Howard Pinksy is the Senior XD Evangelist at Adobe and creates educational videos for Adobe. He shares UI/UX knowledge and experiences with the design community through video, live streams, at creative events, focusing on the process Adobe XD application.
His journey first started in 2006, when YouTube was just a new website. Howard first started posting Photoshop videos, and immediately, his videos took off, became a YouTube partner, and his hobby became a career.
Today, Howard has a Youtube channel of 466K subscribers. He regularly creates videos of his loyal designer community.
In this episode, we talked about:
· Howard's journey
· An experience being part of the YouTube Partner Program
· What is a design evangelist's goal?
· Some expert tips when creating videos and thumbnails
· Why are user experience and good design so important?
· About Howard's LinkedIn Learning Program
Get in touch with Howard:
· Visit his YouTube:
· Howard's LinkedIn:
James Helms is the Vice President of design a product at Intuit. A global technology platform that helps the customers and communities we serve overcome their financial challenges.
He is a graduate of the Visual Communications program at the University of Delaware. Today, James has been with Intuit for 7 years now. Performing and delivering strategic Identity and Financial data experiences for Quickbooks, Turbo Tax, and Mint.
He’s passionate about creating and improving design teams, coaching design leaders, and mentoring early career designers to use their design skills to shape their careers. James has worked with third-party apps, financial institutions, governments, and educational institutions. His mission, along with Intuit, is to drive a full spectrum of customer benefit to prosperity and power around the world.
In this episode, we talked about:
⦁ The core of human-centered design
⦁ About product experiences, empathy, and understanding consumers
⦁ Testing consumer behavior through lightweight prototypes
⦁ What is knowledge engineering?
⦁ Role of personalization
⦁ What is adopt a small business?
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Sarkis Buniatyan is the Founder of Meraki Ventures, Mirai biotechnology, and the Founder of Nocode Rumble. With many businesses, he is an entrepreneur by day and a product designer by night.
Sarkis creates hyper-realistic prototypes, develops MVPs, turns them into successful products, and teaches makers how to launch their vision. His business, Mirai Biotechnology, aims to restore Earth's natural balance through the development of probiotics, which are beneficial for the environment. HyproFeed is Mirari Biotechnology's flagship product. It is the world's first probiotic that works seamlessly with animals to boost animal growth, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and eliminate toxic animal waste.
Another is Meraki Ventures which values vision. In Meraki ventures, your world is a canvas to invest your ideas and shape them. Sarkis' third business is Nocode Rumble, the first live accelerator that brings together talented makers from around the world to create impactful products and put their skills to the ultimate test.
In this episode, we talked about:
⦁ What is today's definition of products?
⦁ Creating ideas and making prototypes
⦁ What are the possibilities of an idea?
⦁ More about Mirai Biotechnology and Meraki Ventures
⦁ Going in-depth with product design
⦁ His restaurant business
⦁ Thinking about Gary Vaynerchuk
Get in touch with Sarkis
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Visit Mirai Biotechnology:
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JJ Moi has been raised most of his life in Thailand and did his undergrad in industrial design there, majored in furniture design. Then back to San Francisco to do his masters in data visualization and worked as a UX designer for the past decade, mostly in startups, but also had a fair share in the public sector.
Currently, he is working as VC design partner at Prime Movers Lab investing and working with startups that create breakthroughs in science that impact billions of lives such as in the areas of space transportation and autonomous vehicles, solar & nuclear energy, robotics & semiconductors, neuroscience & longevity, engineered food & automated agriculture.
Tune in as he discusses his role, he cites some innovative products that he’d helped bring to market, design systems, work for the government, work directly with the founders and executives who are amazing scientists, and what are his roles? It includes but not limited to:Design playbooks to create the right set of beliefs and design principlesDesign review and pay extra attention to design details that the engineering and science teams might overlookUser research to validating user needsreducing waste and unwanted featuresPrototyping new ideas for analyzing ideas and user testingCreating a delightful user experience to support customer journeysCreate brand strategy and identity that presents a lovable brandHelp with recruiting and hiring for top design roles
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Isabela Freire is a Luso-Brazilian digital designer & art director driven by technology and art. She is currently the Design Team Leader at Arduino, the world’s leading open-source hardware and software ecosystem. The Company offers a range of software tools, hardware platforms and documentation enabling almost anybody to be creative with technology. Isabela believes in design as a lifestyle.
