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The Design To Be Conversation podcast is a series of conversations with design leaders about how investing in their EQ has impacted their design careers. Rachel Weissman, the host of the show, is the Founder of Design To Be, a design leader, an EQ Coach, and a Meditation & Yoga Teacher. As a design leader, she has agency, start-up, and in-house experience most recently working at Google and Salesforce. The purpose of our show is to inspire designers with insightful conversations. Design To B ...
 
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Daniel Rosenberg speaks frankly about executive design leadership, why he’s trying to take the field back to first principles, and how the sun is setting on design as we know it. Highlights include: ⭐ Which Jedi would Don Norman say is most like you?⭐ How did your first presentation to Larry Ellison at Oracle go?⭐ Why is design education being over…
 
Jason Buhle discusses what’s important when moving from academia to industry, UX research as a career path, and why usability research matters. Highlights include: ⭐ Why is Neil Gaiman’s Sandman your LinkedIn banner image?⭐ What did you learn when you moved from academic research to UX research?⭐ Have you hired someone for a UXR role from a UX boot…
 
Becky Priebe shares what it’s like to design at the edges of technology, the role of systems thinking in design, and design’s relationship with engineering. Highlights include: ⭐ What drew you to practice design at the edges of technology?⭐ Are we getting better or worse at shaping technology for humans?⭐ What does giving equal value to design and …
 
Aditi Sharma openly discusses being woman of colour in banking, how she’s building a diverse and inclusive design culture, and why she’s used design to dismantle injustices. Highlights include: ⭐ Do you carry the weight of patriarchally imposed stigma on your shoulders?⭐ Was it personally risky to help bring female condoms to women in India?⭐ Is it…
 
In today's episode, I speak with Dan Szuc and Josephine Wong. Dan is a co-founder and principal at Apogee and co-founder of Make Meaningful Work, as well as the co-founder of UX Hong Kong. He has been involved in the UX field and based in Hong Kong for over 20. Dan has lectured about user-centered design globally. He has co-authored three books inc…
 
Christian Crumlish blows up some myths that product and UX people believe about each other and shares his insight into how designers can find themselves ‘at the table’ more often. Highlights include: ⭐ Do you consider yourself to be UX person or a product person?⭐ Are UXers simply clueless when it comes to product management?⭐ Are product managers …
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Evan Dody. Evan is the Head of Design + Creative at Angi (including HomeAdvisor and Handy). He leads Product Design, Brand Creative, UX Research, UX Writing, and DesignOps across the multi-sided home services marketplace. He and his team help homeowners across the country create and care for homes they love, while s…
 
Susan Weinschenk shares a deeply personal account of why she’s a behavioural scientist, the role of ethics in design, and how deciding her self-story helped her while battling cancer. Highlights include: ⭐ How critical is skepticism for making effective design decisions?⭐ Why hasn’t ethics always been part of the big tech design conversation?⭐ How …
 
In today's episode, I speak with Fonz Morris. Fonz is an entrepreneur and self-taught designer, born in Brooklyn and now based in San Jose. He has worked in tech and design on both coasts of the United States, in Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and California. His belief in the importance of self-driven education continued through…
 
Michaela Mora discusses the challenges of categorising race, why homogenous leadership is bad for businesses, and what UX researchers could learn from market research. Highlights include: ⭐ Why do we care about and continue to categorise race?⭐ How does knowing things like race and gender lead to better products?⭐ What is the most important decisio…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Andy Budd. Andy is a design leader, conference speaker, start-up advisor & coach. He co-founded Clearleft, the first dedicated UX consultancy in the UK, along with the Leading Design and UX London conferences. He’s a member of the Adobe Design Circle, and has appeared on both the Wired 100 and BIMA 100 lists of infl…
 
Katie Swindler shares her insights into designing for the human stress response, agency vs. in-house work-life balance, and how the NASA space suits came to be. Highlights include: ⭐ How has your experience in theatre management served you in design?⭐ What does good design feedback look like?⭐ What is the story of the design of the NASA space suits…
 
This is our 50th episode of Design To Be Conversation. Thank you all so much for your support – and an extra special thanks to those of you who have been listening since the beginning! Today we’re celebrating by doing something a little bit different. In this episode, our guest host Jayneil Dalal interviews me about my experience with a 10-day sile…
 
