Layout is a weekly podcast about design, technology, programming and everything else.
129: With Great Title Comes Great Responsibility
Jan 17 • 67 min
This week we talk about Rafa becoming the head of design at Netlify, setting expectations for a new role, CRMs for people, sonic toothbrushes and kitchen knives.
128: The Artist Formerly Known as Follow Up
Jan 10 • 67 min
This week we eat breakfast. Lots of it. We discuss Rafa’s already obsolete TV, pos-purchase monetization and the impact on consumers, the death of privacy and Kevin finally gives an update on his new portfolio that was supposed to ship months ago.
127: The Monday of the Year
Jan 3 • 76 min
This week, Rafa is back on Twitter and Kevin takes this opportunity to fill him in on all of the design news he missed like the Push Pin Emoji Detour meme, the horizontal Instagram feed debacle, a study on the impact of Flat Design and Pantone’s new color…
Holiday Special: I Hate Moist Zombies
Dec 31, 2018 • 75 min
It’s a holiday miracle! As a special bonus episode for the Holidays, we play a zombie text adventure game. We’re joined by special guest Débora Ribeiro.
126: Layouties 2018
Dec 27, 2018 • 79 min
Our third annual Layouties! We look back at some of our favorite things of the year and give them awards.
125: Imagine a Coconut With a Straw
Dec 6, 2018 • 60 min
This week we talk about being busy & the impact it has on us, tech companies making custom typefaces and IRL accessibility problems.
124: The Dark Side of the Web
Nov 29, 2018 • 81 min
This week we talk about approaching large scale design problems, Kevin’s email rant, Facebook’s Blueprint for Content Governance and Google’s Night Sight.
123: Design Is How It Reads
Nov 22, 2018 • 81 min
This week we talk about Rafa’s totally predictable purchase, the growing realization that most design problems are actually content problems, pop songs getting more repetitive and Amazon employees buying condos in Long Island City.
122: Freaking Chamfered Edges
Nov 15, 2018 • 68 min
Kevin is back from San Francisco, so we finally talk about our first impressions on the new iPad Pro, the Detective Pikachu trailer and the new Leica Q-P.
121: Millennial Kidnappers
Oct 25, 2018 • 67 min
This week we follow up on genderless pronouns in different languages (or lack thereof) and talk about what we would do if we weren’t designers.
120: Titles Are Our Legacy
Oct 17, 2018 • 104 min
This week we talk about the realities of traveling for work, Photoshop on the iPad, Adidas’s ‘new’ webdesign style, the Palm phone and we have a very special upside down.
119: Figma Just Got Paddie 2ed
Oct 12, 2018 • 53 min
This week we briefly continue our discussion about design tools, then talk about custom Apple Watch Faces, the Habitat 67 architecture and of course, our recommendation of the week.
118: 5/5 Would Alive Again
Oct 4, 2018 • 110 min
This week we talk about a few main design tools: Adobe XD, InVision Studio, Framer X, Figma and Sketch.
117: X AM
Sep 22, 2018 • 68 min
This week we got to record in person from Amsterdam. We talk our experience at Framer Loupe, Rafa’s new Apple Watch, and Solo (hopefully for the last time).
116: The Court of Design
Sep 12, 2018 • 86 min
This week we talk about the Apple Event, Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone Xs and Xs Max and the iPhone Xʀ.
115: The Opposite of Async
Aug 29, 2018 • 53 min
This week we talk about open offices, the Mastodon client we’re working on and more punishment suggestions for Kevin.
114: Chance the Raptor
Aug 22, 2018 • 62 min
This week we talk about Kevin’s punishment for not shipping his website, how all advice is kind of terrible and Rafa explains Mastodon for the rest of us.
113: Decentralized Instances of the Thing
Aug 16, 2018 • 47 min
This week we talk about the sad state of Twitter and our desire for something to come and replace it.
112: So Far So Nada
Aug 8, 2018 • 90 min
This week we talk about Kevin’s experience leading a new team and the challenges that came with it.
111: Make Excessively Sentimental
Aug 1, 2018 • 63 min
This week we talk about our thoughts on sugar coated design feedback and Firefox’s new brand system.
