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July 17, 2018
130: How A/B testing can improve your design

Data can be a powerful tool in a designer’s toolkit. A/B testing can help to prove or disprove our design hypotheses by checking them against the data to see what actually works. In this episode we discuss our experience with A/B testing and how it can help you to become a better designer.

March 20, 2017
069: Stepping out of your comfort zone

Stepping out of your comfort zone is something you have to do every now and then to learn and develop. In this episode we talk about what that means for us in terms of our side projects, taking on new opportunities, and also with our design style.

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December 6, 2021
235: How does where you live impact you as a designer?

How does where you live impact you as a designer? We chat about where we have felt most inspired and most welcome in our careers so far

November 29, 2021
234: Are you ready to commit to a new side hustle?

Listen to our chat about committing to new side hustles, inspired by the launch of Femke’s design community.

November 23, 2021
233: Increasing the pace of your design

Today we’re talking about pace. The more experience we have, the quicker and more efficient we become.

November 15, 2021
232: Do you NEED to do research before you design?

In this week’s episode of Design Life we answer a listener question - Do you NEED to do research before you design? (Maybe not!)

November 8, 2021
231: Why Femke left Uber

In this episode of Design Life, hear all about Femke's new job at Wealthsimple.

November 1, 2021
230: After summer catch up

Welcome back to the Design Life podcast, catch up with us in our first episode after the summer break.

June 29, 2021
229: Side hustle income streams

Today on Design Life we discuss our side hustle income stream growth from the past twelve months.

June 21, 2021
228: Ways to keep learning and growing

As a designer, your skillset is always growing and there is always more to learn.

June 15, 2021
227: Building self awareness

Today on Design Life we answer another listener question, this time about self awareness as a designer.

June 8, 2021
226: Decision making as a creative lead

Today on Design Life we chat about how to find the balance between being decisive, seeking help and leading your team with confidence.

May 31, 2021
225: Finding your why

Do you know your ‘why’, the thing that fuels you in your professional and personal life?

May 25, 2021
224: Crafting effective case studies

Join us as we dive deep into how to craft a great case study that shows off not just your project, but your skills too.

May 18, 2021
223: Why focusing on your portfolio will pay off

Spending time on your portfolio is time well spent when searching for a new job, but how can you maximise your portfolio even further?

May 10, 2021
222: Taking initiative at work

The further you want to get, the more initiative you need to show.

May 3, 2021
221: Building design team culture

Today on Design Life we chat about how to build a strong culture within your design team.

April 19, 2021
220: The relationship between design and product

Listen as we dive deep into how to make the most of the relationship between product and design so you can make your best work.

April 13, 2021
219: Daily themes to get more work done

The challenges and benefits of using daily themes to get work done.

April 6, 2021
218: Become a manager or stay an IC?

Is becoming a manager the next step in your career?

March 22, 2021
217: Why you should share your work

This week on Design Life we talk about how to start sharing your work so you can enjoy the benefits of working in public along with some pro

March 15, 2021
216: Taking ownership of your career growth

Pursuing your dream career takes courage but the risk is worth the reward.

February 23, 2021
215: Running a hack day

Have you ever thought about organising a hack or jam day at your work?

February 8, 2021
214: Our daily routine

Today on Design Life we chat all things daily routines and really break down how we spend each part of our day.

January 25, 2021
212: Inside the design hiring process

Today on Design Life we talk about hiring from the perspective of the person actually doing the hiring.

January 18, 2021
211: Ageism in the tech industry

In today’s episode of Design Life we talk about ageism in the tech industry.

January 12, 2021
210: Our plans for 2021

As has become tradition on the Design Life podcast, we take the first episode of the new year to talk about our goals, our hopes and our int

December 2, 2020
207: Outsourcing work and hiring help for side projects

As two busy creators with side projects and full time jobs we have recently needed a little extra help, which we have found in the form of o

November 23, 2020
206: How to have productive meetings

In this episode of Design Life we discuss how to have a productive meeting, remotely.

