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.
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!
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.
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.
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 PHXDW.com. See you at the conference!
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.
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.
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.
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?]
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!).
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.
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.
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 PHXDW.com!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.