110: Controlled Chaos
Jul 26, 2018 • 74 min
This week we discuss the topic of creativity, what inspires us and how we cultivate it. We also briefly discuss our early thoughts on Framer X based on the announcement.
109: Sharpening an Axe to Break a Twig
Jul 18, 2018 • 65 min
This week we talk about problems. How do you know you truly understand them? When is the right time to jump into solution mode? We also briefly talk about Solo: A Star Wars Story.
108: There’s Some Lag
Jul 12, 2018 • 56 min
How do you stay motivated by working on a mature and large project? How do you handle working in a language that isn’t your native language? How do you decorate your apartment? This week we answer more listener questions!
107: The Show Show Show of the Show
Jul 4, 2018 • 96 min
Should your portfolio have long UX case studies or focus on lots of imagery? How do you know when you have too much on your plate and how do you push back confidently? This week we answer some listener questions, review some socks and finally talk about…
106: Layout Redesign Your Website Month™
Jun 20, 2018 • 76 min
This week we talk about the challenges with onboarding new designers onto your team, the official “Layout Redesign Your Website Month™” and episode 9 of Westworld season 2.
105: The Flat Wing
Jun 13, 2018 • 108 min
This week Rafa redesigned his website, so we revisit the topic of personal websites, setting goals for side projects, todo list management techniques and Kevin’s thoughts on museum design. We also discuss episode 8 of Westworld season 2.
104: iOS 7 Was Leggings (With Special Guest Tim Van Damme)
Jun 7, 2018 • 76 min
This week we’re joined once again by special guest Tim Van Damme to talk about how UI design is fashion, and Apple’s WWDC 2018 announcements: iOS 12, macOS Mojave and watchOS 5.
Bonus: Westworld Special (S02E04/05)
May 25, 2018 • 95 min
As promised, this is our special episode discussing episode 4 and 5 of Westworld season 2. We’re joined by special guest Débora, Rafa’s girlfriend.
103: Regular Mundane Mediocre Socks
May 23, 2018 • 79 min
This week Kevin join Rafa in person in Porto for this IRL episode. We talk about what’s wrong with A/B tests and spend way too much time discussing socks.
102: Design Commander
May 17, 2018 • 75 min
This week we talk about what qualifies a designer as a senior designer, how Google Duplex might not be that creepy after all, Jony Ive’s controversial Hodinkee interview and of course, episode 4 of Westworld season 2.
101: Designer Spidey Sense
May 9, 2018 • 92 min
This week we tackle the topic of learning design. We also talk about the swipe up gesture in instagram, opinionated design and episode 3 of Westworld season 2.
100: 100th Episode Fiesta
May 3, 2018 • 87 min
Layout turns a hundred episodes old so we invited some listeners to join us to talk about sustaining side projects. We also talk about how the show started and of course: everyone’s recommendations.
99: Spoiler Police
Apr 26, 2018 • 88 min
This week we talk about what is the best way to showcase UX work in a portfolio, letting your personality show in your work and on social media and exploring other design-adjacent interests. We also discuss the first episode of Westworld season 2.
98: Family of Feels
Apr 19, 2018 • 95 min
This week we talk about Impostor Syndrome, quitting social media for a week and Ready Player One.
97: Longer Story Long
Apr 11, 2018 • 54 min
This week we answer some listener questions. Topics include: OKRs, 1:1s, and performance reviews.
96: April Jokes Day
Apr 4, 2018 • 85 min
How do you know when it’s time to leave your company? While neither of us want to quit our job, we talk about our past experiences making these career moves.
95: United Shades of America
Mar 28, 2018 • 77 min
This week we talk about the gear we use to do our work (desk, chairs, computers, etc.)
94: Is Rafa Stupid?
Mar 21, 2018 • 74 min
This week, we talk about being busy and how this is something we actively try to avoid. We also have some important shower dingus follow up, spend way too much time talking about the color of tennis balls and finally discuss our thoughts on Sketch 49.
93: Hot Shower Take
Mar 7, 2018 • 56 min
This week we talk about the meaning of design titles (or lack thereof). We also finally talk about Black Panther.
