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

User Defenders podcast
User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
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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Editing by Chris Combs | Music by Wyman Gentry

018: The Beauty of Simplicity with David Demaree

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User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
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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Artwork by Cesar Lemus | Editing by Chris Combs | Music by Wyman Gentry

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015: Going the Distance with Rachel Andrew

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User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
015: Going the Distance with Rachel Andrew
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User Defenders "Super Gran" Rachel Andrew

Rachel Andrew inspires us to understand people who are not like us because most often the products we design are not for us. She motivates us with her successful habit of GTD (Getting Things Done). She teaches us that solid attention to detail and ability to execute can be more important than specific technical skills. She also proves to us that experience never gets old.

Rachel Andrew is a Web Pioneer and the Managing Director and founder of UK-based web development company EdgeOfMySeat.com. She’s a prolific author of a number of Web Development books including her most recent A Book Apart published “Get Ready for CSS Grid Layout“. She’s also an active speaker who has spoken at a number of notable web conferences. When she’s not writing code, or writing about writing code…she’s a taxi to teenagers and quite a fitness buff.

LINKS
@RachelAndrew
Rachel’s Web Site
Perch CMS

[ARTICLE] Perfectionism or procrastination? Reframing the MVP
[RESOURCE] Style guides and pattern libraries
[BOOK] Atomic Design by Brad Frost
[BOOK] The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande


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Artwork: Cesar Lemus | Editing: Chris Combs | Prep: Win Goodbody | Music: Wyman Gentry


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009: There is No “Big Time”, There’s Always Something Ahead with Josh Clark

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User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
009: There is No “Big Time”, There’s Always Something Ahead with Josh Clark
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User Defenders "Dr. Touch" Josh Clark

Josh Clark inspires us to not forget to splash in puddles and give ourselves permission to play in our work. He encourages us to not just tell our story, but to find out our users’ story and craft our experience and technology around that. He also shares with us that the things we make are not who we are and to think deeply about what kind of world we want to make…because we’re the ones shaping it.

Josh Clark (“Dr. Touch”) is a designer specializing in mobile design, strategy and user experience especially as it relates to touch. He’s the founder of the powerful design laboratory Big Medium (formerly Global Moxie). He’s the author of five books including the O’Reilly published Tapworthy and the newly released A Book Apart published “Designing for Touch”. He’s also a prominent blogger and speaker, the creator of the popular Couch to 5K running program, and he happens to be Maine’s 11th strongest man.

LINKS
Josh’s Website
Josh’s Twitter

[RESOURCE] Spending time with people.
[BOOK] Enchanted Objects
[BOOK] Designing Connected Products
[BOOK] The Circle


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