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Design Party

By Antonija Pek

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Handling error messages
Handling error messages
Antonija and Vitali share their experiences around error handling and some good practices.
48:29
November 08, 2022
Subscription Hell
Subscription Hell
Helena and Antonija visit their list of apps with paid subscriptions and come to a shocking realization. Do we live in the era of subscription hell? Is there a better way forward? Antonija's favorite apps Grammarly Flow Keystroke Pro Cursor Pro Spark
41:50
October 24, 2022
Designing with code in mind
Designing with code in mind
Here are resources for further reading. https://www.nngroup.com/articles/design-operations-101/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylDed18OVdY https://www.figma.com/community/plugin/843461159747178978/Figma-Tokens
55:59
October 10, 2022
What?! Figma is sold to Adobe!
What?! Figma is sold to Adobe!
Check out Vitali's presentation https://youtu.be/cwLepGcOANs
39:12
September 17, 2022
Prototyping
Prototyping
In this episode, Antonija and Vitali chat about prototyping — why do we need it? What tools are out there? And share our own experiences.
39:16
September 15, 2022
The past, the present and the future of our design paths
The past, the present and the future of our design paths
In this episode, Vitali and I went to the public library Oodi in Helsinki and recorded our episode there. We took a walk down a memory lane and reflected on our beginnings in design, where we are now, and where our future is, or at least wishful thinking about where we see ourselves in the next few years.
45:44
July 17, 2022
The Future of Figma
The Future of Figma
Antonija and Vitali are recording for the first time ever in the same room!  We are talking about the future of Figma, going into detail about what we like, dislike, and would like to see happen in the next years with our favorite tool for designing. Send us a message if you're listening on Spotify! Leave us a rating if possible — it helps reach more designers.
32:41
July 01, 2022
Processes in design teams
Processes in design teams
Antonija and Vitali share tips and insights on design processes. Tools mentioned: https://spline.design/ https://rotato.app/ https://jitter.video/ https://rive.app/ https://motionplugin.com/
30:36
June 06, 2022
Frustrations in product design
Frustrations in product design
In this episode, Vitali and Antonija go through responses Vitali got from designers on a meetup. The question was, "what are your biggest frustrations in your role as a designer". We think responses are pretty relatable, and we decided to take a few and share our thoughts.
39:29
May 24, 2022
New breed of designers?!
New breed of designers?!
Hi, your host Antonija here. I met Riley through Good News and we had a little discussion about the new breed of designes. Who are they? What do we mean? Well, hit play and find out.
26:38
May 06, 2022
How to have an eye-catching portfolio when you work under NDAs
How to have an eye-catching portfolio when you work under NDAs
Helena and Antonija are discussing ways to show your work while having all of those NDAs hovering around you
40:60
April 21, 2022
How to handle rejection from a job application
How to handle rejection from a job application
Antonija and Vitali are chatting about getting rejected from job applications. We are sharing tips on how to apply, how to handle rejects, and sharing some salty personal stories.
33:28
April 04, 2022
Interfaces and user-experiences we don't really like
Interfaces and user-experiences we don't really like
Antonija, Helena and Vitali are discussing about services and apps they don't like because of a bad UX
49:21
March 21, 2022
Chatting while watching Apple event (extra episode)
Chatting while watching Apple event (extra episode)
Vitali and Antonija are watching Apple event and sharing their thoughts.
01:25:31
March 12, 2022
How to survive being the solo designer in an early startup?
How to survive being the solo designer in an early startup?
Antonija invited a guest co-host Stefan to talk about startups and being the only designer. Contact for design help @heystefan_ @antonijapek
55:03
March 07, 2022
How to handle stress and avoid burnout
How to handle stress and avoid burnout
In this episode, Antonija and Vitali talk about handling stress and avoiding burnout. We all know recovery is important, but what are the signs we should look out for and how can we manage being overworked? how does the parasympathetic nervous system help us feel balanced? We reflect on our experiences and offer techniques to help tackle these important challenges.
36:56
February 28, 2022
Design s#x test
Design s#x test
Helena and Antonija share tips on how not to embarrass yourself when you are naming your product that will ship globally. We share a little anecdote from rebranding our podcast and examples of big brands. 
