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Honest UX Talks

By Anfisa Bogomolova & Ioana Teleanu
Honest weekly conversations about UX design career, challenges, portfolios, mental health, and all things UX. Ioana and Anfisa together have 20 years of experience in the UX field and trying to share their main lessons to help anyone transitioning to design overcome the fears.

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#57 Typical mistakes designers are doing while applying for a job
Episode's Sponsor: figura.digital - freelancing platform for designers developed by designers with the aim to create the most UX-friendly network in the world, provide their members with a meaningful community, curated resources, and personalised support. Discussed in this episode: In this episode, Denis a founder of figura.digital shares a lot of insights, real stories and advice on how to successfully land a job in design industry.  • How Denis came up and developed the idea of Figure.digital? • What are the stages of interviewing process to get on the figura.digital platform? What are the interview questions you can expect? You will be quite surprised by some of them...  • What are the most common mistakes designers do during interviews? What things you can prepare before the interview to increase the chances of your success?  • What are the traits of successful designers that you can develop?  Links: Portfolio and Interview Prep Checklist by Denis Article on Universally High-Signal Interview Questions Video on how Ran Segal got rejected 60 times before getting a design internship ❓Next topic ideas: Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
43:14
September 20, 2022
#56 Freelancing as a UX Designer
Episode's Sponsor: figura.digital - freelancing platform for designers developed by designers with the aim to create the most UX-friendly network in the world, provide their members with a meaningful community, curated resources, and personalised support. Discussed in this episode: What aspects are essential for finding freelance work? What is the process of getting on Toptal? What are the platforms for finding freelance work? What are the challenges you might encounter there? What are the other ways of getting freelance work apart from online platforms? Anfi's story of how she started her career with freelancing and Ioanna's story of how she got into Toptal.   ❓Next topic ideas: Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
30:14
September 07, 2022
#55 Future of UX design. Will robots steal our jobs?
Episode's Sponsor:  figura.digital - freelancing platform for designers developed by designers with the aim to create the most UX-friendly network in the world, provide their members with a meaningful community, curated resources, and personalised support.   To skip the intro, go directly to 09:49 • What are the trends in the market right now that help us to understand what to expect in 10 years? • How can we prepare for the future of AI and design?  • How can we still be competitive with robots and stay valuable in the market? What skills might and might not be replaced by AI? Discussed in this episode: New Layer Podcast Mark McElhaw's article ‘Saving the Experience… with a bit of Drama’. ❓Next topic ideas: Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
36:23
August 30, 2022
#54 Retaining joy with side projects w/Design Life
• Who are the hosts of Design Life podcast and their side projects • How do they retain joy from their side projects 🎙 Listen to Design Life podcast 🗂 Femke's content projects: Instagram YouTube Community 🗂 Charli's content projects:  Instagram YouTube Website ----- ❓Next topic ideas: Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here  Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Honest UX talks instagram 
29:48
June 13, 2022
#53 UX Writing w/Yuval Keshtcher
• What is UX writing? How UX writing is different from copywriting?  • What is the difference between UX design and UX writing?  • How does collaboration between UX writers and UX designers look like? Do UX writers also propose user flows?  • How does UX writing process look like?  • What are the current UX writing standards or common practices?  • What tools, software and plug-ins UX writers commonly use?  • How to pursue career as a UX writer? What's an ideal background for a UX writer? How to transition from UX design to UX writing?  • How does UX writers portfolio look like?   • What are education program recommendations to become UX writer?   Discussed in this episode:  UX writing Hub  UX writing academy  Microcopy & UX Writing Facebook group  Podcast ‘Writers in Tech’  Funny and ridiculous UX title generator Useful Figma Plugins for UX Writers:  Writer for Figma   Frontitude   ❓Next topic ideas:  Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here   Links:  🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa  🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana  🧡 Want to support us?  Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo  Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes.  🗂 Our instagram   👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram   👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
37:13
June 08, 2022
#52 Micromanagement at the workplace
