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The Product Design Podcast

The Product Design Podcast: Best of Season One

In episode 27 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen celebrates the end of season one by looking back on the top fan-rated clip from each featured guest on the show! It is hard to believe a year has passed since we initially launched the podcast, and it is really fun to hear the best pieces of advice from throughout the year. It has been quite the ride, and we genuinely hope that you have gotten as much out of it as we have! Over the last year, your support helped us reach over 14,000 downloads, and we have received so many comments on how helpful the conversations on the show have been! You all are the reason we do what we do. Bringing valuable advice to our audience is our number one goal, and it means so much to have all of your support! During this episode, we cover topics including: -Advice from some of the most interesting and talented people in product design -How to build your skills as a product designer -Best way to set up a productive feedback session -What to do to set your portfolio ahead of the rest -Considerations when you are managing a design team -How to overcome the levels of pride you may experience in your career So happy to have you join us today! 00:00 Introduction 01:43 Mike Dick's take on designers that can't code 02:48 Christine Maggi shares advice to her younger self 04:24 Predrag Beo?anin gives the best approach to building product design skills 06:40 Jon Moore's instructions on setting up a productive feedback session 07:53 Jean Kaluza tells us what she wishes she knew when she started in UX research 09:04 Eric Lobdell gives a little tough love 11:06 Andrea McKinley shares how she realized she could leap from teaching K-12 to product design 13:08 Denise Francis's advice on what to lean into during your career journey 14:50 Jake Taylor's take on the impact of hard conversations 17:03 Furquan Ahmad's advice on sharing your work 19:01 Travisse Hansen gives two actions he recommends starting if you have not already 20:56 Jadene Aderonmu on setting your portfolio apart to land the job you want 22:46 Femke shares three tips for anyone getting started on learning product design 25:09 Dennis Cortés tells us his approach to managing design teams 27:33 Jesse Showalter talks about overcoming pride and growing in your career 30:26 UX Cabin Interns share what they loved most about the UX Cabin Internship Opportunity 32:58 Joseph España on how to lean into your network and land a job 35:25 Peter Loving's advice on things to consider before jumping into freelance work 37:42 Elizabeth Alli gives the advice she would give her younger self 40:01 Danielle Justilien's insight into standing out from the crowd as a new product designer 42:40 Jed Bridges tells us why pursuing a career as a generalist is so valuable 45:16 Tom McCormack shares what he looks for in candidates as a career coach 47:55 Matias Fiori talks about us one thing he did well and one thing he wishes he would have done better early in his career 50:11 Brian Lin on the critical thing that has supported him from the beginning and still does today 52:29 Michael Riddering's tips on standing out to hiring managers when you find the job you want Thanks for watching! If you enjoyed this video please like and subscribe so we can keep making content for you good people! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3aRBoqF6mAD1PnQwj86dX Don't forget to read our blog and sign up for reminders when new episodes will be available! https://uxcabin.com/podcast-database/anniversary-episode-best-of-season-one Make sure to follow all of our incredible featured guests from season one after the podcast to stay on top of what they are up to! All episodes are right here (https://uxcabin.com/podcast) and in each episode, you will find links to all featured guest socials! Where to find UX Cabin: -Twitter: https://twitter.com/uxcabin -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uxcabin/ -LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/uxcabin -TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@uxcabin?lang=en -YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/UXCabin -dribble: https://dribbble.com/uxcabin -Website: https://uxcabin.com
00:55:41 5/17/2022

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The Product Design Podcast
In episode 26 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Michael Riddering, Founding Designer of Maven and Creator of Figma Academy. Many of you may already know him as Ridd! Ridd has worked for his own startup and spent time building more experience through freelancing and agency work. He currently lives in Michigan and started working remotely for Maven last year. He spends his days thinking about online course platforms, marketing, and teaching design. During our interview with Ridd you will learn: -How Ridd accidentally backed into product design -What he wishes he knew earlier on in his career -Why Figma academy exists -Tips to stand out when you find the role that was made for you -What it is like creating your own course -Action to take at any point during your career So happy to have you join us today! 