39:06
February 14, 2022
How do we handle time management
How do we handle time management
In this episode, Helena and Antonija discuss what organization and self-organization are. How do we keep up with our daily private and work tasks, and what helps us stay afloat. One of us obsesses about the organization and the other about efficiency! We also share our preferred tools and our workflows. The newest of the news is our social handles and a website! Join us at http://designpartypodcast.com and on Twitter @designpartyfm Tools mentioned: TickTick Things Notion Flow Cron
35:49
February 07, 2022
Passive aggressive "The Design Tools Survey" review
Passive aggressive "The Design Tools Survey" review
In this episode of a very attractive title, Helena is joining me in discussing the UX tools survey for 2021. We talk about the state of the tools, give our opinions on whether we agree or if there is something surprising, and as announced - we passively aggressively bash on (almost) everything. Not to be lazy, we also give out a list of tools we would like to see grow, use more or just enjoy using. Find everything notable we mentioned below! Whimsical Miro Figma (and Figjam) Adobe XD Sketch Framer Affinity Protopie Principle Zeplin Abstract Zeroheight Storybook Notion
48:34
February 02, 2022
Demistifying user research
Demistifying user research
Today’s episode discusses user research: what it is, what types of research are there, how it can help your work, and where to begin. Resources mentioned: Don’t make me think by Steve Krug https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Make-Think-Revisited-Usability/dp/0321965515 Just enough research by Erika Hall https://www.amazon.com/Just-Enough-Research-Erika-Hall/dp/1937557103 Article on how to do remote user research https://uxdesign.cc/how-to-do-user-centered-design-during-the-remote-work-period-9ed223673451 CareerFoundry UX research playlist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGZGDnTY454&list=PL4GEkVtNYGlIcHp9lPMD9KHMlfc-Jbyjp Norman Nielsen Group - Why you only need to test with 5 Users https://www.nngroup.com/articles/why-you-only-need-to-test-with-5-users Startup Graveyard https://startupgraveyard.io Growth.design https://growth.design Baymard Institute https://baymard.com/blog Don’t make me think by Steve Krug https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Make-Think-Revisited-Usability/dp/0321965515 Just enough research by Erika Hall https://www.amazon.com/Just-Enough-Research-Erika-Hall/dp/1937557103 Article on how to do remote user research https://uxdesign.cc/how-to-do-user-centered-design-during-the-remote-work-period-9ed223673451
37:07
January 29, 2022
Predictions for 2022 with Vitali Gusatinsky
Predictions for 2022 with Vitali Gusatinsky
Amazing designer Vitali Gusatinsky is joining me in this episode to talk about 2022 and what it means for product design. We speculate what will be trendy this year and where designers' focus will shift in order to craft better experiences.
29:24
January 15, 2022
Catching up
Catching up
After a long 6-month break, Helena and I decided to catch up and talk a bit about what had happened.
19:15
December 14, 2021
Figma Config 2021
Figma Config 2021
In this episode, we deep dive into what happened in Figma Config 2021. Helena didn't watch so I am going through features and how I see them as a product designer.
35:14
May 02, 2021
Tips for junior designers
Tips for junior designers
Antonija and Helena discuss tips and tricks for junior designers! As with all tips and tricks, this is just a list what we wish someone told us while we were starting our careers. The tips are divided in three categories - general tips, skill tips and personal development! And as always, we steer away from the topic, but in a good way. If you have any ideas or just want to say hi, leave us a message https://anchor.fm/designparty/message
48:18
April 20, 2021
Hard skills for designers
Hard skills for designers
What are hard skills knowing your tools (adaptability) for designing prototyping communication coding? Design theory typography colors rules of visual perception common UI patterns HIG, Material Design Management - deep dive next time Other valuable skills Strategic thinking networking negotiation teamwork independence marketing knowledge business knowledge
39:31
April 10, 2021
Tools we use for design
Tools we use for design
Tools mentioned Productivity tools Notion Toggl/Clockify A timecube! Linear Jira Todoist Trello Communication Slack Teams Around Zoom Meet Skype Design tools Sketch 🧡 Figma 💜 Principle ProtoPie Blush Spline Adobe iPad Procreate GoodNotes
49:23
April 02, 2021
iOS vs. Android
iOS vs. Android
In today's episode, Antonija and Helena discuss iOS vs. Android. Weirdy, we both use Android as our daily driver. Antonija is thinking about switching to iOS, but Helena stays loyal to Android, and why is that? Listen and find out.
37:10
February 19, 2021
Redesigning the world
Redesigning the world
Helena and Antonija are discussing non-digital and digital products and ask themselves are they designed for everybody or is accessibility an afterthought?
45:05
February 12, 2021
Soft skills in designer's life
Soft skills in designer's life
What are soft skills and why do we need them as a designer and a human being? In this episode Helena and I are talking about — soft skills. Remember to leave us a voice message on Anchor!
