041: Everything’s Terrible, and That’s Great with Matt Griffin

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Matt Griffin shows us how empathy and sensitivity to the world around us is the key to great design. He teaches us how as a leader, the worst decision is no decision. He explains how hands are his most invincible UX resource or tool. He also inspires us starting out to take ‘every damn opportunity we can get’.

Matt Griffin is a designer and founder of Bearded and Wood Type Revival, and the director of What Comes Next is the Future, a documentary film about the web. He’s a speaker, writer, and an avid advocate for collaboration in design. He’s also a letterpress printer, and one of the creators of Wood Type Revival, a project which seeks out lost historic wood type and converts it into digital fonts for modern designers. Matt lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife Elizabeth, and his son Argus. Previous to entering the world of design, Matt was an active musician (drums, mostly). He toured all over and played on a fair number of records. His band in college got kind of famous in Japan.

  • Secret Identity (4:46)
  • Origin Story (7:18)
  • Bearded Closing its Doors (17:04)
  • Biggest Failure (31:45)
  • Awkward Testing Story (43:21)
  • Design Superpower (45:44)
  • Design Kryptonite (46:54)
  • UX Superhero Name (50:07)
  • Fights for Users (51:48)
  • Habit of Success (63:25)
  • Invincible Resource (65:22)
  • Recommended Book (70:54)
  • Best Advice (78:12)

LINKS
Matt’s Twitter
Matt’s Website
Matt’s A List Apart [ARTICLES]
What Comes Next is the Future [VIDEO]
Hooked on a Feeling by David Hasselhoff [VIDEO]

RESOURCE
Hands

BOOKS
Natural Histories
Americanah
Between the World and Me
Infinite Jest


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027: Looking Down the Road with Aarron Walter

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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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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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Artwork by Cesar Lemus | Editing by Chris Combs | Music by Wyman Gentry

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013: Practice What You Do with Dan Mall

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User Defenders "Vision" Dan Mall

Dan Mall inspires us to get really good at what we do by constantly practicing it. He reminds us of the importance of work/life balance and setting the right priorities. He also reminds us that there’s a big difference between being a leader and being a boss, and how great leaders are always looking for ways to serve their people. He also shares with us that the future of good UX is the same as it’s always been…invisible.

Dan Mall (Vision) is the founder and Design Director of the magnificent design collaborative “SuperFriendly” based in Philadelphia where he teams up with his own Justice League of top-notch design superheroes such as Josh Clark (a.k.a. Dr. Touch) and Brad Frost. He’s the author of A Book Apart published “Pricing Design“. He’s been the Design Director at Big Spaceship, Interactive Director at Happy Cog, technical editor for A List Apart, and singer/keyboard player for contemporary-Christian band Four24. He has a passion for playing matchmaker between surprising art direction and intuitive interaction design. His most significant role I’d wager is as an enthralled husband and Dad.

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008: There’s a Lot of Opportunity for Those Who Are Willing to Take Some Risks with Ben Callahan

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User Defenders "Mr. Middleman" Ben Callahan

Ben Callahan inspires us to be passionate about the interfaces we design and put ourselves in the shoes of the people who are using them to do amazing things. He shares a really interesting parallel from Jazz music to the work we do. He reminds us to make every day count by first thinking about what’s truly important and impactful for that day. He also encourages us to not be afraid to make stuff and put it out there because we’ll only get better by trying.

Ben Callahan is the president of the insanely talented and nimble web design studio Sparkbox in beautiful Dayton, Ohio. Ben is unquestionably one of today’s foremost experts on Responsive Web Design and building responsibly. He’s an active blogger and TedX speaker who has been invited to speak at pretty much any notable web design conference that exists. He’s also a family man, a fellow coffee snob, and one of the nicest, down-to-earth guys I’ve met in this industry.

LINKS
Ben’s Twitter
Ben’s Website
Ben’s Blog
Sparkbox
Codepen Redesign
[VIDEO] Ben’s TedX Talk

[RESOURCE] UIE Library
[BOOK] On The Run (A Fugitive Life In An American City)


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