Immutable

Immutable

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A short, weekly show about design and development hosted by Sam Soffes & Bryn Jackson.
82: Quarry Fish
Mar 28 • 27 min
In this episode: Spectrum has customers! Sam’s display works now.
81: Sick on Fumes and Portfolios
Mar 21 • 22 min
In this episode: Sam’s trying to become a real designer. Spectrum is launching soon.
80: Plane Zelda
Mar 14 • 42 min
In this episode: Spectrum alpha launched. Zelda is good. Sam had a rough week. Now, he wants to make instruments. Fan-made Ink icons!
79: Flail Days
Mar 7 • 28 min
In this episode: videos, video games, icon work, and betas!
78: Dropping The Virtual Ball
Feb 28 • 25 min
In this episode: VR design, Ink is on TestFlight!, freelance pricing, business pricing for Spectrum, and Bryn’s going to SXSW.
77: Git a Grasp
Feb 21 • 16 min
In this episode: design collaboration tools! Spectrum and Ink are moving fast.
76: Timezones, Right?
Feb 14 • 24 min
In this episode: Bryn gave Sam access to Spectrum! Sam’s cranking on Ink and also freelancing again.
75: Treadmill Pallets
Feb 7 • 24 min
In this episode: Sam built more furniture.
74: A Pen for Assaulting an Ambassador
Jan 31 • 30 min
In this episode: We get a decent intro. Sam bought some blue stuff. Bryn bought some black stuff. Do design systems stifle creativity?
73: Thinking in 3D
Jan 24 • 18 min
In this episode: Sam is now a game designer. Bryn is drawing squircles.
72: Wildly Unsquare
Jan 17 • 16 min
In this episode: Bryn’s trying to focus, Sam built a desk AND worked on a real app.
71: Really Cool Node Thing
Jan 10 • 26 min
In this episode: Sam built a media center, Bryn’s rebuilding his website.
70: Odd Years Are Better
Jan 3 • 21 min
In this episode: syncing Xcode projects across computers, breaking up your CSS, Sam’s building furniture, Bryn’s learning to take breaks…
69: Ink, Inc.
Dec 20, 2016 • 26 min
In this episode… copywriting, Sam tries to figure out a pricing model for Ink , Bryn does research on Spectrum
68: Randy Woodhouse
Dec 13, 2016 • 21 min
In this episode: Sam explains many:many relationships. Bryn explains spell:character relationships in D&D. Sam wants to make a watch. Bryn’s been working on Spectrum.
67: PugConf 2017
Dec 6, 2016 • 25 min
In this episode: resources to keep up, distractions we avoid, best ways to build from a design file, running out of creative juice, and going from good to great!
66: Welcome to the Killing Floor - A Thanksgiving Special
Nov 29, 2016 • 34 min
In this Thanksgiving special episode: what we’re thankful for, the things we’ve been doing while we had time off, unlimited time, MBP opinions pt. 2, and the games we play when we’re being unproductive!
65: Maximum Fun Efficiency
Nov 22, 2016 • 17 min
In this episode: code analysis tools, Tachyons in production, React component frameworks, good ideas, and our updated recording setup!
64: Super Chunky Cables
Nov 15, 2016 • 18 min
In this episode: color specs, the new Macbook Pro, monitors for Macs, memorable projects, and our processes for starting projects!
63: Typography
Nov 8, 2016 • 15 min
In this episode: typography!
62: Definitely Still Noodles
Nov 1, 2016 • 25 min
In this episode: user research, anxiety, onboarding hires, iteration on MVPs, and InVision vs the World!
Only Partially in the Bathroom
Oct 25, 2016 • 31 min
In this episode: visiting San Francisco, podcasting software, technical knowledge debt, getting stuck, and the ethics of analytics!
60: Papayawhip
Oct 18, 2016 • 19 min
In this episode: CSS, CSS, and more CSS!