37:27
February 02, 2021
Learning Finnish and life as an immigrant in Finland
Learning Finnish and life as an immigrant in Finland
In this episode, I had a guest from Belarus living in Finland and a master of languages Maryna! We chat about the struggle to learn Finnish and what do we like about Finland.
44:57
January 29, 2021
How to run a design business (when just starting)
How to run a design business (when just starting)
Many of us want to run our own design business but that's no easy task. In this video episode of the Design Party podcast, I have a guest joining to illuminate the topic and share some tips. Philip Wallage is a designer from the Netherlands and as a business owner, he will share incredible information on how to start and maintain your own business.
42:50
December 28, 2020
Design Trends
Design Trends
In this episode we are discussing design trends, we also visit into accessibility in design and then we share our views on trends and what's "in" these days.
34:17
December 19, 2020
Design Systems
Design Systems
Helena and I are chatting about design systems!
26:28
November 07, 2020
Many lives of a designer with Daniel Motta
Many lives of a designer with Daniel Motta
Daniel Motta is a design leader from Brasil, now located in Helsinki. I had a blast chatting with Daniel about many lives of a designer where we discuss changing disciplines, learning new ones, and life as a designer in general. The game I mentioned. It is called Science Kombat. It was made by Daniel's friend Diego Sanches, who's an amazing illustrator who found a niche in Pixel Art. Meet your hosts Daniel Motta - https://danielmotta.design Antonija Pek - https://apek.me Leave me an anchor message and let's chat!
24:45
October 30, 2020
How did we become designers?
How did we become designers?
Helena and I are chatting about our journey of becoming designers. All hardships and nice stuff that happened along the way.
29:55
October 06, 2020
Designing for users
Designing for users
Helena, a designer from Croatia, and I are chatting how to design for users, we also touch Dribbble and asking tools from your managers (and failing). You can see more about Helena on her Linkedin. If you want to leave us a voice message go to anchor.fm/designparty.
31:42
August 29, 2020
Marketing specialist and a product designer chat about Impostor Syndrome
Marketing specialist and a product designer chat about Impostor Syndrome
My friend Lena and I are chatting about Impostor Syndrome and how to overcome it. If you have thoughts about it leave a voice message on Anchor! Learn more about your host Antonija Pek. Leave us a message https://anchor.fm/designparty/message
32:43
July 12, 2020
Moving to another country to work
Moving to another country to work
My friend and a product designer Samanta joined me to talk about our experiences of moving to another country to work as designers. Samanta moved a bit more, even switched continents between the US and Europe and I talk about my experience moving to Finland. Follow Samanta on Twitter! Learn more about your host Antonija Pek. Leave us a message https://anchor.fm/designparty/message Music Funky One by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3790-funky-oneLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
39:60
May 11, 2020
Daily routine in freelance product designer's life and chitchat about apps
Daily routine in freelance product designer's life and chitchat about apps
Pete Mo is a freelance designer from London and we teamed up in this episode to talk about working remotely, being a freelancer, Pete also illuminated to me that TikTok is for adults as well, and also shared some nice stories and series to watch. Connect with Pete Mo https://www.linkedin.com/in/pete-mo/ https://www.instagram.com/iampetemo/ www.iampetemo.com Leave me your voice message! https://anchor.fm/designparty/message Mentioned in episode Abstract on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/fi-en/title/80057883 Binaural Beats: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=binaural+beats Lo-fi hip-hop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qap5aO4i9A Think Like a Spy: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Think-Like-a-Spy-Audiobook/B082WC9PVG Music Funky One by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3790-funky-oneLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
47:30
May 04, 2020
Personal and professional struggles during COVID19
Personal and professional struggles during COVID19
I invited my friend and fellow product designer Samanta to join me again and in this episode, we will chat about how Coronavirus impacted our industry, how are we coping with it and what are our personal and professional struggles. Follow Samanta on Twitter!  Learn more about your host Antonija Pek. Music Funky One by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3790-funky-one License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
25:06
April 14, 2020
Remote work during COVID19
Remote work during COVID19
Today I invited my friend and a product designer Samanta Aquino to talk about remote working during COVID19 and staying productive. Welcome to the first episode! Follow Samanta on Twitter! Learn more about your host Antonija Pek at https://apek.me/ Apps mentioned in the podcast linear.app miro.com https://store.steampowered.com/app/442070/Drawful_2/ Music Funky One by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3790-funky-one License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
24:23
April 02, 2020