The Drunken UX Podcast

The Drunken UX Podcast

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An irreverent show where we drink and talk about building things on the internet. We currently produce three shows - our namesake podcast, Real-Time Overview, and Build Process.


#43: Demystifying Site Hosting Solutions w/ Jeff Matson
Aug 19 • 96 min
If you’ve ever been confused by the number of different options available when considering how to host your next web project, we can definitely sympathize. Can you get by on shared hosting? Is a VPS too difficult to take on? It’s not always easy, and to…
#42: Surviving the Dreaded Website Redesign
Aug 5 • 89 min
Ever been involved in a website redesign? Aaron and Michael have. Quite a few, as it turns out. In today’s episode, they dig into their bag of experience to share warning signs for redesigns done wrong, advice for how to find success, and techniques to…
#41: Shining Light on Dark Patterns w/ Ron Bronson
Jul 22 • 89 min
This week we’re thrilled to bring the talent and experience of Ron Bronson to you as we have a discussion about the different types of dark patterns and hostile design (along with why we’re on board with preferring that phrasing for the practice). We’ll…
#40: Outlooks from the State of CSS Survey
Jul 8 • 89 min
With the arrival of July comes a chance to look back at an opportunity we mentioned a few months ago – The State of CSS Survey. Project mastermind Sacha Greif released the findings of the research recently, and also ruminated on some of the findings in a…
#39: WordPress Development with WPEngine’s DevKit
Jun 24 • 79 min
Chris Wiegman returns to The Drunken UX Podcast this week to share information about WPEngine‘s newest innovation – the WordPress DevKit. DevKit aims to take the best ideas of local development tools like Docker, Local by Flywheel, and others, and combine…
#38: Staying Out of Technical Debt
Jun 10 • 89 min
Even the best code begins to look dated and inefficient given enough time. Techniques change, libraries evolve, and new capabilities replace old hacks. Technical debt is a consequence of programming that cannot be escaped, but it can be managed and…
#37: The Gutenberg Accessibility Audit Is In!
May 27 • 89 min
Less than one month ago, WPCampus put the capstone on six months of work aimed at providing the development community with an audit of accessibility issues present in the Gutenberg editor of WordPress. The director of WPCampus, Rachel Cherry, joins us in…
#36: Happy Birthday GDPR – One Year Later
May 13 • 86 min
It’s been one year since GDPR became the law of the land for standard-bearers in the privacy industry. For all the saber-rattling and scrambled planning, it might feel like it’s been a surprising non-event in the world of web development. Even though the…
#35: Chimps, Taxes, and Design Systems
Apr 29 • 84 min
While we’re on the subject of design systems, it seems worth taking a stop by the United States Digital Service and their release of the Web Design System 2.0 this month. The USWDS has provided a framework for creating successful government websites,…
#34: Accessibility, Web Components,and Responsible Development
Apr 15 • 89 min
Last week’s episode opened the door to the wild world of web components. This week, Aaron returns to dig a bit deeper into the idea of using them as a way of crafting parts of a design system, and how all of it can tie in to a responsible development…
#33: HAX the Planet!
Apr 1 • 89 min
Aaron might be on the road, but we have a great guest to sit in his place this week as we talk with HAX Editor developer Bryan Ollendyke. Bryan shares his experiences building a standards-based…
#32: The 10 UX Commandments
Mar 18 • 81 min
In this episode, Michael and Aaron take a look at an article written by Phil Delalande with his take on The Ten Commandments of UX. Phil’s article outline a series of suggestions meant to help…
#31: You Got CSS In My JS
Mar 4 • 81 min
In this episode, we’re joined by GatsbyJS software engineer Dustin Schau to introduce our listeners to the concept of CSS-in-JS. Using this technique with React applications, you’re able to compartmentalize your styles to your individual…
#30: Captain Marvel Loves CSS that Respects Your Privacy
Feb 18 • 87 min
In this week’s episode, you get a three-for-one deal as we take a look at the retro-styled Captain Marvel microsite, then share some information on the State of CSS survey that’s currently underway, and finally…
#29: Stop Making Crappy Forms
Feb 4 • 86 min
Following up on Episode 28, we continue the discussion of usability and UX and how you can apply it to things you’re working on. In today’s episode, we’re tackling the subject of form usability and…
#28: Don’t Make Me Drink
Jan 21 • 87 min
In several past past episodes, Aaron and Michael have made references to Steve’s Krug’s seminal book on usability Don’t Make Me Think. This week’s episode takes a look at that book, and reviews several of…
#27: Should You Learn jQuery?
