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No chit-chat, just focused in-depth discussions about design topics that matter. Jonathan Shariat and Chris Liu are your hosts and bring to the table passion and years of experience.

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Episode 59 - Concluding the Design Process

51:22 | Apr 17th, 2018

At long last, episode 59 is here! This week, Chris and Jon conclude the discussion series on what makes a great design process. We talk about some of the issues that impact the "How", the part after you figure out what the design should entail. Stick...Show More

Episode 58 - You've defined the problem. Now what?!

1:01:32 | Nov 26th, 2017

This week, Chris and Jon continue their series on defining an effective design process. Once you've figured out the problem, what should you do next? There are so many things that can happen (and usually do!) and Chris and Jon give their insights on ...Show More

Episode 57 - Defining our Design Process

38:44 | Oct 29th, 2017

This week, Chris and Jon talk about defining an effective process. Let's face it. Defining a useful process is hard! There's so many questions about what to do first. And worst of all, it's really easy to start jumping in and making mockups. Stay tun...Show More

Episode 56 - The 10th Anniversary of the iPhone

55:52 | Oct 2nd, 2017

This week, Jon and Chris talk about the recent keynote from Apple. The show starts with a quick product review of all the different product announcements made by Tim Cook & co. Then in the second half, they get into a discussion about what's happened...Show More

Episode 55 - How to Succeed at Interviews

58:16 | Sep 10th, 2017

This week, Jon and Chris answer a listener email about how to handle job interviews. Both Chris and Jon give practical tips and information from their experiences as interviewees AND hiring managers! Stay tuned for an informative episode!

Episode 54 - Don't look... It's car UX!

43:16 | Aug 6th, 2017

After 3 attempts, Chris and Jon finally get this one recorded! Phew! Jon interviews Chris about what it's like to work on car stuff, what the future holds, and how YOU could be part of it! Stay tuned for the latest show!

Episode 53 - Good designers write!

46:04 | May 30th, 2017

This week, Chris and Jon talk about why good writing skills are essential for doing good design. Obviously other things are important too, but writing is just one of those 'core skills' every designer must have. Stay tuned to this episode!

Episode 52 - Meetings are a necessary evil!

44:21 | May 9th, 2017

This week Chris and Jon talk about awful meetings, why we have to have them, and what we can do about them. There's lots of useful information to help you have better meetings, so definitely stick around for this one!

Episode 51 - How to get things made

44:07 | Apr 26th, 2017

At long last, here's episode 51! Yay! This week, Chris and Jon discuss production design and how we transition from ideas to implemented products. This is where the rubber meets the road, and you don't want to miss this important episode!

Episode 50 - Improving Design Culture

44:58 | Mar 13th, 2017

It's episode 50 everybody! Woo! We made it! Thanks to everyone for supporting us! It's been a pleasure putting these together for you. This week, Chris and Jon talk about why companies STILL don't get design, and try to figure out some ways that we ...Show More

Episode 49 - Our Tools of the Trade

1:12:37 | Feb 21st, 2017

This week Chris and Jon talk about the tools they use to get 'er done! From desks, to pens, to apps, we cover it all. Stay tuned for a more lighthearted episode!

Episode 48 - How to define an MVP

37:26 | Feb 1st, 2017

This week, Chris and Jon discuss a listener question on how to define an MVP. Then they discuss what to do with it after launch. It's a great show for people working in startups, and how to successfully navigate the pitfalls of early product lifecycl...Show More

Episode 47 - How to plan your design career(from start to finish)

53:51 | Jan 5th, 2017

How do you get started in Design? What's next after your first job? What positions should I build to? What are the possible paths for a designer to take? We discuss these important questions and more in this week's podcast!

Episode 46 - Designing for Formunction

28:50 | Nov 28th, 2016

This week, Chris and Jon have a discussion about form vs. function and created a new word: "Formunction"!!! But is it better to emphasize form or function? Can you achieve both? Listen and find out!