92: Being Humble… Sit Down
Feb 28, 2018 • 52 min
This week we talk about traits we look for in the people we work with, and that Vero app.
91: The Dotcoms
Feb 21, 2018 • 63 min
This week we talk about the differences between marketing design and product design.
90: Connect the Lines
Feb 14, 2018 • 67 min
This week we talk about how your personality can influence your design style and whether or not being “type-cast” is a bad thing. Also, Kevin finally caved in and bought a HomePod.
89: Shower Dingus
Feb 7, 2018 • 82 min
This week we talk about hiring designers and having to review other people’s portfolios, HomePod reviews and… shower handle design.
88: I Have to, for Science!
Jan 31, 2018 • 78 min
Launching our sticker store, dogfooding your own products and the mystery that is the HomePod.
87: Homer Simpson in the Bushes
Jan 24, 2018 • 68 min
This week we talk about introversion and how it affects different aspect of our life and work.
86: Everything You Said Is Wrong or Whatever
Jan 17, 2018 • 70 min
This week we talk about shipping side projects, not just working on them. We also talk about waking up early, sleep tracking and briefly touch on DARK (the Netflix show).
85: The Benjamin Button of UI
Jan 10, 2018 • 63 min
This week we talk about how challenging it is to keep adding new features without compromising on simplicity.
84: Title Fishing
Jan 4, 2018 • 64 min
As we’re coming back from our holiday break, this week our topic is vacations. We address unlimited vacation policies, that feeling of guilt that sometimes comes with taking vacations and our tricks for disconnecting.
83: 2017 Layouties
Dec 29, 2017 • 93 min
As always, we close out the year by rounding up and giving “awards” to our favorite things of the year.
Jedi Don’t Wear Underwear
Dec 23, 2017 • 180 min
In this bonus episode, Kevin and Rafa talk about the new Star Wars movie: The Last Jedi. A 3h long, spoiler filled, holiday special.
82: The Last Handcrafted Tweetstorm (feat. Joel Califa)
Dec 21, 2017 • 59 min
This week we are joined by our friend Joel Califa to talk about the evolution of the designer role and the ethical dilemma of being a corporate designer. Joel is a product designer at GitHub, previously leading the design team at Digital Ocean.
81: Homescreen Designer
Dec 7, 2017 • 57 min
This week we explore how do you grow in your career as a designer?
80: Design Mustard
Nov 29, 2017 • 74 min
What it’s like to work remotely, Rafa’s shopping problem continues and… paperclips.
Nov 16, 2017 • 87 min
The main topic for this week: Meetings. And for our side dishes, we talk about how we feel about Stranger Things 2.
78: Banning the Rays
Nov 8, 2017 • 73 min
What to do when you disagree with someone on your team and our first impressions of the iPhone X.
77: Let’s Talk About Something Fun
Nov 1, 2017 • 62 min
For our main topic we talk about feeling like time is running out — getting old, with some iPhone pre-orders for side dishes.
76: Holy “Design Tools” Cow
Oct 25, 2017 • 70 min
Looking back at your old work, and hating what you see. Also, InVision Studio and the state of design tools.
75: Software Spring Cleaning™
Oct 18, 2017 • 70 min
This week we talk about process and try to pin down what makes certain processes good and others bad.
74: I Have a Beef With Entrées
Oct 11, 2017 • 61 min
Our main topic this week is: How to make sure what you ship is not a crappier version of what you envisioned. We also talk a bit about the #MadeByGoogle event and Libraries in Sketch 47.
73: Should Designers Ego?
Oct 4, 2017 • 85 min
We’ve made the show better! More focus on design topics and a better onboarding for new users. Our main topic this week is how to receive design feedback. Of course, we also talked a bit about the Dropbox redesign.
Wake Me Up When September Ends
Sep 20, 2017 • 3 min
After two years of making weekly episodes, one full year with Spec, it’s time to regroup and think of how we can improve our show. We have some exciting ideas in the works, but we would really appreciate it if you could spare a couple seconds to give us…
72: Can You Feel the Ring Tonight?
Sep 15, 2017 • 117 min
This week we cover the new iPhone X, iPhone 8, and all the goodies from the most recent Apple event.