Jan 7 • 84 min
Welcome to Season 2 of The Drunken UX Podcast! We’re thrilled to have you back, and we kick the season off by having a discussion about the value in learning jQuery today, and what the…
#26: Season 1 Finale, Part 2
Dec 24, 2018 • 80 min
52 weeks in the making, we arrive at our final show for the season. If you haven’t yet, be sure to catch Part 1 of this two part finale. Today, we dive into the subject…
Build Process #7: DevSquared
Dec 19, 2018 • 27 min
Our final Build Process for the season takes us to the local, two-man development firm DevSquared. As a Pittsburg, KS based web and mobile application development agency, they work with clients to help foster innovative…
RTO: Security Headers, Color Variables, Accessible Form Styling…
Dec 14, 2018
Hey folks, this is our next to last RTO of the year! Sorry it’s a little late this week, but as always, we think it’ll be worth the wait. This week, we start off with…
#25: Season 1 Finale, Part 1
Dec 10, 2018 • 87 min
We’re here! We made it! Today marks part 1 in our special, two-part season finale to round out the first full year of producing The Drunken UX Podcast, and man does it feel good to…
RTO: The Gutenberg Launch Special
Dec 5, 2018 • 8 min
It’s here! The day is upon us! G-Day! That great day of Gutenbergedness has finally come, and, well, at least it’s here. Right? Right? Regardless of where you stand on Gutenberg, the band-aid has at…
RTO: Amazon.com’s Horrible, 30 Second CSS, Microcopy…
Nov 28, 2018 • 11 min
This week’s RTO kicks off with some advice for approaching your work to ensure you do the best you can. From there, a look at Amazon from an outside user and the usability problems that…
#24: Producing Open Source for Good
Nov 26, 2018 • 84 min
This week we bring back previous Build Process guest Sean Marcia to join Aaron in a chat with Michael about the Ruby for Good project and their project DiaperBase. Together, we take a dive into…
RTO: Micro-Experiences, Redesign SEO, Address Fields…
Nov 21, 2018 • 11 min
Thanksgiving is on the way, so be sure to queue us up for your travels! This week, RTO is ready for you with a quick selection of helpful choices just in time for the holidays….
Build Process #6: Shelley Keith
Nov 14, 2018 • 33 min
Shelley’s career has taken her from a passion for technology to passionately advocating for the people who use technology. Spending many years working in higher education digital communications and marketing has made her hyper-aware of…
#23: Blocks, Objects, and CDNs – A Storage and Delivery Primer
Nov 12, 2018 • 93 min
If concepts like object storage and CDNs give you a headache, let Michael and Aaron help you understand what it all means and why you might want to use them when developing your next website….
RTO: Agile vs. UxD, Bland Design, Form Performance…
Nov 7, 2018 • 13 min
It’s time for your favorite web development article roundup in podcast episode form of the week! Because we know there are so many of those, naturally. Anyway, start things off with a look at things…
RTO: Microinteractions, Front-End Identity, Dynamic Design Systems…
Oct 31, 2018 • 12 min
Happy Halloween everyone! Our last RTO for October is ready for you with more thoughts on the value of designers learning how to write some front end code, a great piece on how microinteractions affect…
#22: Let’s Drink to Our HealthCare.gov
Oct 29, 2018 • 89 min
This October marks the 5-year anniversary of the launch of HealthCare.gov – the insurance marketplace search platform that was conceived as part of the needs to support requirements of the Affordable Care Act. That launch,…
RTO: Evolution of Web Design, Gutenberg Accessibility RFP, Debugging WordPress…
Oct 26, 2018 • 12 min
Fresh back from HighEdWeb 2018 in Sacramento, and while it might be late this week, we know you need your RTO in your life. So, we’ve put together some good ones for you. We kick…
Build Process #5: Kailey Pearson
Oct 17, 2018 • 25 min
Join us for this month’s BP as we interview design student and freelancer Kailey Pearson. She’s also the person responsible for our fancy little show logo too! Kailey is a freelance graphic designer who enjoys…
#21: Car Dealing Out Some Punishment
Oct 15, 2018 • 90 min
In this week’s episode, Aaron and Michael sit down with a handful of car dealer websites, and review the problems and possible resolutions they see. Car dealerships rely heavily on site providers that offer repetitive,…
RTO: WordPress Gutenberg Accessibility Special
Oct 10, 2018 • 16 min
Big news on the block over the last week, as Gutenberg accessibility issues and politics are taking the front stage in the weeks leading up to the WordPress 5.0 RC and eventual launch in November….