• Why micromanagement is a problem? In what way it can impact individual contributors on a daily basis?  • What are the implications of dealing with micro management working style?  • What are the signs of micromanagement you can look out for? Can those signs be spot during the job hunting process?  • Constructive ways of dealing with micromanagement.  • Is skill set of a good designer similar to a skill set of a good manager?  • Top 6 takeaways  This Episode's sponsor:  💻 3D Design tool Spline  ❓Next topic ideas: Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here   Links:  🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa  🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana  🧡 Want to support us?  Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo  Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes.  🗂 Our instagram  👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram  👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
38:55
May 24, 2022
#51 Working with old-school designers
• Does work experience in terms of number of years translates into competence? • How to deal with senior designers who are defensive or have ego issues?  • What Senior designers can learn from Juniors?  • Top 6 takeaways  This Episode's sponsor:  💻 3D Design tool Spline   ❓Next topic ideas: Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here  Links:  🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa  🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana  🧡 Want to support us?  Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo  Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes.  🗂 Our instagram  👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram  👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
42:57
May 17, 2022
#50 How to move from Junior to Mid Level Designer
• What are the signs you are not a junior designer anymore and can move to a new level?  • How to understand what gaps you need to fill in in order to move to a new level? What is a career development framework?  • What to do if you feel that you are ready to move to the new level but you do not get promoted? • How to build a case for promotion?  • Top 6 takeaways  Mentioned in the episode:  Progression.fyi  Intercom Product Design Job Levels  This Episode's sponsor:  💻 3D Design tool Spline   ❓Next topic ideas: Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here  Links:  🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa  🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana  🧡 Want to support us?  Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo  Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes.  🗂 Our instagram  👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram  👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
52:23
May 04, 2022
#49 The role of UI in UX design world
• Practical advice on how to build UI skill set. • Relationship between UI and UX. • UI related roles emerging in the market right now. • Top 6 takeaways Mentioned in the episode: Anfisa’s new website https://www.anfisign.design/ Anfisa’s email list https://anfisign.ck.page/ — Learning UI design. Mentioned resources: 100 days ui challenge https://www.dailyui.co/ Gamified UI design tests and lessons https://uxcel.com/learn-design UI design course by Denis Jeliazkov https://uilearn.com/ UX laws (and visual principles) https://lawsofux.com/ This Episode's sponsor: 💻 3D Design tool Spline  ❓Next topic ideas: Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
33:33
April 26, 2022
#48 Designer at a fast-growing startup
• Difference between working at fast-growing PRE-IPO companies, enterprise companies and early stage startups. • Positive and negative aspects of working at PRE-IPO companies.  • Top 6 takeaways and tips This Episode's sponsor: 💻 3D Design tool Spline  ❓Next topic ideas: Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
41:17
April 21, 2022
#47 White-boarding challenges | Job hunting
• The structure and purpose of the whiteboard challenge  • How to approach whiteboard challenge  • What employees test candidates by giving them a whiteboard challenge   • Tips on how to successfully pass whiteboard challenges and mistakes to avoid   • Top 6 takeaways  This Episode's sponsor:  💻 3D Design tool Spline  ❓Next topic ideas: Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here Links:  🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa  🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana  🧡 Want to support us?  Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo  Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes.  🗂 Our instagram  👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram  👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
47:42
April 12, 2022
#46 Being a design team of one
Good and bad moments about being a design team of one How to survive and thrive as a design team of one Hosts' real stories and experiences working as a design team of one Top 6 takeaways This Episode's sponsor:  💻 3D Design tool Spline Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo ❓Next topic ideas: Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
40:04
April 05, 2022
#45 Salaries and payments in UX industry
• Salary expectations you should have for your first job.  • Strategies to approach salary negotiation as a Junior Designer.  • What to expect from a salary at different levels (Junior, Middle, Senior) and factors that affect UX design salaries. • Types of benefits you get that are included in the salary for a full time position. • Top 5 takeaways This Episode's sponsor: 💻 3D Design Tool Spline  🔗Links:  🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa  🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana  🧡 Want to support us?  Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo  🔗Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes.  🗂 Our instagram  👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram  👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
45:06
March 29, 2022
#44 UX job interviews. What to expect and what questions to ask?
