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Design Huddle is a podcast about UX, creative careers, and the Internet.

We interview designers, start-up founders, influencers and sometimes just our friends from Instagram. We’ll discuss career paths, product design, UX best practices, and ways to improve your personal brand.

This podcast is hosted by Ryan Warrender a UX Designer and Strategist based in NYC and Brandon Groce a Digital Strategist for Fortune 500 companies.

The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
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Obvious Mistakes that Designers Make When Applying for a Job
Brandon discusses some common mistakes people make when designers apply for new jobs.
24:45
September 16, 2019
How to Start a Podcast, Why you should have a Podcast, and Tips for Success
On this episode Ryan discusses how to start a podcast, why podcasting is growing, and learnings from starting Design Huddle.  Instagram: @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce Support this Podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
23:26
September 10, 2019
Becoming an Influencer, Building a Personal Brand, and Storytelling with Goldie Chan
In the episode of Design Huddle we talk with Goldie Chan the Oprah of LinkedIn.
54:16
September 2, 2019
Growing on Instagram, Taking Risks, and How to Transition into a Design Role with Ioana Adriana Teleanu
In this episode of Design Huddle the mastermind behind UXGoodies on Instagram (Ioana Adriana Teleanu) discusses UX best practices, how to get started, and how to grow your Instagram channel. Featured Guest: Ioana Adriana Teleanu,  UXGoodies! Instagram: @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce Support this Podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle Topics: Growing on Instagram, UX Design, FinTech, Career Advice, Research The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
46:25
August 29, 2019
How to Start a Career in Design, Staying Humble, and Receiving Feedback with Jesse Showalter
In this episode we discuss our first jobs, how to kickstart your design career, and how to be more teachable.  Jesse Showalter is a full stack designer who focuses on providing thoughtful solutions to user based problems. He specializes in brands, web design, UI and UX design and of course... front-end development. He is one of the most personable and down-to-earth designers out there. Please subscribe and leave us a review!  Make sure you follow Jesse on YouTube and help him get to 100K subs. Let's be friends. Connect with us - @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce.  If you got any value from this podcast share it with a friend or become a supporter: bit.ly/support-designhuddle. The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
38:41
August 26, 2019
Hustle Culture, Work Life Balance and Ways to be More Productive
Brandon and Ryan discuss the growing need to prioritize a work-life balance. They discuss how social media can impact your mental wellbeing, hustle culture, and ways to become more productive.
36:03
August 19, 2019
8 Ways to Be a More Effective Project Manager
In this episode Ryan discusses 8 ways to be a more effective project manager. The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals within the given constraints. This information is usually described in project documentation, created at the beginning of the development process. The primary constraints are scope, time, quality and budget. The secondary – and more ambitious – challenge is to optimize the allocation of necessary inputs and apply them to meet pre-defined objectives. The object of project management is to produce a complete project which complies with the client's objectives. Let's be friends. Connect with us - @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce. I If you got any value from this podcast share it with a friend or become a supporter: bit.ly/support-designhuddle.  The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
09:31
August 5, 2019
Prototyping Best Practices, UX Designer Tips, and Career Advice with Miriam Isaac
In this episode Brandon and Miriam Issac discuss UX careers and prototyping best practices. Let's be friends. Connect with us - @misaac85,  @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce.   If you got any value from this podcast share it with a friend or become a supporter: bit.ly/support-designhuddle.  The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
46:05
July 29, 2019
What is a Prototype: A Guide to a Better User Experience
In this podcast we discuss UX Prototyping best practices.   A prototype is an early sample, model, or release of a product built to test a concept or process or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from. It is a term used in a variety of contexts, including semantics, design, electronics, and software programming. There are many kinds of materials that can be involved during this iterative phase, from whiteboards to paper prototypes. As the interaction framework establishes an overall structure for product behavior, a parallel process focused on the visual and industrial designs. The visual design framework defines the experience attributes, visual language, and the visual style. Let's be friends. Connect with us - @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce. I If you got any value from this podcast share it with a friend or become a supporter: bit.ly/support-designhuddle.  The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
