We've chosen a couple of our favourite episodes as recommended place to get started listening to the show.
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.
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.
Staying creative and motivated during big life changes can be a real challenge, one we have recently faced.
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?
We discuss the different passive income streams we have used successfully, what we have learned and what we hope to try in the future.
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.
Starting a project with a kickoff checklist can be useful for everyone involved. In this episode we discuss how to jump in successfully
Is our manufactured reality killing the design industry and our creativity?
Is your portfolio truthful, is it a fair representation of your skills?
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.
Retros give the whole team the chance to reflect on what went well, what didn’t go well and any areas of opportunity.
Design documentation might not be the most exciting part of the design process but its importance cannot be underestimated.
In this week’s episode we get a little bit philosophical as we discuss the concept of done being better than perfect.
What is an OKR? How can you best set and achieve goals at work?
What are design principles and how do they differ from design systems?
It can be tricky to keep a clear head when your work is impacted by factors outside of your control.
We talk about the what, why and how of design sprints and give you the steps you need to introduce them at your workplace.
Our experience of working with design systems, their benefits and how using an efficient design system can help your team.
In this week’s episode we talk about something which is pretty on-brand for us - weekly planning
Many people will start a new job this year, but how can you make sure you get off on the right foot?
In the first episode of Design Life for 2019, we evaluate our 2018 goals and see what we achieved.
Design challenges can prove a controversial topic, specifically the kind you might complete as part of a job application.
How to choose which conferences to attend to.
Your relationship with your manager is an important one. How can you best cultivate it?
We chat about Confront Conference with special guest Zach Grosser
We answer a question about how to switch careers and become a designer.
How do you gain the trust of your stakeholders?
Personal branding can feel like an insurmountable task to many designers.
Should you be sharing unfinished work in a portfolio?
How do you stay productive in a workplace full of distractions, asks and tasks?
We have both shifted focus away from freelance design work, instead using that energy to focus on ourselves and invest in our interests.
Many designers want to welcome more development skills into their toolkit and become a hybrid. So how?
How user testing can help to further develop designer’s empathy for the user, benefitting designers and the design process at the same time.
Should you follow the advice to fake it 'til you make it?
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 experiences we’ve had with moving on to new endeavours, and how you know you’re ready for a change.
With potentially a few side projects already on the go, how do you make time for new side projects without neglecting your current ones?
In this episode we discuss many different ways to do user research and where to use it in your design process.
In this episode we talk about the creative process and how we handle the low points to keep things moving.
In this episode we discuss our experience with travelling for work, and share advice on how to stay productive during breaks.
In this episode we chat about how we’ve worked with content creators and their involvement in the design process.
In this episode we talk about that handoff and how to make it run smoothly so that everyone is happy,
In this episode we discuss our experience entering the tech industry and sharing our thoughts and frustrations on the matter.
A look into the struggles we've faced in our careers and the catalysts that helped us change.
Ever have that feeling where you have too many passions and not enough time to do it all?
As designers we often work with and have to communicate design decisions to different people throughout the design process.
Networking is a vital part of your design career, but at conferences or meetups it can be hard to drive a meaningful conversation.
Competition can be healthy or harmful, depending on how far you take it!
Do you ever feel guilty when you're not spending time creating?
When should you upgrade your technology? Do you always need to have the latest device?
As designers it sometimes feels like we are perpetually redesigning our own websites!
As creatives, sometimes dealing with things like finances and paperwork don’t come naturally to us, but they’re important to figure out.
Have you been thinking about making a career shift for a while? When is it the right time?
More and more designers and other creatives are starting to make video content these days, and there’s still plenty of room for you!
How a monthly focus can help you achieve those goals you set for the year ahead.
Networking isn’t just for corporate people in business suits, it’s a handy skill to master as a designer!
Where do you want to be in your career in five years time? How about ten years time, or thirty?
Where do you want to be in your career in five years time? How about ten years time, or thirty?
Launching something you’ve been working hard on to the world wide internet can be intimidating.
What could be better than gathering regularly with a group of people as motivated as you are to discuss your projects and get advice?
In this episode we continue our jobs series and share our advice for how to handle your first day of a new job.
