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Design Chat with Josh

Design Chat with Josh

By Joshua Reach
Hosted by Joshua Reach—a sunshine loving multidisciplinary designer—Design Chat with Josh is a series about anything and everything design related. You’ll hear insight, opinions, and debates on topics around UX design, graphic design, web design, professional development, and a whole lot more.
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S2 EP54: Staying Motivated
This episode is all about staying motivated and accepting our motivation levels as designers during the pandemic. With a bunch of us still working from home, we have our own reasons why we want to get back to an office, even if just for a little bit. I share some of the ways I’ve stayed motivated this past year in a weird, 100% remote environment.
May 18, 2021
S2 EP53: Lessons from Video Game UI
This episode I share some of the interesting lessons I’ve learned or was reminded of while consuming way more video games than usual (thanks to the pandemic). These lessons are things that can help remind us how to design usable, accessible, and in some cases beautiful UI in products like apps, websites, and software.
February 19, 2021
S2 EP52: Designer Egos
[Explicit] This episode we dive into the minds of the ego-driven designer. Something that isn’t just for one type of designer either, but both graphic and product designers.
January 20, 2021
S2 EP51: Designing for Seniors
This episode is all about designing for senior citizens! One of the most rewarding and challenging (also really fun) groups of people to design digital products for. This audio version of my Medium article dives into some lessons I’ve learned over a couple years of designing exclusively for the aging population. Book mention from episode: The Longevity Economy, by Joseph F. Coughlin
December 08, 2020
S2 EP50: Product Design Software
This episode marks the official return and Season 2 of Design Chat with Josh! That’s right! After some lovely responses to the special episode earlier in the year, I’ve resurrected the podcast. This episode is all about product design programs (software) that people should learn. I get asked this question a lot from designers curious about getting into the product design world - and so here’s my personal and professional take on it. Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as you might think!
November 14, 2020
Special 2020 Episode
I'm back with a special 2020 episode to talk about the design industry and being a designer in these really strange times. This year has been tough for all of us, and some have felt the pain of the pandemic more than others. I want to unpack how our industry and roles have changed, share a little of how I've adapted, and hopefully shed some light that it won't be all doom and gloom forever. We will get out of this, and designers will always have a place in the world. If you liked this episode and want to hear more, leave a nice review in the Apple Podcast realm and perhaps I'll revive this podcast for a full second season. 
August 29, 2020
[Teaser] Special 2020 Episode
I’m coming back to the mic with a special episode of Design Chat with Josh to talk about 2020, the changes to the industry, and some words of encouragement during this weird year.
August 26, 2020
Final Episode: Accessibility
In this final episode I talk about accessibility and why it matters to every designer. I also share some of the top things I keep in mind when I’m designing to strive for better usability by virtually everyone, no matter what limitations they may have. Thank you all so much for tuning in to these 47 episodes (49 including the bonus episodes). It’s been a blast and I hope some of the things you heard were helpful!
November 14, 2019
Episode 46: Presenting Your Work
This episode is all about presenting your work to make it sell. From client or internal stakeholder presentations, to portfolio showcases - I share some lessons learned from both working in marketing and product when it comes to presenting your work as a designer.
November 05, 2019
Episode 45: Finding Your “Why”
This episode was inspired by the amazing Evolve Design Conference last weekend for Phoenix Design Week. I talk about “finding your why” or finding the purpose behind what we do as designers. It’s incredibly important to care about things beyond great portfolio pieces - it’s important to care about the products, people, or services were designing for.
October 19, 2019
Bonus Episode: Phoenix Design Week 2019 Events
Phoenix Design Week is just around the corner and with the full agenda of speakers and events, I wanted to share what was going to be happening starting this Friday, October 11th! Don’t forget to grab your tickets to Phoenix Design Week at See you at the conference!
October 06, 2019
Episode 44: Why You Shouldn’t Pursue a Career in UX
This episode is not here to crush dreams, it’s to help take a look in the mirror and ask if you really want to take on the world of product. I share some of the tough questions I had to ask myself before finding out I really wanted to be designing products and unique experiences.
October 05, 2019
Episode 43: Graphic Design Skills That Help with UX
This episode I break down the million dollar question: What skills has a graphic designer can directly help and translate to UX design? This episode is really focused on UX and less about the UI or overall product design, but I also touch on what visual design skills help if you’re responsible for the end result of the product.
September 22, 2019
Episode 42: What is CX?
This episode I talk about what the heck CX is any why it is not something exclusive to us UX designers.
September 08, 2019
Episode 41: Common UI Mistakes
This episode is all about mistakes a lot of us designers make when creating a user interface. From lack of hierarchy to poor color usage, I share things that I’ve come across (and even have been guilty of at one point), and how to avoid them.
