Guest show

#285 Brainstorming with Christopher McCann

Why don’t we just brainstorm that? Brainstorming as a tool for ideation has a number of drawbacks, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be useful. Design leader and leadership coach Christopher McCann joins us to discuss how we can improve our innovation processes, and hold better and more inclusive creative sessions.

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#283 Core web vitals with Katie Hempenius

Your own vital signs are your heart rate, temperature, breathing and blood pressure. These are used to help get an idea of your health, and give a “heads-up” that something is not as performing as it should be.

Google has come up with its own set of web vitals to give you an idea of how your website (or web app) is performing, and suggest what you might do to improve it. Katie Hempenius is part of the Chrome team at Google and works with performance and core web vitals and joins us to explain more.

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#282 Older adults and tech with Carolyn Wilson-Nash

Carolyn Wilson-Nash together with Julie Tinson, both from Stirling University, published a research paper entitled ‘I am the master of my fate’: digital technology paradoxes and the coping strategies of older consumers.

Carolyn joins us to talk more about her research and the impact technology has on older people’s lives.

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#281 Organisational trauma with Vivianne Castillo

We often think of trauma as something that individuals go through, but organisations can experience trauma too. Vivianne Castillo was part of producing a research-based report that reveals the ways that organisations respond to trauma. The report also puts forward a suggestion of how organisations can handling healing better.

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#280 Ethical experimentation with Craig Sullivan

Mass democratisation and access to AB test tooling has meant that hundreds of millions of experiments have been run on people, via digital products and services.  Although we are not running pharmaceutical trials and tests, these experiments still raise numerous ethical issues that are shared with research or experiments in a medical scenarios. 

Craig Sullivan joins us to explore the topic. Craig has been experimenting and optimising websites and digital services for decades and has been regular guest on UXPodcast since the start.

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#279 War Stories with Steve Portigal (UXP Classic)

For a number of years Steve Portigal has been collecting user research war stories. The stories describe experiences researchers have had whilst doing fieldwork. Awkward, morally challenging, painful, unsuccessful.

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#277 Business unusual with Nathalie Nahai

As the covid pandemic struck and upended her art school project, Nathalie Nahai showed tremendous foresight when reflecting on the societal upheaval and its implications for sustainable business practice. In her newly released book, Business Unusual, she collects and elucidates important wisdom about how to ready your work for the unavoidable changes in consumer values, priorities and expectations.

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#276 Creativity with Denise Jacobs & Chris Noessel (UXP Classic)

We talk to Denise Jacobs about how to banish our inner critic and remove the mental blocks that get in the way of creative thinking. We also talked about how you can improve focus and get your brain into a state where you can access creative ideas best.

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#275 VR in Healthcare with Almira Osmanovic Thunström

Virtual reality has had its big breakthrough in the gaming world, but what applications for this technology are there in helping the wellbeing of people who are ill? Almira Osmanovic Thunström is a Business Developer and Doctoral Researcher at Sahlgrenska University Hospital. She has spent years conducting research within the fields of AI and VR for healthcare and psychiatry in particular. She’s been figuring out what works, what the dangers are and how truly powerful these headsets can be when it comes to penetrating our perceptions of reality.

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#273 Purpose and thinking styles with Indi Young

“All humans are fully human, with many ways of being in the world”. Rather than study the process or solution, we should be studying humans. Indi Young, author of mental models and practical empathy, joins us to talk “purpose”.

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#272 Onboarding with Krystal Higgins

We talk to Krystal Higgins, author of Better Onboarding, about what onboarding actually is, how to recognise it needs improvement, and what kind improvements might work. 

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#270 Design for safety with Eva PenzeyMoog

People will abuse our products and use them for harm. It’s not an “if”. People utilise the products we help make to  hurt others, to control, abuse, and stalk people in their lives.  Eva PenzeyMoog joins us to talk about how we can design for safety, prevent harm before it happens, and helping survivors of interpersonal harm.

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#269 Calm technology with Amber Case (UXP Classic)

In this classic UX Podcast interview, we talk to Amber Case, author, researcher, designer and, at the time we talked to her, cyborg anthropologist. We chat about the ideas expressed in Amber’s popular TED talk “We are all cyborgs now” before turning our attention to the notion of calm technology.

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#268 Managing design systems with Brad Frost

Brad Frost joins us to talk about the nitty gritty of collaborating to create and manage design systems. We look back at the journey from responsive design to atomic design to design systems, and discuss the challenges with developing design systems and how important collaboration and culture are in order to succeed.

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#265 UX Coaching with Whitney Hess (UXP Classic)

Back in 2015 we were lucky enough to meet up with Whitney Hess during her summer vacation in Sweden. In this classic episode we talk to Whitney about her journey from “producer of wireframes” to coaching UX-ers.

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