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.
Slumps in motivation happen. No matter how passionate you are; sometimes you just don’t feel motivated
Our reasons for sunsetting side projects and share ways for you to figure out if you should put an idea on hold.
Hardware is an essential part of the design process, but how much you invest in that is up to you.
Nathan Barry joins us to share advice for selling products without seeming pushy, setting goals for projects, and how to launch them.
Advice for nailing a design job interview: what to bring, how to prepare, what questions to ask and how to deal with unexpected questions.
If speaking at a conference is on your career goals list, this episode is for you.
Eric Friedensohn joins Femke to discuss why it’s important to take risks, and how to be smart about them.
Advice for your CV, cover letter and portfolio when applying for a job.
Doing great work is just one part of building a reputation and an audience; you also need to get your work noticed.
A look into the job hunting process and what to look for in your new role.
Do you feel like you need to be careful what you post online? Can you be yourself on social media?
Us creative types can often be distracted by shiny new ideas, especially when we’re at a tough point in a project.
Project scoping is one of the scariest and hardest parts of the design process when you’re new to it.
In this episode we discuss the responsibility we have to develop our skills and how we incorporate learning into our projects.
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!
Feeling down about yourself, and like you're super uninteresting and unsuccessful isn't fun. In fact, it downright sucks.
As ambitious people, we often find ourselves in situations where we’ve committed to too many things.
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.
Listen to all things bullet journalling!
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.
Design is often misconstrued as being about surface level visuals, when actually a lot of work goes in behind the scenes.
What are the benefits of online video? Will it last?
Design software is becoming more accessible, with some tools offering automatic layouts and quick logos. Should we worry about this future?
The work you do instead of another task...
How to give yourself the permission to relax
The pros and cons of making your living space your working space
What happens when that passion wanes?
Learning a new skill can be hard, especially when you’re teaching yourself.
Struggling with confidence is a big problem creatives face.
End your projects on a professional note
Breaking free from your norm to learn and develop
The design world has gotten a little too perfect.
How do your personal morals fit in with your design work?
Reflecting on what life has been like since we left design school
How we stay consistent and overcome common struggles
How to treat budget and time constraints as a good thing
Talking about how to get past the biggest enemy to productivity
Your portfolio is more important than your resumé
The people you surround yourself with can have a huge impact on your life
How and when to say no to good opportunities
Advice for creating your contract and hurdles to watch out for
Content marketing isn't just for big businesses!
Which option is best for freelance work?
Answering listener questions for our one year anniversary
You deserve to be paid for your work in a timely manner
The pressure that comes with seeing everyone around you hustling
Discussing changes we're making to the content we put out online
Tackling the taboo topic of how much you're worth
Taking harsh feedback without letting it affect you emotionally
Advice for portfolios, job hunting, and nailing an interview
Last impressions matter just as much as the first one
Time and energy are precious resources
Our thoughts and experiences with these sites
Our design school experience and things we wish we'd known
The pros and cons of each type of design work
Should you specialise in a certain skill? Or go broad?
Getting a good client onboarding process in place
Do you work to live, or live to work?
We discuss the different tools we use for each design task
Our role models and how they're improved our lives
Procrastination is the enemy of productivity, here's how we overcome it
Tips for improving the quality of feedback you get
The impact trends have (or don't have) on our design styles
Things get deep this week as we discuss a fear that many creatives have
Being a part of the design community is an important part of being a designer.
Should web designers be able to build the things they design?
Learning new skills is something that goes hand-in-hand with side projects.
Critiquing your own work is an important skill to learn
The importance of setting goals for your future
Our strategies for dealing with this scary feeling
A side project could be your way to a better day job
Making time for our projects that don't have deadlines
How we balance our work, side projects and other life things
Deciding what kind of designer you want to be
Tips for working with people who think differently to you
You only get 24 hours in a day. How you use it is up to you.
Talking about side project goals and their value
An episode to give you a burst of motivation!
Coming up with ideas is easy, acting on them is harder
Those exposure bucks won't pay the bills
Your personal brand is the essence of everything you do
Should you get a formal education of teach yourself?