RTO: Grid vs Flexbox, 7 TED Talks, HTML Email…
Oct 3, 2018 • 11 min
We hope everyone enjoyed episode 20 of The DUX Podcast this week! If you haven’t listened yet, be sure to go back and check it out. As for today, our article roundup hits on advice…
#20: Today’s Secret Ingredient for a Small Web Shop is… Bravery
Oct 1, 2018 • 96 min
First, we apologize for Michael’s audio being a little blippity this week. That’s the technical term. As it turns out, you don’t want to run f.lux in Windows 10 while recording, just so you know….
RTO: Select Boxes, Sticky Headers, Mobile Dark Patterns…
Sep 27, 2018 • 11 min
A Thursday edition of RTO this week bring a quartet of articles for you to enjoy. We get started looking into how design principles can improve your ability to pitch projects, then move on to…
RTO: Smashing Book 6, GitHub Drops jQuery, and the Demise of RSS…
Sep 19, 2018 • 10 min
A beautiful new Smashing Book is released, an argument for why Gutenberg will be good for WordPress and page builder plugins, GitHub drops jQuery, making a case to come to terms with the hamburger icon,…
#19: Inbox, EU Copyright, and AMP Walk Into a Bar
Sep 17, 2018 • 81 min
Three, three, three topics in one! This week we tackle a trio of topics to change up the pace. First we share some thoughts about Google’s announcement that it’s closing Inbox, and then we talk…
Build Process #4: Rachel Cherry
Sep 12, 2018 • 32 min
In this month’s episode of Build Process, we’re joined by Rachel Cherry. She is a freelance software engineer with a background in higher education and other enterprise-level organizations, like Disney. She is the Founder and…
RTO: 404 Pages, Cypress Testing, Firefox and Tracking…
Sep 5, 2018 • 10 min
It’s that time of the week! We’ve got a pair of stories that focus on work Mozilla is doing covering research and user tracking. Both are worth a read in your spare time. If it’s…
#18: Your Ally in Universal Design
Sep 3, 2018 • 92 min
Many of you are off for Labor Day, so we wanted to be sure you had something to do today for fun. What better than a new episode of The Drunken UX Podcast? This week…
RTO: Mobile Carousels, WordPress’s Crossroads, Slow Design…
Aug 29, 2018 • 12 min
Man, today’s articles will give you some great material, and some even better debate opportunities. We get started thinking about what defines success, and how we talk to others about it. Then, NNG has put…
RTO: Using .filter(), Aspect Ratios, Scroll Bouncing…
Aug 22, 2018 • 10 min
This week starts with a couple different JavaScript related posts. Our first one looks at how JS dependence is bad for the canned theme market. The second offers an ES5 tutorial on using the .filter()…
#17: The Weather Outside is Frightful
Aug 20, 2018 • 83 min
This week Aaron and Michael jump into three popular weather websites and poke them with a sharp stick while making observations about how frustrating they can be (see also: ads, too many ads), and what…
RTO: CSS Grid Cheatsheet, Measuring Design Success, WordPress Malware Removal…
Aug 16, 2018 • 11 min
This week’s RTO brings you a great visual cheatsheet for getting started with CSS Grid. This thing is a really great reference if you’re need a hand once in a while remembering how to make…
Build Process #3: Mike Richwalsky
Aug 13, 2018 • 36 min
August means that it’s time for our third installment of Build Process, and this month we take a few moments to sit down with Mike Richwalsky of Gas Mark 8 to talk about his first…
RTO: Fluid Interfaces, Gutenberg Preview Reactions, Amazon’s Dark UX…
Aug 8, 2018 • 10 min
This week’s news roundup kicks off with a look at building fluid interface components, and the design theory behind them. Next is a piece on how JavaScript is negatively impacting page load times. Following that…
#16: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Content Strategy
Aug 6, 2018 • 92 min
On this week’s episode of DUX, we are joined by the ever lovable and often quotable Jeff Stevens from UF Health for a discussion on how to get yourself rolling with content strategy. We talk about…
