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Conversations 1/11/2022

Grow in Your Craft or Your Leadership? How to Evolve as a UX Designer

UX leader, Ashton Snook, chats with us about the balance of UX research and design, securing design’s seat at the table, and his advice for getting started in the industry.

Conversations 12/9/2021

Smarter UX Democratization

Julie Norvaisas on the promise (and potential) of democratization and building a resilient and adaptable team in the wake of the current work reality.

Conversations 11/11/2021

Learning to Let Things Break

Executive Design expert Emily Henlein shares how she advocates for ‘indirect actions’ to prioritize wellbeing and why future designers have a secure seat at the table.

Conversations 11/4/2021

Throwing Flowers to Yourself

Nikole Arguedas outlines a community-based practice for building leaders, sharpening research practices, and injecting gratitude and empathy into our workflows.

Conversations 9/22/2021

From 1:1 to 1:Many—Humans, Artefacts, & Ecosystems Thinking

“Rethinking Users” authors Michael Youngblood and Ben Chesluk alongside illustrator Nadeem Haidary redefine “users” to design for an ecosystem.

Conversations 7/29/2021

Positive Deviance: Rachael Dietkus on the Abundance of Empathy and Curiosity

Social Workers Who Design Founder and Principal, Rachael Dietkus, takes us through her journey of blending social work with design and the untapped collaboration potential between the two sectors.

Conversations 7/15/2021

The Meta-Discursive UX Practice

Taylor Klassman on the reflexivity of researching researchers and the trends she’s seeing across an in-demand and maturing field.

Conversations 7/7/2021

When Your Product Is Your People

Lisa Madokoro and Taylor Kim of Shopify’s Talent Insights & Research team on building meaningful human experiences when the “users” are your colleagues.

Conversations 7/1/2021

Doing the Work: Building a Cross-Sector Community of Learners

Learners Co-Founders (formerly UXR Collective) Alec Levin and Maggi Mitchell discuss why learning various disciplines is essential to company growth and collaboration.

Conversations 5/27/2021

Prototyping for Pluralism: Design as a Means for Social Change

Project Pluralist founder Hina Shahid takes us through her career and explains why now is best the time for designers to make a social impact.

Conversations 5/12/2021

Contribute Meaningfully: The Power of a Research Strategy

Chris Geison walks us through the distinctions between “strategic research” and “research strategy” to unpack how the latter is the key to improving team bandwidth and securing a seat at the table.

Conversations 4/8/2021

Listening Beyond the Lab

Ximena Vengoechea literally wrote the book on listening. Here’s her advice for richer conversations—both in and outside of the workplace.

Conversations 3/18/2021

UX: Our Past and Future

Jared Spool reflected on his decades-held defining role in the UX space—giving us insights into where the field has been, and predictions to where it could be heading.

Conversations 3/10/2021

Beta Testing: A Mixed-Methods Playground

Beta testing offers ample mixed-methods opportunities, providing rich insights on lean timelines.

Conversations 3/3/2021

To Build A Better Research Practice, Build Better Relationships

Solo-UXRs are often tasked with filling research gaps while building an orgs research acumen. Dave Chen from Flipp has suggestions for growing our volume of research, alongside our company’s research maturity. 

Conversations 2/25/2021

How to Design for a Global Audience

The lessons learned from CMF design aren’t just good for consumer products. They can help you conduct good digital research too. 

Conversations 2/18/2021

The Art (and Importance) of Building Rapport

Connecting with our users not only opens them up for more discussion, it makes them feel safe, secure, and ready to be vulnerable.

Conversations 2/4/2021

The Human-Centered Philosophy That Transcends

30+ years of making experiences more intuitive, natural, and delightful—Ed Halpern of AbbVie on carrying a human-centered ethos across contexts and questions.

Conversations 1/28/2021

Connecting People with Policy

Dana Chisnell explains why voting has never been safer (and more important) than it is today. 

Conversations 1/14/2021

Who We Design For

Crystal Yan talks to us about the beauty of working in the public sector and what happens when our careers hit close to home. 

Conversations 1/7/2021

What Research Looks Like Now

Starting a career in UX research comes with a lot of questions. Gregg Bernstein’s upcoming book Research Practice attempts to answer them.  

Conversations 12/10/2020

Every Space is Political

Transformative justice is more crucial than ever. Sarah Fathallah believes researchers are primed to assist in this critical moment if we can “move at the speed of trust.”

Conversations 10/29/2020

Defense Against Harmful Patterns

It’s one of the most pernicious design choices out there—and Vidhika Bansal wants to fight it. 

Conversations 10/15/2020

How to Design for the Margins

Designers need to be mindful that they’re designing with their users and not just for them. Dr. Christina Harrington believes community-based participatory design can get us there.  

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