Users First - a UX Design Podcast show

Users First - a UX Design Podcast

Summary: Users First is a design podcast for any senior and newcomer in UX/UI Design. If you are beginner in UX Design, this podcast gives you enough resources to rise and excel in your field, as we often talk about courses, portfolios, networking tips, and much more! While if you are a Senior Designer, Users First can be an entertaining way for you to keep your motivation levels high, while getting all the knowledge on the latest design methods to stay on top of the curve. Every Monday of each week a new guest comes to talk about their expertise in the tech industry, and an episode is streamed on all available platforms

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 #29 - How to get into UX Writing - With Katherine Karaus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:15

Conversating about UX writing with San Francisco's content strategist Katherine Karaus Topics we covered in this episode: • Katherine's career transformation from medical receptionist to UX writer at a big tech company • The role of a content strategist / UX writer • Free resources and cheap alternatives to learn content strategy • How to build a UX writer portfolio as a beginner to get your first job • Career advice Read Katherine's article on she got into UX writing:

 #28 - How to build a foundation for websites - With Design Director Eleni Stathoulis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:53

I and Eleni dived into a full conversation on the whole process of website redesigns from the perspective of a strategist/design director, and discussed the following topics: • The role of a design director • Discovery phase and research • The entire process of website redesigns, from beginning to end • Communicating with stakeholders, clients, and other departments • How to build a foundation for a website that can last several years • What service design is and where we see it going

 #27 - Defining a successful research plan - with Perry Birbrager - UXR lead | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:07

I am back to the podcast after a couple of months off and it feels awesome! Took this opportunity to ask Perry Birbrager, UXR lead in Atlanta, about his work methods and what helps him define a successful research/design plan. Key highlights from our episode: • Interpersonal skills to be a designer/researcher • How the needs of the person meet the needs of the business • Research's Impact on Businesses • How to define a successful research plan by identifying risks and set expectations from the beginning of a project • Choose the right method & define objectives • Tips for new researchers and UXers. • Keep the team involved with scoping workshops Suggested resources by Perry: "Mixed Methods", a user experience research podcast, & "Toast Masters" to help you master your public speaking skills

 #26 - Becoming a strategic researcher - with UXR lead and Product strategist Kaleb Loosbrock | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:44

Kaleb is a UXR lead & Product strategist from the bay area , who has been in the industry for 13+ years. Kaleb took the time to tell us how his background in product management helped him become a strategic researcher, and how he presents research to move the needle in a project. In this episode we'll cover the following topics: Moving from product management and Arts administration to UXR; Relationships between project managers and researchers; Get the right people involved in the research process; How to deal with edge cases; How to present research to make it actionable; How to position yourself for Research roles; Empathy will always be in demand (UX Future)

 #25 -(part 2)Answering UXDI most common questions from students & people looking to transition to UX | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:48:57

I and Alessio Romito are both graduates of the UX Design Institute and now full time designers We have taken the time to gather the most common questions that UXDI potential students, and new people to UX have ben asking us for the past year. Make sure to also listen to part 1, released last week, with UX Designer Stephanie Bell

 #24 - Answering UXDI most common questions from students & people looking to transition to UX | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:30

I and Stephanie are both graduates of the UX Design Institute and our goal is to help you be confident in your UX journey. I have taken the time to gather the most common questions that UXDI potential students, and new people to UX have ben asking me for the past year. Make sure to also listen to part 2, coming out next week, with UX Designer Alessio Romito

 #24- How to become a successful researcher/designer, with Sony lead researcher Theo Johnson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:36

In this episode you will learn how Sony lead researcher Theo Johnson has built his career, along tips for aspiring designers. Topics covered in this episode: - How Theo has become research lead at Sony 1:12 - Working for several organizations and its benefits 7:22 - Resources for aspiring researchers 8:40 - Skills needed to be a good researcher 9:45 - Learning what researcher you want to be 12:20 - How to get noticed and stand out from the crowd 15:51 - How to make research cost effective 24:45

 #23 - Aligning design and business needs in unique ways - with Priyama Barua | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:11

Priyama is an enthusiastic designer and strategist who is been working at Mad POW as the Experience Strategy Director. She came to speak with Alessio about her experience designing for newcomers, and what we can do to make users interact with products and services seamlessly. Priyama also kindly tells us what the role of a strategist is, and how she lines up research and design with business needs, through her proven methodologies. Topics we cover in this episode: ✔️ How we can improve design for newcomers ✔️ Most affected industries affected financially by bad design ✔️ How to work in collaboration with clients, while aligning business needs and design ✔️ The role of a strategist ✔️ Favourite methodologies to define users journeys