If you would like to skip intro, episode starts at 9:20 How does UX hiring process look like?  • Types of interviews and how to prepare for different stages of UX hiring process  • Typical questions you get asked during an interview.  • How questions might differ depending on the seniority of the role you are applying for.   What is your motivation to work with our company? What are you looking for?  Tell me about your experience.  What have you learnt during your career? What are your values in the design?  Tell me about your strong side and what things you would like to improve?  • Questions you, as a designer, should be asking when you are in an interview process.   Does the company have a top-down or bottom-up culture?   How is your product being formed and planned? How much user feedback contributes to it?  What process do you follow?  How is the design team structured? What are the core values of the design team? What challenges does the design team face right now?  • Top 6 takeaways  🔗Links:  🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa  🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana  🧡 Want to support us?  Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo  🔗Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes.  🗂 Our instagram  👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram  👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
44:35
March 22, 2022
#43 Applying to hundreds of jobs w/Sarah Doody
Strategies on how to get hired for a UX position without applying to hundreds of roles How to make less mistakes by applying UX and Product Management principles to job search process How to create a portfolio not just with deliverables but articulating your decision making process behind that The importance of building connections with people in the field This episode's guest is Sarah Doody - founder and CEO of Career Strategy Lab 🔗Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo 🔗Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
48:22
February 22, 2022
#42 Selling UX research to stakeholders
Importance of good research and dangers of sloppy research.  Most common reasons why clients push back doing research and how to convince them not to do so.  Top 6 takeaways.  Mentioned in this episode: Anfi's case study template.  Ioana's most recent article on Medium on Instagram UX accounts she recommends to follow.  A designer that we mention in this episode: Jared Spool. 5 W’s + H research method ❓Next topic ideas: Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here 🔗Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo 🔗Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
40:39
February 16, 2022
#41 Design agencies. Pros and cons
Difference between working at a design agency and a big company or a start-up.  Types of work and clients you are exposed to at a design agency.  Hosts´ experience working and collaborating with design agencies.  TOP 6 main takeaways.  Designer Andy Budd, who we mention in this episode  ❓Next topic ideas: Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here 🔗Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo 🔗Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
41:22
February 08, 2022
#40 Big vs small product companies. Pros & cons
Differences between working in a corporate environment and for start-ups. Skills that you can learn in each environment. Scope of responsibilities, team dynamics, and structure of work in these two contexts. 2 key takeaways. ❓Next topic ideas: Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here 🔗Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo 🔗Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
47:39
February 01, 2022
#39 Juggling UX career and motherhood (or other important roles)
Practical tips on making it as a UX designer and being a mom. Transitioning into a new career later in life. Skills that are transferable from motherhood into UX. TOP 6 main takeaways. ❓Next topic ideas: Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here 🔗Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo 🔗Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
50:12
January 25, 2022
#36 How I got fired twice
How was it and what happened Emotional rollercoaster Perspective is the key TOP 6 main takeaways ❓Next topic ideas: Submit your questions or feedback anonymously here 🔗Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo 🔗Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
37:24
January 25, 2022
#38 Job hunting process for UX designers
What is the job search typical process in 2022? What are the differences in a job search between small and big companies? What are the differences in a job search between seniors and junior designers? TOP 6 main takeaways Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
51:07
January 18, 2022
#37 Wins and failures from 2021
Top 3 wins Top 3 failures  Next year plans Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
33:55
December 22, 2021
#35 Things you'll hate about UX design
Are there specific parts of the design that everyone hates? Our personal least favorite parts of the design Is it changing over time? TOP 6 main takeaways Sponsor 🐝 This episode is sponsored by UXtweak: a one-stop-shop for anything website-testing-related. 🔥Give it a try too with 👉 30% OFF code: ANFISA30  🔗 www.uxtweak.com Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
45:04
November 30, 2021
#34 Design estimations and time management
🐝 This episode is sponsored by UXtweak: a one-stop-shop for anything website-testing-related. 🔥Give it a try too with 👉 30% OFF code: ANFISA30 🔗 www.uxtweak.com Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
42:48
November 19, 2021
#33 Design mentoring. Our stories
Why have mentors at all? Ioana's mentoring story Setting the goals and objectives for the mentoring Anfisa's mentoring story  TOP 6 main takeaways Sponsor 🐝 This episode is sponsored by UXtweak: a one-stop-shop for anything website-testing-related. 🔥Give it a try too with 👉 30% OFF code: ANFISA30 🔗 www.uxtweak.com Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
36:34
November 19, 2021
#32 UX design: Art or science?