59: A Big Ten Percent
Oct 11, 2016 • 19 min
In this episode: Pug(!), how Spec makes money (the answer won’t surprise you), miscommunication or something (I wasn’t paying attention), designing on Windows (lol), and the last 10% (aka 90% of the effort)…
58: The World is Meaningless
Oct 4, 2016 • 19 min
In this episode: feature flags, mind mapping, the elaborate joke that is Javascript, being a weirdo, and (not) plateau-ing!
57: Everybody Sucks
Sep 27, 2016 • 15 min
In this episode: 10-year goals, why we tweet, finding work as a front-end dev, 3 questions to ask when we start a project, and functional CSS!
56: Freakin’ Pug
Sep 20, 2016 • 17 min
In this episode: photo and video storage, vlogging informing design, “why didn’t I start this sooner?”, test devices, and things that aren’t Framer. Also, Samsterdam.
55: Character & What-Not
Sep 13, 2016 • 18 min
In this episode: SVG icons, system fonts, sharing design progress, and side projects becoming fulltime jobs!
54: Give up. Cry. Try again later.
Sep 6, 2016 • 21 min
In this episode: full-time vs contracting, keeping up with design events, developing a game, generics in Swift, and selling design to non-tech clients.
53: Everything is Company
Aug 30, 2016 • 13 min
In this episode: designing with purpose, Swift package managers, setting up a company for freelance, and our favorite blogs and podcasts!
52: Time is Hard (The Podversary Episode!)
Aug 23, 2016 • 25 min
In this episode: Immutable turns 1! What has changed in the past year, what we want to change in the next one, and the equipment we use for our new favorite hobby - video!
51: I Value Tools.
Aug 16, 2016 • 19 min
In this episode: tools! That’s literally it. Our new favorites, old favorites, and what we’d build if we could build anything!
50: What’s in the Node!?
Aug 9, 2016 • 15 min
In this episode: balancing work and travel, organizing your day, spaces vs tabs, core values for collaboration, and what we wish others knew about our workflows!
49: Colors are Crazy
Aug 2, 2016 • 20 min
In this episode we talk about colors!: primary colors, Night Shift/Flux and True Tone, color palettes, WCAG standards, and Apple’s new wide color gamut!
48: This Devolved Quickly
Jul 26, 2016 • 13 min
47: Supposed Baby Steps
Jul 19, 2016 • 17 min
In this episode: text sizes, hiring cutbacks in tech, generics in swift, managing time between side projects and “work”, and selling the value of design to your team!
46: Graphically Awful
Jul 12, 2016 • 18 min
In this episode: design by committee, building icons, source control in Xcode, building a professional portfolio, and Sinatra!
45: Values of Values
Jul 5, 2016 • 18 min
In this episode: firing developers, coding your portfolio, final classes in Swift, coding the right way, and our fantasy apprenticeships!
44: Side-Burnered
Jun 28, 2016 • 16 min
In this episode: cherrypicking features from other platforms, products we like, HBO’s Silicon Valley, finding contract work, & Product Hunt!
43: I’m Bored with This
Jun 21, 2016 • 15 min
In this episode: time estimates, moving on from a company, effective lead developers, small town nostalgia, and iterating with symbols!
42: Always Push to Master
Jun 14, 2016 • 19 min
In this episode: where to start as a designer, launching Open Source projects, Git workflows, inheriting design projects, 3rd-party assets, and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy jokes.
41: Culture Jokes
Jun 7, 2016 • 14 min
In this episode: images in CSS, startup culture pros/cons, portfolio case studies, and Twitter!
40: Because Material.
May 31, 2016 • 14 min
In this episode: font licensing, data vs intuition, B2B design, A/B testing, and back end services!
39: Very Thinking
May 24, 2016 • 17 min
In this episode: exporting assets, trends, unpopular values, project lengths, and educating clients!
38: Markdown & Daydream
May 17, 2016 • 13 min
In this episode: designing with data and the best & worst parts of our jobs!
37: WUPHF
May 10, 2016 • 16 min
In this episode: the 5 tools that make us better at our jobs, should PMs design?, remote teams, and Talkshow!