November 16, 2020
205: How designers could use Facebook ads to get clients

Special guest Mocja Žove shares how designers can use Facebook ads

October 19, 2020
203: Running a design-focused Instagram

On this episode of Design Life we talk about running a design-focused Instagram account.

October 12, 2020
202: Charli gets a promotion!

In this episode of Design Life we discuss something really exciting - Charli’s recent promotion to Creative Director at Convertkit!

September 28, 2020
201: Being the only designer on the team

What's it like being a solo designer, the only designer on a team or even in an entire company?

September 21, 2020
200: Does using design freebies make you less of a designer?

Does using design freebies makes you any less of a designer?

September 14, 2020
199: How direct is TOO direct with feedback?

How direct is being too direct with feedback and general workplace communication?

September 8, 2020
198: Making friends at work

How much of yourself you should bring to work and how can you build friendships with the people you work with?

August 24, 2020
197: Should you go to design school?

“Should I go to design school?” – The answer varies depending on where you are in your career, how you learn best and what goals you have.

August 17, 2020
196: Should you have to work nights and weekends to succeed in tech?

Should you have to work nights and weekends to succeed in tech?

August 11, 2020
195: Working with freelancers

In this episode of Design Life we discuss working with freelancers and contractors.

August 3, 2020
194: The future of AI/ML in design

As artificial intelligence and machine learning begin to impact the design industry in new ways, the future of design may differ from the wa

July 27, 2020
193: Too many meetings

Have you ever felt that you have so many meetings in one week that you don’t have time to get your work done?

July 6, 2020
192: How to reach out for advice

In this episode we discuss different ways to ask for advice and how to reach out to people kindly.

June 29, 2020
191: Attaching self worth to your work

With more people than ever before working from home (WFH) our relationship with our work is changing.

June 24, 2020
190: Creating design processes and workflows

Writing briefs, developing processes and reviewing workflows are all part of the job, but sometimes it can feel like that’s all we do!

June 15, 2020
189: Why are there so few women in design leadership?

When Femke tweeted recently wondering why there is a disparity between men and women in design

June 8, 2020
188: Creating and launching a digital product

We dive behind the scnese of how Charli's new font came to be and how to successfully launch a digital product.

May 25, 2020
187: Launching a big project

Listen in as we share our launch experiences which might help you if you find yourself launching a project soon.

May 19, 2020
186: Design QA Process

In today’s episode of Design Life we discuss the design QA process.

May 4, 2020
185: Facilitating workshops with Jonathan Courtney (AJ&Smart)

In this episode of Design Life we are joined by a special guest, Jonathan Courtney, CEO of Innovation and Design company AJ&Smart

April 28, 2020
184: Making design decisions

We talk about how we go about making design decisions and how to overcome decision paralysis.

April 21, 2020
183: Design reviews and getting feedback

Design reviews can seem a bit like a holy grail but using them to the designer’s advantage to create a successful project is key.

April 14, 2020
182: Starting a new side project

Using our own side projects as examples, we talk about how you can bring your idea to life and avoid potential pitfalls along the way.

April 6, 2020
181: Getting through a motivation slump

rying to find and stay motivated while also building a new routine when working from home is a challenge.

March 24, 2020
180: Working from home during COVID-19

We share the struggles we face as we miss our colleagues and how we use technology to stay connected.

March 16, 2020
179: How to build your network

Over the course of your career, how can you build a strong, supportive network?

March 9, 2020
178: Performance reviews

Giving and receiving feedback in a performance review can be tricky.

February 19, 2020
177: Keeping your portfolio up to date

If you are like us and have neglected your portfolio since you were last on the job hunt, don’t worry, you’re not alone!

February 10, 2020
176: Tackling implementation issues between design and development

How to tackle implementation issues between design and development so that company goals are achieved on schedule and within budget

January 20, 2020
175: The other side of design (it's more than pushing pixels)

As a designer you may find yourself completing any number of tasks - planning researching, exploring, scoping, interviewing, wire framing

January 13, 2020
174: How to start and grow a design Youtube Channel

Have you ever thought about starting your own YouTube channel?