August 24, 2019
Episode 40: My Favorite Podcasts of 2019
For episode 40 I’m showing a little love for the podcasts that have helped shape me as a designer, and then some that are just fun to listen to. [Complete List: The Crazy One | What is Wrong with UX | Design Matters with Debbie Millman | Beach Too Sandy, Water Too Wet | Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend | Raised By TV | Why’d You Push That Button?]
August 09, 2019
Episode 39: Hobbies
This week’s episode is all about hobbies - non-design hobbies - and why they’re important to us as designers!
July 27, 2019
Episode 38: Leadership Lessons
This episode is all about little lessons I’ve learned from some of the amazing leadership I’ve worked with over the years. These things stuck with me and someday I hope to carry them on to a team that I will lead and inspire. This is just a small sampling, so after this episode share your leadership advice to be featured in a possible future episode (focus on the good!).
July 11, 2019
Episode 37: Daily User Observations
Episode 37 is all about going the extra mile and conducting your own mini user surveys in everyday life. I talk a bit about why watching people interact with digital products beyond your own is useful, as well as some pointers on how to not be a total creeper while you observe.
July 01, 2019
Episode 36: Marketing vs. Product
This episode is one that I’ve been pretty excited to talk about. Having 10 years of marketing design experience and then switching to product design - I have a unique perspective (and empathy) for each of those teams. Fortunately I’ve worked on some incredible teams that had good relations with each other, so this episode I share some things that marketing and product teams out there should know about one another, as well as some tips to work better together.
June 24, 2019
Episode 35: UI Design at the Right Time
In this episode I talk about when UI design should be brought into the design process and why it’s still critical to focus on for a successful product.
June 08, 2019
Episode 34: Phoenix Design Week with Mike Marinello & Ryan Lowry
This week’s special episode has two fantastic guests - Mike Marinello (Director of Phoenix Design Week) and Ryan Lowry (Design Lead at Ideas Collide). As you can probably guess we talk about this years upcoming Phoenix Design Week and why this event is so amazing. If you’re interested in attending be sure to get your tickets at!
June 02, 2019
Episode 33: Top Product & UX Books (Part 1)
This episode is a series of mini reviews on my favorite product and UX books I’ve been reading lately. I talk about what value each of these books brought to me as a designer and why I highly recommend them. Here’s the full list of books and authors: (1) Make Time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky (2) Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland (3) Inspired by Marty Cagan (4) UX Lifecycle by Jeremy Baines and Clive Howard (5) The Longevity Economy by Joseph F Coughlin.
May 23, 2019
Episode 32: Switching to a UX Mindset
In this episode I go into greater detail about the critical mindset change you must go through if you’re a graphic designer moving into UX design. It’s not easy, and it’s not for everyone, but it could be perfect for you. I share what my own battles were as well as some helpful advice on how I tested the waters before filling jumping into my first UX role.
May 14, 2019
Episode 31: Prototypes
Let’s talk about prototypes! In this episode, I share the importance of prototyping and why every product designer should be creating and testing them. Also discussed are the different stages of prototyping and tools you can use to get your ideas out there as fast as possible.
May 04, 2019
Episode 30: Designing for the Colorblind
Happy 30th episode! This week’s topic is personal for me: colorblindness. I talk about why color matters in our designs, what types of colorblindness are out there, how to design for the colorblind, and then share some of my advice for those of us designers we have our own color deficiency.
April 27, 2019
Episode 29: My First Year as a UX Designer
This month marks my first official year as a UX designer! So, what has it been like transitioning from the graphic design world to the product design world? Brace yourself, because there’s a lot to talk about in this episode!
April 18, 2019
Episode 28: Random Thoughts of a UX Designer Part 2
In part 2 of random thoughts from a UX designer, I thank about paper vs digital prototypes, benefits of understanding Scrum and Product Management (as a designer) and why developers should be included early in your process.
April 05, 2019
Bonus Episode: Creating a Design Podcast
Whoa! A special bonus episode!? That’s right! This episode is answering a lot of questions that many of you had around creating your own podcast. Truth is, it’s easier than you think. So listen on for tips on creating your own design podcast!
March 30, 2019
Episode 27: Understanding True Empathy
Empathy is a term thrown around a lot in the product design world, but what is it really and are we truly empathizing with our users? This episode I talk about what empathy is and why it’s important that it goes beyond designers.
March 27, 2019
Episode 26: Designing for Foldable Screens
I’m super excited about foldable screens on phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, but what does that mean for us designers? How do we design an experience for a medium that physically changes size and shape?
March 20, 2019
Episode 25: Product Design vs. Project Design
In this episode I talk about the difference between true product design and the reality of project design. Also a little on how product teams should be structured. [Note] The book talked about in this episode is called “Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love” by Marty Cagan.
