045: Criticize by Creating with Alexa Roman

User Defenders podcast

045: Criticize by Creating with Alexa Roman
Product Design

 
 
00:00 / 1:20:36
 
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Alexa Roman motivates us to prove the value of design and contribute to it every single day. She encourages us to always be learning new things since designers work across many different fields. She inspires us to get more excited about analytics and measuring our designs. She also challenges us to think about what we want on our tombstones…while we’re still this side up.

Alexa Roman is a Lead Product Designer at Burner, an app for creating on-demand, smart phone numbers. At Burner, she works on product and growth initiatives. Customer development, experiments and analytics are core to her design work. Previously, she was at Carbon Five where she worked on growth projects with teams at Nissan, Prosper and Joyable. In her spare time, Alexa volunteers with the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, the Violence Intervention Program and resisterhoodLA.

Fun fact about Alexa is that when she worked in the Art Department for the TV show The Office, she became the resident IT person and would often be called to set to show the actors how to use their on-screen UI. When you see UI in a TV show, it’s nearly always a file that’s been programmed and you have to know the shortcuts to operate it. I did not, however, design that UI and it was terribly out of date even for the time we shot that show.

  • Secret Identity (7:49)
  • Origin Story (12:42)
  • What Will Your Tombstone Say? (19:25)
  • Biggest Failure (21:50)
  • Design Superpower (29:40)
  • How Important is Aesthetics? (35:52)
  • Awkward Testing Story (48:49)
  • Design Kryptonite (55:23)
  • UX Superhero Name (63:59)
  • Designing with Data (64:30)
  • Habit of Success (70:09)
  • Invincible Resource (71:39)
  • Recommended Book (73:28)
  • Best Advice (74:48)

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043: Making New Designers with Laura Klein

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043: Making New Designers with Laura Klein
Product Design

 
 
00:00 / 1:12:31
 
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User Defenders podcast - Laura Klein

Laura Klein shows us how User Experience happens whether we design it intentionally or not. She paints a picture of what the the future of UX Design looks like. She teaches us if we’re too close to a project, we ought to step back and let others do the research. She also uses a really effective medical analogy to remind us of the value of specialization.

BIO
Laura Klein fell in love with technology when she saw her first user research session over 20 years ago. Since then, she’s worked as an engineer, UX designer, and product manager in Silicon Valley for companies of all sizes. Her books, Build Better Products, and UX for Lean Startups help teams learn more about their users, and apply that knowledge to make products people use and love. She helps teams build products, advises early stage startups, and consults with companies that want to improve their research, UX, and product development processes. When she’s not working with clients, she’s blogging and podcasting at her site Users Know. Fun fact: She couldn’t use the working title of her first book because there was too much profanity in it.

  • Secret Identity (5:44)
  • Origin Story (10:56)
  • Where is Design Going? (16:04)
  • Do Titles Matter? (24:50)
  • It Just Works? (29:20)
  • Is Everyone a Designer? (32:56)
  • What Drew you to User Research? (39:16)
  • Awkward Testing Story (44:44)
  • Listener Question? (49:58)
  • Habit of Success (55:42)
  • Invincible Resource (59:24)
  • Recommended Book (63:00)
  • Best Advice (65:30)
  • Contact Info (68:55)

LINKS
Laura’s Twitter
Laura’s Website
Laura’s podcast (What’s Wrong with UX?)
Build Better Products
Mixed Reality & the Future of Design

RESOURCE
Sticky notes & Mural.co

BOOK
Radical Focus


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036: No Designer Left Behind with Nick Finck

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036: No Designer Left Behind with Nick Finck
Mentorship

 
 
00:00 / 1:20:41
 
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User Defenders "UX-Toreador" Nick Finck

Nick Finck teaches us the value of being a connector, and mentoring other designers. He gives us a really compelling, dare I say accurate look into the future of UX. He inspires us to make sure we unplug every once in a while. He also motivates us to find the sweet spot between users, the business, and technology.

