The Presentable Podcast focuses on how we design and build the products that are shaping our digital future. We’ll track the tools, trends, and methods being used by teams from the biggest companies and latest startups. In each episode, Jeff will bring over two decades of experience as a designer, developer, entrepreneur, and investor as he chats with guests about how design is changing the world. Hosted by Jeff Veen.

90: Changing Our Understanding of Emotion in Design
Jun 30 • 44 min
Special guest Aaron Walter joins the show. He’s Vice President of Design Education at Invision and the author of “Designing for Emotion.” We discuss the power of inclusion in transforming the mechanics of design.
89: The Human Experience of Self-Driving Cars
Jun 16 • 46 min
Special guest Ryan Powell joins the program. He’s the Head of User Experience for Waymo, the self-driving car company. We discuss what it’s like to design the experience of something that feels like science fiction.
88: Good Design Can Help Us Change
May 27 • 46 min
Special guest Dr. Amy Bucher joins the show. Her new book, “Engaged: Designing for Behavior Change” shows how psychology can be used as a design tool to help empower people to make positive changes in their lives.
87: How Design Makes the World
May 12 • 50 min
Special guest and best selling author Scott Berkun joins the show. His new book, “[How Design Makes the World](” is just out and we discuss how we can learn to ask better questions of everything we buy, use and make.
86: Working Together When We’re Apart
Apr 30 • 47 min
Special guest and good friend Lori McLeese joins the program. She’s the Global Head of People for Automattic, one of the world’s largest fully distributed companies. We talk about what it takes to do great work together when we’re apart.
85: Good Design Is Well Written
Apr 17 • 39 min
Special guests Andy Welfle and Michael Metts join the program. They’re the co-authors of the book “Writing is Designing” and we discuss how words are the core of good design, and what you can do to improve the quality of language in your work.
84: Ethical Design in an Age of Uncertainty
Mar 31 • 45 min
Special guest Cennydd Bowles joins the show. He’s a designer, futurist, and author of the book Future Ethics. We discuss what we can learn from the digital mistakes of the past to inform the designs of the future.
83: Discussing Disability-Led Design
Mar 16 • 40 min
Special guest Liz Jackson joins the show. She’s a design strategist and disability advocate who founded The Disabled List. We talk about perspectives in disability-led design and how empathy can often get in the way.
82: Why Do We Go to Design Conferences?
Feb 28 • 42 min
Special guest and event organizer Marc Thiele joins the show. He’s the founder of the Beyond Tellerrand design conference, and we discuss the value of community gatherings, what we can learn at them, and how they’re changing
81: Designing the Machines That Make Modern Music
Feb 12 • 39 min
Special guest Hannes Pasqualini joins the show. He’s the co-founder of Papernoise, a firm that specializes in the design of synthesizers. We discuss the process of finding a niche, building a reputation, and the art of music. =
80: Presentable Live from the New Adventures Conference, Part 2
Jan 31 • 32 min
This is a special episode of Presentable recorded live in front of an audience at the New Adventures conference in Nottingham, England. It is a roundtable conversation with the event’s speakers: Liz Jackson, Laura Kalbag, Florence Okoye, Tatiana Mac
79: Presentable Live from the New Adventures Conference, Part 1
Jan 29 • 32 min
This is a special episode of Presentable recorded live in front of an audience at the New Adventures conference in Nottingham, England. It is a roundtable conversation with the event’s speakers: Cennydd Bowles, Akil Benjamin, Natalie Kane.
78: Life, the Universe, and Everything
Jan 14 • 55 min
Special guest and long-time independent developer James Thomson joins the show. We talk through his experience working on PCalc, run-ins with Steve Jobs, and going solo for more than a couple decades.
77: How Likely Are You to Recommend This Podcast to a Friend?
Dec 19, 2019 • 48 min
Good friend Erika Hall joins the show to talk about the second edition of Just Enough Research. We talk about the methods so many people get so badly wrong.
76: Craft Is a Journey
Nov 27, 2019 • 53 min
Weightshift founder and good friend Naz Hamid joins the show to discuss how designers evolve in their careers and what maturity of craft really looks like.
75: Shouldn’t More Designers be CEOs?
Nov 22, 2019 • 44 min
Special guest Jeff Khan joins the show. He’s the CEO of Rise Science and we discuss the unique opportunities designers have as entrepreneurs, and how that can change the outcome for startups.
