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Elijah Woolery presents
Design Better Podcast
The Design Better podcast delivers insights from the world’s most renowned creative leaders, empowering teams to transform their practice and build remarkable products. This series is hosted by Aarron Walter and Eli Woolery and brought to you by InVision, the digital product design platform used to make the world’s best customer experiences. Discover more best practices, research, and resources at www.designbetter.com.
September 28, 2021
Spotify’s Vicki Tan: Learning from new voices
We chat with Vicki Tan about some of the things she has learned over the course of her career, from Lyft to Headspace to her current role as Associate Principal Product Designer at Spotify, the ways that the pandemic has changed her work and her creative process, and how her team does research.
September 14, 2021
Judy Wert: Navigating career changes
We chat with Judy Wert, co-founder of the executive search agency Wert & Co, about pay transparency, the kinds of skills that individual contributors should cultivate to advance in their career, and tips on negotiating your salary.
August 31, 2021
Rewind: Airbnb’s Benjamin Evans on the power of inclusive design
Benjamin Evans, Inclusive Design Lead for Airbnb, is part of a new kind of problem solvers tackling issues like racism, sexism, and bias in digital product design. In this episode of the Design Better Podcast, Eli and Aarron chat with Benjamin about using techniques like design thinking, research, and storytelling to ensure a more inclusive experience for all your users.
August 17, 2021
Scott Berkun: How design makes the world
We chat with author Scott Berkun about his new book How Design Makes the World, the differences in thinking between designers and engineers, what UX design has to do with deep-sea anglerfish, and how good design is often shaped by understanding the constraints on a product.
August 3, 2021
Ford’s Sandy Fershee: Driving innovation with human-centered design
We chat with Sandy Fershee, lab director at D-Ford Detroit, about the challenges of doing research & development in a large organization, how her team shares their design and innovation tools with the whole company, and how they approach design at the intersection of hardware and software.
July 20, 2021
Astra CEO Chris Kemp: Bringing talent into your orbit
We sat down with Astra co-founder and CEO Chris Kemp to learn more about how his teams collaborate on the immense technical challenges involved in designing an affordable space launch platform, and how design is playing an increasingly important role as traditional control room roles become automated.
July 6, 2021
Rewind: Julie Zhuo: Learning to manage like a leader
Listen as Julie Zhuo, VP of Product Design at Facebook and author of The Making of a Manager, recalls some of her earliest professional experiences at one of the fastest-growing companies on the planet. She reveals how she got her start and grew to be a highly influential design leader renowned for building top-notch teams. Julie talks about the difference between leading and managing, and shares personal examples that can help you advance your career.
June 22, 2021
RISD President Rosanne Somerson: Transformation through education
We chat with Rhode Island School of Design President Rosanne Somerson about some of the common traits of their most successful graduates, how COVID has changed higher education, and the power of a degree in the arts.
June 8, 2021
Sara Seager: Pushing boundaries through collaboration
We speak with Sara Seager, astrophysict and planetary scientist at MIT, about collaboration, how to push boundaries, and giving yourself permission to fail.
May 25, 2021
Dan Pink: Creating meaningful connections
We chat with author Dan Pink about creating meaningful connections in a Zoom-dominated workplace, and giving teams a sense of purpose given all that is going on in the world today.
February 23, 2021
Netflix's Steve Johnson and Rochelle King: Making great stories accessible
We chat with Steve Johnson, Vice President of Design, and Rochelle King, Vice President of Creative Production at Netflix, to talk about how they approach inclusive design for a global audience, how they use a data-informed rather than data-driven product strategy, and why looking for passion rather than for credentials might be the key to your next great hire.
February 9, 2021
Apple TV+ Home’s Doug Pray and Matt Weaver: Designing spaces that change behavior and create opportunity
We asked Matt Weaver and Doug Pray (two of the creators of Home on Apple TV+) about how the subjects of the documentary used their own stubbornness and resilience to push their projects forward, how constraints of location and material encouraged creative solutions, and about some of the common threads they see across creative disciplines.
January 26, 2021
John Cleese: A cheerful guide to creativity
We talk with actor, writer and comedian John Cleese about his new book, Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide, and also about creative collaboration in the midst of friction, how to be comfortable with ambiguity, and creating boundaries of space and time to get in a creative mode.
January 12, 2021
Logitech's Jason Mayden: Leading with curiosity and humility
We spoke with designer and entrepreneur Jason Mayden on a wide range of topics, from how a near-death experience in childhood shaped his career and life, to how he maintains his energy and focus, to why being a polymath is an enormous advantage in today’s job market.
December 15, 2020
Airbnb’s Brian Chesky: Designing for trust
In this interview we speak with Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky, and learn how being a designer has influenced the arc of his journey, leading a company from a 3-person startup to a public company. We talk about what it’s like to design for trust during a pandemic, and the power of having a clear company mission that all can align to.
December 8, 2020
Google’s Annie Jean Baptiste: Building better products for everyone
We speak with Annie Jean Baptiste, Head of Product Inclusion at Google, about her new book Building For Everyone: Expand Your Market With Design Practices From Google's Product Inclusion Team. We ask her about what spurred her to write the book, along with some of the strategies she uses for researching, designing, and shipping inclusive products.
November 24, 2020
Author Bill Burnett: Designing Your Work Life
In the wake of a worldwide pandemic and economic catastrophe, we thought it would be timely to bring in an expert who has been using a designer’s mindset to help people reframe their approach to their careers. We speak with Bill Burnett, co-author of Designing Your Work Life, about how adopting a designer’s mindset can help you through your current challenges if you’re searching for work, and how setting aside time for reflection can help you understand what changes you need to make to find a better
November 10, 2020
Debbie Millman: Revealing what matters the most to designers and creatives
Debbie Millman is the President Emeritus of AIGA and chair and co-founder of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is also the host of Design Matters, the pioneering podcast on design and creativity. We spoke with Debbie about the role that teaching plays in her learning process, and covered a range of topics from ethics in design to the differences between being a designer and an artist.
October 27, 2020
John Maeda: Working at the intersection of design, business, and technology
n our interview with John Maeda, we learn how curiosity and humility have driven his wide-ranging and accomplished career. We also dive deep into his recent CX Report, which was formerly called the Design in Tech Report (we also ask him about that name change). We discuss why algorithms have the potential to narrow our point of view, and why digital transformation is so hard for companies that are lower on what he refers to as the “Kardashev Scale.”
October 13, 2020
Seth Godin: Learning to take risks, be generous, and make a ruckus
We’ve been following author, entrepreneur, and teacher Seth Godin for a long time, and his writing and speaking have influenced how we think about creating and marketing products. So it was a huge honor to have him on our show, where we spoke about subjects ranging from how to take risks in your career, to why being creative is an act of generosity, to the idea of “creative destruction."