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Design Life

Charli Prangley, Femke Van Schoonhoven

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Design Life

Design Life

Charli Prangley, Femke Van Schoonhoven

27
Followers
675
Plays
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Design Life is a podcast about design and side projects for motivated creators. It was born after your hosts, two serial side project addicts, saw a gap in the podcast market for a conversational show about design and the issues young creatives face, that was hosted by two females. This show aims to tackle the big issues designers face like getting paid, overcoming a creative block or managing time, to name a few. We want to open up discussion about things we wish we heard people talk about when we were studying, and we want to chat to you about the joys and the frustrations of working in the tech industry by day, and on our passion projects in the rest of our waking hours. We hope that by doing so, Design Life will give you a dose of motivation or inspiration when you need it.

Latest Episodes

201: Being the only designer on the team

What's it like being a solo designer, the only designer on a team or even in an entire company? This topic was requested by a listener who was looking for our insights on how to embrace the opportunity and overcome the challenges that come with being a solo designer. While the responsibility and experience can lead to a great challenge it can be an isolating role and feeling connected to the design community at large can be a struggle. We speak about how you can keep growing as a solo designer while encouraging your team to take design seriously.

30 min4 h ago
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201: Being the only designer on the team

200: Does using design freebies make you less of a designer?

Does using design freebies makes you any less of a designer? Listen to hear our thoughts on using elements other designers have made and are sharing for free. There is a time and place to use a freebie, we share how to use them to your advantage as a designer and when to avoid them. We also celebrate recording the 200th episode of the podcast!

27 min1 w ago
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200: Does using design freebies make you less of a designer?

199: How direct is TOO direct with feedback?

How direct is being too direct with feedback and general workplace communication? With remote working and working from home in full swing, we have lost the office cooler moments and lunch time chit chat that help us navigate communication at work and give us an insight into how our work and contribution is being received by those around us. It can be difficult to get the tone right when communicating predominantly through email. Fear of being misunderstood can mean we over do the pleasantries and the most important message can be lost. We share how we keep our emails in check while being direct, empathetic and genuine.

29 min2 w ago
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199: How direct is TOO direct with feedback?

198: Making friends at work

You might wonder how much of yourself you should bring to work and how can you build friendships with the people you work with? We have built friendships of varying strengths in our workplaces and in this episode we share our success stories, the part company culture has to play in building friendships and the influence friends at work have had on our career.

28 min2 w ago
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198: Making friends at work

197: Should you go to design school?

On today’s episode of Design Life we’re talking about design education. Listeners often ask us “should I go to design school?” but the answer varies depending on where you are in your career, how you learn best and what goals you have. In this episode we discuss the question we think you should ask instead and how to figure out the best way to develop your design skills.

29 minAUG 24
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197: Should you go to design school?

196: Should you have to work nights and weekends to succeed in tech?

Should you have to work nights and weekends to succeed in tech? This is a question that has been doing the rounds on social media recently. Many people use their nights and weekends to build a side hustle and develop skills that are useful to have in their day job. This shows their passion and their ambition, but what about those who don’t want to spend this time outside their day job on their skills? Are they at a disadvantage? In this episode we discuss if it is possible to build your skills and grow in your career if you don’t hustle on the side and work only within your 9-5.

26 minAUG 18
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196: Should you have to work nights and weekends to succeed in tech?

195: Working with freelancers

In this episode of Design Life we discuss working with freelancers and contractors.

27 minAUG 11
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195: Working with freelancers

194: The future of AI/ML in design

As artificial intelligence and machine learning begin to impact the design industry in new ways, the future of design may differ from the way we work today. If that is the case, how can you remain relevant as a designer?

26 minAUG 4
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194: The future of AI/ML in design

193: Too many meetings

Have you ever felt that you have so many meetings in one week that you don’t have time to get your work done? If this is the case finding focus time at work can be a struggle. In this episode of Design Life we discuss how to evaluate if you have control over your meetings and how to maximise your meetings so they are as productive as they can be.