74: Can You Do Real Design on an iPad?
Nov 15, 2019 • 46 min
Special guest Harold Emsheimer joins the show. He’s the co-founder of design agency Overcommitted and joins us to talk about using the iPad as a tool for doing professional design work.
73: Alexa, Design a Voice App for Me
Nov 6, 2019 • 41 min
Special guest Michael Hood joins the show. He’s the co-founder and head of product at VoiceFlow, and we discuss emerging best practices for designing voice user interfaces.
72: Changing the Power Dynamics of Design Critiques
Oct 12, 2019 • 42 min
Special guest and old friend Braden Kowitz joins the program. He’s the co-founder of Range and former design partner at Google Ventures. We discuss the delicate art of the design critique and building trust within teams.
71: Creativity Still Needs to Pay the Rent
Sep 30, 2019 • 40 min
Special guest and old friend Bryan Mason joins the show. He’s the CBO of photo company VSCO and former co-founder of Typekit. We talk about the hard work of operationalizing creative talent.
70: Hacking Great Design From Startup to Megacorp
Sep 17, 2019 • 46 min
Special guest Sally Carson joins the program. She is head of product design for Duo Security, which is now part of Cisco. We discuss how to sneak good design into the journey from small startup team to large enterprise.
69: Slow Down. Take a Breath. Look Around. Design Something.
Aug 27, 2019 • 53 min
Special guest Jason Fried, the founder of Basecamp and 37 Signals, joins the program. We talk about approaching work more thoughtfully, thinking on longer horizons, and how to slow down and find inspiration around us.
68: How Design Ruined the Internet
Jul 29, 2019 • 46 min
Special guest and old friend Mike Monteiro returns to discuss his new book, “Ruined by Design.” We talk about whether the design industry needs a set of ethical standards and the ways in which they might be enforced.
67: The Art of Resilience
Jul 17, 2019 • 49 min
Author and management coach Lara Hogan joins the show to talk about her new book, Resilient Management. We discuss the qualities that help teams thrive and how you can contribute whether you’re a leader … or aspire to be.
66: Apple After Jony Ive
Jun 28, 2019 • 46 min
Special guest and Relay FM co-founder Myke Hurley returns to the program to discuss the company’s recent announcement that Chief Design Officer Sir Jony Ive is leaving to start a new design studio.
65: Fonts in iOS 13: Why They Matter
Jun 13, 2019 • 50 min
Former head of Adobe Fonts and good friend Matthew Rechs joins the program to sort through Apple’s announcement at WWDC that fonts will be coming to iOS 13.
64: On Creativity and How to Get Unstuck
May 31, 2019 • 52 min
Creativity evangelist and author Denise Jacobs joins the show to discuss the difficulties designers face in the creative process and how to get unstuck.
63: Designing a Less Terrifying Home Buying Experience
May 21, 2019 • 44 min
Special guest Paul Smith, head of design for real estate startup Open Door, joins the show to discuss managing rapidly growing teams and the challenges of designing a holistic experience for an incredibly stressful life event.
62: Design Systems Are for People
Apr 30, 2019 • 63 min
Special guest and design system expert Jina Anne. She’s spent 15 years designing for companies like Apple, Salesforce, and Amazon. Today, we discuss how the state of the art in design systems is being driven by a community of dedicated “hybrids.”
61: The Dark Art of Designing for Print
Mar 29, 2019 • 41 min
Special guest and paper expert Matthew Scharf joins to the program to remind us all that print is wonderful and analog makes us feel good.
60: How to Tell if a Company Is Good at Design
Mar 14, 2019 • 46 min
Special guest Leah Buley, director of design education at Invision, joins the show. We talk about ways of measuring the maturity of an organization’s design practice, and how you might improve yours.
59: How to Price Design Services
Feb 28, 2019 • 45 min
Special guest and founder Dan Mall joins the show to talk about his book, “Pricing Design.” We tackle one of the hardest parts of being a designer: asking for money.
58: Designing Around Digital Privilege
Feb 14, 2019 • 55 min
Special guest Helen Joy joins the program. She’s a UX consultant focused on universal and inclusive design practices. We discuss what that means in the day-to-day work we do as designers, and how hard it can be to see through our digital privilege.