Episode 45 - The Dangers of Empathy

26:04 | Oct 15th, 2016

This week, Chris and Jon discuss the danger of using empathy in your design process. This show is based on an interview published in the Harvard Business Review where researchers conducted studies on how being empathetic can actually cause problems t...Show More

Episode 44 - Polite vs. Impolite Software

46:15 | Oct 4th, 2016

This week, Chris & Jon discuss the differences between polite and impolite software, and how it affects the user experience! Believe it or not, politeness matters, so stick around and listen!

Episode 43 - UI Vs. No UI

38:00 | Sep 8th, 2016

This week on the Design Review: we discuss the principle of No UI and whether or not the best interface really is no interface.

Episode 42 - Pokemon Go!

53:55 | Aug 17th, 2016

The guys have returned to the studio! This week, we discuss everyone's favorite app, Pokemon Go!

Episode 41 - Designing A/B Tests

40:54 | Jul 12th, 2016

We're a little late with this show, but Chris and Jon are back in the studio to discuss A/B testing! We break down what it is, why it's important, and even go over some of the common myths about it. So stay tuned to another great episode!

Episode 40 - The Myth of the Power User

38:06 | Jun 21st, 2016

This week Chris and Jon talk about the "Power User"! Chris thinks is all BS, and wrote a post about it. But we discuss more about this topic on the show! Stay tuned!

Episode 39 - Designing a product launch and more!

46:21 | May 31st, 2016

This week Chris and Jon answer some listener questions on taking a product to market and then later, how to deal with monetization. Stay tuned!

Episode 38 - Unloading Cognitive Load

44:54 | May 1st, 2016

This week, Chris and Jon talk about the difficulty of dealing with cognitive load. Burdening users with many options or complex navigation systems can increase the amount of cognitive load. Reducing this burden can make your product easier to use! Ke...Show More

Episode 37 - Landing your first design job!

1:29:29 | Apr 14th, 2016

This week on the Design Review, Chris and Jon discuss what it takes to land your first job as a professional designer, and answer some of the most common questions on what to do. Later in the show, we have a short discussion on equal pay!

Episode 36 - Free your mind from design blocks!

45:45 | Mar 21st, 2016

This week, Chris and Jon discuss the ways in which designers can get blocked in their creative process, and what can be done about it. Later in the show, we introduce a brand new segment that we hope you'll enjoy. So stick around for another great ep...Show More

Episode 35 - Designers, stop being so hypercritical!

51:35 | Feb 29th, 2016

The guys are back with another episode. This week Chris and Jon discuss the hypercriticism in the design community. It's a difficult topic, since everyone has an opinion, but if we improve how we talk about design, maybe others will too! Stick around...Show More

Episode 34 - Why do designers become jaded?

40:32 | Feb 14th, 2016

This week on the Design Review, Chris and Jon discuss some of the negative aspects of being a designer and talk about how designers can become jaded in their careers. Later they discuss how to stop it from happening based on their own experiences. La...Show More

Episode 33 - Diversity in Tech with Melanie Araujo

41:09 | Feb 1st, 2016

At long last, the guys are back in the studio! This week Chris and Jon have a conversation with Melanie Araujo, a designer and founder of frontandcenter.co, an organization dedicated to solving the problem of diversity in tech, through design. Stay t...Show More

Episode 32 - The power of saying "No"!

35:20 | Jan 10th, 2016

Chris and Jon are back in the recording studio for 2016! This week, they talk about how to prioritize your work and the power of saying "no"!

Episode 31 - Defining a design strategy that works!

43:34 | Nov 22nd, 2015

This week, Chris and Jon are back with another topic from the listeners! This time, we're talking about how to define a design strategy at the beginning of a project. Later in the show, we discuss measuring your designs by using metrics and data. Las...Show More

Episode 30 - Designing with Personas!

