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User Defenders: UX Design and Personal Growth

User Defenders: UX Design and Personal Growth

Jason Ogle

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There are scores of inspirational UX Designers out there who are doing outstanding, innovative work and helping to shape the future in their struggle to solve important design problems while fighting for the users.In our highly accelerating world of technology, wearables and the connected life, there's never been a better time to be a great UX Designer.This podcast is aimed at highlighting those leading the way in their craft by diving deeper into who they are, and what makes them tick/successful, in order to inspire and equip those aspiring to do the same.

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What the Next Season is Looking Like...

This episode is me apologizing for the literal radio silence and filling you in on all the very valid reasons why I've been MIA with new content here in this feed. I miss you, and I miss putting content out regularly, but there have been (and continue to be) some significant transitions in my own world, not to mention the world at large that have impacted me and this show... TRANSCRIPT Greetings. User Defenders. Remember me? Your faithful host. Well, maybe I haven't been so faithful lately. I have taken a, quite a bit of a hiatus as. I have a feeling you may have noticed. I think the last episode that I released in season was in November with Shaheena. I think that was episode 70 and. Then I released a very special recording live from an event apart Denver in January of 2020. That's when we were all innocent. Do you remember? We were all innocent and we hadn't experienced COVID and, the racial injustice so clearly seen, this year. not that it's new, but it's just been very, very exposed this year. so. All that to say 20, is it safe to say 2020 has kind of sucked so far? I'm usually a really optimistic guy and I. I'm always excited about the new years. I'm always excited about the fresh starts and, and normally they, they shape up pretty good, but this one is really just bit the big one I'm telling you, all that to say, again, I'm still very hopeful. I'm very optimistic. I know things can get better and will get better. I hope, at least, I know that. We've learned a lot, right through the COVID stuff. We've learned a lot. How to, I hate to say wash our hands. I think we all knew how to do that. Maybe we're a little more diligent than we were before. And then these masks seem like they're going to become a mainstay for quite a while for the foreseeable future. all that to say, okay. I, I just wanted to come back on here and explain what's been going on with the show what's been going on with me. Why there hasn't been a new episode in really six months. And, there's a really good reason, not just. Everything. I just explained that's happened this year. That's that's probably, that could be reason enough, I suppose, but I've gone through some significant transitions, myself. this year and actually that it all began actually last year, right around when I did release the last episode with Shaheena in November, I did receive my, my job loss notice, after six and a half years of service, I was being laid off at the company I'd been at. And you know, of course it sucks to be. Laid off right before the holidays. That wasn't fun at all, but the, my company was very gracious. I will give them a lot of credit for giving me plenty of notice. I, my layoff date was January 3rd of 2020. So they gave me nearly two months notice. And, and so they were extremely gracious through, through that whole process. but you know, the, the, the job seeking. The defenders, those of you who are looking or have been looking, especially after COVID I know a lot of you have been affected by unemployment. The numbers don't lie. Right. And I've heard your voices on Twitter and. And, through email and through my DMS and everything and through the community, of course, as well. I know how hard this can be firsthand. I have. I felt your pain. I felt your, just what it's like before COVID I felt how hard it was to find a job harder than I thought it would be. I mean, it's been about 10 years, honestly, since I've had to pound the pavement, because my transition for the six and a half year job before that was fairly quick. So. I've learned a lot and I definitely want to be sharing. I will be sharing with you in the near future. I hope, about what I've learned about job seeking and, in UX. And so be on the lookout for that. my empathy abounds for you defenders, if you're in that situation, Let me just continue my story. I, I was able to find a job fairly, I guess, fairly quickly after my, after my actual release date of January 3rd, I was able to interview w

21 MINJUN 21
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What the Next Season is Looking Like...

User Defenders Live - A Panel on Design Accessibility, Diversity & Ethics with Mina Markham, Derek Featherstone and FaraiMadzima

I had the great honor of being invited back to An Event Apart Denver (2019) to record a live podcast episode with Mina Markham, Farai Madzima, & Derek Featherstone on the important topics of Accessibility, Design Inclusion & Ethics, Hiring & Retaining Diverse Talent and Landing a Job in UX. Amazingly, we were able to cover all of this in just under an hour!

