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Design Life

English, Finance, 1 season, 293 episodes, 6 days, 21 hours, 49 minutes
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Design Life is a podcast about design and side projects for motivated creators. It was born after your hosts, two serial side project addicts, saw a gap in the podcast market for a conversational show about design and the issues young creatives face, that was hosted by two females. This show aims to tackle the big issues designers face like getting paid, overcoming a creative block or managing time, to name a few. We want to open up discussion about things we wish we heard people talk about when we were studying, and we want to chat to you about the joys and the frustrations of working in the tech industry by day, and on our passion projects in the rest of our waking hours. We hope that by doing so, Design Life will give you a dose of motivation or inspiration when you need it.
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293: Why you need to understand the impact of your work

Show Timestamps:0:45 Episode intro and how this episode came about1:39 Updates from Femke on her course4:49 Updates from Charli on the conference she is attending5:46 More on how this episode came about8:11 What Charli expects from candidates in terms of the impact of their work on business10:58 Discussing the impact from a product design perspective14:49 Have you ever had to choose a design option that was visually less appealing but more effective in converting?17:43 Femke shares a mentoring story and how to grow as a designer with a focus on impact and reflecting that in a portfolio19:19 Discussion on resistance to owning failures and how Charli’s company helps designers become more comfortable learning from failures20:35 Advice for designers on understanding the impact of their work and what designers can incorporate into their process in order to measure success of their design decisions better Episode on landing a new design job in 2024Femke’s course “Product strategy for designers”Share your topic suggestions for the show with us at [email protected]
7/8/202425 minutes, 38 seconds
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292: Config 2024 Figma release reactions

0:45 Intro01:16 Is it “cOnfig” or “confIg”?02:04 Update to the Autolayout04:25 Figma’s redesign - new UI307:19 Project transfers and connected workspaces9:58 New AI features15:12 AI Rename layers feature16:28 Figma slides17:51 Interesting fact: Femke tested Figma Slides before the official release18:40 Femke and Charli’s impressions of Figma Slides24:40 Multiple pages in FigJam25:26 Dev mode update and Code Connect28:02 Favorite feature revealed at Config?28:42 Femke's slide deck template and Figma’s collaboration with Zach Grosser Show Links: Femke's "Project Overview DeckTemplate" in Figma SlidesZach Grosser’s templates in Figma SlidesFemke’s course “Product strategy for designers”Share your topic suggestions for the show with us at [email protected]
7/2/202430 minutes, 37 seconds
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291: When a side project totally fails

Femke and Charli delve into the difficulties of managing a side project that isn't going well. Charli shares her personal experience of trying to organize a live workshop in New Zealand and not managing to attract enough participants. The hosts discuss what Charli learned from this experience and how the situation could have been handled better.Show Timestamps:2:03 Update from Femke’s side4:14 Update from Charli’s side6:23 Background of the situation12:18 What is your reflection on this situation?13:44 What are some lessons learned from this situation? Why do you think you did not sell as many tickets as you thought you would?17:12 If you were to do it again, what would you do differently?19:02 Are there any interesting reasons why the people who bought the tickets decided to do so?21:28 Another idea for improvement Show links:Femke’s course “Product strategy for designers”Share your topic suggestions for the show with us at [email protected]
5/21/202427 minutes, 14 seconds
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290: Landing a new design job in 2024

Femke and Charli share their insights on how to approach the application process in the 2024 design job market. The hosts share strategies on how to optimize your application, stand out from the crowd, and increase your chances of securing your desired position. As competition intensifies and hiring standards rise, it is important to excel in every aspect of your application, whether it's a case study, website, or resume. Tune in to discover how to effectively showcase your design expertise and gain essential guidance for thriving in today's fiercely competitive job market.Show Timestamps:01:40 Catch up03:49 What are you looking for as a hiring manager?09:08 How to approach an application process?12:13 What are the tips for standing out more among other applicants?16:09 What to focus on in the case studies?17:32 Where would you be looking for the roles?19:49 Instagram creator recommendation - @badasscareers21:26 Extracurricular activities and side hustles25:24 Extra tips Show links:Femke’s course “Product strategy for designers”Share your topic suggestions for the show with us at [email protected]
5/6/202428 minutes, 54 seconds
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289: How to know when it's time to move on from a job