71: Professional Driver
Sep 6, 2017 • 56 min
Sketch Libraries, Framer’s new website and our Keynote draft for Apple’s September 12th event.
70: It’s the Aesthetics, Man
Aug 30, 2017 • 80 min
Pixel Perfection, Rafa’s viral video technique™, our homescreens, and Kevin’s London adventure.
69: It’s on the Troll (with Michael Flarup)
Aug 16, 2017 • 78 min
This week Rafa and Kevin are joined by Michael Flarup to talk about public speaking and the newly released Speakerdex!
68: Do You Stand With Fontstand?
Aug 10, 2017 • 81 min
This week we talk about the state of purchasing fonts, HomePod firmware leak, and that Google memo.
67: How Do You Like Stuff?
Jul 26, 2017 • 85 min
Our personal design processes, design in an agile environment, getting ideas for side projects, and of course: iPhone rumors.
66: Ninja Links Everywhere (With Special Guest Sam Soffes)
Jul 19, 2017 • 51 min
This week Rafa and Kevin talk about Contrast for Mac, and indie Mac development with a very special surprise in the middle.
65: Upside Up
Jul 12, 2017 • 57 min
HomeKit & smart things, typography & system fonts, and standing desks.
64: Swipe Wars
Jul 4, 2017 • 74 min
Kevin’s iOS 11 design refresh, giving Dribbble a second chance, and a lot of talk about furniture.
63: AR Needs Its Blackberry Moment
Jun 28, 2017 • 88 min
Designing for the future with AR, and the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.
Jun 20, 2017 • 92 min
The new Design mode in Framer, Twitter’s design update, winning the Shopify Hack Days and our thoughts on A Cure for Wellness.
61: Crowdsourced Burritos (With Special Guest Ryan McLeod)
Jun 13, 2017 • 109 min
Rafa and Kevin are joined by Ryan McLeod to talk about iOS 11, Apple Design Awards, and a lot more. Ryan is the creator of the iOS game Blackbox which just won an ADA 🎉
60: DJ Khaled on Periscope
Jun 5, 2017 • 139 min
Our first impressions on the announcements made at WWDC17!
59: Devil’s Avocado
May 30, 2017 • 80 min
When a design “feels wrong”, iOS 11 concept video and the winner of our giveaway!
58: Apple Campus S
May 23, 2017 • 82 min
Sketch 44, Things 3, iOS 11 predictions, and the new Apple Campus.
57: Busted Board (Feat. Zooey Bechamel)
May 16, 2017 • 58 min
This week Rafa and Kevin go over the popular NYT quiz “Which Tech Giant Would You Drop?”.
56: That’s Sticker Official
May 2, 2017 • 58 min
This week Rafa and Kevin talk about what goes into a big launch, the prep, the release, and what comes after.
55: With Our Powers Combined (With Brian Lovin and Bryn Jackson)
Apr 26, 2017 • 75 min
In this very special episode, Kevin and Rafa are joined in person by Brian Lovin and Bryn Jackson from Design Details to talk about Spectrum, working with friends, and a 30 minute recommendation bonanza.
54: Desktop HD Copy 46
Apr 17, 2017 • 79 min
Our first ever Layout meetup, Designing in Components, Rafa’s dotfiles adventure, Instagram Collections and The Last Jedi.
Apr 11, 2017 • 72 min
This week Rafa and Kevin talk about the future Mac Pro, Figma’s new pricing, Dropbox’s redesign and Dribbble + Crew. There’s also a very important announcement at the end 🎈
52: The Hero of Stories Remakes
Mar 28, 2017 • 73 min
Rafa bought a switch, of course. Also: We follow up on Electron apps, Rafa goes viral, Apple releases a Christmas phone, and Kevin discovers Westworld.
51: The Electron Uprising
Mar 21, 2017 • 77 min
Our review of Kite Compositor, the Electron uprising on the desktop and whether or not Stories is a format.
50: Rafa Duh
Mar 14, 2017 • 49 min
This week Rafa and Kevin talk about rolling out a gradual redesign, the new Offscreen magazine, rumored new iPads and share their Apple software wishlist.