23:56
July 22, 2019
What is UX Writing? Rules to Follow to be a More Effective UX Writer
UX writers write the words we read or hear when we use a digital product. Every user needs some help while using a website, an app, or a software. UX writing bridges a gap between the visual layout and the usability, between the product and its users. On this episode we dive into what UX writers actually do and tips on you can be a more effective UX writer.  Let's be friends. Connect with us - @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce. I If you got any value from this podcast share it with a friend or become a supporter: bit.ly/support-designhuddle.  Resources: https://uxdesign.cc/best-ux-writing-portfolios-2019-update-7e6a066631af https://uxplanet.org/16-rules-of-effective-ux-writing-2a20cf85fdbf https://uxplanet.org/the-rise-of-the-ux-writer-8beb836c13f1 The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
17:34
July 15, 2019
Become a Better Facilitator and Design Sprint Best Practices with Zach Hill
On this episode we talk to Zach Hill about design sprint best practices and how to become a more thoughtful designer. A design sprint is a time-constrained, five-phase process that uses design thinking with the aim of reducing the risk when bringing a new product, service or a feature to the market.  Zach is a passionate design centered strategist that combines an obsession for user experience, product strategy, and process with a foundation in visual communication. Zach uses the experience from the variety of creative disciplines he has been involved in to inform his decisions as a consultant and strategist and inspire his visual solutions as a design communicator. Zachary is currently the head of strategy at Toi, a design and innovation agency that specializes in user experience and digital product design. He has had the opportunity to work with several businesses and brands that include the University of Chicago Medical Center, Verizon, Waste Management, Sennheiser, and Clifton's LA. Follow Zach on Instagram! Join the Design Huddle community and follow us on Instagram at @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce.  Become a supporter of this podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle.  The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
40:55
July 8, 2019
10 Ways To Help You Measure Success In Web Design
What's the definition of “success” for a product/feature? Sometimes it can be hard to prove the value of your work. It is common to hear things like "user experience is hard to measure" or "how do we know if this design is working". On this episode we discuss some quantitative and qualitative ways to measure UX success. We cover frameworks, questions to ask, and breakdown some of the most common web metrics that you should monitor.  Join the Design Huddle community and follow us on Instagram at @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce. Become a supporter of this podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle.  The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
25:02
July 1, 2019
80/20 Rule - Pareto Principle for Designers
The 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto Principle, states that 80% of results in a system come from 20% of the causes. Its origins stem back to Vilfredo Pareto, an economist who noticed 80% of Italy's land was owned by 20% of the population.  The original observation was in connection with population and wealth. Pareto noticed that approximately 80% of Italy's land was owned by 20% of the population. He then carried out surveys on a variety of other countries and found to his surprise that a similar distribution applied. Let's be friends. Connect with us - @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce. I If you got any value from this podcast share it with a friend or become a supporter: bit.ly/support-designhuddle.  The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
11:12
June 24, 2019
A Full Breakdown of the UX Process End To End
A UX design process typically follows something similar to a design thinking approach, which consists of five basic phases: Empathize with the users (learning about the audience) Define the problem (identifying the users' needs) Ideate (generating ideas for design). The UX process is an iterative method which helps you to continuously improve and polish your designs with user feedback. Also, one thing you should know is: A UX process can be different from one UX designer to another, organization to organization and sometimes depending on the project.  Let's be friends. Connect with us - @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce. I If you got any value from this podcast share it with a friend or become a supporter: bit.ly/support-designhuddle.  The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
15:43
June 17, 2019
CX versus UX: What’s the difference, and why does it matter?