Episode highlights:Isabela’s backgroundSome of the most impressive stats of ArduinoBig companies and enterprises using ArduinoIsabela’s role in Arduino there and what are some of the products she works onIsabela on leading a team of 10 designersIsabela on working and living in ItalyWhere's the revenue coming from?What are some of the best practices in designing for Arduino?Designing tools for interface designersPek asks Isabel: What are some of the Arduino devices in Isabela’s home that she’s using to control something?What Isabela loves the most in working with Arduino?How Isabel navigated her career and ended up working in Arduino?And much MORE!
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Here are some books Isabela suggest for designers who are starting:AlfaBeta by Aldo Novarese (recently re-edited by the Turim based Archivio Tipografico) for a historic overview and deep dive into Italian typeType: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles collection from Taschen. A thorough archive and eye candy bookThinking with Type by Ellen Lupton is a must for anyone who wants to approach typographyRuined by Design by Mike Monteiro, fellow Portuguese designer who puts into perspective our responsibility as designers and ethicsSusan Kare
Here are some of the Arduino products they've talked about:Arduino Starter Kit: for the first approach to Arduino and programmingArduino Opla IoT Kit: everything you need to create an IoT project very quicklyArduino Cloud: our cloud-based platform to control the world around you by creating Things and dashboards and code online
Premika is the UX Lead at GovTech Singapore, one of her primary goals is crafting ‘moments of delight' through innovative and user-focused customer experience design. This is achieved by solving complex problems through user research, expert analysis, prototyping and iterative collaborative design with users and stakeholders.
In this episode, we talked about:GovTech in Singapore and how it serves peopleNumber of UX designers in GovTechWho do they serve/design?GovTech on designing web apps, mobile apps and other digital solutionsPremika shared a little bit of her life journeyPremika on her agency/career backgroundHer learning experience - as per Premika, each client was a completely different product, a different perspective, different countries, different ways of working different techWhat a good design looks like at GovTechAdvice to some small agency or SMEAnd much MORE!
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Christina Brodbeck was one of the earliest team members at the start of YouTube, she was the company’s first designer and the lead designer for YouTube mobile. In her last two years at YouTube, she led UX Design for YouTube Mobile and was responsible for creating an interface that brought YouTube to cell phones. Her passion for innovation in education led her to work on and launch YouTube EDU as a 20% side project while at the company. She was the co-founder of TheIceBreak, a Q&A service to help committed couples strengthen their relationships. As a seasoned angel investor, Christina has invested in approximately 20 companies. She is currently a co-founder and partner at Rivet Ventures.
In this episode, Christina takes us back to the early days of Youtube, its system design back then, what was her role and what kind of stuff she designed, also she talks about her venture firm - Rivet Venture and her journey on how she got into design.
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Doug Collins is a User Experience expert that has lent his talents to companies in the financial, education, government, gaming, and sports entertainment industries. When he’s not working his day job as a User Experience Designer, he can be found hiking, cooking, coding, or writing about any of the above on his personal blog.
In this episode, we talked about:His role in Western UnionDesign systems and process flow in Western UnionThe design tool that they are usingHow B2B side of things are getting bigger with good opportunitiesDoug shared some advice on how he handles his teamWhat is good design vs bad design according to DougKnowledge about design principleAnd MUCH MORE!
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Justin Dauer is the Vice President of design at the Bswift Company- a CVS Health company. He is also the author of the book "Cultivating a Creative Culture".
He is from the lifelong land of Chicago and studied visual communications in the Art Institute of Chicago. While Justin was studying at the university, he decided to study more into the digital landscape. He taught himself how to code by reading a few books and doing web projects to enhance his skill.
Because of his never-ending curiosity, he jump-started his successful career as a designer, author, and speaker.
In this episode, we talked about:
⦁ Unhealthy cultural experiences
⦁ How to inform a diverse thought of thinking?