49: Brian Lovin on My Shoulder
Mar 7, 2017 • 74 min
Following up from last week, we continue the discussion of IC vs Manager, and what comes with the manager hat.
48: Spelling UX
Feb 28, 2017 • 60 min
Going from Individual Contributor to Manager/Lead. Also, Oscars’ screw up and the winner of our Sketch Handbook giveaway.
47: Chrome’s Chrome
Feb 21, 2017 • 75 min
Abstract, the “new” MacBook Pro, setting up new computers and Kevin’s adventures in San Francisco.
46: Unpronounceable Smart Lights
Feb 8, 2017 • 84 min
Being good at one thing vs being ok at a lot, the new Framer.com and the original iPhone.
45: A Header, a Modal, a Footer, Are You Getting It?
Jan 31, 2017 • 77 min
Presenting and selling your work. Also, Dribbble gets acquired, Juventus’s new logo, Shopify Summit and Slack threads.
44: I Dream of San Francisco
Jan 17, 2017 • 63 min
Feeling tired, and feeling guilty of feeling tired. Also: the crazy expectations of the Bay Area and Imposter Syndrome.
43: I Want More Toys
Jan 10, 2017 • 52 min
This week we go over our plans and resolutions for this new year, and HealthKit and Home Automation.
42: 2016 Layouties
Dec 28, 2016 • 66 min
We end the year with our grand annual LAYOUTIES, an award show in which we present awards to the best of the year.
41: Keep Up With My Viral Tweet
Dec 13, 2016 • 74 min
Kevin’s gone viral, Out of office hours, Figma’s new components, keeping up with the latest trends/technologies and a special announcement.
40: Should Designers Vlog?
Dec 8, 2016 • 42 min
The automation of design tools, AIs taking over, and our design podcast recommendations.
39: A Movie for Your Brain
Nov 24, 2016 • 59 min
Rafa’s Rant™, ending your side-projects and our thoughts on UX vs UI.
38: Hashtag Design Drama
Nov 15, 2016 • 69 min
Should designers have a porfolio?, Designed By Few 2016, Sketch 41 and Black Mirror S03E03.
37: Magic Touch Pad Bar
Nov 3, 2016 • 63 min
New MacBook Pros, Apple getting out of the standalone display business and Black mirror S03E02.
36: This Is the Future
Oct 24, 2016 • 76 min
Working nights and weekends, PlayStation VR and episode 1 of Black Mirror.
35: Rogue One Two
Oct 17, 2016 • 61 min
User Research, and Burning out.
34: Give Me a Lightsaber and I’m Happy
Oct 10, 2016 • 65 min
What we carry in which pocket, Google announces its new Pixel phone and Samsung acquires Viv.
33: An Airbnb on Mars
Oct 2, 2016 • 94 min
Spectacles, Figma 1.0, Twitter being bought, DJI’s new drone, and SpaceX announcement.
32: I’m Feeling the FOMO
Sep 21, 2016 • 54 min
We still haven’t received our iPhones, Black vs Jet Black, Stripe’s new website and the Leica Q.
Sep 14, 2016 • 157 min
We geek out over Apple’s September announcements: Apple Watch series 2, iPhone 7 and the AirPods.
30: Everyone’s Drunk
Aug 31, 2016 • 81 min
Dark patterns, ‘Even over’ statements and the iPhone 7’s rumored dual camera system.
29: Crap Is Part of the Process
Aug 24, 2016 • 63 min
Instapaper joining Pinterest, whether or not 4 AM is our most productive hour, design livestreams and Kevin’s Twitter Doppleganger.
28: One Hour Long Trailer
Aug 17, 2016 • 68 min
A special announcement, Design Disruptors, Duo and designing with a vision.
27: No One Taught Me Emoji in School
Aug 12, 2016 • 74 min
Title case vs Sentence Case, Instagram Stories and Stranger Things.
26: I Have Velcro Shoes and Pokémon
Aug 2, 2016 • 77 min
Rafa gets sherlocked and we give tips for how to make the most of feedback sessions.
25: You Have to Literally Walk
Jul 18, 2016 • 61 min
The vlogging and Youtube scene, slowing down apps by design, designing in public, Shopify’s UX Summit and of course Pokémon Go.