57: Using Design to Hack Government Bureaucracy
Jan 29, 2019 • 44 min
Andy Lewandowski, UX designer at the United States Digital Service joins the show to discuss the challenging redesign of the Veterans Affairs website.
56: How to Present Your Work
Jan 11, 2019 • 56 min
Special guest and founder of Mule Design, Mike Monteiro, joins the show. We discuss why presenting your work is such a crucial skill, and how so many designers get it wrong.
55: 10,000 Steps to Building a Great Product
Dec 4, 2018 • 44 min
Special guest Tim Roberts joins the show. As the first product person at Fitbit, he saw the company as it grew through it’s IPO and beyond. We talk about scaling teams and managing growth.
54: Don’t Design Alone: Cultivating Communities of Practice
Nov 16, 2018 • 42 min
Agile consultant and coach Emily Webber joins the program to discuss ways in which people can get better at their work by tapping into (or building) support networks around them.
53: Who is the Head of Product?
Oct 31, 2018 • 43 min
Mind the Product co-founder Martin Eriksson joins the program to discuss the role of Head of Product: who are these people, how did they get there, and what do they do?
52: The Helvetica of Banks
Oct 24, 2018 • 46 min
Special guest Hugo Cornejo joins the show. He’s the head of design for the London-based online bank Monzo. We discuss the user experience of people’s money and the importance of design in building trust.
51: An Oral History of Web Standards With Jeffrey Zeldman
Sep 13, 2018 • 57 min
Designer, author, speaker, publisher, podcaster and longtime friend Jeffrey Zeldman joins the show to reminisce on the origin of the Web Standards Project and it’s legacy 20 years on.
50: Learning How to Listen
Aug 28, 2018 • 50 min
Special guest and Adaptive Path co-founder Indi Young joins the show. We discuss the origins of mental model research, and how it has become an ever-more powerful tool for building inclusive products.
49: Flexible Typesetting
Jul 31, 2018 • 42 min
Adobe’s Head of Typography Tim Brown returns to the show to discuss his new book, ‘Flexible Typography,’ and how the implications of emerging font technologies are challenging what designers can (and should!) try to control in their layouts.
48: Designing a Less Distracting Future
Jul 23, 2018 • 47 min
Preëminent and prolific Apple pundit Jason Snell joins the show to discuss new features designed by Apple in iOS 12 responding to the backlash against Silicon Valley’s engagement-at-all-costs user experiences.
47: The Oral History of Information Architecture, with Lou Rosenfeld
Jun 27, 2018 • 50 min
My old friend Lou Rosenfeld joins the program. He co-authored the seminal book on Information Architecture in the ’90s. We go deep into the history of the discipline, and how it’s playing out in a new generation of designers today.
46: Design at Massive Scale
May 18, 2018 • 45 min
Authors Chris Risdon and Patrick Quattlebaum join the show to discuss their new book “Orchestrating Experiences: Collaborative Design for Complexity”. We dig into the challenges and opportunities that arise when managing design at massive scale.
45: How Does Design Get Made?
May 7, 2018 • 44 min
Special guest Josh Brewer, CEO and co-founder of Abstract, joins the show to discuss how we make design — from mockups to prototypes to production and through collaboration, process, and everything in between.
44: How Not to Screw Up Your Brand
Apr 27, 2018 • 47 min
Special guest Jason Santa Maria returns to the program in his new role as Design Director of Slate. We talk about a recent redesign and rebranding he did, and how to manage change both internally and with your users.
43: Google AMP vs the Web
Apr 6, 2018 • 42 min
Special guest Andrew Betts of the W3C Technical Advisory Group joins the show to discuss Google AMP: how it works, whether we should use it, and if it’s a threat to the open web and to society overall?
42: Can We Design Better Meetings?
Mar 30, 2018 • 51 min
Kevin Hoffman joins the show to discuss his new book: Meeting Design. We talk about applying the design process to the meetings we have every day, how to evaluate them, improve them, and mercifully kill them when they need to go.
41: What to Do With a Seat at the Table
Mar 14, 2018 • 52 min
Special guest Kate Aronowitz, design partner at Google Ventures, joins the show. We discuss the opportunities and responsibilities of designers as they advance in their careers, gain more influence, and achieve that fabled seat at the table.