Our initial expectations from the industry So, is it an art or a science? What design stages or parts make it arty? What design stages or parts make it scientific? TOP 6 main takeaways Sponsor 🐝 This episode is sponsored by UXtweak: a one-stop-shop for anything website-testing-related. 🔥Give it a try too with 👉 30% OFF code: ANFISA30 🔗 www.uxtweak.com Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
34:07
November 19, 2021
#31 Handling the rejection during UX job hunting
Anfisa’s personal rejection story Ioana’s personal rejection story Tips on Dealing with rejection Perspective is the key TOP 6 main takeaway Sponsor 🐝 This episode is sponsored by UXtweak: a one-stop-shop for anything website-testing-related. 🔥Give it a try too with 👉 30% OFF code: ANFISA30 🔗 www.uxtweak.com Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
39:07
November 19, 2021
#30 Transitioning to UX from a non-tech background
How does it feel to transition to UX without a technical background Challenges that non-technical people might face  Building and mastering tech vocabulary What can a person do in order to fill in the “gaps'' TOP 6 main takeaways Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
45:05
November 19, 2021
#29 What goes wrong in UX projects?
What are some common things that can go wrong in a UX project? What can a designer do to avoid the most common pitfalls? What have been some “failed” projects in your experience? TOP 6 main takeaways Links: 🎓 Into UX design online course by Anfisa 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp by Ioana 📧The new email list by Anfisa. Sign up to access exclusive design events and junior job board positions 🎫 Mento academy meet-up group run by Ioana  🧡 Want to support us? Sign up here to get access to exclusive locked episodes for $0.99/mo Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 Our instagram 👩‍💻 Anfisa’s instagram 👩🏻‍💻 Ioana’s instagram
46:18
November 19, 2021
#28 Does it ever get easier to be a designer?
➡️Does it ever get easier to make design decisions? ➡️Why being a UX designer is so complex? ➡️Tips on dealing with the complexity of the project ➡️Complexity in different companies and roles ➡️TOP 6 main takeaways —— 🎓  Into UX design course that Anfisa run https://www.intoux.design/ —— 🎓 Mento academy boot camp the Radu and Ioana run https://www.mentodesign.academy/ ---- Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
48:51
October 05, 2021
#27 How to find a first UX design job?
In this episode: ➡️ Why does no one is searching for junior designers? ➡️ Strategies and ideas for find job for beginners ➡️ First design portfolio tips ➡️ What projects should you put in your first portfolio? ➡️ TOP 6 main takeaways ---- 📧The new email list by Anfisa. Sign up to access exclusive design events and junior job board positions https://bit.ly/2XXINiN ---- 🎓  Into UX design course that Anfisa run https://www.intoux.design/ —— 🎓 Mento academy bootcamp the Radu and Ioana run https://www.mentodesign.academy/ ---- Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
49:16
September 28, 2021
#26 UX Education. Behind the Scenes
Out today’s guest is Radu Vucea, Product Design Manager Fitbit. You can read more about him here: raduvucea.com —— In this episode we discuss: ➡️ The biggest problems with UX Education right now ➡️ Key struggles of anyone transitioning to UX Design ➡️ Some things that help students to make the transition smoother ➡️ What UX Education need less & more of ➡️ Assessing and navigating different educational opportunities —— 🎓  Into UX design course that Anfisa run https://www.intoux.design/ —— 🎓 Mento academy Bootcamp the Radu and Ioana run https://www.mentodesign.academy/ ---- Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
49:06
September 21, 2021
#25 Communicating design to stakeholders
