User Defenders – UX Design & Personal Growth

By Jason Ogle

Being a great UX designer begins and ends with being a great human. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by superheroes. Early on, it was their amazing superpowers that drew me in. As I grew older, it was the realization of a very tangible connection between us and them. Superheroes typically possess a strong moral code, including a willingness to risk one’s own safety in the service of good without expectation of reward. Even though they still fall and fail often, they always get back up, learn, and continue to make things better. Sound a little like UX? I also discovered this little-known, world-changing link between UX Design and personal growth after beginning my own personal growth journey in 2015 (just before starting this podcast & community) that quite literally changed my life. The reality is, we cannot pour an empty cup into another. There’s a reason why on every flight we’re told to put our oxygen mask on first…we can’t help others unless we first help ourselves. We can’t lead others where we are not. What the world needs now is not just love, but especially more empathy. We live in some of the most divided times in human history. It’s true empathy isn’t everything, but please don’t design or ship a product or experience meant for other human beings without it! This UX podcast will help you become the best, most powerful UX designer (and human) you can be. As you listen to the most inspiring and influential UX superheroes in the world tell impactful stories, reveal their design superpowers/kryptonite and offer game-changing advice–you’ll be moved and inspired to unleash your growth mindset, grow in your empathy for others, all while being enlightened, informed and even entertained as you learn about the most important issues facing our UX community today. Yes, you’ll discover how-to’s, but much more importantly you’ll discover why-to’s Every episode is sure to inspire and equip you on how to better fight for your users and business, and dare I say change the world (even if only for one human at a time) in a much deeper and more tangible way than you ever thought possible.

  1. 1.
    077: Conflict Resolution for People Who Hate Conflict with Josh Mauldin
  2. 2.
    076: User Research? Game On with Steve Bromley
  3. 3.
    075: You Belong Here with Jessica Gaddis
  4. 4.
    074: Designers, Mind Your Business with Pek Pongpaet
  5. 5.
    073: The Unstoppable Designer with Jeff Gothelf
  6. 6.
    072: Everyone's a UX Designer with Jared Spool
  7. 7.
    What the Next Season is Looking Like...
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    071: User Defenders Live – A Panel on Design Accessibility, Diversity & Ethics with Mina Markham, Derek Featherstone and Farai Madzima
  1. 9.
    070: Harnessing Life Experiences in Design with Shaheena Attarwala
  2. 10.
    069: We Are All Pioneers with Sophia Prater
  3. 11.
    068: People May be the Most Important Thing You Build as a Designer with Braden Kowitz
  4. 12.
    067: Design for How People Think with John Whalen
  5. 13.
    066: Is Web Design Dead? with Jeffrey Zeldman
  6. 14.
    Advertise on User Defenders (Only One Spot Left Until Spring 2020)
  7. 15.
    065: Yes, AI will Replace Designers with Jasmine Oh
  8. 16.
    064: How to Become Indistractable with Nir Eyal
  9. 17.
    063: Mindset & Learning How to Learn with Jessica Ivins
  10. 18.
    [Encore] Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Stars: The True Story of a Real Rocket Man with G.A. “Jim” Ogle
  11. 19.
    062: UX School of No B.S. with Joe Natoli
  12. 20.
    061: Empathy as a Design Superpower with Jason Ogle
  13. 21.
    060: Improv & UX?! Yes, and...with Mike Gorgone
  14. 22.
    059: Writing for Designers with Scott Kubie
  15. 23.
    Help me keep User Defenders: Podcast on the air...
  16. 24.
    058: Finding the Right Cultural Fit with Justin Dauer
  17. 25.
    057: Interviewing Like a Boss with Andy Vitale
  18. 26.
    056: Building an Effective UX Portfolio with Sarah Doody
  19. 27.
    055: How to Get Your Foot in the Door with Andy Budd
  20. 28.
    UD Community is Live! Join Us!
  21. 29.
    Radical Empathy with Seth Godin
  22. 30.
    054: UX Research on a Budget with Becca Kennedy
  23. 31.
    Imposter Syndrome: Why We Have it, and How to Kick it in the Privates!
  24. 32.
    Banish Your Inner Critic with Denise Jacobs (Part II)
  25. 33.
    Banish Your Inner Critic with Denise Jacobs (Part I)
  26. 34.
    The State of UX in AI with Josh Clark
  27. 35.
    053-2: Be a Good Ancestor with Alan Cooper (Part II)
  28. 36.
    053-1: Be a Good Ancestor with Alan Cooper (Part I)
  29. 37.
    052: Shining a Light on Black Designers with Tim Hykes
  30. 38.
    Season 5 Teaser Reel
  31. 39.
    Show Update: Days of Future & Past
  32. 40.
    051: Accessible Design = Better Design with Derek Featherstone
  33. 41.
    Mindful Technology with Liza Kindred
  34. 42.
    050: We Can Be Heroes with Jason Ogle
  35. 43.
    049: User Research War Stories with Steve Portigal
  36. 44.
    048: Pick Yourself with Cassie McDaniel
  37. 45.
    Live Recording at An Event Apart Denver with Luke Wroblewski, Cassie McDaniel and Chris Coyier
  38. 46.
    047: The Web is Neither Good or Bad…nor is it Neutral. It’s an Amplifier with Jeremy Keith
  39. 47.
    046: Good Design Favors the Curious with Joe Johnston
  40. 48.
    Designing for Designers: Building InVision Studio with Tom Giannattasio
  41. 49.
    045: Criticize by Creating with Alexa Roman
  42. 50.
    Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Stars: The True Story of a Real Rocket Man with G.A. “Jim” Ogle

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