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Nodes of Design

Tejj

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Jan 15, 2021

Nodes of Design#56: Design Education by Derek Mei 

Derek Mei is currently lead design at 3Play Media in Boston and is also a part-time graduate student pursuing my Master's in Human Factors in Information Design at Bentley University. In my spare time, I run an agency called Umeita Design, which specializes in user experience consulting.  He is also extremely passionate about bridging the gap between design boot camps and helping designers land their first UI/UX job, which he attempts to address through this side project Handoff. 

In this episode, Derek had shared great insights on Design Education and shared his leanings of attending a Bootcamp and a design school. He compares the contact between them in terms of cost, timing and opportunities. We discussed the various procedures of applying for design school and the best ways to choose a particular school that helps you find your passion and provide you with great opportunities. 

Takeaways- Difference between design school and boot camp, How to choose the right design school, and various procedures for applying to design schools. 

Thank you for listening to this episode of Nodes of Design. We hope you enjoy the Nodes of Design Podcast on your favourite podcast platforms- Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts and many more.

If this episode helped you understand and learn something new, please share and be a part of the knowledge-sharing community #Spreadknowledge. This podcast aims to make design education accessible to all. Nodes of Design is a non-profit and self-sponsored initiative by Tejj.


 

Jan 8, 2021

Nodes of Design#55: Evocative design by Christopher Riggs 

Christopher Riggs is a Creative Director with deep experience in leading creative teams, with an experience of over twelve years in crafting environments, strategies, narratives, learning tools, digital interactions, campaigns, and brand expressions for some world’s most iconic brands which include Starbucks, Hyatt, Jawbone, eBay, Facebook, Google, Activision/Blizzard, Kaiser Permanente, Ancestry.com, and Nike.

He is currently working as Creative Director as a part of Collaboration Technology Group at Cisco to innovate on the future of work. Other notable experience includes work with Celery Design Collaborative, Michael Osborne Design, IDEO, and teaching positions with the Academy of Art University and California College of the Arts.

In this episode, Chris had shared great insights on Evocative design. We discussed the evocative design and how to incite emotions to users and a few ways to measure the success rate of the emotions generated from the product or service. Later, we discussed learnings from COVID-19 situation, with a lot of work happening virtually, the design has a critical role in stimulating imagination, emotion, and connection. 

Takeaways- What is the evocative design? Ways to measure emotions from the product/service, Leveraging design thinking to build great emotional experience.

Christopher Riggs recommends books:

Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami
Barbarian Days, A Surfing Life, by William Finnegan
Leonardo Di Vinci, by Walter Isaacson

Thank you for listening to this episode of Nodes of Design. We hope you enjoy the Nodes of Design Podcast on your favourite podcast platforms- Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts and many more. 

If this episode helped you understand and learn something new, please share and be a part of the knowledge-sharing community #Spreadknowledge. This podcast aims to make design education accessible to all. Nodes of Design is a non-profit and self-sponsored initiative by Tejj.

Jan 1, 2021

Nodes of Design#54: Fusion of Design and Marketing by Tom Ross and Michael Janda 

Tom Ross and Michael Janda are creative entrepreneurs and mentors who had helped thousands of creatives across the world. Tom Ross is the founder and CEO at Design Cuts, the highest-rated online marketplace for designers, and he is also the host of two famous design podcasts - The Honest Designers Show and Biz Buds. Michael Janda is an agency veteran, mentor and best-selling author of Burn Your Portfolio and The Psychology of Graphic Design Pricing.

In this episode, Tom and Mike had shared super impactful insights on the fusion of design and marketing and how can designers leverage the power of marketing to build impressive experiences. We discussed how business people and designers in the same organisation build a great bond and understand each other for better growth. In the later part, we discussed how independent designers could utilise the power of both design and marketing to create a successful journey.

Takeaways -  How design and marketing can be fused for better growth. How to build a positive relationship with business people as designers, How Design Thinking plays a role in integrating design & marketing. 

