New Layer

New Layer

Tanner Christensen
Interaction Design
Jan 13, 2021 41 min

Interaction Design

What is interaction design, why does it matter, and how do you go about it? In this episode of New Layer, Tanner and Jasmine outline what interaction design is and why it's a core part of digital product design; from mapping out comprehensive user experience to defining and understanding the underlining architecture of a digital experience, interaction design is a core part of the product design skillset. Resources for learning more about interaction design: Interaction design basics from usability.gov A visual vocabulary for describing information architecture and interaction design NNGroup Journey Mapping 101
A Portfolio Without Work
Jan 06, 2021 41 min

A Portfolio Without Work

How do product designers build a portfolio when they don't have much work to show? Jasmine and Tanner explore the question in this episode of New Layer, highlighting the importance of creating work for yourself, diving deep into whatever work you do have, and always being honest in your portfolio.
Predictions About Product Design
Dec 23, 2020 37 min

Predictions About Product Design

What does the next few years hold for product design? If you're starting out in design today, or studying to work in product design, what should you focus on in order to get ahead of the curve? In this episode, Jasmine and Tanner explain why predictions are often silly things to focus on, and what you should look to instead. Related: Morgan Housel's The Psychology of Prediction https://www.collaborativefund.com/blog/the-psychology-of-prediction/
When is Design Done?
Dec 16, 2020 40 min

When is Design Done?

A question designers ask at one point or another: when is a design actually done? In this episode of New Layer, Tanner and Jasmine discuss what it means to design, how that definition helps define when the work is done, and why that definition is going to be different for each individual, team, and company. If you want to better align your team (or just yourself) around design work, you'll want to listen to (and share!) this episode.
The Importance of Taking Breaks
Dec 09, 2020 40 min

The Importance of Taking Breaks

When it comes to taking breaks: are you proactive or do you wait until you're burned out and need it most? In this podcast episode, Tanner and Jasmine discuss the importance of proactively taking breaks from work. Whether small breaks throughout your day or work week, or larger breaks during a quarter or year. Hear from their experiences and insights on why breaks matter, how to make them effective, and what to do when the break is over and you're transitioning back into work.
How Do Leaders Define Success?
Dec 02, 2020 42 min

How Do Leaders Define Success?

Each December presents itself an opportunity to reflect over the past year as well as look ahead to the next. Both activities are prime for defining success, for yourself and your team. In this episode of New Layer, Tanner and Jasmine discuss the different factors that go into defining success and what it means for leaders on a design team: both formal people managers and individual contributors. Mentioned in this episode: Intercom's five core competencies for leaders: https://twitter.com/Padday/status/1237753130911174656 Mind Over Water by Craig Lambert: https://www.amazon.com/Mind-Over-Water-Lessons-Rowing/dp/0618001840/ref=as_li_ss_tl
Systems Thinking
Nov 25, 2020 42 min

Systems Thinking

What is systems thinking and why does it matter for product designers? Tanner and Jasmine share why they believe systems thinking is a critical skill most designers today are missing, and what the root cause of that might be. Join us to hear anecdotes and examples of systems thinking in practice, as well as the relationship between systems design and service design, and much more.
What's Challenging About Working in Design
Nov 18, 2020 41 min

What's Challenging About Working in Design

When it comes to working in the modern design industry, there are challenges all designers must face. Tanner and Jasmine talk about the two most daunting challenges from their own career experience, as well as what to do when facing those challenges. This episode is a must-listen for all product designers, new and experienced.
Designing Responsibly
Nov 04, 2020 40 min

Designing Responsibly

How do we, as product designers, ensure the work we do is responsibly designed? Tanner and Jasmine share lessons learned in the world of ethical, moral, and responsible design during their time working at Facebook. From learning from past failures to building systems and habits of designing responsibly, this episode is meant to be a provoking one for all designers.
Having Effective Meetings
Oct 28, 2020 43 min

Having Effective Meetings

Meetings: we love them or hate them, but it doesn't have to be that way! In this episode of New Layer, Jasmine and Tanner share insights and examples around what makes a meeting effective. If the meetings you're running or attending don't have a clear (aligned upon) objective and outcomes, agendas, defined roles, and include everyone who might need to be there, they're not going to be effective. Similarly, in these days of mostly remote meetings the same lessons can apply, or can they?
New Layer
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Next episode Wednesday, January 20
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