitter
David’s Website

[RESOURCE] Following other product and UX people on Twitter and clicking on interesting links. Staying in touch with the community. Read as much as you can.
[BOOK] The Idea Factory


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