January 6, 2020
173: Setting Goals and Intentions in 2020

This is a very exciting time of year, a great time to evaluate 2019 and look ahead to what you want to achieve in 2020.

December 11, 2019
172: Fulfilling your potential

Is the weight of your potential weighing you down? Potential can be both a blessing and a curse.

December 2, 2019
171: Learnings from Adobe Max

Zach joins Charli on the podcast this week as they both attended Adobe MAX 2019.

October 28, 2019
170: Jumping from junior to senior designer

On this episode of Design Life we discuss a query about senior and junior roles from a listener hoping to change levels.

October 22, 2019
169: Within Design Retreat

A recap of Femke's experience at the Within Design Retreat for emerging leaders in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

October 7, 2019
168: What to do when your ideas aren't considered

How do you deal with the frustration of people not accepting your ideas?

September 23, 2019
167: Career progression

Do you know what steps you need to take to progress in your career?

September 17, 2019
166: Having difficult conversations

Difficult conversations we have had in the past and how, with time and practice, we have been able to get the most out of them.

September 9, 2019
165: Staying creative during life changes

Staying creative and motivated during big life changes can be a real challenge, one we have recently faced.

July 24, 2019
164: How to get your first design job

In order to get a job you need to have experience, but in order to get experience you need a job. How can you get experience without a job?

July 8, 2019
163: Earning passive income

We discuss the different passive income streams we have used successfully, what we have learned and what we hope to try in the future.

June 25, 2019
162: CEO and designer, Helen Tran

Helen Tran tells us about her journey to becoming her own boss, the importance of teaching and her thoughts on going deep vs going wide.

June 11, 2019
161: The project kickoff

Starting a project with a kickoff checklist can be useful for everyone involved. In this episode we discuss how to jump in successfully

May 29, 2019
160: Every creative feels broken inside

Is our manufactured reality killing the design industry and our creativity?

May 21, 2019
159: Is your portfolio a lie?

Is your portfolio truthful, is it a fair representation of your skills?

May 13, 2019
158: Job titles, are they important?

Job titles and promotions came up as a topic of conversation for us on Twitter recently and we thought it a topic worth diving deeper into.

April 29, 2019
157: Project retrospectives

Retros give the whole team the chance to reflect on what went well, what didn’t go well and any areas of opportunity.

April 17, 2019
156: Creating effective design documentation

Design documentation might not be the most exciting part of the design process but its importance cannot be underestimated.

April 9, 2019
155: Done is better than perfect

In this week’s episode we get a little bit philosophical as we discuss the concept of done being better than perfect.

April 2, 2019
154: Goal Setting and OKR's

What is an OKR? How can you best set and achieve goals at work?

March 18, 2019
153: Creating Design Principles

What are design principles and how do they differ from design systems?

March 12, 2019
152: Navigating office politics

It can be tricky to keep a clear head when your work is impacted by factors outside of your control.

March 4, 2019
151: Running Design Sprints

We talk about the what, why and how of design sprints and give you the steps you need to introduce them at your workplace.

February 18, 2019
150: Working with a design system

Our experience of working with design systems, their benefits and how using an efficient design system can help your team.

January 22, 2019
149: Weekly Planning

In this week’s episode we talk about something which is pretty on-brand for us - weekly planning

January 14, 2019
148: Getting the best start at a new job

Many people will start a new job this year, but how can you make sure you get off on the right foot?

January 7, 2019
147: Goals for 2019

In the first episode of Design Life for 2019, we evaluate our 2018 goals and see what we achieved.

December 4, 2018
146: Design challenges, is it spec work?

Design challenges can prove a controversial topic, specifically the kind you might complete as part of a job application.

November 20, 2018
145: Investing in conferences

How to choose which conferences to attend to.

November 13, 2018
144: What to look for in a manager

Your relationship with your manager is an important one. How can you best cultivate it?

