New Layer

New Layer

The Right Tool for the Job
Dec 04, 2019 42:13

The Right Tool for the Job

As a designer, how do you pick the right tool for the job? What should you look for in your design tools and what should you avoid? Trending tools might not be all they're hyped up to be, and there will always be a new and exciting tool in the market, so with so many options it can be hard to define what tool is right for your job. In this episode of New Layer, Tanner Christensen and Jasmine Friedl discuss how design tools have evolved and what designers can do to ensure the tools they're using or trialing are best for the job at-hand.
IC or Management
Nov 27, 2019 45:07

IC or Management

Should you work to become a director-level individual contributor (IC) or work to become a people manager? Both roles are critical in a mature organization, but each has distinctive responsibilities. One focuses on the craft of the product design work while the other is responsible for the team—people working together. Despite common myths around moving between IC roles and that of people management, there are reasons to make the switch or not, depending on what you're passionate about and where your strengths are. In this episode of New Layer, Tanner and Jasmine shine a light on some of the most important aspects to being a hyper-senior individual contributor or that of a people manager.
Considering Research (with Guest Paul Derby)
Nov 13, 2019 43:05

Considering Research (with Guest Paul Derby)

What is design research, how does it work, and what can product designers do to integrate research into their process today? In this special episode of New Layer, Tanner is joined by special guest Paul Derby, UX research manager at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Tanner and Paul discuss common pitfalls designers encounter when looking to do research, as well as strategies and specific tactics designers can use to conduct better research as part of their design process.
Asking Questions in Interviews
Nov 06, 2019 44:29

Asking Questions in Interviews

When it comes to interviewing the last thing you want to do is follow a template of questions to ask. Instead, treat the interview as an opportunity to learn the deep truth about the company you're interviewing with and give them a chance to learn about you. When we approach interviewing as a step-by-step, templated process to get through we miss out on discovering ways we can contribute and things we can learn. In this episode of the podcast, Jasmine and Tanner share perspective on how to identify the right questions to ask when it comes to interviews.
Making Time for Thinking
Oct 30, 2019 43:32

Making Time for Thinking

Making time for thinking and giving yourself space to think about the work you do as a product designer is crucial. But time away from what we often see as the "work" of a designer—the pixels, the prototypes, wireframes—can feel like procrastination. How can designers make more time for deliberate thinking? What does it look like to dedicate part of the design process to simply think and reflect?
Myth of the Lone Designer
Oct 23, 2019 42:46

Myth of the Lone Designer

Do designers show more value when they go off on their own to solve a problem, or when they include others in their process? It can feel counterintuitive to prove value and skills by incorporating others into your process, but the reality is designers cannot do their best work unless they involve others; early and often in their process. In this episode Jasmine shares her insights and perspectives into what it takes to be a team player in order to do your best work, while Tanner shares his past struggles around working transparently and collaboratively.
How to Set Yourself Apart
Oct 16, 2019 45:04

How to Set Yourself Apart

In an industry that is growing more every day, how do product designers set themselves apart from the competition? The answer, as Tanner and Jasmine discuss in this episode of the podcast, might be in specializing, looking at niche spaces to work in, and worrying less about how to stand apart and more about how to just do good work. The type of work that energizes you and ensures you're learning and growing, no matter what phase of career you're in.
Avoiding Burnout
Oct 09, 2019 44:27

Avoiding Burnout

Burnout is what you experience when everything that fuels you gets used up too quickly. In this episode of New Layer, Jasmine and Tanner talk about what it feels like to have burnout, what typically causes burnout, and the types of things you can do to avoid it. Things like: working to figure out your inner identity, setting appropriate boundaries for yourself, finding mentors or guides to help ground you, and planning vacation or breaks away from work in-advance. To carry on the conversation, reach out to Tanner or Jasmine on Twitter: @tannerc and @jazzy33ca
What to Look for in a Job
Oct 02, 2019 43:57

What to Look for in a Job

If you're seeking your first product design job or you twentieth, what exactly should you look for? From compensation and company culture, to responsibilities and job title, what matters most? The answer, as Tanner and Jasmine discuss in this episode, depends on you. Your career ambitions, your skills and knowledge, and where you want to grow as a designer. Listen to hear personal experience and lessons-learned from Jasmine and Tanner's more than 20 years of product design, their suggestions on how to identify what matters most to you, and how to seek out the most important information in any job interview process.
Setting Expectations for Yourself
Sep 18, 2019 46:05

Setting Expectations for Yourself

When it comes to your career: how do you set expectations for yourself? How does setting your own expectations for a project differ from that of setting them for a promotion? When it comes to expectations we can often misguide ourselves, much to our detriment. In this episode of the podcast, Tanner and Jasmine chat about lessons they've learned over the course of their careers about how to set expectations and measure career growth without feeling overwhelmed or like you're an imposter.