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Design Better Podcast

InVisionApp, Inc

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The Design Better podcast delivers insights from the world’s most renowned design leaders, empowering teams to transform their practice and build remarkable products. This series is hosted by Aarron Walter and Eli Woolery and brought to you by InVisi...Show More
Airbnb’s Benjamin Evans on the power of inclusive design

48:44 | May 28th

Benjamin Evans, Inclusive Design Lead for Airbnb, is part of a new kind of problem solvers tackling issues like racism, sexism, and bias in digital product design. In this episode of the Design Better Podcast, Eli and Aarron chat with Benjamin about ...Show More
Atlassian’s Lori Kaplan on designing across the seams

37:12 | Aug 1st

Lori Kaplan is a veteran design leader, whose pioneering work includes authorship of the original Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines in the 1980s. In this episode we speak with Lori about how the Atlassian playbook helps both internal and external ...Show More
Indeed’s Quinton Larson on being adaptable and working thoughtfully

41:37 | Jul 22nd

Quinton Larson is a design leader who has consistently brought thoughtful leadership into the companies where he works. In this episode we speak with Quinton about his prior work at IDEO and eBay, his involvement with Indeed’s Job Seeker Journey team...Show More
Bob Baxley: What it takes to build a connected workflow

52:06 | Jul 8th

What do Yahoo, Apple, and Pinterest have in common? Silicon Valley design vet Bob Baxley. With extensive design leadership experience under his belt, Bob knows a thing or two about bridging the gaps between teams to help champion a connected workflow...Show More
Wells Fargo’s Josh Ulm on design’s role in business

53:16 | Jun 25th

Josh Ulm has quite the CV—Adobe Design Lead, Vodafone Head of UX, Oracle VP of Design, and now Wells Fargo SVP of Strategic Design and Insights. One thing he’s learned along the way is that “the most valuable role for design to play is influencing th...Show More
Brad Frost and Dan Mall: Rethinking designer-developer collaboration

52:20 | Jun 7th

Enter design system pros Brad Frost and Dan Mall, long-time collaborators known for their expertise in bridging the gap between designers and developers. In this episode of the Design Better Podcast, Aarron and Eli talk with Dan and Brad about reduci...Show More
Google’s Abigail Hart Gray: Communicating the value of design

44:50 | May 13th

Abigail Hart Gray, Director of UX at Google, is one of the most inspiring design leaders we know. A self-proclaimed analytics nerd, Abigail uses numbers to deftly communicate the value of design to her colleagues, giving her team the runway to do gre...Show More
Julie Zhuo: Learning to manage like a leader

52:54 | Apr 29th

Listen as Julie Zhuo, VP of Product Design at Facebook and author of The Making of a Manager, recalls some of her earliest professional experiences at one of the fastest growing companies on the planet. She reveals how she got her start and grew to b...Show More
Bonus Episode: Leah Buley and the New Frontier of Design Maturity

37:03 | Apr 18th

On today's episode we are joined by Leah Buley, InVision's Director of Design Education and author of the new report on design in business, The New Design Frontier. Leah shares the insights she's learned from surveying thousands of companies to explo...Show More
Season 3 Special Preview

03:06 | Apr 11th

The next season of the Design Better podcast is nearly here. Listen to a special preview of the upcoming season which focuses on the impact and challenges of the connected workflow. We sat down with some incredible design leaders from Facebook, Airbn...Show More
Special Episode - Jake Knapp - Make Time

49:58 | Oct 9th, 2018

What if you could set aside a distraction-free space to accomplish one meaningful thing in your life each day? How might that change your relationships, hobbies, work, or mental wellbeing? In a special episode of the DesignBetter.Co Podcast, we talk ...Show More
#020: Margaret Stewart: Scaling through storytelling

35:31 | Aug 6th, 2018

As organizations grow, they tend to think in terms of processes and data, and although those elements are vital to scale, teams sometimes lose sight of the why. Key to scaling is building an infrastructure that supports a company’s core mission. In o...Show More
#019: Kim Williams: Creating, scaling, and championing design systems

38:06 | Jul 23rd, 2018

A design system helps deliver a unified experience for the end user, no matter what the medium. But it also means a cohesive internal experience as well. Design systems unite teams across time and space, bring designers and engineers together through...Show More
Rewind: Irene Au explains the secrets to scaling design teams

33:02 | Jul 9th, 2018

For many years, Google’s engineering-led culture cherished efficiency over user experience. Irene Au arrived at a pivotal moment in the company’s history and helped shape the way Google’s products clearly value design today.   In this Rewind episode ...Show More
#018: Vas Natarajan: operationalizing design for business success

29:36 | Jun 25th, 2018

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to scaling design, but there are similarities between fast-growing companies that prime them for lasting success. In this episode, Accel Partners’ Vas Natarajan talks about effective ways design leaders can o...Show More
#017: Maria Giudice: DesignOps, diversity, and design making a difference

