Topic show

#197 Mental health with Jennifer Akullian

Mental health is something that isn’t discussed openly at the workplace. The tech industry has a higher rate of mental health issues than many other industries. Stress, burn-out, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety. We talked to Jennifer Akullian, psychologist, coach and former mental health practitioner.
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#196 Accessibility for designers

Accessibility and inclusive design is something we’ve regularly mentioned during the years, but we’ve never had a dedicated show about accessibility in general.  We talk about what accessibility means for UX designers and what you can, and should do to make the websites and apps you design more accessible and inclusive.

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#188 Designing elevators with Reetta Ranne and Jussi Hiltunen

Lifts and elevators are things that we love to talk about in UX circles. Every lift seems able to become the starting point for a user experience conversation. To answer all the questions we have about elevators we talk to Reetta Ranne and Jussi Hiltunen who are senior UX design specialists at KONE in Finland.
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#166 Oblivious design

Per recently launched a service called DickPicLocator to highlight not only the bullying and abuse many people face through digital media, but also the amount of data that we are (often unwittingly) sharing.
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#152 Shortcuts

We take a deep dive into Keyboard shortcuts, or hotkeys in this topic show. We dig into how to decide and design what keyboard shortcuts to have in your web app. What are keyboard shortcuts? Are they the same thing as Accesskeys? What standards and conventions are there to follow? What are shortcut no-nos we should avoid? We try to shine some light on the topic and give your own list of recommendations about what you could do.

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#128 Occupational challenges

In our listener survey we ask the question: What is the biggest occupational challenge facing you right now? Over the past few surveys we’ve gather quite a number of responses to that question. In this episode we take a look at some of the challenges you say that you face, and even try to give some advice about how to meet those challenges.

(Listening time: 39 minutes)

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#117 Designing with Images

It’s so easy to add a little rectangle to a wireframe, but what are the consequences of adding an image to your design? Are images good or bad for UX? How can we improve our design processes so that we take the impact of images properly into account?

In this topic show Per and James look into how to design with images and how the performance of your website is a critical part of the user experience and should be a central part of your design process.

(Listening time: 52 minutes, Size: 36MB)

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#106 Imposter syndrome with Amy Silvers & Lori Cavallucci

Many of us suffer from imposter syndrome. Everyone else is better than me. This was just luck. Good timing. Soon they’re going to find out that I’m faking it.

We talk to Lori Cavallucci and Amy Silvers to learn more about what is it and how it effects us. Why does our branch in particular seem to suffer from it? What can we do to deal with it and can it be a good thing in any way?

Amy is an information architect and UX designer in the NYC. Lori is a user experience designer with a background in psychology working in Philadelphia.

(Listening time: 39 minutes)

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#89 James & Per want a car not a skateboard

How do you build a minimum viable product? Inspired by a Twitter conversation, we talk to Russ Unger, Stephen Anderson and Jeff Gothelf about what MVP is, what it isn’t. Does it cause more confusion than add value? What are we trying to learn and validate? We get some hangups off our chests, and discuss how you and your product team can avoid some of the MVP pitfalls.

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#68 James & Per ask: money or meaning?

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Are you in it for the money or in it for the UX? James and Per reflect on Facebook’s $19bn purchase of Whatsapp, the history and future of messaging and personal correspondence as well as how the start-up ideology you adopt can affect your approach to UX.

(Listening time: 38 minutes)

 

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#67 James & Per & Anna talk deliverables

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UX deliverables with Anna Dahlström. We look at the problem with UX deliverables, explore being tactical and adapting what you produce to the situation, dabble with mentoring and find time for a “fika”.

(Listening time 53 minutes, transcript)

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#63 James & Per recommend podcasts

Whilst sat around an open fire drinking sherry and wearing Santa hats, James and Per record a podcast about podcasts. In this meta-show we explain how podcasts help us in our work. What is it that makes us like a podcast? What kind of challenges do podcaster face in producing awesome shows? Finally we recommend a bunch of podcasts that we listen to and explain why you should give them a try.

Pour yourself a glass of something nice and enjoy the last UX Podcast show of 2013.

(Listening time: 49 minutes)

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