36:28 | Nov 8th, 2015

This week, both Jon and Chris are back in the studio to discuss personas. We go over what they are, how you use them, along with some tips on how to get started. We close it out with a discussion of why people don't use them more often, along with ou...Show More

Episode 29 - Usability Testing and User Experience

1:02:13 | Oct 26th, 2015

This week, while Jon is busy editing his new book, Chris spends some time talking (ranting) about usability testing, and addressing some of the common myths about it.

Episode 28 - Designing with Empathy

23:04 | Oct 15th, 2015

This week, Jonathan spends some time alone and talks about empathy in design. It's an important topic that is good for the whole company, not just designers. Stay tuned!

Episode 27 - UX Design Mentorship with Michael Darius

43:14 | Sep 21st, 2015

This week, we were LIVE on Blab with Michael Darius, formerly a designer at Apple, to discuss UX design mentorship! This is the audio version of everything that we discussed. Thanks to the team at Blab and Michael for a great evening of discussion.

Episode 26 - Stop having bad critiques!

51:37 | Aug 14th, 2015

This week, Chris and Jon talk about design critiques! We discuss what they are, what they aren't, why you need them, how to run them, and so much more!

Episode 25 - How to design a great portfolio

48:26 | Aug 2nd, 2015

This week Chris and Jon discuss one of the most difficult design projects of them all, portfolios. We talk about what they are, how they can help move your career forward, and how we're faring on this journey to portfolio greatness!

Episode 24 - Dark patterns and the Apple Music experience

51:08 | Jul 6th, 2015

This week, Chris and Jon discuss the new Apple Music app! They go through the onboarding, discuss the app's design, and talk about some possible solutions. Do you think Apple did a good job? Or have they resorted to using some dreadful UX dark patter...Show More

Episode 23 - Why ask "Why"?

33:33 | Jun 14th, 2015

This week, Chris and Jon ask the most important design question in the entire universe, "Why?". We discuss the "Why" of design and talk about what you can do to make your "Why" more obvious. Stay tuned!

Episode 22 - The glue that keeps your UX together!

44:01 | Jun 1st, 2015

This week, Chris and Jon talk about one of the design industry's least favorite topics, consistency! We discuss what it is, why it's important, who owns it, and highlight some real world examples. Stay tuned! You won't want to miss it!

Episode 21 - Designing Credit Card Forms

53:19 | May 18th, 2015

This week, Chris and Jon discuss Jon's favorite subject, credit card forms! Along with that we go over some general tips on form design. We have a lot to talk about this week, so stick around! This is a good one!

Episode 20 - UX and User Assistance

30:10 | May 3rd, 2015

This week, Jon and Chris wrap up this series on usability heuristics. Lots of good information about how to handle error messages and help documentation, and how important user assistance is to good design. Don't miss this episode!

Episode 19 - Nielsen's Usability Heuristics part 3

29:29 | Mar 27th, 2015

This week, Chris and Jon talk about the next set of usability heuristics, "Error Prevention" and "Recognition Rather than Recall". Thanks to the SJSU library for (inadvertently) hosting us! :P

Episode 18 - Onboarding

33:40 | Mar 9th, 2015

This week, Chris and Jon talk about onboarding! What is it? Why is it important? After Chris asked on Twitter, we also answer the questions that people have about onboarding and what makes a good onboarding UX. Thanks to everyone that wrote in!

Episode 17 - Designing for user control and UI consistency

26:30 | Feb 23rd, 2015

This week, Chris and Jon continue their series on Nielsen's usability heuristics; this time, focusing on "User Control and Freedom" and "Consistency and Standards". These are 2 very important principles in UI/UX design, so stick around and listen!