RTO: Disabling Gutenberg, Good Link UX, Hospital User Research…
Aug 1, 2018 • 11 min
Selected just for you this week, a hearty crop of the best from around the web development news circles. Two stories on WordPress – one with advice on how to avoid the upcoming Gutenberg editor,…
RTO: Is Coding Obsolete, Design Mentorship, Tackling a Redesign…
Jul 26, 2018 • 10 min
Here’s a special Thursday edition of RTO this week. Sorry for the delay, but we’ve put together a good list of articles for you to check out. Two of our choices are two-parters – one…
#15: How to Manage Lots of WordPress Sites at Once
Jul 23, 2018 • 71 min
If you’re the kind of person that’s getting tired of going in and updating themes and plugins by hand across a lot of sites, today’s episode of the DUX Podcast is right up your alley….
RTO: CSS Grid Mistakes, Atomic Design Course, Headless CMS Tech…
Jul 18, 2018 • 10 min
This week includes a run by Jen Simmons’ YouTube channel Layout Land, a review of content security policy problems in a research paper at Google AI, a look at a tool that lets you create…
Build Process #2: Sean Marcia
Jul 16, 2018
Today we’re interviewing Sean Marcia, a developer at USCIS and the founder of Ruby for Good, an annual conference for Ruby on Rails developers to volunteer their skills for non-profits. We were able to catch him…
RTO: Link Bars, Keyboard Accessibility, Browser Prototyping…
Jul 11, 2018 • 9 min
I hope everyone had a great 4th of July and took some time to relax. We also hope you caught episode 14 of DUX where we talked with Greg Podunovich about design philosophy. This week’s…
#14: I Got My Design Philosophy and I Trust it Like the Ground
Jul 9, 2018 • 94 min
This week Greg Podunovich of New York design firm Expand the Room joins Michael and Aaron to chat about the topic of design philosophy, and how it can help you make a case in support…
RTO: 500PX Drops Creative Commons, Flexible Text, Art of Listening…
Jul 4, 2018 • 10 min
It might be the 4th of July, but we aren’t letting that stop us from making sure you get your weekly dose of Real-Time Overview. Michael’s returned from Boston and back at the helm for…
RTO: OpenAI Game Players, Writing Better CSS, Leveling Up Coding…
Jun 27, 2018 • 9 min
This week, Aaron takes on the RTO reigns while Michael attends An Event Apart. Don’t worry, you’re totally in good hands. We promise. Aaron’s lined up a few topics to cover with you, all of…
#13: A Disconnected Functional CSS of My Wretchedness
Jun 25, 2018 • 67 min
Does the phrase “functional CSS” mean nothing to you? Do you assume that any CSS that makes something look a certain way must be “functional?” Have you heard about things like CSS BEM or Tachyons,…
RTO: Color Tools, Design Thinking, UI/UX Design Pocket Guide…
Jun 20, 2018 • 11 min
Wednesday is here, and so too is our weekly roundup. Links are below, as you might expect, and our tour takes us from color tools, to an image reveal example and beyond. We’ve included a…
Build Process #1: Paul Gilzow
Jun 18, 2018 • 26 min
We’re really excited to be bringing you the first episode of our new segment, Build Process. This segment will be focusing on casual interviews with other web professionals to talk about their experiences in the…
RTO: Bidirectional Scrolling, CDN Performance, Technical Debt…
Jun 14, 2018 • 11 min
Our apologies for being a day late this week. I hate missing a schedule, but I’m pretty happy that since launching Real-Time Overview, we haven’t missed a single week. So that’s pretty awesome. The roundup…
#12: Keep Your Applications and So Called Web Security
Jun 11, 2018 • 95 min
Okay, so fair warning, this week the guys kick things off talking about a horse of a different color. This isn’t web related, but Michael insisted that we talk about it. It might be a…
RTO: Microsoft Buys GitHub, WordPress Debugging, UX Design Portfolios…
Jun 6, 2018 • 10 min