61 MINFEB 14
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User Defenders Live - A Panel on Design Accessibility, Diversity & Ethics with Mina Markham, Derek Featherstone and FaraiMadzima

Harnessing Life Experiences in Design with Shaheena Attarwala

Shaheena Attarwala defends a woman’s right to design her own future, especially in the face of fierce adversity and opposition. She champions living ruthlessly amid oppressive whims and societal precepts. She’s a magnet that brings the issues forward and carries the water for anyone who dreams of raising their standards and never settling for status-quo expectations. She’ll persuade you to hunker down, prove your grit, and rattle some cages if you have to. This episode is not just about design. So make your way or step aside. It’s time to hear her metaphoric journey, examine your own life, and bring more awareness to poverty and oppression. In other words…sh*t’s about to get real! Origin Story (3:56) A Kid's View (6:25) Oppression In Cultures (8:42) Ah-Ha Moments (11:38) Family Relations (13:48) How Did You Find Design? (16:52) What's Driving You? (20:53) Design Influence (22:26) Legal Skills and Design (33:04) Gaining Empathy (35:29) Don Norman (40:59) Teaching Curiosity (45:...

87 MIN2019 NOV 25
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Harnessing Life Experiences in Design with Shaheena Attarwala

We Are All Pioneers with Sophia Prater

Sophia Prater reminds us that we're all pioneers in a field that is changing every minute. She encourages us to use forcing functions by getting the gig first, and then figuring it out. She introduces us to a design philosophy she pioneered called Object-Oriented UX which is all about taking really complex problems, and breaking them down into parts and organizing them. She also reminds us that in order to be successful in this field, we must become lifelong learners. Origin Story (4:58) Biggest Failure (10:46) Design Superpower (25:57) What is OOUX? (30:27) Design Kryptonite (38:12) UX Superhero Name (42:28) Habit of Success (46:57) Invincible Resource (51:05) Recommended Book (52:52) Best Advice (55:26) Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/069 This episode is brought to you by UC Irvine’s executive master’s program for Human-Computer Interaction and Design. As a user experi...

64 MIN2019 NOV 11
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We Are All Pioneers with Sophia Prater

People May be the Most Important Thing You Build as a Designer with Braden Kowitz

Braden Kowitz reveals how human-centered design has everything to do with the humans we design and build with every day. He advocates for a genuinely supportive environment where it’s okay to be who you are, and where you’re encouraged to speak up, and openly share how you’re truly feeling. He reminds us to acknowledge that life isn’t perfect, and neither are we…and that’s also okay. He articulates the origin story and evolution of design patterns and explains why ‘ugly’ may sometimes appear to win. He also challenges us to consider how the metrics we typically depend on, may not be telling us the complete story. Free Time (7:49) Grounding Techniques (8:36) Mindful Techniques (9:26) Origin Story (16:25) Form, Function, and Balance (19:38) Managing Design Ambiguity (26:50) Establishing Design Patterns (37:57) What Have You Been Up To? (47:05) From Designer to Co-Founder (49:09) Dealing with Tradeoffs (52:02) Creative Side Hustles (52:41) Who Is This Product For? (53:47) Desig...

72 MIN2019 OCT 28
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People May be the Most Important Thing You Build as a Designer with Braden Kowitz

Design for How People Think with John Whalen

Dr. John Whalen teaches us what it means to design for how people think. He reveals the powerful principals behind what he calls the six minds of user experience, and explains how anybody can harness them to build better products (no doctorate degree required!). He reminds us that it takes serious research to reveal the deep insights that genuinely make our products successful for the user and the business. He also encourages us to understand that no one is more qualified than anyone else in solving unique problems. Psychology and UX (5:04) Six Minds of Experience (8:48) Impact of Psychology (10:54) Acronym Cheat Sheet (16:03) Three Phone Numbers (17:08) Dark Psychology (25:21) Designing for Delight (31:24) Contextual Inquiries (42:50) Upside-Down Design (49:37) Design Superpower (56:09) Design Kryptonite (57:04) UX Superhero Name (58:43) Habit of Success (59:05) Recommended Book (1:08:02) Best Advice (1:10:38) Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript ...