24: Thanks Obama!
Jul 5, 2016 • 58 min
We start by talking a bit more about Apple Music in iOS 10, but ended up talking about consistency vs pushing boundaries in design.
23: Stop Calling the iPhone a Phone (With Special Guest Tim Van Damme)
Jun 19, 2016 • 60 min
We are joined by Tim Van Damme to talk all about Apple’s WWDC 2016 announcements.
Jun 15, 2016 • 77 min
Conversational UIs, Kevin is building a bot, Pulls for macOS, and Rafa gets a new job.
21: It’s Hard to Bake Gradients
May 27, 2016 • 87 min
Our take on Google I/O: Daydream, Allo, Duo, Home, Android N and more!
20: I Connect When I’m Drunk
May 12, 2016 • 73 min
Instagram goes monochrome, Apple Music and Spotify design changes and Microsoft’s new hover gestures.
19: Break This Safe Industries
Apr 28, 2016 • 68 min
Rafa’s new Apple Watch game and some of the challenges that a designer goes through while building an app.
18: Faceless Layout FM Company
Apr 21, 2016 • 66 min
Origami Studio, syncing and sharing Sketch files with a team and the pros and cons of using a personal account versus a separate account for posting design work.
17: Make Apple Music Great Again
Apr 11, 2016 • 80 min
The all new Framer, Spotify v. Apple Music, and the new Rogue One trailer.
16: No One’s Trying to Make a Shitty Website
Apr 7, 2016 • 80 min
How to work and collaborate with developers and how to make sure your designs and expectations are followed-through.
15: Hiring a person, not a portfolio
Mar 14, 2016 • 70 min
Job interviews, how to get and prepare for them
14: I Love Taxes
Mar 2, 2016 • 99 min
The differences between independent, freelance, agencies, product companies and why you’d choose one over the other.
13: We Don’t Have Geniuses in this Country
Feb 9, 2016 • 73 min
Uber’s rebranding and Twitter’s hypothetical algorithmic timeline.
12: Major Lazer Used Figma
Feb 2, 2016 • 79 min
Our design process, more thoughts on Figma and the Shopify Summit.
11: I’m a Sucker for Updates
Jan 24, 2016 • 69 min
Desktop Neo, rethinking the desktop interface and Dribbble Playbook.
10: California Style Sheets
Jan 17, 2016 • 84 min
The future of Sketch and the story of how we got where we are today.
9: Sketch It’s Not You, It’s Me
Jan 7, 2016 • 89 min
Designing in code, MacBook vs iPad pro as a secondary machine and Icon Design Awards.
8: Cropping is Hard
Dec 22, 2015 • 56 min
Figma and the future of design tools.
Star Wars Special
Dec 18, 2015 • 103 min
The Force Awakens is finally here. We talk about the many things we liked, the few things that we didn’t like and how we’re so happy that Star Wars is back.
7: Mailbox is the new Rdio
Dec 13, 2015 • 67 min
Design interviews, Mailbox officially shuts down, how we feel about personal websites and Apple’s ugly new battery case.
6: My Flash Ghetto
Nov 29, 2015 • 78 min
This week we talk about the apps we use to get our work done.
5: Fifty Shades of White
Nov 23, 2015 • 62 min
Public Speaking, Photo editing apps, using the iPad Pro to design and a eulogy to Rdio.
4: That Little Swipey Thing
Nov 16, 2015 • 58 min
RIP Ember, Twitter favorites (err likes) and the new Apple TV UI
3: It Has a Dinosaur So I Like It Already
Oct 29, 2015 • 55 min
Microsoft’s autocomplete for animation, robots taking your job, and being a jack of all trades.
2: What’s a Radio?
Oct 22, 2015 • 66 min
Twitter’s latest announcements, Paper by Dropbox, YouTube Red, Framer’s interesting new pricing model and the new Star Wars trailer.
1: I Wish I Could Force Touch This
Oct 15, 2015 • 100 min
Our take on Medium’s latest design changes, Kevin’s Apple Watch app is now in beta and Rafa gets his new iPhone.
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