⦁ The new day one- establishing human connections
⦁ Culture, support, and empathy
⦁ The language of business
⦁ Not settling for anything less
Get in touch with Justin
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Justin’s LinkedIn profile:
Read Justin's books
· Cultivating a Creative Culture by Justin Dauer
Fonz has a creative eye for design. He was born in Brooklyn, New York- one of the most design-centric places on the planet. The beautiful architectural designs exposed Fonz to art and culture. Initially, he wanted to take up architecture but ended up studying computer science.
During his senior year of college, his university opened up a digital aquarium- which fascinated him with all the multimedia equipment, resources, and software. Since then, he self-taught himself how to design, and from then, he became a digital and growth designer.
Today, Fonz Morris is the lead product designer for global conversion at Netflix and works with some of the world's biggest companies. He is also leading a design team at Coursera- the world’s leading online education platform and is currently working on a book and design course
In this episode, we talked about:
⦁ What is Global Conversion?
⦁ Why are resources so important?
⦁ Entrepreneurial start-up, funding, and connections
⦁ The impact of education, even if it's self-taught
⦁ Why data matters and how to build a system for success
⦁ Designing for growth and general principles of a good UX
⦁ Where does growth begin and end?
⦁ Working at a bigger vs. smaller company
⦁ Role of AV testing and tools test your platform
⦁ Iteration, empathy, testing, data, and communication
⦁ Learn with Fonz! Book and design course
Get in touch with Fonz
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Fonz LinkedIn profile:
Links mentioned in this podcast
Tool to test your platform:
Coursera- Online education platform:
Woman power; Michelle Tucker’s life in the tech industry.
Welcome once again everyone to the Ux Podcast show. As always, Pek Pongpaet is the host for the show and he is joined up by Michelle Ha Tucker as the guest of this show today.
Michelle Tucker is the director of design at Sidewalk Labs. She is also well known to be actively involved in arts and design education and served on the board of the Hyde Park Art Center and not to mention that she spends a year reimagining design curriculum at RISD. Michelle also tops it off with a masters in architecture in Harvard.
Highlights from this episode;
➢ Michelle talks about how she grew up in California and how her parents were in the tech industry.
➢ According to Michelle, UX design is the ability of a designer to synthesize a lot of information about how people use things and how people move about their lives.
➢ Michelle says that a good design should be easy to understand and delightful for people to use.
➢ Michelle talks about a number of products that she refers to them as span. She gives Dell as an example and she claims that they are more of a very digital SAS software. Where she adds that for UX designers it might be the clear comparison to whatever they're working on today.
➢ Pek adds up and says that the user experience design has to always make sense for the business and for the tech team.
➢ Pek initiates a dialogue on what advice Michelle could give to her younger version, Michelle responds by talking about working in a field like urban innovation.
➢ As the episode draws to a close, Pek and Michelle both cite Jim Collins books and both seem to love the author.
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Jay Demetillo, a designer that strives for greatness.
Jay works as a designer at Grab. He has also worked for the likes of Twitter, Yahoo, and Pinterest. Just to top it off, Jay was an adjunct professor at CCA in San Francisco. Jay currently teaches design innovation at New Campus.
Highlights from the episode:
· Jay speaks of how he switched teams and now belongs to the safety team which he says he considers to be much more interesting.
· Pek subjects Jay to the question of how it was, growing up in New York and how he decided to become a designer. Jay starts by blaming his parents for being typical Asians and believed that he should be a doctor or nurse.
· Jay advises looking at how and where everything is going in terms of blockchain and states that AI or VR are the most impactful factors.
· Jay narrates how he landed at Google Ventures.
· On how he explains UX design to most people, Jay simplifies it and just gives a reference to how you'd help your grandmother get from point A-B.
· Jay talks about the design team at Grab back then in 2017 where he says that he was the sole designer on the consumer side.
· As the episode approaches its latter stages, Pek asks Jay if it was a culture shock for him to move to Southeast Asia. Jay expresses his reasons and says that he did not move for love and that it was a lonely first year.
· Asked about any career advice he'd give to his younger version and what he'd wished to have known, Jay says that he wishes to have taken more risks. He really does encourage the importance of taking risks.
· Jay mentions a few books like 'The First 90 days’ where he states that it is a great book if you find yourself in a new job.
Catch up with Malea Gadoury, the female designer Leading exemplary.