00:00 Introduction 01:44: How Ridd accidentally backed into product design 09:13 Where he has experienced the peaks and valleys of his career 12:35 How long it took Ridd to land his first salaried position in product design 17:11 What he could have benefited from earlier on 21:17 Why Figma Academy exists 27:11 Opinionated versus non-opinionated design courses 37:27 The timeline for creating your own course 45:37 Maven, Figma Academy, and tips to stand out when you find the role that was made for you 53:57 Don't underestimate the power of this one small and powerful action Thanks for watching! If you enjoyed this video please like and subscribe so we can keep making content for you good people! Don't forget to read our blog and sign up for reminders when new episodes will be available! https://uxcabin.com/podcast-database/michael-riddering-how-a-self-learner-became-a-course-creator Make sure to follow Ridd after the podcast to stay on top of what he is up to! Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ridderingand LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelriddering/ dribbble: https://dribbble.com/riddering Website: https://www.ridd.design Other mentioned links: -Maven: https://maven.com -Figma Academy: https://www.figma.academy Where to find UX Cabin: Twitter: https://twitter.com/uxcabin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uxcabin/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/uxcabin TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@uxcabin?lang=en YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/UXCabin dribble: https://dribbble.com/uxcabin Website: https://uxcabin.com
00:56:26 5/3/2022
The Product Design Podcast
In episode 25 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Brian Lin, Director of Product Design at Lunchbox, where he oversees product design and product research teams. Brian has been in the game for over twenty years and has witnessed the evolution of product design firsthand. This episode brings tons of advice straight from a hiring manager's perspective, which will help you regardless of what level you are at in your product design career path. During our interview with Brain you will learn: -How Brian got his start in design -Why process can't always be linear -How Brian feels about Bootcamps -Why design looks different from agency to big org -Hiring Manager's expectations for juniors versus seniors -How to level up -Brian's hot take on the surplus of juniors and the demand for seniors in the industry So happy to have you join us today! 00:00 Introduction 01:29 How Brian got started in design back before product design was a thing 06:20 The process won't save you 10:17 How Brian feels about Bootcamps 15:36 Why design looks different from agency to big org 20:07 The things Brian did right early on in his career 25:31 The things he wishes he would have done differently 32:42 A Hiring Manager's perspective: expectations for a junior level designer versus a senior level designer 39:43 How the role changes when a junior levels up 43:43 How to level up in your career 50:26 Brian's hot take on the surplus of juniors and the demand for seniors in the industry Thanks for watching! If you enjoyed this video please like and subscribe so we can keep making content for you good people! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3aRBoqF6mAD1PnQwj86dX Don't forget to read our blog and sign up for reminders when new episodes will be available! https://uxcabin.com/podcast-database/brian-lin-when-a-bootcamp-doesnt-lead-to-a-job Make sure to follow Brian after the podcast to stay on top of what he is up to! Twitter: https://twitter.com/brianisme LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/brianisme Where to find UX Cabin: Twitter: https://twitter.com/uxcabin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uxcabin/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/uxcabin TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@uxcabin?lang=en YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/UXCabin dribble: https://dribbble.com/uxcabin Website: https://uxcabin.com
00:59:59 4/19/2022
The Product Design Podcast
In this episode of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Matias Fiori, Lead Product Designer at UX Cabin, who lives in Uruguay. Matias has worked at UX Cabin for over two and a half years. Over the last couple of years, Matias has grown from an individual contributor on projects to helping to lead design teams for various projects. He brings so much value to our team through his graphic and product design expertise and shares excellent advice on how he has found success in product design during this episode. During our interview with Matias you will learn: -How Matias found his love of design -What he wishes he would have known sooner -Where Seth and Matias met -How Matias and UX Cabin have grown -Where to focus your energy when breaking into product design -How to level up early in your career So happy to have you join us today! 00:00 Introduction 01:15 How Matias found his love of design 05:36 What the design industry looks like in Uruguay 07:53 When Matias knew he wanted to go into product design 09:58 Advice he wishes he would have known as a junior designer 16:42 How Matias has grown as a designer along his career path 19:53 Deploying the correct soft skills with working with people in design 25:45 How Matias and Seth first met 28:39 Changes at UX Cabin since Matias first joined the company 30:42 How Matias has grown into a mentor at UX Cabin 37:10 Where to focus your energy when breaking into product design 42:08 How to level up early in your career 49:28 Hot take on design labels Thanks for watching! If you enjoyed this video please like and subscribe so we can keep making content for you good people! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3aRBoqF6mAD1PnQwj86dX Don't forget to read our blog and sign up for reminders when new episodes will be available! https://uxcabin.com/podcast-database/matias-fiori-building-a-career-rooted-in-design-fundamentals Make sure to follow Matias after the podcast to stay on top of what he is up to! Twitter: https://twitter.com/_Matias_Fiori LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matias-fiori/ Website: https://www.matiasfiori.com Where to find UX Cabin: Twitter: https://twitter.com/uxcabin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uxcabin/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/uxcabin TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@uxcabin?lang=en YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/UXCabin dribble: https://dribbble.com/uxcabin Website: https://uxcabin.com
