Opacity

Opacity

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A podcast about working in design.


14: Kim Lenox, Zendesk
Jul 2 • 50 min
Kim Lenox currently heads up the product design organization at Zendesk, a global company that builds software for the best customer experiences. She is responsible for driving strategic priorities and scaling the impact of an international team of…
13. Before we were designers
Jun 18 • 37 min
The jobs that we’ve had in the past shape the professionals we become. No matter how mundane, low paid, or seemingly inconsequential. A recent twitter dot com trend had people from far and wide sharing 5 past jobs they had. In the process, we saw people…
12: Don’t be an Asshole, says Paul Woods
May 14 • 60 min
Has your mother ever told you to not be an asshole? In case not, this episode should do the trick. Paul Woods is Chief Creative Officer at the renowned design firm Edenspiekermann. He has accomplished much in his career as a designer, working with…
11: Banking on Research, with Lar Veale
May 1 • 50 min
If you know Lar Veale, and his current role at the bank AIB, then you know the title of this week’s episode is a pun. If you don’t know Lar, this is a great chance to hear from someone who has a lot of experience bringing research into the design practice…
10: Learn by Doing
Apr 16 • 29 min
‘Twas a dark and stormy night in Dublin… Tune into this week’s episode to hear Tom tell a riveting tale of a disaster corrected by the power of DIY. Experience makes life bigger. It expands our worldview. People decide more and more to pay for experiences…
9: Colman Walsh, UX Design Institute
Apr 2 • 37 min
Colman Walsh’s head has been in UX design education for the past decade. Who better to continue our design education topic from episode 4? In 2013 he founded UXTraining.com, and ran it successfully as in-person training for individuals to corporate…
8: Imposter Syndrome, with Aoife O’Dwyer
Mar 19 • 62 min
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt like an imposter. 🤚 Imposter Syndrome is something we’re all familiar with. Maybe a bit too familiar. It shows its face across industries, but for creative professionals it’s especially palpable. In this episode Tom and…
7: Pete Bowker, CEO of Glug
Mar 5 • 43 min
This is exciting. Did I say how excited I am? We’ve hit episode 7, and are bringing on a new format with special guests. In this episode I had the privilege of chatting with Pete Bowker, CEO of Glug. We talked about everything from his childhood eating…
6: What’s in a Process?
Feb 26 • 36 min
What’s in a process? That which we call design, by any other name would still smell as sweet. What’s design process, and what’s the value in following one? Having a process is a good thing, but does that mean not following one is a bad thing? Tom and…
5: Expectations of the Modern Designer
Feb 19 • 38 min
We started this episode with a simple question. “What’s expected of the modern designer?” Turns out it’s the perfect topic to uncover rabbit holes. Tom and Craig have a convo that starts here, and ends somewhere else altogether. From…
4: The Design of Design Interviews
Feb 12 • 33 min
Interviewing is a gentle dance. A staged performance where the interviewer and interviewee meet on the battlefield of employability. In other words, it’s hard on both sides of the table. Design challenges are a common component of interviewing for a new…
3: What’s the Future of Design Education?
Feb 5 • 43 min
Should designers learn? Yes, yes they should. But the real question is how. How should designers learn their craft? What prepares a designer and gives them the skills they need to be successful for todays jobs? How about those of the future? There’s no…
2: Hot/Mild Takes on the Year to Come
Jan 29 • 36 min
What does the future hold? We all have opinions on where the coming year will take us. Tom and Craig are no exception. In this episode the guys discuss a few bits and bobs floating in the empty cavern where their articulate minds used to be. The best…
1: Experience Design—High Horses & Reality Checks
Jan 22 • 34 min
Welcome to the first ever episode of Opacity! Tom and Craig go down a variety of rabbit holes as they think out loud about experience design. Craig tries to instigate, but Tom remains stoic as ever. Everything is on the table, from the designing bathroom…
Trailer
Jan 5 • 1 min
Welcome to Opacity, a podcast about working in design. What does it mean to be a designer? As a craft, design lives and grows. But with growth comes complexity. Designers today are often navigating their career paths on their own. Forging new ways to do…