Design Chat with Josh

Episode 21: Sharing Your Design Knowledge

An episode of Design Chat with Josh

By Joshua Reach
Hosted by Joshua Reach—a sunshine loving multidisciplinary designer in Arizona—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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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 6, 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 5, 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 8, 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 9, 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 1, 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 8, 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 2, 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 4, 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 5, 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 9, 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 6, 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 1, 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 7, 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 3, 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 9, 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 6, 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 1, 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 9, 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 2, 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
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