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The World of UX with Darren Hood

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The World of UX podcast, hosted by UX and experience design veteran, educator, and conference speaker, Darren Hood, is dedicated to presenting topics covering and addressing all things UX. We'll cover every UX-related method, discipline trend, career advancement and challenges, education recommendations, UX maturity levels, and maturity level management, and much much more. If you'd like to stay informed about UX, The World of UX is for you!
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This week, Darren shares an interview with Jorge Arango — the author of such books as Duly Noted and Living in Information: Responsible Design for Digital Places. He's also a co-author of the latest edition of Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond (aka "the Polar Bear book"). Jorge shares insights about how designers can super charge their personal thinking, augment their minds, devising stratgies around knowledge mining and manage, artificial intelligence, and service design. Check out this highly informative session.Addendum: Jorge has also provided a 20% discount on Duly Noted for the World of UX community when purchased at rosenfeldmedia.com. Use the code DNUXPOD. #ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux#jorgearango#dulynoted#rosenfeldmediaCheck out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com.
It has been said that the years a UX professional spends at one company is like "dog years." In other words, there is a 7:1 ratio between the years of a dog's life compared to that of a human. This puts a completely different spin on the assumptions made about an employee's short stints. This week, Darren takes time to demystify several of the factors associated with one's length of time at a company — focusing on the perspectives of those seeking work as well as hiring managers and hiring teams.  Check out the World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com.Visit the KaizenUX blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com.  
In the first session celebrating the podcast's 4th anniversary, Darren shares a high-level view of UX's transitional history — sharing different ways in which the discipline has evolved from 1995 to 2024 along with its associated challenges and issues.Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com. #ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux#uxpotpourri
In this potpourri session, Darren tackles such topics as the fallibility of design exercises, asking boot campers for their retrospectives, the downshift in UX job qualifications, today's dysfunctional barrier of entry to UX, and a few quick quips about AI and UX. Enjoy!Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com. #ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux
The overall length of the Sinister series called for a recap. In this episode, Darren highlights and presents a "top 10" list of the traits presented throughout the series with some extra commentary on each not shared previously. Can you guess which traits made Darren's top 10? Can you guess which is number one on the list?Check out this episode for the breakdown.Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com.#ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux#sinisterUX 
The Sinister series closes today with Darren examining a "code of silence" that appars to be a norm in UX circles. This code of silence, however, and its associated mindset have been at the core of UX's downward spiral. Darren identifies and explains each of the related traits. Tune in and empower yourself!Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com. #ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux#sinisterUX
Building upon last week's traits associated with the war amidst seniors, Darren shares several not-so-comfortable stories illustrating sinister activities at work in the UX community. Better to know than to be blindsided. ;-)Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com. #ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux#sinisterUX
This week, Darren drops a gauntlet by sharing one of the most sinister and ugliest aspects of today's UX landscape — traits of senior-on-senior crime within the discipline. Examples include nullification, reconnoitering, framing, cronyistic support, framing, and apathy to name a few. Tune in for this rich segment.Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com. #ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux#sinisterUX
In this segment of the Sinister series, Darren outlines a critical yet detrimental milestone in today's UX culture — the redefining of UX. Darren explains how and when it happened, what the various segments mean to people across the discipline, and what we need to do in order to overcome the associated challenges. Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com. #ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux#sinisterUX
In this potpourri session, Darren takes time to address some key current happenings and mindsets in UX today: 1) Faux recommendations from UX leaders; 2) The return of the "which design is better" social media posts; 3) The copycat top UX trends blog posts; 4) A word of encouragement for seasoned UXers currently job hunting.Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com. #ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux#UXpotpourri
In another interlude, Darren spends time sharing a few more stories and observations that illustrate sinister activites, behaviors, and attitudes being normalized in UX circles today, including his revisiting and explaining the corruption associated with UX portfolio reviews. Check it out!Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com. #ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux#sinisterUX
As an interlude to the Sinister series, Darren shares his perspectives on the recent attacks being levied on Don Norman and Jakob Nielsen. He also shares a history of Nielsen and Norman's many contributions to the discipline, provides recommendations on how to process the accusations, and pays homage to several UX pioneers and early practitioners.Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com.#ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux#sinisterUX 
In Part 20 of the Sinister series, Darren addresses a trend observed over the years — one that involves a regularly declining support for operations, within and outside of UX teams, what is costs us, and the importance of overturning this trend.Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com. #ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux#sinisterUX
In Part 19 of the Sinister series, Darren engages in a few observational and constructive rants about today's UX operation. Topics covered include but are not limited to such things as misdirection with the isms, folks who view accessibility as nothing more than a buzzword, predatory mentoring, people claiming to speak on behalf of the entire design community, and more. Tune in for the latest truth bombs.Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com. #ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux#sinisterUX
In the return to the Sinister series, Darren presents an "interlude," where he provides some insights derived from his personal journey in UX, coupled with a high-level view of the discipline's history. Via this look, Darren tracks and discusses the freefall of UX, when it began, and what it means for those dedicated to the proper representation of the discipline.Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com. #ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux#sinisterUX
In this special episode, Darren holds an extended conversation with his guest, Justin Ranton — Principal of Blkhōl Design Studio in Seattle, Washington. Justin provides insights about his transition into design freelancing, the keys to running a successful freelance business, how to find clients, and the connection between sales and UX work. Tune in for this extremely insightful session.Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com. #ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux
As a segue from the Sinister series, Darren holds a conversation with three mid-level UX professionals — Prachi Abhyankar, Christanna Hemmingway, and Andy Shaffer. Tune in as the group spends time discussing a few hot topics associated with the discipline. Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com. #ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux
In this episode of Sinister coverage, Darren enters the homestretch of this series. This week, he focuses on the deceitfulness of cancel culture in UX, covering several examples, topics, and the impact they're having on the discipline.Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com. #ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux#sinisterUX#cancelculture
In this episode of Sinister coverage, Darren covers items 53 through 61 from the list of traits at work in today's world of UX. He also revisits two of the topics covered in previous episodes. Enjoy!Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com.#ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux#sinisterUX 
In this episode of Sinister coverage, Darren focuses solely on factors associated with UX education — both formal and informal. Tune in for the deets!Check out the new World of UX website at https://www.worldoux.com. Visit the UX Uncensored blog at https://uxuncensored.medium.com. #ux#podcasts#cxofmradio#cxofm#realuxtalk#worldofux#worldoux#sinisterUX#uxeducation
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Setareh Borhani

oh, Darren! I had the exactly same experience!!!

May 8th
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