40: Driving UX Research at Uber
Feb 28, 2018 • 44 min
Special guest Molly Stevens, Director of UX Research for Uber, joins the show. We talk about what it’s like to manage research with a distributed team for a company that does business in countries around the world.
39: The Challenge of Starting a Design Career
Feb 21, 2018 • 45 min
Special guest Kristy Tillman, Director of Communication Design at Slack, joins the show to talk about what it’s like to start a design career today, mentorship vs. sponsorship, and whether you should kickstart your portfolio with free work.
38: Design vs Capitalism
Jan 31, 2018 • 68 min
My good friend Erika Hall returns to the show. She’s a founder and principal at Mule Design, and author of the forthcoming book “Conversational Design.”
37: Do Diverse Teams Really Make Better Products?
Jan 16, 2018 • 40 min
36: User Research as an Agent of Corporate Change
Dec 22, 2017 • 43 min
This week, Google Design Director Jens Riegelsberger joins the show to discuss how user research can fundamentally help organizations make better decisions — and not just about the design of their products.
35: Promoting Yourself as a Designer (And the History of Dribbble)
Nov 28, 2017 • 51 min
34: What User Research Can Learn From Growth Hacking
Nov 16, 2017 • 40 min
My old friend Hiten Shah joins the program. He’s the founder of numerous successful startups and mentor to many others. We discuss growth hacking, how it differs from formal user research, and how to make products people love as quickly as we can.
33: The Temptations of Designing with Animation
Nov 2, 2017 • 34 min
Web animation expert Rachel Naybors joins the show to talk about her new book, Animation at Work. We discuss how to use movement on the Web appropriately through an understanding human perception and cognition.
32: Designing the Space You Work In
Oct 11, 2017 • 46 min
Special guest Sarah B. Nelson, Program Architect at IBM, joins the show to discuss how to hack your office to enable better design work to happen.
31: Designed in California
Sep 26, 2017 • 39 min
Justin McGuirk, Chief Curator at the London Design Museum joins the show to talk about their current exhibit, “California: Designing Freedom.” We trace how the last 60 years of west coast history influence the design of the products we use today.
30: Accessibility is Social Justice
Sep 7, 2017 • 43 min
Special guest Laura Kalbag joins the show to talk about her new book, Accessibility for Everyone.
29: Designing with Artificial Intelligence: The Dinosaur on a Surfboard
Aug 25, 2017 • 40 min
Special guest Josh Clark joins the show to talk about the implications of artificial intelligence on design.
28: Everything You Know About Web Design Changed Last March
Aug 8, 2017 • 52 min
This week we discuss CSS Grid Layout with Jen Simmons, Designer Advocate at the Mozilla Foundation. We also cover how web standards are made, how that’s different from the past, and how to keep up with it all.
27: Designing Hardware is Insanely Difficult
Jul 14, 2017 • 51 min
Hardware designer Matt Webb joins the show to discuss why it’s so difficult to design great physical products, how our expectations have changed recently, and why he loves wearing his Snapchat Spectacles to cricket matches.
26: How to Give Good Feedback
Jun 30, 2017 • 51 min
Former VP of Design at Twitter Mike Davidson joins the show to talk about giving good design feedback, running design review meetings, and the new Twitter redesign.
25: The Tenuous Resilience of the Open Web
Jun 8, 2017 • 49 min
Author and designer Jeremy Keith talks about his new book, Resilient Web Design, and why we keep making the same mistakes over and over.
24: More Empathy Might Be Making Things Worse
May 12, 2017 • 44 min
User research expert Farrah Bostic joins the show to talk about empathy, a term that’s being used and abused a lot these days.
23: How to Get Hired, with Jared Spool
May 2, 2017 • 60 min
This week, the legendary and outspoken Jared Spool joins the show. We discuss why most companies are terrible at hiring for design jobs, and what designers can do to take control of their careers and attract meaningful work.
22: Jessica Hische Is Good at Freelancing
Apr 14, 2017 • 53 min
This week, one of the best letterers and illustrators in the industry, Jessica Hische, joins the show. We discuss the thrills and anxieties of making a living as a freelancer.
21: How We’ll Design for Virtual Reality
Mar 29, 2017 • 47 min
Game designer Shahid Ahmad joins the show to talk about designing for VR.
20: Design Sprints: How to Get Your Boss to Draw in Just 5 Days
Mar 16, 2017 • 45 min
Special guest Jake Knapp joins the show to talk about how sprints are changing how we do design. He’s a Design Partner at Google Ventures and author of bestselling book “Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days.”
