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299: Balancing Management and IC Work

https://simplecast.com/s/833dcf20 This week, we answer a listener question about the balance of being both a manager and an individual contributor, which leads to some more existential conversation about sharing what we think we know and the fear of being wrong loudly in public.…

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313: Design Process Automation

https://simplecast.com/s/809cc1c1 This week, we answer a couple listener questions—which design automation tools we use and how to efficiently look for a job—and rattle off a few things we'd like to see announced at the September Apple Event. And as always, we share a couple…

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312: Managing a Design Systems Team (feat. Diana Mounter)

https://simplecast.com/s/ab81ec08 In today's episode, Diana Mounter, who manages the design infrastructure at GitHub, helps us dive deep into a listener question about the role and expectations of a design systems manager. And we have a big round of cool things this week,…

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311: Visuals in Product Design

https://simplecast.com/s/80005234 This week, we answer a few listener questions, including what constitutes a good visual design experience, when to put case studies on your site, and when to battle bureaucracy at the office. And as always, we share some cool things, like a…

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310: Work, Culture, and Experimentation at a Product Design Agency (feat.…

In today's episode we catch up with Skyler Balbus, the Director of Product Design at Postlight. We dig into what it means to build products within the agency model, the decision to move from working in-house to working with clients, and how to build a culture where designers can…

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309: Career Progression for Product Designers

https://simplecast.com/s/a49ea0ca This week, we look at how a product designer's career advances. We discuss the common themes and growth areas that companies use to measure progression, suggest questions you can ask yourself to assess your progress, read through some of your…

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308: Learning Design as a Developer

https://simplecast.com/s/07f6605b This week, we answer a couple listener questions, including how to get started learning design as a developer and how to reconcile icons on different platforms. In News, we discuss the launch of Figma Plugins, and as always, we share a couple…

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307: iOS 13 Beta

https://embed.simplecast.com/094042b0 This week, we take an early look at the fourth iOS 13 Developer Beta and discuss some of the new features, interactions, and patterns we've noticed. We also answer a few listener questions, including how big a prototype should be, when to…

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306: Is Ego Getting in the Way of Accessibility?

https://simplecast.com/s/6cf9fab5 In today's episode we dig into two listener questions about when to use toggles versus checkboxes, and the current state of accessibility in product design. We also share a big milestone for the podcast, get caught up on some news, and as…

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302: Designing Dark Patterns

https://simplecast.com/s/17ef512f This week, inspired by a tweet from Daniel Burka, we tackle the thorny but important question of who is ultimately accountable for the implementation of a product's dark patterns. Is Design responsible? Engineering? Leadership? All of the above?…

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