00:55:31 4/5/2022
The Product Design Podcast
In episode 23 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Tom McCormack, a Career Coach specializing in product design and product owners. During Tom's career, he has worked primarily with product designers but has experience in other fields like data science, data analytics, web development, and product management, to name a few. As a career coach in this space, Tom has a different perspective on how to break into the UX space. From the length of time it can take to find a new job to the pitfalls he has seen job seekers fall into, Tom shares loads of advice that can help give you a fresh perspective during your job search. During our interview with Tom you will learn: -How Tom made his way into career coaching -Current landscape of junior and mid-senior level product designers -What it takes to break into product design -How long it can take to land that first job -Common pitfalls to avoid on your job search -How to make your own luck to jumpstart your career -The common misconception of design So happy to have you join us today! Thanks for watching! If you enjoyed this video please like and subscribe so I can keep making content for you good people! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3aRBoqF6mAD1PnQwj86dX Don't forget to read our blog and sign up for reminders when new episodes will be available! https://uxcabin.com/podcast-database/tom-mccormack-career-coach-guide-to-breaking-into-product-design Make sure to follow Tom after the podcast to stay on top of what he is up to! LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-mccormack/ Where to find UX Cabin: Twitter: https://twitter.com/uxcabin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uxcabin/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/uxcabin TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@uxcabin?lang=en YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/UXCabin dribble: https://dribbble.com/uxcabin Website: https://uxcabin.com
00:58:54 3/22/2022
The Product Design Podcast
In episode 22 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Jed Bridges, who is currently a digital designer working on products and digital experiences during the day. At night he works on traditional print design, graphic design, and personal projects. During Jed's career, he has collected a lot of great advice to help product designers at any stage of their careers. He shares what to focus on during your education and what not to do in an interview. He also sheds some light on finding the right mentor for you and the best approach to different job opportunities. This episode is packed with advice to help you along your career path. During our interview with Jed you will learn: How Jed found an interest in design Jed's take: generalist versus specialist How to use Twitter heat to your advantage What not to do in an interview How to approach imposter syndrome Three things Jed wishes he knew earlier in his career So happy to have you join us today! 00:00 Introduction 01:35 How Jed found his interest in design 02:48 Jed's learning path: from dishes to degree and how to learn in each scenario 09:34 What led Jed to his first design gig 12:30 Generalist versus Specialist: Jed's take 19:16 How to take the Twitter heat and use it 29:27 Some insights on interviewing 34:32 What not to do in an interview 42:50 How to approach imposter syndrome 50:18 Top three pieces of advice Jed wished he would have known earlier in his career Thanks for listening! Don't forget to read our blog and sign up for reminders when new episodes will be available! https://uxcabin.com/podcast-database/jed-bridges-the-strategy-of-being-a-generalist Make sure to follow Jed after the podcast to stay on top of what he is up to! Twitter: https://twitter.com/intent/follow?screen_name=jedbridges Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ascender.design/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jedbridges/ dribble: https://dribbble.com/JedBridges Website: https://www.jedbridges.com Where to find UX Cabin: Twitter: https://twitter.com/uxcabin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uxcabin/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/uxcabin TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@uxcabin?lang=en YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/UXCabin Website: https://uxcabin.com
00:55:11 3/8/2022
The Product Design Podcast