Nick Finck at the time of this interview was the Product Design Manager at Facebook. Now, he’s a User Experience Design Immersive Instructor at General Assembly. Prior to Facebook, he was Head of User Experience at Amazon Web Services. He’s been working on the web for two decades solving complex problems for Fortune 500 companies such as Adobe, Intel, REI, Boeing, Google, and Oprah.com. He spent one of those decades also running one of our community’s leading blogs in the early days called Digital Web Magazine. He’s been an active speaker since 2001, who’s spoken at many of our esteemed conferences. He recently started a really exciting project called “UX for Change” with a two-fold goal: to bridge the experience gap many designers have after graduation, and address the mentor deficiency. He also happens to be runner up for Seattle’s Sexiest Geek thwarted by none other than “The Oatmeal’s” Matthew Inman.

  • Secret Identity/Origin Story (4:13)
  • What Inspired Your Career? (6:12)
  • Biggest Superhero (11:20)
  • Second Career Choice (14:00)
  • Biggest Failure (15:33)
  • What Do You Look For When Hiring? (20:40)
  • Awkward Testing Story (26:44)
  • Design Superpower / Superhero Name (33:23)
  • Design Kryptonite (36:56)
  • Fight For Users (41:28)
  • Future Of UX Design (46:58)
  • Rise Against The Machines? (54:28)
  • Habit Of Success (58:22)
  • UX For Change (62:13)
  • Book Recommendation (70:54)
  • Invincible Resource (73:12)
  • Best Advice (74:40)
  • Contact Info (77:35)

LINKS
Nick’s Twitter
Nick’s Facebook
Nick’s Website
UX for Change
We Make Seattle
[RESOURCE] People
[BOOKS] Design Is a JobA Project Guide to UX Design

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035: Minding the Product Gap with Samuel Hulick

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035: Minding the Product Gap with Samuel Hulick
Product Design

 
 
00:00 / 1:09:24
 
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User Defenders "Mr. Helpful" Samuel Hulick

Samuel Hulick shows us how to build bridges for our users. He motivates us to make sure that the effort put into building the software is not wasted in the onboarding experience. He also inspires us to stay curious, and always be learning.

Samuel Hulick is the man behind UserOnboard.com where he creates popular teardowns of onboarding user flows on some of the most popular digital products around. He’s also an author of a book he’s definitely the authority on called “The Elements of User Onboarding”. He’s a consultant, UX designer and front-end developer based out of beautiful Portland, Oregon. He’s also a prolific writer publishing some pretty viral posts on Medium these days. You might be surprised to learn that Samuel is a high-school drop out.

  • Secret Identity/Origin Story (5:04)
  • Onboarding Defined (9:30)
  • Biggest Superhero (16:08)
  • Biggest Failure (17:00)
  • Weirdest Teardown (32:00)
  • Design Superpower (39:20)
  • Design Kryptonite (41:24)
  • Design Superhero Name (42:40)
  • Habit Of Success (48:30)
  • Invincible Resource (50:23)
  • How Much Is Too Much (52:00)
  • Best Advice (64:20)

LINKS
Samuel’s Personal Twitter
Samuel’s Professional Twitter
Samuel’s Website
[ARTICLE] Product People, Mind the Gap!
[ARTICLE] Never Mix Up Features with Benefits Ever Again
[ARTICLE] The Art of Building (or Burning) Product Bridges
[TALK] Kathy Sierra (Business of Software 2009)
[RESOURCE] Extra Credits (YouTube)

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034: Great Products Start with Empathy with Jonathan Pimento

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034: Great Products Start with Empathy with Jonathan Pimento
Product Design

 
 
00:00 / 1:07:28
 
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User Defenders "Photoshop Ninja" Jonathan Pimento

Jonathan teaches us how product managers are the glue between design and engineering. He reminds us that the most important role we can play in the success of a product is being a voice for the customer. He encourages us to never give up on our personal projects. He also motivates us as designers to always stay inspired.

Jonathan Pimento is a Product Manager for Adobe XD. He has a deep passion for design, technology and their intersection. In 2009, he had to pick one of his passions to pursue academically so he chose computer engineering at the University Of Mumbai. He’s been a freelancer, worked with a few startups and has taken many small steps up the big ladder. Solving problems and connecting with the end user is what drives this passion. His interests span across design to writing code, and balancing both with research & data. He also enjoys running and swimming on the weekends.


LINKS
Jonathan’s Twitter
Jonathan’s Website
Signal Noise (Portfolio of James White)
[RESOURCES] Dribbble
[READING] UserTesting.com, Twitter, Medium, Airbnb Lottie


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