4 Possibly Useful Skills for Designers

Kate and Laura really don't like to be told what to do. That's why they get annoyed when people declare "Designers should really be able to..." In this episode, we discuss the pros and cons of designers learning things like coding, story telling, and metrics, and then we leave it up to you, the listener, to make your own damn decisions. 

Drink Pairing: Who are we to tell you what to drink? Make up your own mind!

Hypothesis Tracker

In this episode, Kate and Laura discuss a tool and process for tracking the things you believe and getting better at predicting. The tool, predictably, is from Build Better Products. Which you should have bought by now, but if you haven't, there's still time!

Drink Pairing: Bloody Marys

Making the User Map

In this episode, Kate and Laura plug their new book, Build Better Products, by discussing how the User Map was created. Surprise! It involves design thinking and sketching. 

Drink Pairing: Irish Coffee (this is a long one. you'll need the caffeine.)

Music: The Future Soon by Jonathan Coulton

User Map Template:

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Sketching

In this episode, Kate and Laura talk about why sketching is useful and how to get better at it without being an artist. 

Drink Pairing: G&T & keep 'em coming

Music: The Future Soon by Jonathan Coulton

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Being Flexible vs Pushing Back

It's not always clear when you should stand up for yourself against clients or stakeholders and when you should do what is asked of you, even when you think it's a bad design decision. Kate and Laura argue about where the line is and whether it's better to be flexible or to push back. 

Music: The Future Soon by Jonathan Coulton

Drink Pairing: The stiffest drink you can stand