78 MIN2019 OCT 14
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Design for How People Think with John Whalen

Is Web Design Dead? with Jeffrey Zeldman

Jeffrey Zeldman answers the provocative question, “Is Web Design Dead?”. He enlightens us to what the Web was, where it’s at now, and where it could go in the future. He touches on the many short-sighted predictions that tend to prod our delicate psyches such as automation and new technologies poised to replace Web Designers. He encourages us to ignore the rhetoric and continue to learn as tools change how Web Design is done. He also emphasizes that the Web was built on sharing, and that we must continue to share if we want to not only protect its spirit, but keep it alive and thriving. Godfather of Web Design (3:58) Is Web Design Dead? (5:58) Moving to In-House Design (12:59) Opposition (21:25) How'd It Make You Feel? (26:14) Ask Customer Service First (31:20) Small Business Owners and The Web (39:27) Early Days of The Web (41:13) Keeping the Spirit Alive (49:40) Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Cesar Lemus' astonishing superhero artwor...

66 MIN2019 SEP 30
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Is Web Design Dead? with Jeffrey Zeldman

Advertise on User Defenders (One Spot Left Until Spring 2020)

If you've got a UX-related product, service or event you want to get in front of the most passionate, inspired and hungry UX podcast listening audience in the known Universe, please email me asap at sponsorship (at ] userdefenders (dot] com. This will be the only opportunity to advertise on User Defenders: Podcast until Spring of 2020 (as I break long for the holidays). It's getting to be the end of the year, and you may have something you want exposure to and possibly advertising budget left that needs to get used. If either scenario is true, I’d love to get this going and partner with you and your organization. The release dates and info on the last four episodes until Spring of 2020 are: 10/14: Design for How People Think with John Whalen (O’Reilly author and PhD) 10/28: Untitled with Braden Kowitz (Sprint book/Google Ventures fame) 11/11: We are all Pioneers with Sophia Prater (Object Oriented UX fame – OOUX) 11/25: Harnessing Life Experiences in Design with Shaheena Attarwal...

5 MIN2019 SEP 26
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Advertise on User Defenders (One Spot Left Until Spring 2020)

Yes, AI will Replace Designers with Jasmine Oh

Jasmine Oh informs us that AI will one day replace our current jobs as designers. She challenges us to adapt to AI since no career field is exempt from its influences. She also reminds us not to fear AI but to harness it to our advantage instead. She reveals that AI shouldn’t be judged as a gloomy UX future but as a medium that supports our most meaningful work in new roles. She also encourages us to challenge stakeholders when shallow data is used to feed requirements into a product. Working at Microsoft (4:58) AI at Work (6:17) 5-Year View of AI (8:03) Today's Work Intersects with the Future (10:16) How Recognition Works (11:58) How Long Before Jobs Are Gone (15:50) Behavior and System Designers (17:36) What Does the Future Designer Look Like? (23:34) Being Human and Empathy (29:00) Microsoft CEO (31:58) Ways to Stay Ahead (33:25) Educational Resources (36:30) Design Superpower (40:13) Design Kryptonite (40:47) Secret Identity (42:51) Double and Triple-checking the Facts (43:57) ...

59 MIN2019 SEP 16
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Yes, AI will Replace Designers with Jasmine Oh

How to Become Indistractable with Nir Eyal

Nir Eyal teaches us how to harness the skill of the century…becoming Indistractable. He reminds us that distraction is an action that starts from within. He motivates us to take command of our personal development in a world that is frequently competing for our attention. He encourages us to recognize the external triggers that don’t serve us and how to be more mindful of those that do. He also shares what it takes to be competitive in an increasingly automated job market. Book Origin Story (3:59) Response to Hooked (7:59) Seeking Relief (15:25) My Daily Milky Way (33:06) Breaking Habits in Stuck Environments (35:31) Pharmaceutical Distractions (42:13) Where Are We Heading? (45:46) Did You Ever Find Out? (49:54) What Superpower Would You Want? (54:06) Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links and transcript at userdefenders.com/064 Show the world you're becoming indistractable and the master of your devices. Get your RESIST Massaging the Squirrel tee now at userd...