In this episode: ➡️ How do we communicate our design decisions? ➡️ Communicating design decisions to various stakeholders (business, design team, development team, etc). ➡️ Aspects of communicating design decisions. ➡️ Most common design communication formats/ceremonies. ➡️ TOP 6 main takeaways. —— 📧  Email list to sign up for exclusive events access by Anfisa https://bit.ly/2VJ70Z7 —— 🎥’ UX Mentoring’ talk that Ioana mentioned https://youtu.be/cOQGY-3Sxb0 ---- Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
43:36
September 15, 2021
#24 Empathy in UX Design Process
In this episode: ➡️ What’s empathy, actually? ➡️ Is empathy overrated like everyone says it is? ➡️ How important is empathy in design? ➡️ Sympathy vs. Empathy vs. Compassion empathy ➡️ How do we build empathy? ➡️ TOP 6 main takeaways ---- Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
35:03
September 07, 2021
#23 Critical thinking in UX Design Process
In this episode: ➡️ What is it and why is it important? ➡️ Where do we use critical thinking in the design process? ➡️ How do you develop critical thinking ➡️ Critical thinking in Portfolio/Case study Presentations ➡️ TOP 6 main takeaways ---- Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
34:28
August 24, 2021
#22 Design Feedback vs Design Critique
In this episode: ➡️ What’s the difference as when do we need what? ➡️ Different aspects of Feedback & Critiques ➡️ Tips on providing feedback ➡️ Tips on receiving feedback ➡️ TOP 6 main takeaways —— Mentioned resources: 📙Book mentioned by Ioana “Improving Communication and Collaboration Through Critique” by Aaron Irizarry and Adam Connor 📙Book mentioned by Anfisa “Culture Map” by Erin Meyer —— Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
44:45
August 17, 2021
#21 Being a beginner in the UX
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43:29
June 29, 2021
#20 Time management and productivity for designers
In this episode: ➡️ What are the hustles we manage now or did in the past ➡️ What are some most important tips & tricks to stay productive ➡️ Can you have a fully balances work-life balance? ➡️ The role of wellbeing in our productivity ➡️ TOP 6 main takeaways —— Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
37:42
June 15, 2021
#19 Between bootcamps and your first UX job
So, you’ve finished a Course/Bootcamp, now what? In this episode: ➡️ What should you do as soon as you graduate? ➡️ Job hunting funnel ➡️ Why networking? ➡️ Portfolio tips! ➡️ Optimizing your chances to get noticed ➡️ TOP 6 main takeaways —— Our UX programs: 1️⃣ Online course and mentorship by Anfisa https://www.intoux.design/ 2️⃣ UX Bootcamp that Ioana just launched https://www.mentodesign.academy/ —— Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
52:15
May 25, 2021
#18 UX job interviews
In this episode: ➡️ Typical hiring stages for UX positions ➡️ Important qualities and red flags in the candidates ➡️ Questions you might hear during the interviews ➡️ How to stand out in the interviews ➡️ TOP 6 main takeaways —— Our UX programs: 1️⃣ Online course and mentorship by Anfisa https://www.intoux.design/ 2️⃣ UX Bootcamp that Ioana just launched https://www.mentodesign.academy/ —— Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
51:41
May 11, 2021
#17 Your first UX job hunting
So, here is what you can expect in this episode: ➡️ How to approach your first job search? ➡️ How to prepare for your application process ➡️ What are the red flags to the lookout in the companies? ➡️ Build a confident mindset going into the interviews ➡️ TOP 6 main takeaways —— Mentioned resources: 1️⃣ Directory of the companies with defined competencies and roles https://staff.design/resources 2️⃣ Find your dream job template https://www.notion.so/anfisign/Find-your-dream-job-that-allows-you-to-grow-54bd5900051d41978651167262afc465 3️⃣ Smooth transition into UX design talk that Anfisa mentioned at the beginning https://youtu.be/ae0efcq4wOg 4️⃣UX Bootcamp that Ioana just launched! https://www.mentodesign.academy/ —— Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
41:46
April 27, 2021
#16 Is UX design for you?
