Design Better Podcast

Design Better Podcast

Lessons from Season 3
Nov 08, 2019 30:52

Lessons from Season 3

The third season of the Design Better Podcast recently wrapped up, where we explored the connected workflow: how designers can work more effectively with their engineering and product counterparts to create incredible customer experiences. We interviewed guests ranging from Julie Zhuo, VP of Product Design at Facebook, to Diego Rodriguez, Chief Product and Design Officer at Intuit. In this episode, Aarron and Eli share what they learned from some of the brightest minds in digital product design.
Jina Anne, Founder of Clarity Conference, on Crafting a Community for Design Systems
Sep 27, 2019 40:40

Jina Anne, Founder of Clarity Conference, on Crafting a Community for Design Systems

In this bonus episode, we chat with Jina about how she got into Design Systems, what she has learned from building these communities, and how being a hybrid designer-developer influences her understanding of Design Systems. Takeaways: • How having a Design System affects company culture. • What to consider when deciding to go public with your Design System, or keeping it private. • How Design Systems can be effectively maintained.
Diego Rodriguez of Intuit: Building design culture into big business
Sep 09, 2019 44:27

Diego Rodriguez of Intuit: Building design culture into big business

Diego Rodriguez has had a remarkable career at the intersection of design, business, and education. He has served as Global Managing Director of design firm IDEO, founding faculty member of Stanford’s d.school, and is currently Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Design Officer at Intuit. In this episode, we discuss how design can influence broader business goals.
Journey into the connected workflow
Sep 03, 2019 03:53

Journey into the connected workflow

As we prepare for the last episode of Season 3, take a look back at some of the stories that have inspired us. In this short update episode, hear from hosts Aarron Walter and Eli Woolery about what they've enjoyed about this season of the Design Better Podcast so far and preview our upcoming episode with Diego Rodriguez, Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Design Officer at Intuit. There's lots more to come, so be sure to subscribe for updates at www.designbetter.com.
Che Douglas of Booking.com: Leading a transformation
Aug 19, 2019 44:26

Che Douglas of Booking.com: Leading a transformation

Che Douglas led the transformation of the design team at The Wall Street Journal, from a service-based organization to a strategic component of an embedded Engineering, Product and Design structure. We chat with Che, who is now VP of Design at Booking.com, about how he got the right people involved to transform their design organization and spread design throughout the company.
Atlassian’s Lori Kaplan on designing across the seams
Aug 01, 2019 37:12

Atlassian’s Lori Kaplan on designing across the seams

Lori Kaplan is a veteran design leader, whose pioneering work includes authorship of the original Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines in the 1980s. In this episode we speak with Lori about how the Atlassian playbook helps both internal and external teams address design challenges, the deep roots of cross-functional collaboration at the company, as well as Lori’s perspective on how attitudes towards design have shifted in recent years across industries.
Indeed’s Quinton Larson on being adaptable and working thoughtfully
Jul 22, 2019 41:37

Indeed’s Quinton Larson on being adaptable and working thoughtfully

Quinton Larson is a design leader who has consistently brought thoughtful leadership into the companies where he works. In this episode we speak with Quinton about his prior work at IDEO and eBay, his involvement with Indeed’s Job Seeker Journey team, how he makes sure the right people are involved in project kickoffs, and how design systems help create a more connected workflow between designers and developers.
Bob Baxley: What it takes to build a connected workflow
Jul 08, 2019 52:06

Bob Baxley: What it takes to build a connected workflow

What do Yahoo, Apple, and Pinterest have in common? Silicon Valley design vet Bob Baxley. With extensive design leadership experience under his belt, Bob knows a thing or two about bridging the gaps between teams to help champion a connected workflow. In this episode, Aarron and Eli tap Bob’s insights on productive design reviews, getting in sync with engineers, and what it takes to build key relationships with executives—all in the name of making products people can’t imagine living without.
Wells Fargo’s Josh Ulm on design’s role in business
Jun 25, 2019 53:16

Wells Fargo’s Josh Ulm on design’s role in business

Josh Ulm has quite the CV—Adobe Design Lead, Vodafone Head of UX, Oracle VP of Design, and now Wells Fargo SVP of Strategic Design and Insights. One thing he’s learned along the way is that “the most valuable role for design to play is influencing the business—not just the product." In this episode of the Design Better Podcast, Aarron and Eli covered subjects ranging from where the connected workflow is most broken, to the one critical question to ask executive sponsors when starting a project.
Brad Frost and Dan Mall: Rethinking designer-developer collaboration
Jun 07, 2019 52:20

Brad Frost and Dan Mall: Rethinking designer-developer collaboration

Enter design system pros Brad Frost and Dan Mall, long-time collaborators known for their expertise in bridging the gap between designers and developers. In this episode of the Design Better Podcast, Aarron and Eli talk with Dan and Brad about reducing friction between these two very different disciplines. They explore a few misconceptions around agile methodology, the risks of the creative technologist role, and breaking the design process to fix it. This is a conversation you don’t want to miss.