User experience (UX) is all aspects of the end user’s interaction with the company, its services, and its products. Customer Experience (CX) is how customers perceive their interactions with your company. In this ep we discuss the difference and why they matter more than ever.  Join the Design Huddle community and follow us Instagram at @Ryan.Warrender& @BrandonGroce.  Become a supporter of this podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle.  The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
20:40
June 10, 2019
Succeeding in Business, Developing a Personal Brand and Creating High Quality Content with Michael Janda
In this episode of Design Huddle we discuss the business side of design, ways to uplevel your personal brand, and some career advice from our amazing guest - Michael Janda. Michael Janda is an executive level creative leader with more than 20 years of experience in both in-house creative departments and agencies working with some of the greatest brands in the world. He has earned some of the  most coveted awards in the industry including Webbys, FWA, Awwwards, AIGA and Addys. Learn more about UX design with Michael Janda, the creator and presenter of the course, “UX Design: The Processes of Creativity and Crafting User Experiences.” He is also the author of the book, Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff they don’t teach you in design school, but should. You find him on the web at @morejanda.
41:23
June 3, 2019
How to Grow an Audience on Instagram to 30K Followers in 90 days with UXBites - Gabriel Kirmaier
One of the most popular UX Instagram handles - UX Bites explains his brilliant content strategy. We discuss how to grow your Instagram account and how to create better content that people will share.  @uxbites is based on a devoted product designer’s finding in UX design. You can find UX Research, learn about the process of an efficient UX design, find out more about user testing in daily bite sized form. + Some fun stuff along the journey.   If you have requests of new files, want to chat about your ongoing project or about anything else, write Gabriel at uxbites@gmail.com. Let's be friends. Connect with us - @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce.  If you got any value from this podcast share it with a friend or become a supporter: bit.ly/support-designhuddle.  The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
27:56
May 27, 2019
How Graphic Designers Can Transition Into UX Design Careers
It is easier than ever to pivot from being a graphic designer to a UX designer.  Join the Design Huddle community and follow us Instagram at @Ryan.Warrender& @BrandonGroce.  Become a supporter of this podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle.  The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
22:47
May 20, 2019
10 Lessons From Billion-Dollar 'Unicorn' Startups
Brandon and Ryan reflect on the Entrepreneur article: "10 Lessons From Billion-Dollar 'Unicorn' Startups - Entrepreneur".  Join the Design Huddle community and follow us Instagram at @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce.  Become a supporter of this podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle.  The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
34:52
May 13, 2019
Books Every Designer Should Read
Ryan has created this reading list for anyone that works on a product, at a start-up, or is simply looking to get inspired. This list includes some classics and some of the newest books out in 2019. Happy reading!  Full List: Read Now  Kit: Additional Books to Read  Instagram: @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce Support this Podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle Recommended Reading: Don't Make Me Think  Send us feedback and help us become the Best Design Podcast - designhuddlepodcast@gmail.com The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
17:23
May 6, 2019
How to Prepare for the Jobs of the Future
In this episode Ryan discusses practical ways to prepare for jobs of the future. He discusses soft skills that can accelerate your career and jobs of the future.  Join the Design Huddle community and follow us Instagram at @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce.  Become a supporter of this podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle.  The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
22:13
April 29, 2019
How to work with the Right People and Brands You Want
Brandon discusses the best way to connect with the right people and the right brands.  Join the Design Huddle community and follow us Instagram at @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce.  Become a supporter of this podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle.  The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
15:33
April 22, 2019
Taking Risks, Freelancer Life, and Becoming an A-List Designer with Roque Silva
On this episode we guess Roque's journey of becoming a rockstar designer.  Roque is a designer from Bogota, Colombia and now living in New York City. Before starting his own company Roque worked on the Google Translate app and the Facebook Messenger app. He tells us about his career, passions, and things he has learned along the way.  Our Featured Guest: Roque - @thisisroque  Instagram: @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce Support this Podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle Recommended Reading: Don't Make Me Think  Send us feedback and help us become the Best Design Podcast - designhuddlepodcast@gmail.com The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
52:44
April 15, 2019
How to Humanize Your Brand - Adobe Summit Recap with AKQA & Volvo
