Explore our interview series! We feature diverse perspectives from Design & Product leaders across an array of industries. Check out our Design Leader Insights and Where Product Meets Design podcast episodes below.
Design Leader Insights - Louis Rosenfeld on UX Publishing
On this episode of Design Leader Insights, Alex chats with Louis Rosenfeld, Publisher and Founder at Rosenfeld Media. The conversation delves into Rosenfeld's journey into publishing and the emphasis on publishing books on user experience design. They discuss how to successfully structure a conference environment, and what the next big UX book to hit the shelves should be about.
Design Leader Insight - Sam Horner on Fostering Creativity in UX Teams
On this episode of Design Leader Insights, Sam Horner, Head of Apps UX at Google Play, takes us on a journey through his extensive career in design, from his beginnings at the BBC to his current role at Google. Sam shares insights on fostering creativity in UX design teams, emphasizing the importance of finding moments of creative peace and empowerment.
Design Leader Insights - Farid Sabitov on Breaking Down Silos Across Ops
On this Design Leader Insights episode, Alex Smith chats with Farid Sabitov, DesignOps Consultant at EPAM Systems. Over the past couple of years, Farid has focused on design operations, particularly in areas like content design, product design, and design systems. His expertise lies in evolving practices and defining metrics to communicate value within large organizations.
Design Leader Insights - Ridhima Gupta on Complex Design Systems
In this episode of Design Leader Insights, Alex Smith interviews Ridhima Gupta, Lead Product Designer at Databricks. Ridhima shares her journey in UX, starting as an architecture student and transitioning into digital design during the rise of mobile apps.
Design Leader Insights - Tommy Geoco on Taking the Content Creator Leap
On this episode of Design Leader Insights, Alex chats with Tommy Geoco, Owner and Educator at UX Tools. In April 2022, he embraced education for design, founding uxtools.co in 2024. Alex and Tommy discuss the changes to the freelance industry, and hustle culture.
Design Leader Insights - Jason Giles on the Wild West of AI in UX
On this episode of Design Leader Insights, Alex chats Jason Giles, VP of Product Design at UserTesting, about his early days at Microsoft working on iconic products like Office 365 and Xbox, to leading design teams at DirectTV and Ticketmaster in the consumer entertainment space.
Where Product Meets Design - Gideon Hod on UX in the Car Sharing Industry
On this episode of Where Product Meets Design, Alex chats with Gideon Hod, Director of Product Operations at Turo. Gideon shares insights into his journey in the product industry and his path to the car sharing industry he is in now.
Design Leader Insights - J B Chaykowsky on Embracing the High Minimum in Design
On this episode of Design Leader Insights, Alex chats with J.B Chaykowsky, Global Design Leader at Intuit. They discuss the transformative impact of AI on the design landscape. J.B. Chaykowsky emphasizes the need for designers to navigate the evolving role of AI carefully, ensuring that they continue to add value in a world where AI democratizes design creation.
Design Leader Insights - Glen Lipka on Career Growth, Education, and Building Better Products
n this episode of Design Leader Insights, Alex chats with Glen Lipka, VP, Product Design at CrowdStrike. Glen Lipka advocates for improving design education to equip young designers with practical skills and a deeper understanding of the industry.
Design Leader Insights - Calvin Robertson on Intentional Experience Design
On this episode of Design Leader Insights, Alex chats with Calvin Robertson, Sr Director, Experience Design - Best Buy. Calvin delves into the nuanced challenges of balancing digital and human interactions, especially at a retail giant like Best Buy.
Where Product Meets Design - Amy Mitchell on Adding Value as a Product Manager
On this episode of Where Product Meets Design, Amy Mitchell, Product Director at Dell, shares insights into her journey in the product management field. She discusses the common myth that product managers are merely a barrier between engineering and sales, emphasizing the value they bring in consolidating requirements and facilitating communication.
Design Leader Insights - Michael Riddering on Navigating Startups, Launch Days, and the Future of UX
On this episode of Design Leader Insights, Alex Smith chats with Michael Riddering, creator of Dive Club and Founding Designer for Maven. Michael shares his journey from founder to designer and back, highlighting the pivotal role of design in startup culture.
Design Leader Insights - Abbey Smalley on Mastering Cross-Functional Collaboration in Design
In this episode of Design Leader Insights, Abbey Smalley, UX Design Leader, shares key tips for effective cross-functional collaboration in design teams. Abbey highlights the importance of understanding and respecting team members' roles, fostering open communication, and creating a collaborative gray space.
Where Product Meets Design - Rafa Flores on Post-Launch Strategies for Product Managers
On this episode of Where Product Meets Design, Alex speaks with Rafa Flores, who works at 6sense. Rafa provides advice for those entering product management, suggesting mentorship during market booms and strategic analysis of product lifecycles in uncertain economic times.
Where Product Meets Design - Tim Flood on Analyzing More than Just Data
On this episode of Where Product Meets Design, Alex chats with Tim Flood, Sr. Product Manager, about articulating your value and measuring it, common myths of product management, and his advice for new Product Managers entering the field.
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