Episode 16 - Nielsen's Usability Heuristics: Part 1

34:29 | Feb 10th, 2015

This episode, Chris and Jon start a series of shows devoted to everyone's favorite usability heuristics! These principles in interaction design are critical to helping make your product successful. Later in the show, we talk about some different apps...Show More

Episode 15 - Designing Playfulness into your UX

28:27 | Jan 26th, 2015

This week, Chris and Jon talk about how playfulness can help improve your UX. As an example of playfulness, we look at an app called Carrot: an app to help you track calories. It's a fun episode, so listen in and stop being so serious!

Episode 14 - Acorns

42:55 | Jan 12th, 2015

This week, Chris and Jon take a look at a new app for investing, Acorns! We also bring on David Keegan, Director of Design at Acorns, and talk about the highs and lows of using the app and interview him on working at Acorns. Stick around! You won't w...Show More

Episode 13 - Reviewing Affinity Designer

36:11 | Jan 6th, 2015

This week, we return (sort of) from the holidays! While Jon is still away, Chris takes a look at a new vector art program, Affinity Designer. It's available on the Mac App Store and could be a valuable replacement for Adobe Illustrator. ***Also no...Show More

Episode 12 - Workflow

34:00 | Dec 15th, 2014

Chris and Jon take a look at a new programmable automation tool for iOS and chat about onboarding and the user experience. Can this app improve on IFTTT? Listen and find out!

Episode 11 - Sketch

36:10 | Dec 8th, 2014

This week, Chris and Jon try out Sketch by Bohemian Coding. It's a tool that many designers are already using, but can it really replace Photoshop? Listen and find out!

Episode 10 - The Recap Show!

1:04:39 | Dec 1st, 2014

We made it to episode 10! This week Chris and Jon take a look at the past 10 weeks of shows and talk about what we learned from all the apps we've reviewed so far. Plus we briefly chat about a few of our personal favorites!

Episode 9 - Webflow

47:04 | Nov 25th, 2014

This week Chris and Jon take a look at Webflow. Have WYSIWYG website builders improved over the years? Listen and find out! Correction: Chris recorded the promo at the end of the show without realizing the promo code had changed. So make sure you ...Show More

Episode 8 - LayerVault

1:14:50 | Nov 17th, 2014

This week Chris and Jonathan take a look at Layervault, a new cloud storage solution for designers! And if that wasn't cool enough...

Episode 7 - Spotify

36:41 | Nov 12th, 2014

Chris and Jon take a look at the newly redesigned Spotify app for iPhone and iPad!

Episode 6 - Facebook Rooms

19:34 | Nov 4th, 2014

This week, Chris takes a look at Facebook Rooms, while Jonathan was away! We talk about onboarding, the user experience, and the aesthetics of Facebook's latest app!

Episode 5 - Google Inbox

35:44 | Oct 27th, 2014

Chris and Jonathan take a look and review the design of the web and mobile versions, listen and find out what we like, and what we didn't and most important what we learned about design.

Episode 4 - Candy - Crush

32:26 | Oct 21st, 2014

Yes, Candy Crush. Why did we pick it? We chose it because it's controversial yet has a lot to be learned, good and bad. The game has been one of the top grossing apps in the AppStore for a long time. Join us as we pick apart Candy Crush's onboardi...Show More

Episode 3 - Quad

44:55 | Oct 14th, 2014

Chris and Jonathan take a look at Quad, a new group messaging app by Appsurdity! Later in the show, we chat with one of the co-founders of Appsurdity along with some of the Appsurdity team and find out what it was like to make Quad. Listen to this...Show More

Episode 2 - Ello

30:30 | Oct 7th, 2014

This week, Chris and Jonathan get access to Ello! We discuss the controversy around this product. We discuss the user experience. We discuss the visual presentation. We review it all! Will we like it or hate it? Listen and find out!

Episode 1 - 2by2! app

32:15 | Oct 6th, 2014

This week, Chris and Jonathan take a look at a new photo sharing app 2by2! We go through the whole experience of using it, from onboarding to visual design, to product enhancements. Listen for a unique perspective on product design!