March 14, 2019
Episode 24: How to Stay Inspired
Being inspired is a big part of our daily lives as designers, but how do we continue that inspiration? How do we reignite inspiration when the flame has started to fizzle out? In this episode I share some of the ways I’ve stayed inspired, including a new way I just started today!
March 09, 2019
Episode 23: Should Designers Learn to Code?
I answer the age old question that, for some reason, we are still asking in 2019: Should is designers learn to code? The answer is...complicated, but I answer it with my own experience on this matter.
February 27, 2019
Episode 22: Taking Control of Your Time
We often feel like there’s not enough time to do everything (and in most cases there isn’t), but how should designers take charge of their time so we can actually work through our processes and create valuable work? In this episode I share some of my tactics of how I manage my time better, and try not to feel guilty during mental rests and time off.
February 20, 2019
Episode 21: Sharing Your Design Knowledge
This episode is all about making yourself a little uncomfortable and putting your thoughts & ideas out to the world as a designer. Content can be a great alternative between portfolio worthy projects, and it not only helps others broaden their views, but the responses can help challenge your own.
February 12, 2019
Episode 20: The Most Important Part of the UX Process
In this episode I chat about what is the most important part of our beloved UX process. The answer might not be what you expected.
February 06, 2019
Episode 19: Dealing with Creative Blocks
Today was one of those days - a creative block hit. In this episode I talk about those nasty blocks and how I’ve dealt with them in the past, and present.
January 31, 2019
Episode 18: Turning Language Barriers Into Learning Experiences
In this episode I talk about experimenting with apps that aren't in your language and testing designs with users far outside your userbase - to an international level.
January 23, 2019
Episode 17: Designing for Voice
In this episode I’m all jazzed up about design for voice. With the rise of AI assistants and voice tech, there’s a growing need for good voice experiences. So how do we design for what we can’t see?
January 15, 2019
Episode 16: Design Trends of 2019
Happy New Year! In this episode I talk about some of the exciting trends I think we should be aware of in 2019!
January 01, 2019
Episode 15: Dos and Don’ts of Mobile Design
In this episode I share some do’s and don’ts I’ve learned about mobile design this year.
December 21, 2018
Episode 14: A Newbie Perspective of Agile Workflows
In this episode I try to explain what agile is and how I thought “scrum master” was a made-up title. Get ready for the unfiltered viewpoint of someone who’s fairly new to agile!
December 12, 2018
Episode 13: Random Thoughts of a UX Designer (Part 1)
In this episode, I talk in 5 minutes or less about random thoughts as a product designer. This grab bag episode is all the things that may not be a full 40 minute discussion... yet.
December 07, 2018
Episode 12: Usability is Sexy
In this episode I talk about the shift in perception we should have when it comes to what is sexy in design (Hint: it should be usability).
December 03, 2018
Episode 11: Designer Imposter Syndrome
An often discussed topic: designers and imposter syndrome. In this episode I talk about what it is, some personal experiences with it, and how to professionally handle imposter syndrome as a designer.
November 29, 2018
Episode 10: How to Deal with Not Having Enough Designers
In this episode I talk about the experience a lot of us go through: how to work on a team that doesn’t have enough designers. It’s a blessing and a curse all at once, but what are some ways to work with what you got?
November 09, 2018
Episode 9: Why Car UI Sucks
In this episode I talk about two things I love: cars and design, and rant about why I think infotainment systems in cars are poorly designed to the point of being dangerous.
November 06, 2018
Episode 8: Perfect vs. Done
In this episode I talk about why it’s more important to get things done vs. getting hung up on perfection with our designs.
October 25, 2018
Episode 7: Should Designers Have Their Own Style?
In this episode we discuss whether designers should have their own visual style in the work they produce, or should it be agnostic and follow the brand?
October 14, 2018
Episode 6: Why We Need Design Research
In this episode I chat about research in the design world and why it's important, when we need it, and how to use it.
October 10, 2018
Episode 5: Designing with Marketing & Sales
In this episode I share why creative should always be allied with marketing & sales, instead of the common route of division.
October 01, 2018
Episode 4: Is Design School Worth It?
In light if the recent announcement of The Art Institute closing several campuses, I talk about whether design school is really worth it.
September 17, 2018
Episode 3: Public Speaking as a Designer
In this 3rd episode, I talk about public speaking in all forms, and how to get better at it as a designer.
September 09, 2018
Episode 2: The Truth About Design Conferences
In this second episode I discuss whether or not design conferences are worth the money, and if so, how to pay for them on a tight budget.
September 02, 2018
Episode 1: Welcome to the World of Product Design
In this first episode of Design Chat with Josh, I talk about the difference between visual and product design. We also dive into what to know before jumping into product design as a former graphic designer.
August 28, 2018