November 6, 2018
143: 3 Things we recommend right now

An IRL, genuine catch up between us.

October 29, 2018
142: Iteration

Is your first idea ever your best idea?

October 15, 2018
141: Confront Conference with Zach Grosser

We chat about Confront Conference with special guest Zach Grosser

October 8, 2018
140: How to switch careers

We answer a question about how to switch careers and become a designer.

October 1, 2018
139: Working with stakeholders

How do you gain the trust of your stakeholders?

September 18, 2018
138: Salaries and bonuses

Compensation packages & how to negotiate

September 10, 2018
137: Personal brand design

Personal branding can feel like an insurmountable task to many designers.

September 3, 2018
136: Sharing unfinished work

Should you be sharing unfinished work in a portfolio?

August 27, 2018
135: Productivity in the workplace

How do you stay productive in a workplace full of distractions, asks and tasks?

August 26, 2018
134: Why we stopped freelancing

We have both shifted focus away from freelance design work, instead using that energy to focus on ourselves and invest in our interests.

August 13, 2018
133: Becoming a hybrid

Many designers want to welcome more development skills into their toolkit and become a hybrid. So how?

August 6, 2018
132: User Testing in the design process

How user testing can help to further develop designer’s empathy for the user, benefitting designers and the design process at the same time.

July 23, 2018
131: Should you fake it till you make it?

Should you follow the advice to fake it 'til you make it?

July 17, 2018
130: How A/B testing can improve your design

A/B testing can help to prove or disprove our design hypotheses by checking them against the data to see what actually works.

July 9, 2018
129: When do you know it’s time to move on?

In this episode we discuss experiences we’ve had with moving on to new endeavours, and how you know you’re ready for a change.

July 3, 2018
128: Making time for new side projects

With potentially a few side projects already on the go, how do you make time for new side projects without neglecting your current ones?

June 19, 2018
127: User research in the design process

In this episode we discuss many different ways to do user research and where to use it in your design process.

June 11, 2018
126: The rollercoaster of the creative process

In this episode we talk about the creative process and how we handle the low points to keep things moving.

June 5, 2018
125: Travelling for work

In this episode we discuss our experience with travelling for work, and share advice on how to stay productive during breaks.

May 28, 2018
124: Getting content for your designs

In this episode we chat about how we’ve worked with content creators and their involvement in the design process.

May 21, 2018
123: The design handoff and validation process

In this episode we talk about that handoff and how to make it run smoothly so that everyone is happy,

May 14, 2018
122: Being a woman in tech

In this episode we discuss our experience entering the tech industry and sharing our thoughts and frustrations on the matter.

May 7, 2018
121: Trying new design tools

How do you decide which new tool to learn?

April 30, 2018
120: Our biggest flaws as designers

A look into the struggles we've faced in our careers and the catalysts that helped us change.

April 23, 2018
119: Setting career goals

A look into how and why we set goals.

April 16, 2018
118: Too many passions, not enough time

Ever have that feeling where you have too many passions and not enough time to do it all?

April 2, 2018
117: Articulating design decisions

As designers we often work with and have to communicate design decisions to different people throughout the design process.

March 12, 2018
116: An alternative approach to networking

Networking is a vital part of your design career, but at conferences or meetups it can be hard to drive a meaningful conversation.

March 6, 2018
115: Friendly competition

Competition can be healthy or harmful, depending on how far you take it!

February 26, 2018
114: Creators Guilt

Do you ever feel guilty when you're not spending time creating?

February 13, 2018
113: When to upgrade your technology

When should you upgrade your technology? Do you always need to have the latest device?

February 2, 2018
112: Redesigning your website

As designers it sometimes feels like we are perpetually redesigning our own websites!

January 30, 2018
111: Starting an official business

As creatives, sometimes dealing with things like finances and paperwork don’t come naturally to us, but they’re important to figure out.

January 23, 2018
110: Making a career shift

Have you been thinking about making a career shift for a while? When is it the right time?