60 MIN2019 SEP 10
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How to Become Indistractable with Nir Eyal

Latest Episodes

What the Next Season is Looking Like...

This episode is me apologizing for the literal radio silence and filling you in on all the very valid reasons why I've been MIA with new content here in this feed. I miss you, and I miss putting content out regularly, but there have been (and continue to be) some significant transitions in my own world, not to mention the world at large that have impacted me and this show... TRANSCRIPT Greetings. User Defenders. Remember me? Your faithful host. Well, maybe I haven't been so faithful lately. I have taken a, quite a bit of a hiatus as. I have a feeling you may have noticed. I think the last episode that I released in season was in November with Shaheena. I think that was episode 70 and. Then I released a very special recording live from an event apart Denver in January of 2020. That's when we were all innocent. Do you remember? We were all innocent and we hadn't experienced COVID and, the racial injustice so clearly seen, this year. not that it's new, but it's just been very, very exposed this year. so. All that to say 20, is it safe to say 2020 has kind of sucked so far? I'm usually a really optimistic guy and I. I'm always excited about the new years. I'm always excited about the fresh starts and, and normally they, they shape up pretty good, but this one is really just bit the big one I'm telling you, all that to say, again, I'm still very hopeful. I'm very optimistic. I know things can get better and will get better. I hope, at least, I know that. We've learned a lot, right through the COVID stuff. We've learned a lot. How to, I hate to say wash our hands. I think we all knew how to do that. Maybe we're a little more diligent than we were before. And then these masks seem like they're going to become a mainstay for quite a while for the foreseeable future. all that to say, okay. I, I just wanted to come back on here and explain what's been going on with the show what's been going on with me. Why there hasn't been a new episode in really six months. And, there's a really good reason, not just. Everything. I just explained that's happened this year. That's that's probably, that could be reason enough, I suppose, but I've gone through some significant transitions, myself. this year and actually that it all began actually last year, right around when I did release the last episode with Shaheena in November, I did receive my, my job loss notice, after six and a half years of service, I was being laid off at the company I'd been at. And you know, of course it sucks to be. Laid off right before the holidays. That wasn't fun at all, but the, my company was very gracious. I will give them a lot of credit for giving me plenty of notice. I, my layoff date was January 3rd of 2020. So they gave me nearly two months notice. And, and so they were extremely gracious through, through that whole process. but you know, the, the, the job seeking. The defenders, those of you who are looking or have been looking, especially after COVID I know a lot of you have been affected by unemployment. The numbers don't lie. Right. And I've heard your voices on Twitter and. And, through email and through my DMS and everything and through the community, of course, as well. I know how hard this can be firsthand. I have. I felt your pain. I felt your, just what it's like before COVID I felt how hard it was to find a job harder than I thought it would be. I mean, it's been about 10 years, honestly, since I've had to pound the pavement, because my transition for the six and a half year job before that was fairly quick. So. I've learned a lot and I definitely want to be sharing. I will be sharing with you in the near future. I hope, about what I've learned about job seeking and, in UX. And so be on the lookout for that. my empathy abounds for you defenders, if you're in that situation, Let me just continue my story. I, I was able to find a job fairly, I guess, fairly quickly after my, after my actual release date of January 3rd, I was able to interview w

21 MINJUN 21
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What the Next Season is Looking Like...

User Defenders Live - A Panel on Design Accessibility, Diversity & Ethics with Mina Markham, Derek Featherstone and FaraiMadzima

I had the great honor of being invited back to An Event Apart Denver (2019) to record a live podcast episode with Mina Markham, Farai Madzima, & Derek Featherstone on the important topics of Accessibility, Design Inclusion & Ethics, Hiring & Retaining Diverse Talent and Landing a Job in UX. Amazingly, we were able to cover all of this in just under an hour!