In episode 21 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Danielle Justilien, a UX Designer at IBM who works on software design for IBM's partner experience. Danielle's early interest in graphic design and her expertise in marketing led her to UX. Once Danielle decided to make this change in her career path, she determined her next steps. She started with a free Bootcamp, extended her network as she learned, perfected her portfolio, and after starting her search for her first job in UX, she quickly landed her position at IBM. Danielle has tremendous insight into how to get a strong launch into UX Design. During our interview, Danielle shared what she did to boost her portfolio and set herself up for success in the interview process as she moved into UX Design. So happy to have you join us today! During our interview with Danielle you will learn: How Danielle stumbled into product design Taking the Bootcamp route: How she found it, what it offered, and if it prepared her for her first job in UX Strategies and advice to help you break into UX How to create a strong portfolio, with interesting case studies that will attract your future employer Improve your interview techniques to land the job you want So happy to have you join us today! 00:00 Introduction 02:00 How Danielle stumbled into UX Design 03:05 Finding a free Bootcamp and what Danielle got out of it 09:04 How becoming a UX Designer has impacted her life so far 11:39 Breaking into UX: strategies to consider as you approach the difficult task of finding your first job 16:51 How to build an attractive portfolio with strong case studies 23:41 Interview tips to help you land your first job in UX 29:37 How to overcome imposter syndrome 35:46 Did the Bootcamp prepare Danielle for her job at IBM? 39:08 How to become a strong team member as a junior designer 42:32 Advice on breaking into UX and resources to consider as you shift to this career path Thanks for watching! If you enjoyed this video please like and subscribe so we can keep making content for you good people! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3aRBoqF6mAD1PnQwj86dX Don't forget to read our blog and sign up for reminders when new episodes will be available! Our blog also includes a link to "Danielle's Becoming a Designer Resource List" for aspiring designers! https://uxcabin.com/podcast-database/danielle-justilien-how-a-bootcamp-and-a-strong-portfolio-can-launch-your-career Make sure to follow Danielle after the podcast to stay on top of what she is up to! LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellejust/ Website: https://www.daniellejustdesigns.com Other mentioned links: Continuing Education and Workforce Development: http://cewdkbcc.com/design-works/ UX HER: https://www.uxher.com ADPList: https://adplist.org/explore?tab=mentors Where to find UX Cabin: Twitter: https://twitter.com/uxcabin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uxcabin/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/uxcabin TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@uxcabin?lang=en YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/UXCabin Website: https://uxcabin.com
00:47:50 2/22/2022
The Product Design Podcast
In episode 20 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Elizabeth Alli, a Product Designer, Mentor, and Founder of DesignerUp, where you can learn UX/UI and Product Design online! Elizabeth shifted from her education in classical music to product design early in her career. This transition led her to become an entrepreneur that headed into Silicon Valley, where she continued to learn and grow in her craft and experienced many of the highs and lows of her career path. During our interview, Elizabeth shares what she has learned and offers advice on navigating a career switch and getting into product design! During our interview with Elizabeth you will learn: How Elizabeth made the switch from classical music teacher to product designer The highs of a career in Silicon Valley Advice Elizabeth would give younger self How she circled back to her love of teaching with DesignerUp The qualities and characteristics that different work environments look for today What really matters when growing as a product designer So happy to have you join us today! Don't forget to read our blog and sign up for reminders when new episodes will be available! https://uxcabin.com/podcast-database/elizabeth-alli-full-circle-from-teaching-piano-to-teaching-product-design Make sure to follow Elizabeth after the podcast to stay on top of what she is up to! Twitter: https://twitter.com/DesignerupCo & https://twitter.com/LizTheWhizard Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designerupco/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/designerupco/ & https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabethalli/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/designerup Website: https://designerup.co Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/designerupco Where to find UX Cabin: Twitter: https://twitter.com/uxcabin Instagram:[https://www.instagram.com/uxcabin/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/uxcabin TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@uxcabin?lang=en YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/UXCabin Website: https://uxcabin.com
01:01:56 2/8/2022
The Product Design Podcast
In episode 19 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Peter Loving, Founder of User Active, his agency where they create software interfaces that users love. He is a Product Designer based in Barcelona and originally from London in the UK. Peter transitioned from a degree in product design focused on interior lighting and furniture but quickly realized that the toolkit he gathered in this area easily translated into UX and software design. He shares with us his journey into freelance and then how he founded and has grown his agency from there! During our interview with Peter you will learn: Peter's journey from designing interior lighting and furniture to UX design How to get started in freelance and the strategies that make it work long term Finding leads from cold calls to personal and professional connections Building an agency when the freelance work requires more