Thank you for listening to this episode of Nodes of Design. We hope you enjoy the Nodes of Design Podcast on your favourite podcast platforms- Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts and many more. 

If this episode helped you understand and learn something new, please share and be a part of the knowledge-sharing community #Spreadknowledge. This podcast aims to make design education accessible to all. Nodes of Design is a non-profit and self-sponsored initiative by Tejj.



Dec 25, 2020

Nodes of Design#53: UX Research by Paige Bennett 

Paige Bennett is a user research design leader currently working as Senior User Research Manager at Affirm. She had previously worked in companies like Dropbox, Medium and Weight watchers leading and collaborating user research strategy across all products. 

In this episode, Paige had shared great insights on UX Research and how UX research contributes to the product and company? We discussed various processes and frameworks on how to conduct research and how UX research happens at large-scale organizations considering millions of user needs. We concluded the show by Paige recommending us what she sees in the hiring portfolios of UX researchers as a Hiring Manager.

Takeaways: What is UX Research? What are various frameworks of UX research? DO's and Don'ts in UX research portfolio. 

Paige Bennett recommends books: 

The Field Study Handbook by Jan Chipchase

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Thank you for listening to this episode of Nodes of Design. We hope you enjoy the Nodes of Design Podcast on your favourite podcast platforms- Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts and many more.

If this episode helped you understand and learn something new, please share and be a part of the knowledge-sharing community #Spreadknowledge. This podcast aims to make design education accessible to all. Nodes of Design is a non-profit and self-sponsored initiative by Tejj.

Dec 18, 2020

Nodes of Design#52: UX for Machine Learning by Riya Thosar 

Riya Thosar is a passionate product design leader with experience in building, growing and nurturing exceptional multi-disciplinary design teams. With over 20 years of global industry experience where she had designed consumer and enterprise products for a wide range of industries and global audiences. Currently, she is the Director of Product Design at SAP and previously worked at LinkedIn, Netapp, Cognizant and Human factors international where she had directed many large-scale enterprise product design programs.

With her passion for mentoring and design evangelism, she routinely volunteers to coach high-school students on a career in design and conduct workshops on human-centred and collaborative problem solving using Design Thinking methodologies.

In this episode, Riya had shared great insights on UX for ML-based products and services and shared with us the process and techniques to understand user emotion and user expectation in these scenarios.  We also discussed how we could leverage machine learning to provide a great user experience and constantly scale the product.  

Takeaways: What is ML-based user experience design, Process involved in crafting ML-based experiences, Different ways of scaling the ML-based products and services. 

Riya Thosar recommends books:

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People by Susan Weinschenk 

Hooked by Nir Eyal

Communication Arts 

Thank you for listening to this episode of Nodes of Design. We hope you enjoy the Nodes of Design Podcast on your favourite podcast platforms- Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts and many more.

 If this episode helped you understand and learn something new, please share and be a part of the knowledge-sharing community #Spreadknowledge. This podcast aims to make design education accessible to all. Nodes of Design is a non-profit and self-sponsored initiative by Tejj.

Dec 11, 2020

Nodes of Design#51: Collaborative Design by Crystal Sundaramoorthy 

Crystal Sundaramoorthy is User researcher, interaction designer, and former engineer with over 15 years’ experience working on Global Banking and Markets solutions for Global Transaction Services and the CashPro platform. She is presently the VP of UX research at Bank of America. She is also an inventor with a thirteen patents on her name. 

In this episode, Crystal had shared great insights on Collaborative Design and how Collaboration makes us better designers. We later discussed how to introduce collaborative design and run it effectively across various teams, along with various ways in which one can develop a collaborative mindset on an individual level.  We spoke on a few best practices for a collaborative model that embraces an inclusive and perfectly fits all and How to Avoid Designing by Committee.

Takeaways: What is a collaborative design? How to nurture a collaborative mindset. How to Avoid Designing by Committee.