Wow. So that happened. SmugMug acquiring Flickr was one thing. Microsoft buying GitHub? I mean, we all knew there was more than a passing interest in the idea, but I never would have called the…
RTO: What’s the Flow, AJAX Performance, Post-GDPR Thoughts…
Jun 2, 2018 • 9 min
We’re running behind this week, and we apologize profusely, but we had a good reason. We’re fresh back from the Web Accessibility Summit in Columbia, MO, and man was it a good day of discussions…
#11: You Gotta Fight for Your Copyright (to Party)
May 28, 2018 • 70 min
We hope everyone is enjoying Memorial Day and is celebrating in a contextually appropriate manner. We’ve still got an episode for you today though, and we touch on a couple topics. Starting off, we review…
RTO: JavaScript is Good, Front-End Tooling Survey, Typography Trends…
May 23, 2018 • 9 min
Did you know JavaScript is actually a good programming language? How about that over half of front end developers have under 10 years experience? What about what WordPress 1.0’s dashboard looked like? We can help…
RTO: The 25-Step Program, Adobe XD for Free, IxD Books to Read…
May 16, 2018 • 9 min
This week unintentionally ended up being a bit UX heavy for the news roundup, not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s all great stuff worth checking out just the same. Whether that’s Boma Josiah’s…
#10: Little Red StrategyCar
May 14, 2018 • 88 min
This week Aaron and Michael are joined by Alaina Wiens from the StrategyCar Podcast to talk about the wild world of web strategy. Before diving into that topic, we review Michael’s recent experience interacting with…
RTO: The Noscript Web, Social Sharing Buttons, Reddit Redesign Reactions…
May 9, 2018 • 10 min
Is your site addicted to JavaScript? Does it degrade gracefully? Do you ensure you have base functionality working before enhancing progressively? Chris Ashton’s article is a nice reminder about how important it is to try…
RTO: Drunk User Testing, 15 UX Rules, Fixing Amazon…
May 2, 2018 • 10 min
Given that we’re the Drunken UX Podcast, it seems only fitting to start this week with an article looking at drunk user testing parties for applications. It’s a contentious idea in the community, to say…
#9: Love at First Site
Apr 30, 2018 • 90 min
Wow, so some big news breaking this past week with SmugMug buying Flickr from Oath. Aaron and Michael start this week’s episode off by looking at some of the history of Flickr, and what the…
RTO: Passwordless Logins, Inline Validation, Design Perception…
Apr 25, 2018 • 9 min
This week we take a trip to the RSA conference in San Francisco to see what Google and Microsoft are proposing as part of the Fast Identification Online Alliance. Will it be the next OpenID?…
RTO: Accessibility Inspector, Editorial Design, More Dark UX…
Apr 19, 2018 • 9 min
To everyone listening to Real-Time Overview for the first time thanks to finding us through Smashing Magazine… Hi! We’re glad you’re here. Every week we run through a few articles we think you should check…
#8: Sweet Home Automattic, Where We Use Gutenberg
Apr 16, 2018 • 99 min
With the release of version 2.6 of the Gutenberg preview plugin, WordPress is edging closer to a new editing experience that will dramatically impact the way people use the platform. Special guest Jeff Chandler of…
RTO: Facebook Privacy UX, Design Ethics, Email Coding…
Apr 11, 2018 • 9 min
Pretty much everyone had their eyes on Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress on Tuesday. In the spirit of that, we start with a story on Facebook, but on how they can improve privacy UX, not on…
RTO: Immersive Design, Coding for Designers, Dark Patterns…
Apr 4, 2018 • 10 min
We’ve weeded through all the April Fools nonsense to find the best meaty bits of web news for you all. For instance, what do you know about immersive design, AR, and VR? We’ve got some…
#7: Codin’ 9 to 5
Apr 2, 2018 • 100 min
For those of you looking for a short episode this week, sorry. This week we’re talking about learning resources to get started with and how to stay sharp if you’re looking for a career in…