time and a larger range of skills How to motivate the team you are building What Peter looks for when he is adding to his team So happy to have you join us today! Don't forget to read our blog and sign up for reminders when new episodes will be available! https://uxcabin.com/podcast-database/peter-loving-when-freelance-success-teaches-you-to-lead-others Make sure to follow Peter after the podcast to stay on top of what he is up to! Twitter: https://twitter.com/lovingpeter LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterloving/ and https://www.linkedin.com/company/64678572/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC90U-MSOnqflTzfBNz10_xA Website: https://www.useractive.io/ Other mentioned links: Jason Swenk Agency Coach: https://jasonswenk.com Where to find UX Cabin: Twitter: https://twitter.com/uxcabin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uxcabin/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/uxcabin TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@uxcabin?lang=en YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/UXCabin Website: https://uxcabin.com
00:52:03 1/25/2022
The Product Design Podcast
In episode 18 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Joseph España, a Senior Product Designer at UX Cabin who lives in California. Joseph has worked at UX Cabin for over a year now and brings many gifts and talents to the design team. Joseph shares valuable advice on what to learn when you are getting started in product design and how to find your way to a high point in your career, even as you may experience bumps along the way. During our interview with Joseph you will learn: How Joseph found an interest in the web Joseph's career path from graphic design to product design A day in the life of a UX Cabin Senior Product Designer The lows that have brought Joseph to this point Mentorship advice for junior-level designers looking to get a boost in their career Advice for new product designers getting into the industry So happy to have you join us today! Don't forget to read our blog and sign up for reminders when new episodes will be available! https://uxcabin.com/podcast-database/joseph-espana-how-a-pandemic-layoff-turned-into-a-career-payoff Make sure to follow along after the podcast to stay on top of what Joseph is up to! Twitter: https://twitter.com/josephespana Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/josephespana/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-espana-0a8b5332/ Website: https://www.espana.design Other mentioned links: LoversMagazine: https://www.loversmagazine.com/interviews/joseph-espana Where to find UX Cabin: Twitter: https://twitter.com/uxcabin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uxcabin/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/uxcabin TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@uxcabin?lang=en YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/UXCabin Website: https://uxcabin.com
00:49:41 1/11/2022
The Product Design Podcast
In episode 17 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews The UX Cabin interns, Muneerah Abdulrahman (aka Moon), David Applebee, Joe Montero, and Karen Mork. These four individuals were selected from over 800 applicants who applied to participate in the UX Cabin Internship 2.0 back in the fall. During our interview with the UX Cabin interns, you will learn about the unique experiences that each Intern had during their time at UX Cabin. They share the good, the bad, and the ugly and how they feel about the field of product design now that they have finished this part of their learning journey! During our interview with the UX Cabin interns you will learn: Who the UX Cabin interns are and how they got into product design The most beneficial part of the internship for them If the internship met their expectations or not Challenges they faced at UX Cabin The growth they experienced along the way What the interns learned about themselves So happy to have you join us today! Don't forget to read our blog and sign up for reminders when new episodes will be available! https://uxcabin.com/podcast-database/ux-cabin-interns-internship-2-the-good-the-bad-the-ugly Make sure to follow Moon, Karen, Joe, and David after the podcast to stay on top of what they are up to! Moon Twitter: https://twitter.com/neeraahman Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neeraahman/ LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/neeraahman Karen Twitter: https://twitter.com/mork_karen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colourfullycrafted/ LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/karenmork YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6LH3FTYjmFFtYb5yT7VsFw Website: https://karenmork.com/ Joe Twitter: https://twitter.com/mont3rje Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joe.esteban.montero/?hl=en LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-montero-098b47196/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkzs92Fyd9ypaaXVPquYcEw David Twitter: https://twitter.com/dapplebee93 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/applebee33/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidapplebee/ Website: https://www.daveapplebee.com/ Where to find UX Cabin: Twitter: https://twitter.com/uxcabin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uxcabin/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/uxcabin TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@uxcabin?lang=en YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/UXCabin Website: https://uxcabin.com
00:54:59 12/28/2021

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