36: The Numbers You Know
May 3, 2016 • 16 min
In this episode: organizing design iterations, type scales, prototyping for bots, and writing unit tests!
35: Monster Pile
Apr 26, 2016 • 21 min
In this episode: being a generalist, remote UX work, quitting, Adobe XD, and preprocessors!
34: Back Burner Clarity
Apr 19, 2016 • 20 min
In this episode: style guide management, processes we use, hiring cheap devs, organizing files for teams, and do’s/dont’s for new designers!
33: Flashy, Fancy, Fashiony Stuff
Apr 12, 2016 • 19 min
In this episode: sharing the code workload, valuing user experience, neglecting automated testing, taking notes, and removing “band-aids”!
32: “Organs” Sounds Weird
Apr 5, 2016 • 18 min
In this episode: the pit of despair, server-side Swift, graphic text, front-end methodologies, and changing your mind!
31: Unfortunate Sizing
Mar 29, 2016 • 23 min
In this episode: 8(px/pt/dp) grids!
30: Digital Outfitter (feat. Kelly Sutton)
Mar 22, 2016 • 17 min
In this episode: using stats in product decisions, pre- vs post-product/market fit decision making, writing as a company priority, and making money!
29: Be Nice, Or Else (feat. Kelly Sutton)
Mar 15, 2016 • 17 min
This week, we had another guest! Kelly Sutton joined us to talk about founding a company, ending a company you founded, company side projects, moderating a community, and the differences between NY & SF for tech companies.
28: I Never Learn My Lessons
Mar 8, 2016 • 25 min
In this episode: learning illustration as a UI designer, API version upgrades, compsci tests, naming projects, and Sam’s new side project!
27: Compliment Mask
Mar 1, 2016 • 24 min
In this episode: analytics in the design process, fighting imposter syndrome, bad habits, what we’d like to be known for, and using a work computer outside of work!
26: Grocery Store Fast Lane
Feb 23, 2016 • 18 min
In this episode: Fastlane, when to change jobs, Structs vs Classes in Swift, Exporting assets, and writing APIs in Rails!
25: Please don’t be bad, everyone.
Feb 16, 2016 • 21 min
In this episode: our favorite software pro tips, our morning routines, dark patterns, and resources for learning visual design!
24: Sorting the Spork
Feb 9, 2016 • 18 min
In this episode: our favorite dev/design blogs, calculating margins, design regrets, design-y films, and uncommon realizations.
23: Founders of Nothing
Feb 2, 2016 • 16 min
In this episode: NDAs, our idols, saving assets, Parse retirement, and “experts”.
22: Moist Event (feat. Andrew Carroll)
Jan 26, 2016 • 25 min
In this episode: we had our first guest, Andrew Carroll, come on the show to talk about incorporating, retirement funds, doing taxes, stock options, and outsourcing accounting!
21: Holographic Markdown Editor
Jan 19, 2016 • 19 min
In this episode: starting out in Swift, design interview brain teasers, Windows vs Mac, focusing early product decisions, and setting up jr designers for success.
20: Inbred App
Jan 12, 2016 • 16 min
In this episode: Adobe CC alternatives on PC, setting up a new Mac, Old Sport, choosing a project to start on, working with different design workflows.
19: Junk Drawer of Food
Jan 5, 2016 • 21 min
In this episode: 2016 goals, UI elements we wish would go away, design trends vs patterns, internships vs full-time roles when starting out, and balancing ambition and contentment.
18: For The Record
Dec 29, 2015 • 14 min
In this episode: investing money, finding AppleTV devs, introducing developers to Swift, self-teaching, and state machines!
17: I’m Freaking Adventuring!
Dec 22, 2015 • 19 min
In this episode: the apps we think are exceptionally designed, how we get away from work, and our favorite motorcycle gear. We basically just talk about motorcycles for 20 minutes. It’s a holiday miracle!
16: Strong Opinions
Dec 15, 2015 • 14 min
In this episode: open-sourced Swift, Gulp and how it compares to Grunt, cross-platform development, and testing with a small userbase.
