The World of UX with Darren Hood

The World of UX with Darren Hood

The World of UX podcast, hosted by UX and experience design veteran, educator, and conference speaker, Darren Hood, is dedicated to presenting topics covering and addressing all things UX. We'll cover every UX-related method, discipline trend, career advancement and challenges, education recommendations, UX maturity levels, and maturity level management, and much much more. If you'd like to stay informed about UX, The World of UX is for you!

Episodes

October 12, 2021 63 min

In this segment of "Talkin' Shop," Darren interviews Stéphanie Walter, Lead UX Design Consultant for Maltem Consulting Group. Check out this enlightening session to learn about Stéphanie's career and UX journey and to partake of an all-around invigorating and enriching discussion about all things UX.

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In the segment of "Talkin' Shop," Darren interviews Justin Ranton, Senior Manager and Head of UX Design and Research at AliveCor Inc. Check out this highly energetic session to learn about Justin's career and to partake of an all-around enlightening and enriching discussion about all things UX.

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September 28, 2021 42 min

In the first official segment of "Talkin' Shop," Darren interviews Jon DeHeus, a product designer for Ford Credit. Darren presents questions to discuss Jon's journey as a UX professional, how he got into the discipline, biggest challenges, greatest memories, and much more. Tune in today to learn about Jon's life in UX and to get inspiration for your own trek.

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The factors covered during last week's nuances of UX research were a bit unique in that they were not closely related to the actual research that we do. For this week's segment, Darren limits his coverage to various nuances that are very closely related to the work done by UX researchers. Examples covered include, but are not limited to research design, screening, patitence, moderation, strategy, and several more. It's ...

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The hottest segment of today's UX job market is that of UX research (UXR). While many are eager to get into the field, as with UX as a whole, many are over-focused on the work and are unaware of the associated nuances, putting them and their organizations at a disadvantage. In this episode, Darren provides a brief overview of UXR and shares info about several nuances that, if embraced, can help practitioners to navigate their p...

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In an inaugural segment of "Talkin' Shop," Darren welcomes Eric Shumake and Michelle Pakron as the group spends time talking about eye-openers, challenges, their biggest surprises, and general tips associated with job seeking in the world of UX. Tune in today for this special extended episode.

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This week, Darren continues the presentation on overlooked factors associated with the UX hiring process, specifically focusing on issues associated with job candidates. The topics covered range from poorly constructed resumes to failing to prepare properly for interviews and from neglecting to interview the company to the danger of false hopes (derived from faux UX resources). Darren also provides a book recommendation list for jo...

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In another extended episode of The World of UX, Darren takes time to address several critical problems at-large in today's world of UX hiring. Topic examples include realistic expectations for ROI, impact of UX maturity levels, candidate competencies, critical thinking, academic thinking, overemphasis of UX design tools and design processes, misapplication of agile experience, and much more. Tune in today and prep yourself to e...

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In this special edition of The World of UX, Darren holds a conversation with his special guest Chantel Botha, Managing Director at Brand Love world class CX practitioner, and a new member of the CX of M Radio Network. Chantel discusses such things as the goals for her new podcast, defines CX, talks about the challenges in CX today, strategies for achieving stakeholder buy for CX initiatives, and shares her favorite CX-related stori...

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August 10, 2021 28 min

This week, Darren concludes this round of "UX potpourri" focusing on such topics as the importance of hearing viable voices in UX, distinguishing between valid and invalid resources, his recent resignation from the UXPA Board of Directors, human-computer interaction (HCI), the dangers of rampant misinformation and non-authoritative sources, ethics in education, the dangers of neutrality, a sneak peek at upcoming coverage of...

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August 3, 2021 40 min

This week, Darren continues sharing "UX potpourri," discussing a concept referred to as "baby bird syndrome" and elaborating on the infighting and hostile behavior that's becoming all too common in UX circles. Tune in today for downloads on these topics and how they can impact you.

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July 27, 2021 35 min

In this week's episode, serving as a segue between series, Darren spends time discussing a very busy week on social media, addressing three specific topics: 1) The paradox of UX job opportunities; 2) The importance of learning to optimize reviewing of UX job postings and 3) The volatile nature of many social media interactions in the world of UX. Tune in to this extended episode for the deets.

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In the finale of this 3-part series, Darren shares a recap of the 7 key contributing factors to today's dysfunction in the world of UX, along with methods that can be used to overcome their operation and impact. He also issues a milestone personal challenge for all listeners and the UX community-at-large. Listen today to hear and accept the challenge!

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In Part 2 of this 3-part series, Darren spends time identifying 7 key contributing factors for dysfunction in the world of UX today, providing a means of examining the UX operation of our organizations, our teams, and our personal states. Tune in for more details.

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UX is a beautiful and valuable thing, but the current world of UX is operating in a cycle of dysfunction. Overcoming it requires knowledge of its traits and contributing factors. In the first segment of a 3-part series, Darren will provide insights about UX's storied history, laying the foundation to explain what went wrong and what we'll need to do in order to right the ship. Tune in for the deets!

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This week, Darren completes his exposé of UX bootcamps, examining their operation from critical angles and addressing different topics one should consider when selecting an educational resource. Specific topics covered in this finale include bias infusion, pedagogy, value propositions, ethics, and impact upon the discipline. As always, tune in for the deets!

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UX bootcamps are all the rage for many today. Is the hype real? Can they really help a person to get a start in the discipline? Are they worth the money? Do they offer a delightful learner experience? Can they really help a person get a job? Are there job-related guarantees? In this episode, Darren bears all by providing a high-level review and exposé, challenging people to engage in critical thinking regarding this topic.

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This episode highlights questions presented from attendees at a talk Darren delivered for the folks at UserWizard, an organization that specializes in mentoring services for people transitioning into UX from other disciplines. Tune in to hear coverage about such topics as UX education, apprenticeships, and specific UX learning resources. You can learn more about UserWizard at https://www.user-wizard.com.

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Are you familiar with the challenge and frustration of constantly being brought into projects at the last minute? Do you wonder how you're going to achieve an optimal design without the time to conduct research? Do you know how it feels to scratch and claw about ways to bring value in the face of such challenges? This week, Darren talks about earning trust from stakeholders along with the challenges and the mindsets and strateg...

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Have you ever seen or completed a design that you felt good about just because of how it looked? Of course, you have. Considering the fact that UX's focus on aesthetics is minimal, we must make sure to evaluate the work based on an entirely different plane. This week, Darren talks about a little-used method to help optimize our design efforts and their associated value. Tune in for the deets!

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