Hello people and welcome to yet another UX episode. In this episode, our host for the show, Pek Pongpaet introduces his guest, he says he's very happy to be synced up with his lovely guest for this episode in Malea Gadoury.
Who is Malea Gadoury?
Malea Gadoury is a stylish hardworking woman who is the Co-Founder at ILK. She grew up in the suburbs of Montreal in Canada and she was also previously head of design for Wonderschool. Malea was at google for about 6 years where she held various roles.
Episode HighlightsMalea speaks up about how she joined Wonderschool. (A marketplace for early childhood education). She adds that at Wonderschool, they help in providing day-care. She was there for a year before the pandemic struck.According to Malea, it's all about exposure. Where she says the majority of what she knows about UX, she learned it from google.Pek asks Malea to describe what Google firebase is. Where she sums it as a tool that helps mobile developers be successful.They both speak about growth features and Malea expounds a little bit more about AB testing.Among some of the interesting stories of her work at Google plus, Malea remembers when they were working on Google plus collections because they wanted to be like Pinterest. She also mentions the time when Tiktok and Instagram came out and then they needed to do reels.As the episode rolls on, Malea says that it's really hard to recruit talent in a start-up because you might not have the means or the resources to offer as many perks nor the ability to offer professional development and growth.Pek asks Malea for some advice to someone who is a designer and wants to be an entrepreneur. She insists that you should have a mindset that doesn’t waver and always believe in what you want to achieve.Pek and Malea both agree that customer communication is very important and that it saves you some real pain. It minimizes the tendency of designing the wrong products.As the episode draws to a close, Malea says that anyone who wants to work for google should have a really solid UX process and make sure that they articulate it.
Nor Sanavongsay, a senior product designer that stands tall.
Who is Nor Sanavongsay?
Nor Sanavongsay is a senior product designer currently working at Workday. The reason why he stands tall in his field is that he tells stories through interactions with storyboards, visual designs, and prototypes. Nor also runs a nonprofit publishing company that mainly focuses on helping southeast Asians tell their stories.
Highlights from the episode:Nor says that he read a lot of comic books growing up and he aspired of becoming a comic book artist when he grew up. When Nor was trying to discover himself a little bit more, that’s when he realized that they were refugees from Laos escaping the communist regime by coming to the US to have a better life. He then talks about how he went to school at NIU, Northern Illinois University, where he enrolled as an illustration major, just because he wanted to pursue a career as a comic book illustrator. Nor talks about working at Workday doing design systems and explains how they have a workforce of more than 150 people within his group. Pek asks Nor to explain how he communicates about the new changes or updated components to the 150 designers. Nor explains how he is now involved with reorganizing the old legacy stuff into new variants. Pek intervenes at some point and asks Nor to talk more about analytics and the role it plays in design systems. You’ll hear Nor boldly explaining the role of the analytics panel within Figma. Nor says that the most important step that people should always consider when they’re thinking about creating a design system for their organization is the research. Put some effort into the research. According to Nor, you know you’ve achieved success when your team can build a layout much quicker than they used to. As the episode wears on, a flashing memory comes to Nor’s mind about his time at Zoosk where they had introduced a new thing called couples profile in the dating app. He clarifies that the goal was to make couples share their experiences with their single friends so that they can sign up. Asked if he considers other constraints as well and if he consults engineers or people in the business, about what they want to achieve. Nor says he does that and refers to a scenario where they recently hired a chief design officer. In the latter minutes of the episode, Nor advises that the best way to learn is to experience. Not forgetting to also make it a habit of eradicating the imposter syndrome mentality.
Who is Prakan Nisarat? A little bit more insight into his life, you'll learn that Prakan Nisarat has a bachelor's degree in graphic design and a master's in marketing communications, as well as an MBA. I know, it sounds a lot right, But that’s his thing. Prakarn started as a traditional graphic designer in advertising in Chicago. Currently, his recent project is working at Lululemon to improve the app and omnichannel experience.