January 15, 2018
109: Getting started with making videos

More and more designers and other creatives are starting to make video content these days, and there’s still plenty of room for you!

January 8, 2018
108: Setting a monthly focus

How a monthly focus can help you achieve those goals you set for the year ahead.

December 18, 2017
107: Advice for networking

Networking isn’t just for corporate people in business suits, it’s a handy skill to master as a designer!

December 11, 2017
106: Boredom

Boredom strikes us all at one point or another.

December 4, 2017
105: Portfolio pieces vs just needing the money

Where do you want to be in your career in five years time? How about ten years time, or thirty?

November 27, 2017
104: The future of our design careers

Where do you want to be in your career in five years time? How about ten years time, or thirty?

November 20, 2017
103: Product launches and failures

Launching something you’ve been working hard on to the world wide internet can be intimidating.

November 13, 2017
102: The value of mastermind groups

What could be better than gathering regularly with a group of people as motivated as you are to discuss your projects and get advice?

November 6, 2017
101: Starting a new design job

In this episode we continue our jobs series and share our advice for how to handle your first day of a new job.

October 30, 2017
100: Staying consistent with a side project over time

We've reached 100 episodes of the show! Hear us talk about how to stick with a side project consistently over a long period of time.

October 23, 2017
099: What to do when you’re lacking motivation

Slumps in motivation happen. No matter how passionate you are; sometimes you just don’t feel motivated

October 16, 2017
096: Tech & gadgets for designers

Hardware is an essential part of the design process, but how much you invest in that is up to you.

October 16, 2017
098: Sunsetting a side project

Our reasons for sunsetting side projects and share ways for you to figure out if you should put an idea on hold.

October 3, 2017
097: How to start making money from side projects - with Nathan Barry

Nathan Barry joins us to share advice for selling products without seeming pushy, setting goals for projects, and how to launch them.

September 18, 2017
095: Interviewing for design jobs

Advice for nailing a design job interview: what to bring, how to prepare, what questions to ask and how to deal with unexpected questions.

September 11, 2017
094: Speaking at conferences

If speaking at a conference is on your career goals list, this episode is for you.

September 4, 2017
093: Taking Risks

Eric Friedensohn joins Femke to discuss why it’s important to take risks, and how to be smart about them.

August 28, 2017
092: Advice for applying to design jobs

Advice for your CV, cover letter and portfolio when applying for a job.

August 22, 2017
091: Getting your work noticed

Doing great work is just one part of building a reputation and an audience; you also need to get your work noticed.

August 14, 2017
090: Job hunting

A look into the job hunting process and what to look for in your new role.

August 7, 2017
089: Personal vs professional

Do you feel like you need to be careful what you post online? Can you be yourself on social media?

August 1, 2017
088: Shiny Object Syndrome

Us creative types can often be distracted by shiny new ideas, especially when we’re at a tough point in a project.

July 24, 2017
087: Project Scoping

Project scoping is one of the scariest and hardest parts of the design process when you’re new to it.

July 17, 2017
086: Balancing professional growth with getting paid

In this episode we discuss the responsibility we have to develop our skills and how we incorporate learning into our projects.

July 10, 2017
085: Keeping up with new tools and frameworks

These days it seems like there is always a new tool or framework to try. It’s easy to feel the pressure to keep up with it all!

July 3, 2017
084: Self-doubt and feeling unsuccessful

Feeling down about yourself, and like you're super uninteresting and unsuccessful isn't fun. In fact, it downright sucks.

June 26, 2017
083: What to do when you’re overwhelmed

As ambitious people, we often find ourselves in situations where we’ve committed to too many things.

June 19, 2017
082: When your ideas are bigger than your skillset

We have ideas all the time, and sometimes those ideas are so big that we don’t have the skillset to actually follow through on them.

June 12, 2017
081: Bullet journalling for task management

Listen to all things bullet journalling!

June 5, 2017
080: Our plans for the Design Life community

Design Life will soon be launching a community! We share in depth our plans for the community and tell you everything you need to know.