Sarah Doody gives her assessment of UX education, shares how she’s helping UXers to have brave career conversations, and what it’s really like being a creative entrepreneur. Highlights include: ⭐ Is the lack of standards in UX education a good thing?⭐ How do you help people to have brave career conversations?⭐ Does having a strong vision blind you …
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Malthe Sigurdsson. Malthe has 25 years of experience as a designer and design leader building, scaling, and managing design organizations that deliver beautiful and effective work across multiple disciplines and product categories. He is currently the Chief Design Officer at Handshake, where he is leading product an…
 
David Dylan Thomas shares practical ways of making design more inclusive, reassures us that other people can’t read our minds, and suggests a fresh approach to tackling systemic harms. Highlights include: ⭐ What is the Illusion of Transparency?⭐ How do we rise above our biases in design?⭐ What is an assumption audit and how does it work?⭐ How do we…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Ximena Vengoechea. Ximena is a user researcher, writer, and illustrator whose work on personal and professional development has been published in Inc., The Washington Post, Newsweek, and Huffington Post. She is the author of the new book, Listen Like You Mean it: Reclaiming the Lost Art of True Connection (Portfolio…
 
Janelle Estes shares the importance of executive leadership staying connected to customers, and what the best design leaders are doing to successfully scale design research. Highlights include: ⭐ What do UX researchers need to let go of?⭐ How can researchers navigate pushback against qualitative research?⭐ What are the best companies doing to run U…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Susan Weinschenk. Susan has a Ph.D. in Psychology and is the Chief Behavioral Scientist and CEO at The Team W, Inc, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Susan consults with Fortune 1000 companies, start-ups, governments, and nonprofits, and is the author of several books, in…
 
Benny Zuffolini bravely breaks down how she's navigating enterprise as a neurodiverse design leader, and shares a formative realisation from facilitating her first design sprint. Highlights include: ⭐ Should people treat you differently when they find out that you’re autistic?⭐ Why don’t you wish you were diagnosed as being neurodiverse earlier?⭐ H…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Indi Young. Indi is a researcher who coaches, writes, and teaches about inclusive product strategy. Her work is rooted in the problem space where the focus is on people, not users. Indi pioneered opportunity maps, mental model diagrams, and thinking styles. Her way of approaching the problem allows teams to truly pa…
 
Amy Jiménez Márquez shares her story from designer to design leader, what it was like to design Alexa’s personality, and what’s important when leading people in tough times. Highlights include: ⭐ Was it an easy choice to move into design management?⭐ Can leaders afford to be outwardly less than their best during hard times?⭐ What was it like meetin…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Jeff Veen. Jeff is a Design Partner and Head of Platform at True Ventures, where he spends his time helping founders create better products. He does this as an advisor, as well, for companies like about.me, Medium, and WordPress. Previously, Jeff was VP of Design at Adobe after they acquired Typekit, the company he …
 
Amy Bucher and Geoff Alday unpack how they’re integrating their behavioural and product design practices, the ethical considerations of applying behavioural design to AI, and how designers can apply the COM-B model to change user behaviour. Highlights include: ⭐ How is designing for behaviour change different to other forms of design?⭐ What are the…
 
In today’s episode, I speak with Kat Vellos. Kat is a connection coach and trusted expert on the power of cultivating meaningful friendships. In her former career as a user experience designer, she researched, designed, and advised on the user experience of countless flows in digital products serving millions of people at companies like Slack and P…
 
Debbie Levitt pulls no punches as she dismantles bizarre UX job descriptions, over-promising UX boot camps, and UX practices that she believes are unknowingly sabotaging the discipline. Highlights include: ⭐ Is the practice of UX at odds with the process of Agile?⭐ How do you grow appreciation for UX without evangelising?⭐ What important things are…
 
In today's episode, I speak with Randy Hunt. Randy is a multi-hyphenate designer, executive, artist, musician, and writer. Professionally: Randy is Head of Design Strategy at Kraken, a cryptocurrency exchange. He has served as Head of Design at Grab, Head of Design at Artsy, and VP of Design at Etsy. Randy is the author of Product Design for the We…
 
Natalie Hanson encourages design leaders to play the long-game, challenges designers to be less myopic, and shares the struggle of stepping back from work to focus on her health. Highlights include: ⭐ Why is it important for design leaders to be patient and persistent?⭐ How do you tell someone they’re not ready for what they’ve asked for?⭐ Should o…
 
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