61 MINFEB 14
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User Defenders Live - A Panel on Design Accessibility, Diversity & Ethics with Mina Markham, Derek Featherstone and FaraiMadzima

Harnessing Life Experiences in Design with Shaheena Attarwala

Shaheena Attarwala defends a woman’s right to design her own future, especially in the face of fierce adversity and opposition. She champions living ruthlessly amid oppressive whims and societal precepts. She’s a magnet that brings the issues forward and carries the water for anyone who dreams of raising their standards and never settling for status-quo expectations. She’ll persuade you to hunker down, prove your grit, and rattle some cages if you have to. This episode is not just about design. So make your way or step aside. It’s time to hear her metaphoric journey, examine your own life, and bring more awareness to poverty and oppression. In other words…sh*t’s about to get real! Origin Story (3:56) A Kid's View (6:25) Oppression In Cultures (8:42) Ah-Ha Moments (11:38) Family Relations (13:48) How Did You Find Design? (16:52) What's Driving You? (20:53) Design Influence (22:26) Legal Skills and Design (33:04) Gaining Empathy (35:29) Don Norman (40:59) Teaching Curiosity (45:...

87 MIN2019 NOV 25
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Harnessing Life Experiences in Design with Shaheena Attarwala

We Are All Pioneers with Sophia Prater

Sophia Prater reminds us that we're all pioneers in a field that is changing every minute. She encourages us to use forcing functions by getting the gig first, and then figuring it out. She introduces us to a design philosophy she pioneered called Object-Oriented UX which is all about taking really complex problems, and breaking them down into parts and organizing them. She also reminds us that in order to be successful in this field, we must become lifelong learners. Origin Story (4:58) Biggest Failure (10:46) Design Superpower (25:57) What is OOUX? (30:27) Design Kryptonite (38:12) UX Superhero Name (42:28) Habit of Success (46:57) Invincible Resource (51:05) Recommended Book (52:52) Best Advice (55:26) Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Eli Jorgensen’s astonishing superhero artwork at userdefenders.com/069 This episode is brought to you by UC Irvine’s executive master’s program for Human-Computer Interaction and Design. As a user experi...

64 MIN2019 NOV 11
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We Are All Pioneers with Sophia Prater

People May be the Most Important Thing You Build as a Designer with Braden Kowitz

Braden Kowitz reveals how human-centered design has everything to do with the humans we design and build with every day. He advocates for a genuinely supportive environment where it’s okay to be who you are, and where you’re encouraged to speak up, and openly share how you’re truly feeling. He reminds us to acknowledge that life isn’t perfect, and neither are we…and that’s also okay. He articulates the origin story and evolution of design patterns and explains why ‘ugly’ may sometimes appear to win. He also challenges us to consider how the metrics we typically depend on, may not be telling us the complete story. Free Time (7:49) Grounding Techniques (8:36) Mindful Techniques (9:26) Origin Story (16:25) Form, Function, and Balance (19:38) Managing Design Ambiguity (26:50) Establishing Design Patterns (37:57) What Have You Been Up To? (47:05) From Designer to Co-Founder (49:09) Dealing with Tradeoffs (52:02) Creative Side Hustles (52:41) Who Is This Product For? (53:47) Desig...

72 MIN2019 OCT 28
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People May be the Most Important Thing You Build as a Designer with Braden Kowitz

Design for How People Think with John Whalen

Dr. John Whalen teaches us what it means to design for how people think. He reveals the powerful principals behind what he calls the six minds of user experience, and explains how anybody can harness them to build better products (no doctorate degree required!). He reminds us that it takes serious research to reveal the deep insights that genuinely make our products successful for the user and the business. He also encourages us to understand that no one is more qualified than anyone else in solving unique problems. Psychology and UX (5:04) Six Minds of Experience (8:48) Impact of Psychology (10:54) Acronym Cheat Sheet (16:03) Three Phone Numbers (17:08) Dark Psychology (25:21) Designing for Delight (31:24) Contextual Inquiries (42:50) Upside-Down Design (49:37) Design Superpower (56:09) Design Kryptonite (57:04) UX Superhero Name (58:43) Habit of Success (59:05) Recommended Book (1:08:02) Best Advice (1:10:38) Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript ...