Despite Nisarat’s English being so clear, you’ll realize that he studied the language at a later stage in life.Prakan says that he loves US education because you can tie things up. Both men discuss a mutual topic about learning photoshop where Pek intervenes and says how he started learning photoshop with Photoshop 4.Prakan then talks about how he ended up at Microsoft, he talks about how he did advertising for a while. Then he says that at his workplace, they gave him a full scholarship, and just like that he thought why not Microsoft, let's do it he says. He then says how he landed a job there helping out as a contractorAbout how they met, Pek discusses how he was exploring the UI of 23 and me. He says, “there was a section in 23 and me that said, Hey, share your DNA with a network, the users. And we'll tell you, we'll notify people who are a match, your genetic match.” He says it was interesting how it revealed to him a list of people on 23rd who had 23 and me.Both gentlemen expound about designing interfaces as applications for the healthcare industryHalfway through the episode, Prakan tries to explain how he’s trying to bring in a way of thinking in the healthcare industry and how they should fit into people’s lifestyles.On health care tips, he emphasizes how double-dosing could ultimately lead to death as hypoglycemia.Asked whether designing for different cultures affects his designs at all, he says that they try to do that, but they cannot because they are in the FDA. He further explains the vendor regulations Prakan advises the young designers trying to get into the healthcare industry and make a change. He says that they should not make any assumptions and also take responsibility because at the end of the day, your decision-making into this design can impact lives.
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Andrew Falcon talks about his experience at Fjord and how things are going, particularly at Accenture. Andrew explains his first day at the studio and how his team thinks extraordinary to grow the organization. Andrew and Pek speak about the role of Fjord in today's world, how Fjord expanded from 200 to 1400 employees. He explains different ways to treat the employees to get better out of them. How his team manages the problems faced by the organization early on and how they cope with them. They also talk about the opportunities produced during the pandemic time and how small organizations should work it out.
As a Managing director at Accenture, Andrew proves a lot about the investment policies and effective business models to help organizations worldwide. He was a COO at Fjord, and during his time, his vision, calmness, and articulate behavior resulted in great success for Fjord. He is on a mission to help small businesses to grow effectively in today's time.
Key Topics:How Andrew proves his worth at Accenture after Fjord's success?How did Fjord scale sales?Why does Andrew think that customer experience is a new way to conquer the designing world during the pandemic time?And MUCH MORE!
Resources and LinksTHE FIRST 90 DAYS by Michael D. WatkinsTO SELL IS HUMAN by Daniel H. PinkDRIVE by Daniel H. PinkA WHOLE NEW MIND by Daniel H. PinkFREE AGENT NATION by Daniel H. PinkAndrewmfalcon@gmail.com.Andrew Falcon (LinkedIn)
I would love to introduce you all to our guest – Talin Wadsworth. He has been working for Adobe for over 10 years and has so much knowledge to share with us. Talin currently designs creative tools for Adobe and is the co-conspirator behind Adobe XD. He uses research, iterative design, prototyping and storytelling to create the best end-to-end experiences for all Adobe users. For more information about Talin, check out his LinkedIn profile. You will be able to know all about his achievements and career path.
In today’s episode of What is UX Podcast, we dove deep into Adobe XD in the point of view of one of the most important people in the project. To understand all the topics, we learn about Talin’s career from high school until his current job at Adobe.
- How does creativity affect the end result of such a complex project?
- How does finding the right stories, characters, and personas?
- How do we keep our focus, while allowing creativity to act and make the project unique?
- How did Talin develop such a strong technical skillset at such a young age?
We touched on so many interesting points when it comes to editing software, like Adobe and Photoshop and how Talin’s ability to use technology in his favor was a plus, even before his career jump-started to amazing levels. We were able to see that there is a way to turn your passion into a source of income and that there is no such thing as something being “too hard”.
Yes, we could go really technical in this description, but let’s hear every word that Talin has to share in this episode. So, join us in this fascinating episode where experts share their stories and views of their specialties.
For more information and inspiration from Talin, check out his Twitter https://twitter.com/mrtalin?lang=en and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/talinwadsworth/. You don’t want to miss out on the amazing projects he is working on.
If you’re looking for a career at Adobe, check out this link with all the job openings. You have dreams, put them on paper, write a deadline and they become achievable goals.
And to help you prepare for this amazing opportunity, take a look at some up to date, detailed books about Adobe Cloud. These books can be the extra qualification you have that will dictate whether or not you get your dream job.
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