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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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
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!
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
41:09 | Feb 1st, 2016
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
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
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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!
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
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!
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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!
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!