78 MIN2019 OCT 14
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Design for How People Think with John Whalen

Is Web Design Dead? with Jeffrey Zeldman

Jeffrey Zeldman answers the provocative question, “Is Web Design Dead?”. He enlightens us to what the Web was, where it’s at now, and where it could go in the future. He touches on the many short-sighted predictions that tend to prod our delicate psyches such as automation and new technologies poised to replace Web Designers. He encourages us to ignore the rhetoric and continue to learn as tools change how Web Design is done. He also emphasizes that the Web was built on sharing, and that we must continue to share if we want to not only protect its spirit, but keep it alive and thriving. Godfather of Web Design (3:58) Is Web Design Dead? (5:58) Moving to In-House Design (12:59) Opposition (21:25) How'd It Make You Feel? (26:14) Ask Customer Service First (31:20) Small Business Owners and The Web (39:27) Early Days of The Web (41:13) Keeping the Spirit Alive (49:40) Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links, transcript and Cesar Lemus' astonishing superhero artwor...

66 MIN2019 SEP 30
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Is Web Design Dead? with Jeffrey Zeldman

Advertise on User Defenders (One Spot Left Until Spring 2020)

If you've got a UX-related product, service or event you want to get in front of the most passionate, inspired and hungry UX podcast listening audience in the known Universe, please email me asap at sponsorship (at ] userdefenders (dot] com. This will be the only opportunity to advertise on User Defenders: Podcast until Spring of 2020 (as I break long for the holidays). It's getting to be the end of the year, and you may have something you want exposure to and possibly advertising budget left that needs to get used. If either scenario is true, I’d love to get this going and partner with you and your organization. The release dates and info on the last four episodes until Spring of 2020 are: 10/14: Design for How People Think with John Whalen (O’Reilly author and PhD) 10/28: Untitled with Braden Kowitz (Sprint book/Google Ventures fame) 11/11: We are all Pioneers with Sophia Prater (Object Oriented UX fame – OOUX) 11/25: Harnessing Life Experiences in Design with Shaheena Attarwal...

5 MIN2019 SEP 26
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Advertise on User Defenders (One Spot Left Until Spring 2020)

Yes, AI will Replace Designers with Jasmine Oh

Jasmine Oh informs us that AI will one day replace our current jobs as designers. She challenges us to adapt to AI since no career field is exempt from its influences. She also reminds us not to fear AI but to harness it to our advantage instead. She reveals that AI shouldn’t be judged as a gloomy UX future but as a medium that supports our most meaningful work in new roles. She also encourages us to challenge stakeholders when shallow data is used to feed requirements into a product. Working at Microsoft (4:58) AI at Work (6:17) 5-Year View of AI (8:03) Today's Work Intersects with the Future (10:16) How Recognition Works (11:58) How Long Before Jobs Are Gone (15:50) Behavior and System Designers (17:36) What Does the Future Designer Look Like? (23:34) Being Human and Empathy (29:00) Microsoft CEO (31:58) Ways to Stay Ahead (33:25) Educational Resources (36:30) Design Superpower (40:13) Design Kryptonite (40:47) Secret Identity (42:51) Double and Triple-checking the Facts (43:57) ...

59 MIN2019 SEP 16
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Yes, AI will Replace Designers with Jasmine Oh

How to Become Indistractable with Nir Eyal

Nir Eyal teaches us how to harness the skill of the century…becoming Indistractable. He reminds us that distraction is an action that starts from within. He motivates us to take command of our personal development in a world that is frequently competing for our attention. He encourages us to recognize the external triggers that don’t serve us and how to be more mindful of those that do. He also shares what it takes to be competitive in an increasingly automated job market. Book Origin Story (3:59) Response to Hooked (7:59) Seeking Relief (15:25) My Daily Milky Way (33:06) Breaking Habits in Stuck Environments (35:31) Pharmaceutical Distractions (42:13) Where Are We Heading? (45:46) Did You Ever Find Out? (49:54) What Superpower Would You Want? (54:06) Check out the detailed show notes including mentioned links and transcript at userdefenders.com/064 Show the world you're becoming indistractable and the master of your devices. Get your RESIST Massaging the Squirrel tee now at userd...

60 MIN2019 SEP 10
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How to Become Indistractable with Nir Eyal
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