Key points of the episode: ➡️ What are the qualities that are important for UX designers? ➡️ Soft skills VS Hard skills ➡️ What backgrounds are most suitable to transition to UXD? ➡️ What will your work life look like? ➡️ TOP 6 main takeaways Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
42:24
April 20, 2021
#15 UX Design titles and roles
Design titles went a little out of control in the last few years. Let’s talk about why this is happening and what should be your title, actually? Here is what you can expect in this episode: ➡️ What on your opinion is the difference between UX and Product design? ➡️ How about UX, UXR, Ui, CX, IxD, UX writer, Webdesigner? Is it all the same? ➡️ Why do we have so many titles in the market? ➡️ What’s the most ridiculous title you’ve ever heard? ➡️ TOP 6 main takeaways —— Mentioned resources: 1️⃣ designtitle.com —— Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
45:31
April 06, 2021
#14 Being a women in Tech
In this episode, we're discussing our European perspective on gender discrimination and what we feel could be done better to facilitate equal workspaces. —— ➡️ Do we feel the discrimination? ➡️ Do we work in gender-equal teams? ➡️ Our assumptions on why is it unequal ➡️ What female perspective adds to the team? ➡️ How does it work being a mom and a careerist ➡️ Top 6 takeaways —— Mentioned resources: 1️⃣ Book Sapiens by Yuval Harari “It takes a village to raise a child” 2️⃣ Anfisa didn't found that mentioned source that equal environments are better for business, but as soon as will found drop it here! —— Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
50:46
April 01, 2021
#13 UX & Product design tools
⚠️ Disclaimer: Tools DO NOT define you as a great designer. Your main asset is design thinking, not pixels. Here is what you can expect in this episode: ➡️ What tools do we use as of 2021? ➡️ What do we think is a market standard feels? ➡️ How important are the tools in our practice? ➡️ Switching tools stories and some tips ➡️ Exciting new tools recommendations —— Mentioned tools: ➡️ Design software: Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD ➡️ Important UX tools: Miro, Airtable, Notion ➡️ Great specific stages tools: Userbit, Hotjar, Optimizely, Optimalsort, Flowmapp, Uxpressia, Useberry, Hawkeye, Mixpanel and many more. ➡️ Tools of the future (no code) Webflow, BravoStudio, EditorX —— Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
51:15
March 23, 2021
#12 UX Design systems
In this episode let's decode the buzzword "Design systems" and really try to understand what is it and what value it can bring? ➡️ What are design systems? ➡️ What are the components of design systems? ➡️ Pros and cons of having design systems ➡️ Our experiences and lessons made from building design systems ➡️ Our favorite systems and resources ➡️ Top 6 takeaways —— Mentioned resources: 1️⃣ http://adele.uxpin.com 2️⃣ https://bradfrost.com/blog/post/atomic-web-design 3️⃣ https://material.io/design —— Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
52:40
March 16, 2021
#11 Impostor syndrome for UX designers
Let's be honest, we've all experienced it to a certain extent. In this episode, we'd like to open up on our impostor stories and how they've actually made us better designers. Here are the bullet points: ➡️ What is impostor syndrome? ➡️ Where impostor syndrome is coming from? ➡️ What are the common impostor symptoms? ➡️ Opening up about our impostor stories ➡️ Is impostor syndrome actually good for us? ➡️ Top 6 takeaways —— Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
48:41
March 09, 2021
#10 UX design ladder. Career levels, stages & titles
UX industry didn’t reach a maturity level yet. Thus, the design career ladder might look quite confusing and messed up for anyone who embarked themselves on it. Let’s try to break down design career levels, stages & titles. ➡️ Our personal UX careers & what’s next for us? ➡️ Typical UX career journey and its stages ➡️ How can you define your level, stage, and title? ➡️ Can you measure your level in years? ➡️ Top 6 key takeaways —— Check this great resource to get inspired by some great designers who chose not a managerial career development track. ➡️staff.design ———— Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
41:36
March 03, 2021
#9 UX design education
⬇️Let's talk education   ➡️Do you need formal education? ➡️How did we learn UX design? ➡️3+1 main learning components ➡️Do you need a mentor? ➡️Learning persona exercise ➡️TOP 6 main takeaways —— Our programs: 🎓Online course and mentorship by Anfisa www.uxforfreelancers.com —— Mentoring program by Ioana Coming soon! —— 🗂Design brief generators: 1️⃣sharpen.design 2️⃣ uplabs.com/challenges 3️⃣ www.uxchallenge.co 4️⃣designercize.com 5️⃣productdesigninterview.com 6️⃣goodbrief.io ------- Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂@honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻@anfisign 👩🏻‍💻@uxgoodies