In this episode Brandon discusses brand perception and how to build a better brand. He also shares some of the highlights from the 2019 Adobe Summit. If you like this podcast please share and subscribe for more weekly content!  Join the Design Huddle community and follow us on Instagram at @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce.  Become a supporter of this podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle.  The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
08:44
April 8, 2019
What is a Full Stack Designer and Ways to Become a Better UXer with Ran Segall
Ran Segall is a full stack designer who helps early stage startups with everything from branding, product design, video and investor decks. He has worked with top teams working across a variety of B2C & B2B industries in Israel and across the globe. He is a conference speaker, Youtuber, and a rockstar designer. In this episode we discuss how to become a full stack designer,  work life balance, and owning your own career path.  Follow us on instagram at @RanSegall @Ryan.Warrender & @Brandon.Groce.  Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/designhuddle/support This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
55:39
April 1, 2019
Ways to Become a Better Storyteller and Connect with Your Audience
Storytelling describes the social and cultural activity of sharing stories, sometimes with improvisation, theatrics, or embellishment. Every culture has its own stories or narratives, which are shared as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation or instilling moral values.  Instagram: @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce Support this Podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle Recommended Reading: Don't Make Me Think  Send us feedback and help us become the Best Design Podcast - designhuddlepodcast@gmail.com The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
36:33
March 18, 2019
Learning to Ask The Right Questions to Better Understand Your Users
User research focuses on understanding user behaviors, needs, and motivations through observation techniques, task analysis, and other feedback methodologies. Ryan and Brandon discuss the best questions to ask and how to establish more empathy for your users.  Instagram: @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce Support this Podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle Recommended Reading: Don't Make Me Think  Send us feedback and help us become the Best Design Podcast - designhuddlepodcast@gmail.com The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
09:57
March 11, 2019
Founder of Anchor.fm Discusses How an Idea Became a Company with Michael Mignano & Emmi Hintz
Anchor allows anyone to record or upload high-quality audio, host unlimited episodes, and distribute everywhere with just one click. On this episode we talk to the most down to earth CEO of all of time...Michael Mignano. Michael tells us how him and his co-founder took the idea of Anchor and developed it into a multi-million dollar startup. We were also joined by Anchor's brilliant lead product designer Emmi Hintz. Emmi tells us how she prioritizes a users needs, tells us about the most important UX skills to develop, and what is next for Anchor.  This podcast is a conversation, we'd love to hear from you.  Featured Guests - Michael - @mignano & Emmi - @digitalgogetta Instagram: @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce Support this Podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle Recommended Reading: Don't Make Me Think  Send us feedback and help us become the Best Design Podcast - designhuddlepodcast@gmail.com The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.  Reference:  Crunchbase
30:15
March 4, 2019
Being Creative Director, Brand Strategy, and working with Coldplay with Matthew Encina
Matthew Encina is a creative director and brand strategist at Blind. He has created interactive experiences & video content for brands, tech, and video games. He is also a content creator at The Futur, where he teaches about creativity, pitching and motion design. He creates videos regularly on their YouTube Channel and writes articles on Medium. He's had the privilege to share his story as a speaker around the world. Including a TEDx talk about the interactive music video he created for Coldplay. Featured Guest: Matthew - @matthewencina Instagram: @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce Support this Podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle Recommended Reading: Don't Make Me Think  Send us feedback and help us become the Best Design Podcast - designhuddlepodcast@gmail.com The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
1:02:19
February 25, 2019
Using Social Media to Get Clients, AJ&Smart, and Personal Branding with Brittni Bowering
Brittni Bowering is the head of media at AJ & Smart.  AJ & Smart helps companies build better products faster. Brandon and Brittni discuss creative advertising strategies, creating a brand, and social media growth. AJ&Smart started with the philosophy “Solve Problems, then Decorate.” As the antithesis of the traditional Design Agency, AJ&Smart has been lean and digital from day one. AJ&Smart is dedicated to creating the best products and services, without wasting their client's time or budget. Learn more about AJ & Smart - https://ajsmart.com/about-ajs/ Featured Guest: Brittni - @brittnibow Instagram: @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce Support this Podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle Recommended Reading: Don't Make Me Think  Send us feedback and help us become the Best Design Podcast - designhuddlepodcast@gmail.com The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
59:41
February 18, 2019
Brand Strategy, Managing Expectations, and Life as a Founder with Melinda Livsey