Tales from Designers around the world - medium.com/design-warp 

Crystal Sundaramoorthy recommends books:

  • Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction by Jenny Preece, Yvonne Rogers, Helen Sharp
  • Understanding Your Users: A Practical Guide to User Research Methods by Kathy Baxter, Catherine Courage, Kelly Caine
  • Engaged: Designing for Behavior Change by Amy Bucher 

Thank you for listening to this episode of Nodes of Design. We hope you enjoy the Nodes of Design Podcast on your favourite podcast platforms- Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts and many more.

If this episode helped you understand and learn something new, please share and be a part of the knowledge-sharing community #Spreadknowledge. This podcast aims to make design education accessible to all. Nodes of Design is a non-profit and self-sponsored initiative by Tejj.

Dec 4, 2020

Nodes of Design#50: Crafting a culture of Innovation by Janaki Kumar 

Janaki is a thought-leader in design-led innovation in the enterprise. She had delivered award-winning products and services that help businesses transform the way they work.  Currently, she is working as Head of Design, Commercial Bank at JPMorgan Chase & Co and also Co-Instructor of the Customer Engagement Design at Stanford University.  

She is a proven leader in building, coaching and inspiring high-performance design teams, leveraging design-thinking, customer empathy, and co-innovation. She is an inventor on over 20 patents, and also Janaki was named as Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2016.  

She is an active writer and speaker on Innovation and design. She is the co-author of Gamification at Work–Designing Engaging Business Software. She was a speaker at various occasions like TEDx, IxDA and many more. She has guest-lectured at Stanford d.school, Carnegie Mellon University and San Jose State University. 

In this episode, Janaki had shared wonderful insights on Crafting a culture of innovation and how to bootstrap and foster those cultures as a design leader. She shared a few insights on gamification in the workplace to help in nurture better innovative and productive minds, along with a few outstanding examples and case scenarios.  In the end, we discussed on how could design leaders measure success or failure for various modules that we implement, be it innovative models or gamification or anything new that we set up for the betterment of the company and our peers?

Takeaways: How to bootstrap culture off innovation, How does gamification help in nurturing better culture, Different ways to measure the process implementations. 

Tales from Designers around the world - medium.com/design-warp

Janaki Kumar's Website - janakikumar.com 


Janaki Kumar recommends books: 

The Design of Everyday Things Don Norman // Also available as a free online course at udacity.com

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All -Tom and David Kelly

Business Model Generation A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers Osterwalder & Pigneur

Addition: If you enjoy thinking about how the human mind works, check out Thinking Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman and Blink by Malcom Gladwell

Thank you for listening to this episode of Nodes of Design. We hope you enjoy the Nodes of Design Podcast on your favourite podcast platforms- Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts and many more. 

If this episode helped you understand and learn something new, please share and be a part of the knowledge-sharing community #Spreadknowledge. This podcast aims to make design education accessible to all. Nodes of Design is a non-profit and self-sponsored initiative by Tejj.




Nov 27, 2020

Nodes of Design#49: Speculative Design by Phil Balagtas 

Phil Balagtas is a design leader with over two decades of experience in design presently working as Experience Design Director at McKinsey Design and also the founder of The Design Futures Initiative which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that produces events and workshops to evangelize the various approaches which involve using Design to speculate about alternate futures. Phil has a wonderful experience working in across a variety of devices and platforms within non-profit, retail, advertising, and enterprise software organizations.

In this episode,  Phil had shared great insights on speculative design and how to use speculative design as a vehicle or method to think about alternative futures, and why designers should speculate. We also discussed how speculative design can integrate with Design Thinking to form the stories or fiction for the future. In the latter part, we discussed various frameworks and methodologies to implement speculative design along with its limitations.  

Takeaways: What is speculative design, How to use speculative design to form alternative realities, methodologies, and limitations involved in speculative design. 

