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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.  

Conversations 9/24/2020

How We (Re)Define “Having It All”

What it means to “have it all” has changed. Etienne Fang, Principal Researcher at Amazon, wants to explore how people around the world redefine it.

Conversations 8/27/2020

How to Redesign for Justice

If systems of injustice and inequality can be designed, that means they can be redesigned too. Antionette Carroll, founder of the Creative Reaction Lab, teaches us about redesigning for real, community-led change.

Conversations 8/13/2020

How We Can Tell Better Stories

Telling a good story is more than a beginning, middle, and end. Meg Ferrill of The Moth and Nimbly breaks down the fundamentals of storytelling. 

Conversations 7/16/2020

Good Design is Cross-Cultural

Every day, the world around us becomes more and more globalized — and, as a result, so must our work.

Conversations 7/9/2020

Why (and How) to Pay Attention to Accessibility in Design

When it comes to design, there’s no such thing as edge cases. Lauren Isaacson explains why. 

Conversations 7/2/2020

Discovering the Art of Creative Rebellion

He’s been a starving artist in Europe, painted for Shugendo priests in Japan, and gotten rip-roaringly drunk with Beat poets. Now John S. Couch wants to help designers everywhere remember how to do the most crucial aspect of their craft: create.

Conversations 6/26/2020

How to Find the Bears in Your Forest

Autumn Sanders Foster believes orgs can face challenges around racial injustice and inequity in the world head on. To do that, they need to start by facing them in the office.

Conversations 5/21/2020

At the Intersection of Tech and Commerce

After working in some of the biggest publications in tech, Dan Frommer decided to strike out on his own with his latest venture: The New Consumer. 

Conversations 4/30/2020

How to be a Teacher—Not an Oracle

Democratizing UX is crucial for any scaling org—but what does that look like in practice?

Conversations 4/23/2020

How to Listen To (and Learn From) Your Body

Learning is more than what we take in with our brain. Dr. Simon Roberts shows us how we can unlock the potential of “embodied knowledge.”

Conversations 2/27/2020

How We Empathize in UX Matters

Social UX researcher Alba Villamil tells us how designers can better impact disadvantaged communities.

Conversations 1/23/2020

The UX Sense of Service

Civic Tech expert Cyd Harrell on researcher responsibility when it comes to privacy, data, and noise.

Conversations 12/10/2019

The UX Research Adolescence

Lyft’s Head of UX research on what it takes to build a UXR team from the ground up.

Conversations 11/14/2019

How NASA Designs for the Future

NASA UX Designer Krys Blackwood teaches us how to build interfaces for users who are a decade away from using them. 

Conversations 11/7/2019

Erika Hall Knows How to Fix Your Design Process (But You’re Probably Not Going to Like It)

The Mule Design co-founder and Just Enough Research author on why doing good research scares us, experience design is a misnomer, and real creativity requires logging off.

Conversations 10/31/2019

How the Thumbtack Team of Three Scaled Research to 200+ Stakeholders

Cordelia Hyland on what “research democratization” really means—and where it can fall short.

Conversations 10/16/2019

Why Self-Care Matters in UX Research

Salesforce’s Vivianne Castillo on avoiding burnout and re-evaluating UX’s favorite buzzword: empathy.

Conversations 9/25/2019

Design in Three Dimensions

Jutta Treviranus, director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre, on how to bring inclusive design to the masses.

Conversations 9/11/2019

Marry Data Science with User Research. Ethical Design Depends on It.

IDEO alum Ovetta Sampson on the future of data science, UX, and bringing forth the individual behind every data point.

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