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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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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
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 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 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

July 25, 2016
036: Blurring the line between life and work

Do you work to live, or live to work?

July 18, 2016
035: Defining a niche for your work

The benefits of focussing on a niche

July 11, 2016
034: Which Design Tools should I use?

We discuss the different tools we use for each design task

July 4, 2016
033: The importance of role models

Our role models and how they're improved our lives

June 27, 2016
032: Living in the Present

The importance of living in the 'now'

June 20, 2016
031: Fighting procrastination

Procrastination is the enemy of productivity, here's how we overcome it

June 13, 2016
030: Getting useful feedback on your work

Tips for improving the quality of feedback you get

June 6, 2016
029: Should you follow design trends?

The impact trends have (or don't have) on our design styles

May 30, 2016
028: Our Design Process

We talk through our full design process

May 23, 2016
027: What if nobody notices?

Things get deep this week as we discuss a fear that many creatives have

May 16, 2016
026: Participating in Design Communities

Being a part of the design community is an important part of being a designer.

May 9, 2016
025: Should designers learn to code?

Should web designers be able to build the things they design?

May 2, 2016
024: Learning new skills for your side project

Learning new skills is something that goes hand-in-hand with side projects.

April 25, 2016
023: Being your own worst critic

Critiquing your own work is an important skill to learn

April 18, 2016
022: Long term thinking and planning

The importance of setting goals for your future

April 11, 2016
021: Overcoming lack of motivation

What to do when you lose momentumn

April 3, 2016
020: How to push through Creative block

Our strategies for dealing with this scary feeling

March 28, 2016
019: How to find Inspiration

Our approach to gathering inspiration

March 21, 2016
018: The role of a side project in your career

A side project could be your way to a better day job

March 14, 2016
017: Stress management

A heart-to-heart about stress and how we deal with it

March 7, 2016
016: Prioritising tasks for personal projects

Making time for our projects that don't have deadlines

February 29, 2016
015: Facing Imposter Syndrome

How it affects us and how to cope with it

February 22, 2016
014: How to get up early

Waking up early to make your side hustle happen

February 15, 2016
013: Attracting Clients

How to get the clients to come to YOU

February 8, 2016
012: Work/Life Balance

How we balance our work, side projects and other life things

February 6, 2016
011: Positioning yourself as a designer

Deciding what kind of designer you want to be

January 25, 2016
010: Working with people who aren't designers

Tips for working with people who think differently to you

January 18, 2016
009: Making and Managing Time

You only get 24 hours in a day. How you use it is up to you.

January 11, 2016
008: Setting goals for side projects

Talking about side project goals and their value

January 4, 2016
007: Finding motivation and staying focussed

An episode to give you a burst of motivation!

December 28, 2015
006: Taking action on your ideas

Coming up with ideas is easy, acting on them is harder

December 21, 2015
005: Working for free in exchange for exposure

Those exposure bucks won't pay the bills

December 14, 2015
004: Should you have a personal brand?

Your personal brand is the essence of everything you do

December 7, 2015
003: The self taught vs formal education debate

Should you get a formal education of teach yourself?

November 30, 2015
002: Who we are

Get to know the Design life hosts

November 23, 2015
001: Why have a side project?

What makes a side project more than a hobby and how can they help your career?