15: Definitely Question Mark
Dec 8, 2015 • 19 min
In this episode: working under your own name, the iPad Pro, designing with constraints, when to design your API, and the hard parts of submitting to the App Store!
14: An Evening with Wikipedia
Dec 1, 2015 • 15 min
Welcome to Episode 14 of Immutable! In this episode, we discuss design chops, case studies, development tools, design boredom and what we’ve been wanting to learn!
13: What Am I, An Android User?
Nov 24, 2015 • 15 min
Welcome to Episode 13 of Immutable! In this episode, we discuss open source traction, spec redesigns, staying excited about side projects, the best ways to network on a budget, and organizing layers in your design files.
12: Wal-Mart Brand Audio
Nov 17, 2015 • 20 min
Welcome to Episode 12 of Immutable! In this episode, we discuss… gear! We talk about our podcasting gear, what we use at work, our favorite Sketch plugins, and the most impactful things we’ve ever bought for less than $100.
11: Mercenary
Nov 10, 2015 • 15 min
Welcome to Episode 11 of Immutable! In this episode, we discuss building perfectly vs building quickly, updating an already profitable product, how not to get caught up in the details while ideating, getting a job at an agency, and “hack schools”! (We had…
10: Nice Dinners
Nov 3, 2015 • 15 min
Welcome to Episode 10 of Immutable! In this episode, we discuss balancing work and keeping up with the industry, cover letters, taking on more work than you can handle, MVVM and Reactive Cocoa, and moving from development to design/product management!
09: Useless to the Extreme
Oct 27, 2015 • 18 min
Welcome to Episode 9 of Immutable! In this episode, we discuss getting started writing CSS, presenting your work, standing out when applying for a job, why designers leave growing companies, and applying for jobs beyond your experience!
08: That’s the Technical Term
Oct 20, 2015 • 15 min
Welcome to Episode 8 of Immutable! In this episode, we discuss the difference between designing at 1x and 2x, convincing designers to switch to working at 1x, what to do as a developer while waiting for a designer, picking up design chops as a developer,…
07: View Source
Oct 13, 2015 • 14 min
Welcome to Episode 7 of Immutable! In this episode, we discuss how to decide on stock vs salary, getting started in product design, picking tools for UI design, taking your iOS development skills to the next level, and actively developing taste.
06: Google it Up
Oct 7, 2015 • 14 min
Welcome to Episode 6 of Immutable! In this episode, we discuss raising your profile, working in grayscale, getting press for your product, transitioning to product design from web design, and integrating design and research into Scrum.
05: Web People
Sep 29, 2015 • 20 min
Welcome to Episode 5 of Immutable! In this episode, we discuss the best ways to learn new dev skills, communication between design and back-end devs, finding mentors, using Twitter to level up your career, and prototyping vs building native apps.
04: Sharing is Caring
Sep 22, 2015 • 19 min
Welcome to Episode 4 of Immutable. This episode, we discuss design MVPs, writing apps vs prototyping, being open, converting side projects to businesses, learning design vs development, and the importance of writing!
03: Thanks, Local ISP
Sep 15, 2015 • 15 min
Welcome to Episode 3 of Immutable. This episode, we recount our origin stories and discuss finding inspiration, searching out people to work with, drinking culture in tech, and unethical design.
02: There’s a Thing for That
Sep 8, 2015 • 16 min
Welcome to Episode 2 of Immutable. This episode, we discuss building and monetizing your own app, projects that are too big, why to move to San Francisco, determining the size and spacing of UI elements, and getting started developing for iOS!
01: Sensible Defaults
Sep 1, 2015 • 17 min
Welcome to Episode 1 of Immutable. This episode, we discuss how we pick fonts, when to leave side projects, whether or not we’re in the Golden Age of prototyping tools, what to handoff from a designer to a developer, and whether or not UX design is going…
0: Immutable Launch Teaser
Aug 29, 2015 • 1 min
Just a quick teaser to explain the show and get our RSS feed setup and submitted to iTunes!