Animation at Work with Rachel Nabors

User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
Animation at Work with Rachel Nabors
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Animation at Work with Rachel Nabors

Rachel Nabors gives us a deep-dive into the art & science of web animation. She motivates us to sell animation as a UX enhancement, rather than a delight factor. She also exhorts us to animate ethically and responsibly.

BIO
Rachel Nabors began telling stories online as a teenager with her award-winning web comics. Her love of web technologies transformed into a career in front end development, where she has worked with Mozilla, the W3C, and currently Microsoft to build the web forward. She tends the web animation community via the Animation at Work Slack and her web animation newsletter Web Animation Weekly. She recently wrote an A Book Apart book called Animation at Work: a book on using animation in web design. When she isn’t traveling the world, giving talks and kissing puppies, she can be found perched in Seattle, sipping a cup of fancy tea! She also used to be an award-winning independent cartoonist with 400k teenage girls reading her weekly comics on an iVillage site.

  • Animation Origin Story (5:44)
  • Getting Animation Buy-off (14:01)
  • Animation is Not About Delight (20:47)
  • Do I Have to Draw to Animate? (33:42)
  • Web Animation Resources (36:41)
  • Future of Banner Ads (46:27)
  • Listener Question (50:59)
  • 24 Hour Comic (55:44)

LINKS
Rachel’s Twitter
Rachel’s Website
Rachel’s Newsletter
How to Sell Web Animation [ARTICLE]
24 Hour Comic on Amazon Prime [VIDEO]

RESOURCES
After Effects
Principal for Mac
Lotti by AirBnB
Kite App
Hype
Animatron
Web Animations API
Greensock GSAP
Barba.js


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029: Be Relentless with Ling Lim

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User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
029: Be Relentless with Ling Lim
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User Defenders "UX Lifter" Ling Lim

Ling Lim inspires us to be relentless in our pursuit of the person we want to become. She teaches us to create products that connect with our users and their lives by becoming them as much as possible. She challenges us to not sacrifice the sentimental quality of a product when we design for it in the future. She also motivates us to take care of ourselves outside of our work so we can continue to grow in our careers and personal lives.

Ling Lim is a Product Designer currently working at Yahoo based in San Francisco by way of Singapore with an award-winning background in architectural design. She is passionate about using design as a tool to highlight and solve social and urban issues. She mentors students, fellow designers and founders at design events including CascadeSF. When she’s not designing, she’s a competitive powerlifter, solo traveler, snowboarder, writer, and speaker. She also lives relentlessly, values integrity…and tight pants.

  • What Got You Into Lifting (2:41)
  • Secret Identity (3:38)
  • Origin Story (4:58)
  • Ways Architecture Influenced Design (8:59)
  • Do Designers Miss The Importance of Research (12:54)  
  • Biggest Superhero (16:36)
  • Second Career Choice (19:33)
  • Biggest Failure (20:53)
  • Failure Takeaway (25:53)
  • What Do You Say To Uninspired Designers (29:07)
  • Awkward Testing Story (33:49)
  • Design Superpower (34:26)
  • Design Kryptonite (36:10)
  • Design Superhero Name (38:35)
  • Fight For Users (40:28)
  • Future Of UX Design (41:49)
  • Habit Of Success (46:41)
  • How Do You Stay Inspired (47:58)
  • Invincible Resource (30:34)
  • Book Recommendation (49:14)
  • Best Advice (51:23)
  • Most Excited About (53:50)
  • Contact Info (54:37)

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

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User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products with Nir Eyal
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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 Eyal 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

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User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
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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026: We Are Not Our Users with Nikkel Blaase

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User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
User Defenders: Podcast – UX Design & Personal Growth
026: We Are Not Our Users with Nikkel Blaase
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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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