Tales from Designers around the world - https://medium.com/design-warp

The Design Futures Initiative - www.futures.design

www.ztopia.show

Phil Balagtas recommend books 

Exposing the Magic of Design - Jon Kolko

Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming -  Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby 

Discursive Design: Critical, Speculative, and Alternative Things - Bruce M. Tharp and Stephanie M. Tharp

Reframe: Shift the Way You Work, Innovate, and Think - Mona Patel  

Thank you for listening to this episode of Nodes of Design. We hope you enjoy the Nodes of Design Podcast on your favorite podcast platforms- Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. 

If this episode helped you understand and learn something new, please share and be a part of the knowledge-sharing community #Spreadknowledge. This podcast aims to make design education accessible to all. Nodes of Design is a non-profit and self-sponsored initiative by Tejj.




Nov 19, 2020

Nodes of Design#48: Creative Illustration by Camila Nogueira 

Camila Nogueira is a Freelance illustrator and graphic designer from Proto and she had studied Communication Design at Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto and been working as a freelancer developing several illustrations and graphic design projects -especially known for her cityscapes across the world and she also made the album covers for famous music bands like Dxydream & Jalowo. 

Camila describes herself as "Using pastel tones and playing with delicate light, shadow, and elegant lines, who seek graceful solutions at a multidisciplinary level" 

In this episode, Camila shares her insights on creative illustration and how to approach a unique storytelling perspective using your illustrations along with these she also shared her process of showing the heritage of towns and places and how she captures that in a unique perspective, In the latter part we discussed on building a unique style as an artist and mature your style with different ways of practice. 

Takeaways: Storytelling via illustrations, How to mature your style as an artist, Process of building a unique perspective.  

Tales from Designers around the world - https://medium.com/design-warp 

Camila Nogueira Work - https://camilaillustration.pt

Camila Nogueira  recommends books.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles - Steven Pressfield

Figure drawing for all it's worth -Andrew Loomis

Drawing the head & hands - Andrew Loomis

Thank you for listening to this episode of Nodes of Design. We hope you enjoy the Nodes of Design Podcast on your favorite podcast platforms- Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. If this episode helped you understand and learn something new, please share and be a part of the knowledge-sharing community #Spreadknowledge.

This podcast aims to make design education accessible to all, as knowledge shouldn't hide behind paywalls. Nodes of Design is a non-profit and self-sponsored initiative by Tejj.


Nov 13, 2020

Nodes of Design#47: Personal Branding by Jonathan Javier 

Jonathan Javier currently the CEO/Founder of Wonsulting, which mission is to “turn underdogs into winners” and leads Professional Development for Cisco’s Early Career Network. He's also worked in Strategy and Operations team at Snap, Google, and Cisco. He works on many initiatives, advising, and words of wisdom on LinkedIn and through speaking engagements. He has led 160+ workshops in 8 different countries including the Mena ICT Forum in Jordan, Resume/Personal Branding at Cisco, LinkedIn Strategy & Operations Offsite, Great Place To Work, Talks at Google, and more. He's amassed 75,500+ followers on LinkedIn, and 5+ million impressions monthly on his content.

In this episode of Nodes of Design, Jonathan had shared his wonderful journey in building a great personal brand and explained to us why is it so important for designers to build a personal brand with a great set of examples and do and don't that one must follow while building their personal brand, He shared valuable insights on networking on LinkedIn and how to get great opportunities and build a vast network using LinkedIn as a platform.    

Takeaways - What is Personal Branding? How to build a personal brand? Using LinkedIn as a platform to gain connections and opportunities. 

Tales from Designers around the world - https://medium.com/design-warp

Wonsulting Page - https://www.linkedin.com/company/wonsulting

Jonathan Javier recommends books.

David and Goliath - Malcolm Gladwell 

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference - Malcolm Gladwell 

You Are Not So Smart - David McRaney 

Thank you for listening to this episode of Nodes of Design. We hope you enjoy the Nodes of Design Podcast on your favorite podcast platforms- Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. If this episode helped you understand and learn something new, please share and be a part of the knowledge-sharing community #Spreadknowledge.

This podcast aims to make design education accessible to all, as knowledge shouldn't hide behind paywalls. Nodes of Design is a non-profit and self-sponsored initiative by Tejj.

 

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