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Author: Dillon Winspear

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Designed Today brings you insights to help bridge the world of Design & Business. I’ve centered my career on being the bridge between the “design eye” and the “business mind”. Learn how you can improve your design, branding, marketing, and advertising skills all in one place. In this show, we’ll explore the startup world, flexing the entrepreneurial muscles, from a User Experience perspective.
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My guest today is David Hoang, who in my opinion has one of the best Design Twitter accounts. I've been following him for some time and have learned a ton about design leadership in the process. To be able to have him on the podcast today is an absolute pleasure, and you're going to love it.I've mentioned that the Designed Today podcast is changing, and in today's intro, I'll finally give you some details on what that change is going to look like. In short, things evolve. This podcast needs t...
Drew Bridewell is a fellow content creator with tons of experience to draw from which include companies like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Invision. Today he's away from the corporate world to pursue his own endeavors which include leveling up UX designers across the world. In today's episode, Drew takes us through the four different types of goals which we should all be setting, and helps us create an action plan to achieve those goals. You'll want to listen to this episode as it's jammed packed w...
It's the grand finale of our Soft-Skills mini-series! These last 7 episodes with Uncle Mikey have been a blast and I've learned a ton. Today is no exception. In our last episode, we dig one of the top UX Buzzwords... Empathy. What is it? Do you need it? How can you get it? All in today's episode. This series came about after a recent LinkedIn post caught some attention and found over 100 comments on the topic. You can see the original post here: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/dillonwinsp...
It's no secret that my feelings towards recruiters are… rough at best. Corporate recruiters have never done me any favors other than escorting me to an interview, which in truth, I could have done on my own. Agency recruiters are another ball of fun. They tend to be a sizable percentage of my LinkedIn connection requests, followed by a surface level conversation where I’m treated like a commodity. Then this episode happened. I can’t say “it's all changed” but understanding is definitely impro...
We've been fortunate to have the one and only Uncle Mikey part of our Soft-Skills mini-series over the last couple of months, and today's episode shows why he's one of the best. Today we break down the soft-skill of listening, and Uncle Mikey has prepared a really fun way for us to discuss and remember it for next time. This series came about after a recent LinkedIn post caught some attention and found over 100 comments on the topic. You can see the original post here: https://www....
In my vanity, I like to think I've got this podcasting stuff down after doing it for 3 years, but in truth, I've got nothing on the O.G. of UX Podcasting, Jason Ogle. It has been my experience hosting this podcast that I've really learned so much from my guests, that I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like to have been doing this for nearly 6 years. Jason joins me today on the podcast to help us learn to become true "User Defenders". Find Jason:LinkedIn: Jason Ogle | LinkedInT...
Another beautiful week to chat with the wickedly talented Uncle Mikey. Today's topic of discussion is collaboration. We've danced around this subject over the last few episodes as we've talked about facilitation and articulation, but today we hit the nail on the head to help you improve your collaboration sessions. Listen close to hear how you can improve your ability give and receive critique, as well as how you can build upon others' ideas. Over the next few weeks, listen along and ask...
There are a ton of different niches of design out in the world today, from physical products to digital products, learning products, and even voice products. That last one there is something I wasn't all too familiar with and was excited to have my guest Lauren Madsen come on the show to give us an introduction.Lauren works full time as a conversational AI designer at Rain, a digital agency located here in Utah. While the field is still fairly new and developing, Lauren has provided us with t...
This is week 4 of the Soft-Skills mini-series where Uncle Mikey (Michael Curtis) and I dive into the intangible skills that give designers an edge in the journey. Our focus today is on facilitation. Nearly every moment of my day is found in meetings, many of them which I am running or coordinating. Prior to a management role, I'd still say over half my day was in UX focused meetings. With that in mind, it's no wonder designers need to become masters of facilitation. Over the next few wee...
New year, new you, right? How about some money in your pocket, how does that sound? If you’ve not started your freelance career, then what are you waiting for? Sure it can be intimidating, but tell me what new thing isn't. On the show today, I’ve got Jeremy Mura, a contract designer from Down Unda joining me to talk about how you can improve your communication skills with your contracted clients. Jeremy has been freelancing for years and on top of that, he’s been diligent in helping designers...
The new year is off to the races. Like many of you, I've got my fingers crossed for a better year than the last. I recognize however that to make the year better, I've got to do my part. Make your own luck. My encouragement to you today is this... If you're not a "resolution" kind of person, join me (a fellow non-resolution person) in breaking that mold this year. Isolate and identify those things in your life that are bringing you happiness, and chase after more of it. Identify what you want...
2,549 Minutes // Ep. 100