19: Design Ethics and the Race to the Bottom of the Brain Stem
Mar 1, 2017 • 45 min
This week’s special guest is Tristan Harris, former Design Ethicist at Google and the founder of the Time Well Spent movement. We talk about ethics in design, and how even our best intentions in serving users can often make use of manipulative patterns.
18: So What Is It Exactly That Product Managers Do?
Feb 15, 2017 • 46 min
Laura Klein, author of “Build Better Products” discusses the evolving role of Product Managers, and how they intersect, overlap, and compliment User Experience Designers.
17: My Dishwasher Really Needs Bluetooth
Feb 3, 2017 • 54 min
This week, Relay FM co-founder Myke Hurley joins the show to talk about the design of everyday things, the impact of companies like Apple and Slack on how we build things, and why it’s so hard to rebrand a business.
16: Design at Google Is Like Baseball in Europe
Jan 20, 2017 • 42 min
Former Global Head of UX at Google Irene Au joins the show to talk about the last 10 years of design at the search engine giant.
15: The Voice of Slack
Jan 6, 2017 • 51 min
Anna Pickard, the Head of Voice and Tone at Slack, talks about how writing and language that is clear, concise, and human can be the bedrock of a great user experience.
14: The Next Billion Users
Dec 8, 2016 • 45 min
We talk to Rachel Ilan Simpson from the Google Chrome team about designing for the next billion users coming online in emerging markets.
13: So You Want To Be a Design Leader
Nov 23, 2016 • 50 min
Andy Budd, co-founder of British design agency Clearleft, joins the program to talk about design leadership.
12: Our Tools Give Us Superpowers
Nov 11, 2016 • 52 min
Naz Hamid and I discuss the tools we use to do design: how have they changed over the years, what are we all using today, and where do we think they’re going in the future
11: The Election Isn’t Rigged, It’s Just Poorly Designed
Oct 28, 2016 • 58 min
This week Dana Chisnell is here for a very timely conversation on how the design of ballots affects voter trust in elections.
10: Variable Fonts in CSS are Crazy Awesome
Oct 12, 2016 • 46 min
A discussion of the immense power of Variable Fonts in CSS with Tim Brown, Head of Typography at Adobe.
9: Designing for the App Store, with John Gruber
Sep 29, 2016 • 46 min
This week we talk to preeminent Apple blogger John Gruber about his experiences designing and developing the iOS app Vesper.
8: Why Do Good Teams Design Bad Things?
Sep 15, 2016 • 57 min
This week’s special guest is Peter Merholz, one of my co-founders at Adaptive Path and author of the new book, “Org Design for Design Orgs.”
7: Why Don’t Style Guides Ever Work?
Aug 23, 2016 • 48 min
Special guest Stanley Wood joins the program to talk about scaling design in fast growing companies.
6: It Takes a Village to Build a Website
Aug 5, 2016 • 50 min
Special guest Deepa Subramaniam, Director of Product for the Hillary Clinton campaign, joins the show.
5: The Color Show
Jul 21, 2016 • 57 min
Special guest Craig Hockenberry, bigwig at the IconFactory and creator of Twitterrific, joins the show to go deep on color.
4: You’ve Got to Learn to Talk Numbers
Jul 7, 2016 • 36 min
This week, I’m joined by my good friend Margaret Gould Stewart, Vice President of Product Design at Facebook.
3: The Typography Show
Jun 21, 2016 • 53 min
Special guest and old friend Jason Santa Maria joins the show to talk typography.
2: App Fan Art
Jun 8, 2016 • 50 min
Special guest Richard Ziade, co-founder of Postlight, joins the show to talk about the phenomenon of App Fan Art and more.
1: Catastrophizing the End of the GUI
May 25, 2016 • 45 min
Special guest Chris Messina joins the inaugural episode of the show to discuss both the hype and beauty of conversational UIs, messaging apps, and chatbots. Will this herald the end of interface design as we know it? (Spoiler: nope.)
0: We Have Time to Play Pictionary
May 24, 2016 • 58 min
Erika Hall joins the podcast and we discuss the findings from Google’s Project Aristotle. What makes a team perform it’s best? What qualities do successful teams share? It’s probably not what you think.