29 minJUL 28
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193: Too many meetings

192: How to reach out for advice

As educators in the design field, we both get daily requests from people asking for career advice, feedback on a portfolio or mentorship around existing issues in their work. Lately, we’ve noticed an increase in people reaching out cold. While this is certainly flattering, figuring out how best to help someone we’re hearing from for the very first time is also very time consuming. Often we take the time to reply and then hear nothing back from that person ever again, which can be very discouraging. In this episode we discuss different ways to ask for advice and how to reach out to people kindly.

30 minJUL 6
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192: How to reach out for advice

Latest Episodes

201: Being the only designer on the team

What's it like being a solo designer, the only designer on a team or even in an entire company? This topic was requested by a listener who was looking for our insights on how to embrace the opportunity and overcome the challenges that come with being a solo designer. While the responsibility and experience can lead to a great challenge it can be an isolating role and feeling connected to the design community at large can be a struggle. We speak about how you can keep growing as a solo designer while encouraging your team to take design seriously.

30 min4 h ago
Comments
201: Being the only designer on the team

200: Does using design freebies make you less of a designer?

Does using design freebies makes you any less of a designer? Listen to hear our thoughts on using elements other designers have made and are sharing for free. There is a time and place to use a freebie, we share how to use them to your advantage as a designer and when to avoid them. We also celebrate recording the 200th episode of the podcast!

27 min1 w ago
Comments
200: Does using design freebies make you less of a designer?

199: How direct is TOO direct with feedback?

How direct is being too direct with feedback and general workplace communication? With remote working and working from home in full swing, we have lost the office cooler moments and lunch time chit chat that help us navigate communication at work and give us an insight into how our work and contribution is being received by those around us. It can be difficult to get the tone right when communicating predominantly through email. Fear of being misunderstood can mean we over do the pleasantries and the most important message can be lost. We share how we keep our emails in check while being direct, empathetic and genuine.

29 min2 w ago
Comments
199: How direct is TOO direct with feedback?

198: Making friends at work

You might wonder how much of yourself you should bring to work and how can you build friendships with the people you work with? We have built friendships of varying strengths in our workplaces and in this episode we share our success stories, the part company culture has to play in building friendships and the influence friends at work have had on our career.

28 min2 w ago
Comments
198: Making friends at work

197: Should you go to design school?

On today’s episode of Design Life we’re talking about design education. Listeners often ask us “should I go to design school?” but the answer varies depending on where you are in your career, how you learn best and what goals you have. In this episode we discuss the question we think you should ask instead and how to figure out the best way to develop your design skills.

29 minAUG 24
Comments
197: Should you go to design school?

196: Should you have to work nights and weekends to succeed in tech?

Should you have to work nights and weekends to succeed in tech? This is a question that has been doing the rounds on social media recently. Many people use their nights and weekends to build a side hustle and develop skills that are useful to have in their day job. This shows their passion and their ambition, but what about those who don’t want to spend this time outside their day job on their skills? Are they at a disadvantage? In this episode we discuss if it is possible to build your skills and grow in your career if you don’t hustle on the side and work only within your 9-5.

26 minAUG 18
Comments
196: Should you have to work nights and weekends to succeed in tech?

195: Working with freelancers

In this episode of Design Life we discuss working with freelancers and contractors.

27 minAUG 11
Comments
195: Working with freelancers

194: The future of AI/ML in design

As artificial intelligence and machine learning begin to impact the design industry in new ways, the future of design may differ from the way we work today. If that is the case, how can you remain relevant as a designer?

26 minAUG 4
Comments
194: The future of AI/ML in design

193: Too many meetings

Have you ever felt that you have so many meetings in one week that you don’t have time to get your work done? If this is the case finding focus time at work can be a struggle. In this episode of Design Life we discuss how to evaluate if you have control over your meetings and how to maximise your meetings so they are as productive as they can be.

29 minJUL 28
Comments
193: Too many meetings

192: How to reach out for advice

As educators in the design field, we both get daily requests from people asking for career advice, feedback on a portfolio or mentorship around existing issues in their work. Lately, we’ve noticed an increase in people reaching out cold. While this is certainly flattering, figuring out how best to help someone we’re hearing from for the very first time is also very time consuming. Often we take the time to reply and then hear nothing back from that person ever again, which can be very discouraging. In this episode we discuss different ways to ask for advice and how to reach out to people kindly.

30 minJUL 6
Comments
192: How to reach out for advice
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