May 29, 2017
079: The value of design

Design is often misconstrued as being about surface level visuals, when actually a lot of work goes in behind the scenes.

May 22, 2017
078: Using video to build and connect with an audience

What are the benefits of online video? Will it last?

May 15, 2017
077: The future of the design industry

Design software is becoming more accessible, with some tools offering automatic layouts and quick logos. Should we worry about this future?

May 8, 2017
076: The pros and cons of procrastiworking

The work you do instead of another task...

May 1, 2017
075: Feeling guilty for taking a break

How to give yourself the permission to relax

April 24, 2017
074: Working from home

The pros and cons of making your living space your working space

April 17, 2017
073: What to do when you run out of passion

What happens when that passion wanes?

April 10, 2017
072: Teaching yourself a new skill

Learning a new skill can be hard, especially when you’re teaching yourself.

April 3, 2017
071: Feeling confident as a designer

Struggling with confidence is a big problem creatives face.

March 27, 2017
070: How to package up client deliverables

End your projects on a professional note

March 20, 2017
069: Stepping out of your comfort zone

Breaking free from your norm to learn and develop

March 13, 2017
068: Speeding up your workflow

Little trick to speed up your workflow

March 6, 2017
067: We need more crappy work

The design world has gotten a little too perfect.

February 27, 2017
066: Morals in design

How do your personal morals fit in with your design work?

February 20, 2017
065: Life after design school

Reflecting on what life has been like since we left design school

February 13, 2017
064: Consistency in content creation

How we stay consistent and overcome common struggles

February 6, 2017
063: Advice for remote working

Making the most of your nomadic situation

January 30, 2017
062: Taking control of your design career

Setting goals for your career

January 24, 2017
061: Constraints breed creativity

How to treat budget and time constraints as a good thing

January 16, 2017
060: Focus time

Talking about how to get past the biggest enemy to productivity

January 9, 2017
059: Advice for creating a great portfolio

Your portfolio is more important than your resumé

January 3, 2017
058: Setting goals for 2017

Sharing our goals for the coming year

December 19, 2016
057: Surrounding yourself with good people

The people you surround yourself with can have a huge impact on your life

December 12, 2016
056: Saying no to good things

How and when to say no to good opportunities

December 5, 2016
055: Design contracts & why you should have one

Advice for creating your contract and hurdles to watch out for

November 28, 2016
054: Advice for content marketing

Content marketing isn't just for big businesses!

November 21, 2016
053: Should you market yourself as an individual or a studio?

Which option is best for freelance work?

November 14, 2016
052: Hearing your struggles (Birthday episode)

Answering listener questions for our one year anniversary

November 7, 2016
51: How to get clients to pay up

You deserve to be paid for your work in a timely manner

November 2, 2016
050: The value of conferences

How to get the most value from attending

October 24, 2016
049: The hustle mindset

The pressure that comes with seeing everyone around you hustling

October 17, 2016
048: Repositioning your online presence

Discussing changes we're making to the content we put out online

October 10, 2016
047: How to price your design work

Tackling the taboo topic of how much you're worth

October 3, 2016
046: Dealing with harsh critique

Taking harsh feedback without letting it affect you emotionally

September 26, 2016
045: Advice for finding a job in the design industry

Advice for portfolios, job hunting, and nailing an interview

September 19, 2016
044: What to do at the end of a client project

Last impressions matter just as much as the first one

September 12, 2016
043: How to decide what to work on

Time and energy are precious resources

September 5, 2016
042: The truth about freelance marketplaces

Our thoughts and experiences with these sites

August 29, 2016
041: Making the most of design school

Our design school experience and things we wish we'd known

August 22, 2016
040: Fear of Failure

Advice for pushing through fear

August 16, 2016
039: Agency vs freelance vs in-house design

The pros and cons of each type of design work

August 8, 2016
038: Jack of all trades - Specialist or generalist?

Should you specialise in a certain skill? Or go broad?

August 1, 2016
037: Bringing new clients onboard

Getting a good client onboarding process in place