 #22 - The secret to great opportunities - Network and Jobs - Alessio speaks at UX Glasgow | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:40

I recorded my live talk at UX Glasgow on November 4th where I gave tips to beginners in Design on how to get into the field. I share my 5 iterative steps to UX Design, and I also share my proven practices to build a network, gain exposure, and still get new opportunities remotely!!! If you want to get a hold of the 50+ networking groups I gathered, please get in touch with me through my LinkedIn and I will send you the full list: If you want to join UX glasgow for our Scottish network events, you can sign up here:

 #21 - Emphasising design to clients - with strategist Christian Richards | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:26

Christian Richards is an enthusiastic, strategically minded individual with a passion for solution driven thinking. Christian is a former UX recruiter and a current strategist at Equator. Topics covered in this episode: ✅ Christian's journey to UX Design ✅ Employers expectations when recruiting UX/UI Designers ✅ How to make clients understand the importance in design ✅ Becoming a Strategist ✅ Tips for new designers and graduates Enjoy this episode! Get in touch with Christian: Get in touch with Alessio:

 #20 - Research Driven Design - with Brandon Reynolds, Founder of | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:20

Brandon is a User Experience Designer and founder of "", a website application for job seekers, recruiters and employers. Topics discussed in this episode today: ✔️ General assembly immersive program ✔️ Ways to document your learning journey in UX, gain exposure and get prospective employers attention ✔️ Events and online groups to join remotely ✔️ The design process behind the making of, a job seeking web application on its way to expansion. ✔️ The importance of Research when building a product Links mentioned in the episode: Further Global: Brandon's journal: Brandon's Linkedin: Diamond design process

 #19 - The impact of design in Health - with Adam Rotmil | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:11

Adam is design and product lead at AstraZeneca, one of the world’s foremost bio pharmaceutical companies, and he is also a former interaction design leader at Fjord, a global design firm with 27 studios and over 1,000 design professionals. Today we’ll talk about how Adam can turn ideas into life-changing medicines and digital products that improve patients’ lives and benefit society, and we'll also touch base on his past experiences in the design industry, mentoring, teaching, volunteering, and much more. Adam is a volunteering mentor at ADP List with InVision, and at UX coffee, where he co-leads the Black solidarity initiative, and he is also a product design teacher at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Adam has decided to open his own Podcast and share other people's journeys in a Podcast called “ Still iterating” where he chats about mentorship, growth, and design trends with other amazing people. Enjoy this episode! You can listen to Adam's Podcast here: You can visit's Adam blog and his contribution to Design at:

 #18 - How to conduct successful usability testings, with David Hamill | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:11

David works as a consultant for start-ups and large corporations and he is also a design advisor, providing feedback to designers on their work. David is a UX specialist and his favourite areas of UX involve research, and usability testings. In this episode David shares with us what it takes to conduct a successful usability testing and the power of this research method. Get in touch with David: Read his articles on Medium: David Travis UX course:

 #17 -The importance of learning - Taking user experience design from Brazil to Canada | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:41

What does it take to become a good User experience designer? Marcos sets the example of an excellent work ethic, taking his 12 years of digital expertise all the way from Brazil to Ottawa. We also discuss how important it is to have accredited certificates, receive awards to gain exposure, and always be looking for Constructive feedback. Marcos also shares a book with us that lets you practice your design thinking with UX exercises. Moreover he explains why he made some changes in the industry, along with what a mature company to work for should look liike The design thinking process is different in some countries, but why? and how can you find a company that suits your design skills? Find out the answer to these questions in the full audio of the podcast episode. Book mentioned in the podcast episode: Marcos website:

 #16 - Simplifying decisions with Rob Gifford | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:44

In this episode we talk about how users can be making decisions in a very simple way, and how they can feel more in control of the product they are using. We also touch the topic of remote research and collaborative design sprints / workshops through online whiteboards like Miro. If you want to learn more about Simplified decisions and choice architecture, Rob explains these topics very well during a workshop: If you would like to get know Rob and see his top notch case studies, you can visit his site at If you would like to get in touch with me, we can can connect on LinkedIn


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