RTO: Purpose Driven Design, Atom 1.25, Design Genome Project…
Mar 28, 2018 • 8 min
This week’s RTO update is a little shorter, but has some great material in it nonetheless. Absolutely do not miss Invision’s Design Genome Project. The work going in to that is producing a lot of…
RTO: Usable Forms, the Meaning of UX, Developer Survey…
Mar 21, 2018 • 9 min
This week we’re bringing you some book recommendations from Luke Hays and Don Norman to cover user experience and UX research needs. Along with that, StackOverflow has a treasure trove of developer research that’s been…
#6: Can You Take Me Higher (Ed) [Part 2]
Mar 19, 2018 • 66 min
Today’s episode features Michael and Aaron taking a deeper dive into the subject of higher ed websites which was started in Episode 5. The best part is, episodes 5 and 6 were recorded together, so…
RTO: Gutenberg, OpenAI Scholars, Skeuomorphic Design…
Mar 14, 2018 • 10 min
Big week coming at you today. Everyone’s talking Gutenberg lately – and I have some of my own questions still. This should help ease your mind about the update a little though. Then we look…
RTO: CSS Security, Typography in Design, Google vs. Slack…
Mar 7, 2018 • 7 min
A lot of folks have been looking into the CSS keylogging demo that Max Chehab has put out. On the heels of that, Jake Archibald has written up a nice look on why it’s a…
#5: Can You Take Me Higher (Ed) [Part 1]
Mar 5, 2018 • 69 min
Oh my. It’s time for Aaron and I to take a bit of a trip down memory lane. In today’s episode, we’re looking back to our early days and how we got started in the…
RTO: Google AMP, OOP in JavaScript, GDPR…
Feb 28, 2018 • 7 min
Ah yes, Wednesday, that faithful day when we bring you news updates in web development from around the web. Today’s cornucopia is abundant indeed, with acronyms everywhere. We get started with an update to information…
RTO: The Olympics, Visual Accessibility, CSS Variables…
Feb 21, 2018 • 7 min
From this episode moving forward, you can look forward to an RTO release every Wednesday morning. Today’s highlights are rounded out by several topics, including a review of how a designer worked with Yahoo to…
#4: Scenes From A Crappy Restaurant Website
Feb 19, 2018 • 66 min
From site visitor to in-person customer – few industries see customer conversions happen the way restaurants do. In an industry where your findability and content can so directly impact whether or not you’re making money,…
RTO: Snapchat Update, Facebook’s “VPN”, The Persona Paradox…
Feb 16, 2018 • 9 min
Just in time for your weekend, a new episode of RTO! Plenty to talk about, and we grab some of the top headlines from the week. Of course, we have to drop in something about…
RTO: WordPress 4.9.4, Twitter Profit, MixPanel Passwords…
Feb 9, 2018 • 8 min
Our first run at Real-Time Overview, a Drunken UX Podcast segment that will run between normal episodes of the podcast to draw attention to current events, articles, and releases relevant to web developers and designers….
#3: Streaming Video Killed the Radio Star
Feb 5, 2018 • 80 min
So if you listened to the end of Episode 2, this is clearly not the episode on higher education websites. Fear not! It’s still coming, we’ve just made some changes to the production plans for…
#2: Living in an Ecomm Paradise
Jan 21, 2018 • 60 min
In today’s episode, we tackle the large and weighty topic of ecommerce. Well, specifically, we’re going to look into two facets of shopping online: product sorting and checkout processes. We’ll review how and why sorting…
#1: Autoplay This
Jan 7, 2018 • 47 min
The Drunken UX Podcast’s inaugural episode, in which we look at the blight that is autoplaying videos. Facebook, your local news sites YouTube – we’ll look at the different use cases, where it’s appropriate, and…
#0: The Introductioning
Dec 15, 2017 • 3 min
Welcome to Episode 0. This… is the start. In this pre-series episode, I wanted to take a couple minutes to introduce myself and explain just what you can expect to get from this show, what…