Ryan and Brandon interview Melinda Livsey. As the founder and brand strategist of Marks and Maker, Melinda unites over ten years of professional design experience with a penchant for thoughtful customer service. Melinda’s experience with notable names like Oakley, Paramount Pictures, and Loot Crate, coupled with her passion for creative thinkers and entrepreneurs, creates the perfect cocktail of impeccable workmanship, exceptional brands, and happy clientele. Not only is Melinda a rockstar entrepreneur she is the works for for The Futur as a Co-host on the Process. If you want to learn to be a better team consultant, strategist, or team member this episode is for you.  Featured Guest: Melinda Livsey  Instagram: @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce Support this Podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle Recommended Reading: Don't Make Me Think  Send us feedback and help us become the Best Design Podcast - designhuddlepodcast@gmail.com The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
39:02
February 11, 2019
Designing For Accessibility And Inclusion
Web accessibility is the inclusive practice of ensuring there are no barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to, websites on the World Wide Web by people with disabilities. When sites are correctly designed, developed and edited, generally all users have equal access to information and functionality. Today we help you get closer to crafting a more inclusive web experience.   Instagram: @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce Support this Podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle Recommended Reading: Don't Make Me Think  Send us feedback and help us become the Best UX Podcast - designhuddlepodcast@gmail.com The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
12:20
February 4, 2019
Mobile Web Design and Making a Great First Impression
First impressions matter.  Mobile users are very goal-oriented and super impatient. Avoid distracting a user from their goals. Keep your homepage and top landing pages simple. Be sure to have a clear call-to-action and a value proposition above the fold. A user should know what to do and why they should stay on your website in a moment’s glance.   Instagram: @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce Support this Podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle Recommended Reading: Don't Make Me Think  Send us feedback and help us become the Best UX Podcast - designhuddlepodcast@gmail.com The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
09:31
February 4, 2019
UX Designers Debate If Wireframing Is Required to Build Great Products
Wireframing is a way to design a website service at the structural level. A wireframe is commonly used to lay out content and functionality on a page which takes into account user needs and user journeys. On today's episode Brandon and Ryan share their wireframing best practices.  Instagram: @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce Support this Podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle Recommended Reading: Don't Make Me Think  Send us feedback and help us become the Best UX Podcast - designhuddlepodcast@gmail.com The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
09:20
January 27, 2019
UX Designers Don't Need to Know How to Code
There’s a recurring debate in our industry over whether or not designers should write code. Brandon and Ryan debate the pros & cons of learning to code as a designer.   Instagram: @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce Support this Podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle Recommended Reading: Don't Make Me Think  Send us feedback and help us become the Best UX Podcast - designhuddlepodcast@gmail.com The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
08:48
January 14, 2019
User Research and How to Put Yourself in Your User's Shoes
Brandon and Ryan discuss the importance of doing the UX research up front. Ryan talks about his experience redesigning a GE customer support application and how to better put yourself in your user's shoes. The opinions stated here are my own, not those of my company.  In this episode we focus on user research focuses on understanding user behaviors, needs, and motivations through observation techniques, task analysis, and other feedback methodologies. Mike Kuniaysky further notes that it is “the process of understanding the impact of design on an audience.” Instagram: @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce Support this Podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle Recommended Reading: Don't Make Me Think  Send us feedback and help us become the Best UX Podcast - designhuddlepodcast@gmail.com The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
10:45
January 11, 2019
Common Mistakes UX Designers Make
Welcome to Design Huddle! This weekly show is hosted by Brandon Groce a designer and digital strategist for Fortune 500s and Ryan Warrender a UX designer based in New York. The Design Huddle podcast discusses the best ways to level up in your career and become a more valuable team member in the process. We talk about everything from product design, personal branding, tech trends and interview some of the best thought leaders out there. In this episode Ryan and Brandon share the most common mistakes that UXers make.   This podcast is a conversation, we'd love to hear from you.  Join the Design Huddle community and follow us on Instagram at @Ryan.Warrender & @BrandonGroce.  Become a supporter of this podcast: bit.ly/support-designhuddle.  The opinions stated here are our own, not those of our companies.
13:51
December 26, 2018
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