46:58
February 23, 2021
#8 UX design portfolio
🔥Portfolio...maybe the only project that is never complete. Let's talk about how we've approached the building portfolio and what we've learned from not having an official website portfolio. ➡️Our portfolio stories ➡️ When you should build a portfolio ➡️ What format it should be ➡️What content should be in it ➡️Top 6 takeaways ------- Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
47:55
February 16, 2021
#7 Reflection on 2020 and plans for 2021
This is the last episode about 2020, we promise! Even though it's a little belated discussion, we've recorded it at the end of December and really wanted to share with you the honest behind-the-scenes ups&downs we went through and how those lessons shaped our 2021 goals! ➡️Ioana shares bits about life after the childbirth ➡️Our TOP3 achievements in 2020 ➡️Our TOP3 failures in 2020 ➡️Our TOP3 goals for 2021 ➡️Sharing our fears coming into 2021 💡Let us know what are your goals for 2021 on our Instagram page @honest_ux_talks. ------- Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻instagram.com/uxgoodies
46:43
February 09, 2021
#6 Starting a new job in 2020
In this episode, I wanted to share how did it felt to start a new job in 2020 in the product company being fully remote. ⚠️ Spoiler alert: It was definitely not easy for an offline extroverted person. Also, it's the first experimental episode alone.  ➡️Pre-history and why I started a new job ➡️The choice: Product company vs Toptal  ➡️️Connecting with the team online ➡️️Struggles of an extrovert working online ➡️️Understanding a complex product ➡️️What I've learned ------- Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign
25:02
February 02, 2021
#5 Mental health. Burnout. Bare minimun | w/Gabriel Kirmaier as UXbites
2020 is FINALLY behind! But after such a rollercoaster year, we've all left feeling a little burnout or et least mentally drained. In this episode, we've invited our friend Gabriel Kirmaier (@uxbites) to discuss why he took the whole 2020 year OFFline and how it impacted his productivity. 👨🏻‍💻Gabriels' Instagram account instagram.com/uxbites ➡️Gabriel's' story of a social media disappear ➡️Why are we allowing ourselves to overwork? ➡️Super-productivity vs Bare-minimum ➡️Does strategy lead to burnout?  ➡️Our burnout stories ➡️ TOP 6 main takeaways ------- Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
52:05
January 26, 2021
#4 Do you need an online presence?
Seems like during 2019-20 EVERY designer in the world started their social media pages, but not every designer stuck around. In this episode let's discuss if it's worth creating your SM presence and if yes, then why? ➡️ Why starting your own SM presence? ➡️Our social media blogs stories  ➡️ Does it make sense to start your social media in 2021? ➡️Does SM help you to land new freelance clients? ➡️ TOP 6 main takeaways ------- Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
56:47
January 19, 2021
#3 UX design processes
If you google UX design processes, you’ll receive about 481,000,000 search results. So what design processes do we usually follow and what is their actual value? ➡️ Design thinking and Double diamond ➡️ UX process stages ➡️ How UX processes differ from a small to big companies ➡️ TOP 6 main takeaways ------- Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
43:06
January 05, 2021
#2 Defining UX design
UX design sounds very broad and even ambiguous. In this episode let's try to understand why is it so and what does UX really mean? ➡️ Our UX design definitions and how we explain it to our Moms ➡️ UX designer vs UX design industry ➡️ What is good UX? ➡️ Examples of good UX for us ➡️ TOP 6 main takeaways ------- Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes.  Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it.  🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
47:18
January 04, 2021
#1 How to transition to UX Design
Are you getting started in the UX design field too? In this episode, we're: ➡️ Sharing our transition to UX stories. ➡️ Discussing what was common in our journeys. ➡️ Discussing the main fears when it comes to a transition. ➡️ Impostor syndrome and self-doubt ➡️ TOP 6 main tips and takeaways to help you transition to UX too ------- Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next episodes. Feel free to DM your question if you want us to discuss it. 🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks 👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign 👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
37:48
January 04, 2021