2,549 Minutes // Ep. 100

2020-12-0101:18:14

The last 2 years have been an incredible journey. In this episode, we will celebrate with 7 of our fan-favorite guests. Please consider subscribing to Designed Today on any of the popular podcasting platforms.**********************************Ready to join the email list or Slack community, receive your invite here: https://designedtoday.com/community/Designed Today brings you insights to help bridge the world of Design & Business. Learn how you can improve your design, branding, mar...
With the last double-digit episode of Designed Today, I’ve brought on another special guest. Torrey Podmajersky is the author of the best seller Strategic Writing for UX, one of the original UX writing books published by Oreilly, and holds a 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Additionally, Torrey works as a UX writer for Google and was kind enough to share her time with us today. In this episode, we talk about how every UX designer can become a better UX writer with some basic insights to help fra...
This is week 3 of the Soft-Skills mini-series, and we are starting off where both Uncle Mikey and I struggled in the self-assessment challenge from last week. The category of struggle was collaborating in groups, which in and of itself is a huge category of topics. We narrowed in on articulating your design choices and taking your stakeholders along on the journey of your design process.This week's challenge is to record yourself presenting. It can either be in an actual meeting in which you'...
My guest today has made a huge splash in the freelance design world after. After his appearance on the Young Guns show hosted by Chris Do of The Futur, Connor was off to the races designing logos for businesses of all types. But to get himself to that point he had to be prepared. In his own words, learn what worked and what didn't work for Connor as he jumped both feet into the freelance career.Find Connor:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cfowlerdesign/Dribbble: https://dribbble.com/cfow...
If you're joining us for week 2 of our mini-series on Soft-Skills, we're going to assume you no longer need to be convinced of the importance of these skills in the workplace. I will take this opportunity however to note that, none of this will matter if you can't honestly assess where you stand when it comes to these skills. All of this will be time wasted if you're not earnestly invested in improving your soft-skills.This stage is going to sting a little bit. If you're doing it right, then ...
Laura Silva is the VP of Accessible UX Design at Bank of America and shares with us what a day in her life looks like. Her background wasn't always rooted in accessibility, but after a few life events, she felt inclined to help those who are often forgotten. In this episode, you'll learn how you can look out for those with different accessibility needs, whether they be physical or mental, temporal or permanent.We also get to answer a few questions that come in from the audience, which contrib...
I've got some special for you... Today's introduction is the start of a new mini-series in which my good friend Michael Curtis will be joining me to talk about Soft Skills, and how you can strengthen your own.Over the last few years, I've found Uncle Mikey and I expressing similar thoughts on the topic. It's one of the reasons that we became friends in the first place. Over the last couple years, you've heard me share some thoughts here and there about these soft skills, also known as 'interp...
Jared Spool, the Maker of Awesomeness and co-founder of Center Centre UIE, is here to share some great insights. We discuss the steps you should be taking before leaving your UX Schooling, and what you can do to help you secure a job after graduation and avoid those first-year growing pains.Additionally, we jump to the other side of the table in the hiring process. Learn how to streamline and hire better candidates. Find Jared:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jmspool/Center Centre UIE: h...
A much overdue Q&A session with questions sent in by the listeners via Slack, LinkedIn, and Instagram. The questions tackled in this episode include:"How did you start learning? How did you find the right resources?""How did you land your first job as a designer?""What skills should good UX Designers have?""How do you keep yourself inspired and up to date with the design world?"Thank you for your questions, and if there is ever anything I can do, I'm happy to help.Please Subscribe to any ...
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