53:34 | Jun 11th, 2018

Rallying around a shared vision is one of the biggest challenges for design teams operating at scale. So how can you foster that vision and bring people together to execute it? In this episode, Hot Studio Founder and former Autodesk VP of Experience ...Show More
#016: Megan Quinn: making design-led choices to scale with better outcomes

48:25 | May 29th, 2018

Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be part of fast-growing, design-led companies like Slack, Medium, or even InVision? Every team has challenges with scaling—and it turns out those challenges share many common traits when you peek behind the curtai...Show More
#015: Meriah Garrett: Scaling with empathy and intention

44:39 | May 15th, 2018

When companies start scaling design, the emphasis is sometimes on getting more shipped—but what if the first deliverable was a balanced team instead of a new feature?   USAA’s Chief Design Officer Meriah Garrett has a unique approach to creating bala...Show More
#014: TS Balaji: representing design with a multidisciplinary approach

48:05 | Apr 30th, 2018

Design leaders spend a lot of energy trying to get a seat at the table. It’s an ongoing process—and it’s tough to keep design involved over time. What questions should be asked along the way, and what business language can design leaders use? In this...Show More
#013: Diana Mounter: from design silos to design system

39:23 | Apr 16th, 2018

Design systems give product designers and developers reusable, interchangeable components to make the design process efficient and repeatable. They’re a critical part of scaling—so why build everything from scratch when you can plug in pre-built elem...Show More
#012: Meredith Black: building DesignOps dream teams

39:04 | Apr 1st, 2018

A lot of companies are investing more in design. As they do, the organization scales. As it scales, it has to operationalize, become more efficient, and plug into the rest of the company—but what makes all that possible? In this episode, Pinterest’s ...Show More
#011: Lynsey Thornton: going with the org-change flow

36:59 | Mar 18th, 2018

Over the last 10 years, Shopify has grown from a scrappy 5-person startup to a team of more than 3,000 across five locations. Scaling a company that fast takes a lot of talented people—and Lynsey Thornton is one of them. As Shopify’s VP of UX and Cor...Show More
#010: Mia Blume: design, or be designed

42:17 | Oct 29th, 2017

“Will I lose my creativity? Will I be stuck in meetings all day?” Those are common concerns for any individual contributor transitioning to a managerial role—even experienced product leaders like Mia Blume. Luckily, Mia’s impressive career spans posi...Show More
#009: Christian Madsbjerg: exploring how humans experience the world

52:30 | Oct 15th, 2017

In today’s tech-driven economy, it seems like it can be hard to justify the value of a traditional liberal arts education. But given the speed at which AI-driven advancements are taking over traditional jobs—even technical ones—perhaps a better under...Show More
#008: Jake Knapp: beyond the Sprint

56:53 | Oct 1st, 2017

If we asked you to name a recent book that’s really changed how product teams address sticky challenges, there’s a good chance Jake Knapp’s Sprint would be at the top of your list. Since publishing and popularizing the process, design sprints have be...Show More
#007: Laura Martini: getting to the right finish line

39:55 | Sep 17th, 2017

If there’s anyone we’ve interviewed on the DesignBetter.Co Podcast so far that really embodies the product-driven concept, it’s Laura Martini. Not only does she have a background in both design and engineering, but she also has a keen product sense w...Show More
#006: Michael Leon: from skate punk to creative force

40:30 | Sep 3rd, 2017

How do you go from being a self-professed skate punk, to a design director at Nike, creative director at Patagonia, and land as the global creative director for Sonos? As a creative force, Michael Leon has worked with some of the most product driven ...Show More
#005: Alex Schleifer: a mission to belong anywhere

49:03 | Aug 20th, 2017

Airbnb’s mission is both simple and powerful: to help create a world where you can belong anywhere. Alex Schleifer, Airbnb’s head of design, fully embraces this mission. To create the products that make the Airbnb experience so welcoming and immersiv...Show More
#004: Albert Lee: kickstart a design transformation

49:52 | Jul 21st, 2017

Albert Lee has had an amazing arc to his career. From his beginnings as a wine-steward at Chez Panisse, to working at Frank Gehry’s architecture studio, and on to the role of Associate Partner at IDEO and now Design Partner at NEA, the nation’s large...Show More
#003: Dan Winger: building the future at LEGO

34:41 | Jul 21st, 2017

If you’re anything like us, playing with LEGOs was a foundational part of your childhood, and a big part of the reason you got interested in design. And given the arc of their history, it is clear that LEGO is a product-driven company: their products...Show More
#002: David Kelley: creative confidence and aligning teams

47:29 | Jul 20th, 2017

David Kelley doesn’t like to claim to have come up with the term design thinking, even though a most people would say he did. But regardless of who coined it, as founder of IDEO and the Stanford d.school he has been one of the most influential propon...Show More
#001: Irene Au: scaling design at Google and beyond

32:58 | Jul 20th, 2017

Google could now be considered a product driven company, but it wasn’t always that way. For many years Google’s engineering-led culture cherished efficiency over user experience. Irene Au arrived at a pivotal moment in the company’s history, and help...Show More