In this episode, Charli reflects on her 7-year journey at her current workplace, emphasizing the importance of difficult conversations in clarifying issues such as salary and job satisfaction. Femke talks about the struggles she experienced of leaving behind internal reputation and connections when transitioning roles, highlighting the value of established relationships within a company. They discuss the concept of "golden handcuffs" and the need to see if current job aligns with personal growth and challenges. Charli and Femke also share personal experiences of leaving previous jobs in tech, offering insights into recognizing signs for change and taking the first steps towards opportunities.Shownotes:01:02 Episode intro02:01 Life update05:42 Charli shares her journey at the current workplace and emphasises the importance of addressing concerns09:45 The value of reputation and relationships you’ve built within the company.10:48 What is golden handcuffs concept?11:35 How to identifying important things in your role if you are starting to think it’s time to move on?12:52 Why did Femke decide to move on from her first position?15:59 Charli shares why she moved on from her first job in tech.17:14 Why did Femke leave her second role?18:59 Femke shares the signs that made it clear to her that she should move on.20:27 What was the timeframe from the decision to taking the first steps to move on?24:44 Was there a moment at Uber when Femke thought it’s time to move on but then realised she should continue?Show links:Charli's Design Career Checkpoint worksheetFemke’s course “Product strategy for designers”Share your topic suggestions for the show with us at [email protected]
4/22/202430 minutes, 15 seconds
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288: Making the most of team retreats and offsites

In this episode Charli and Femke talk about their experience of having retreats with their teams, how retreats should be structured, what is their purpose and how to make the best out of in-person time with your teammates.As remote work becomes increasingly prevalent and we usually do not get the chance to see our co-workers’ faces outside of video-calls, team offsites can greatly improve the team dynamic and subsequently enhance communication between team members. Changing scenery and experiencing new things with your team will create space for creativity to approach challenges and open doors to have crucial discussions, paving the way for growth and innovation.Show Timestamps:0:57 Intro01:50 Life update6:13 Femke’s offsite in Denver7:56 Charli’s team retreat in France10:00 Purpose of retreats at Charli’s workplace10:30 Retreats as a manager vs. an individual contributor (IC)11:46 Structure of the retreat17:22 Did the offsite match out to the expectations?20:50 Femke talks about her upcoming off-sight to San Francisco23:55 Is there anything that you learnt at an offsite in Denver that you will bring to San Francisco?24:33 Takeaways from this episode Show links:Charli's live workshop in New ZealandFemke’s course “Product strategy for designers”Share your topic suggestions for the show with us at [email protected]
4/8/202429 minutes, 8 seconds
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287: Why your personal brand matters

In this podcast episode, Femke and Charli delve into the concept of personal branding. They discuss whether personal branding requires strategic planning and the level of intentionality one should have regarding their personal brand. Femke and Charli explore the distinction between personal and company brands, the objectives personal branding can help achieve and whether individuals can truly control others' perceptions of them through personal branding. Femke and Charli also touch upon the importance of personal branding for designers and how to cultivate it within a company they work at. Finally, the hosts address the issue of misalignment between one's perceived and desired personal brand, offering guidance on how to navigate this discrepancy.Timestamps:01:54 - Life update04:22 - Is personal brand something that is instinctive or do you need to be strategic about it?5: 00 Femke shares her thoughts on the difference between her personal and her company brands07:11 - What goals personal brand can helps you achieve? 09:40 - How intentional are you about your personal brand? Is it something that you change every year?12:52 - Can you control what people think about you with personal branding? 15:38 Why as designers we need to think more about our personal brand? How to build your personal brand internally in your company?17:54 Femke asks Charli how has her personal brand evolved over the years.18:47 - Is there anything that people reach out to you for surprises you?21:44 - What to do if people’s perception of you is not aligned with your personal brand?24:33 - Updates on Charli’s workshop Show links:Charli's live workshop in New ZealandFemke’s course “Product strategy for designers”Share your topic suggestions for the show with us at [email protected]
3/26/202425 minutes, 52 seconds
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286: Should you take deadlines seriously?

In this episode, Charli and Femke give an elaborate reply to one of the listener's requests: whether deadlines should be taken seriously. The hosts share real stories of how they approached deadlines in different projects, how unrealistic deadlines should be handled, what to do in situations when a deadline cannot be met, how to discuss deadlines and set reasonable expectations, and how one's perspective on them changes depending on their role in the project. Show Timestamps:01:13 Intro02:34 Charli’s workshop and life updates04:21 Femke’s life update07:01 Question submission from a listener about deadlines07:14 Femke and Charli share how they approach deadlines in different situations11:52 What is the importance of deadlines?17:02 Charli elaborates on why she does not like fake (buffer) deadlines19:00 Situation when the deadline is absolutely non-negotiable26:08 Femke and Charli discuss milestone approach to projects rather than working towards one big hand off29:08 Conclusion Show links:Charli's live workshop in New ZealandFemke’s course “Product strategy for designers”Share your topic suggestions for the show with us at [email protected]
3/11/202431 minutes, 40 seconds
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285: The truth about burnout (and recovery)

In this episode Charli shares her personal experience of how she got burned out from her side projects. She talks about the subtle signs and symptoms that indicate burnout and how to confront them. Charli decided to drop her side projects and restructured her life to recover from burnout.Charli and Femke touch upon how burn out can affect your career choices, the importance of diversifying your daily activities and hobbies, why burnout is so prevalent in creative professions and the importance of defining what is healthy balance for you. SHOW TIMESTAMPS:1:18 Femke shares her latest life updates2:21 Charli shares her latest life updates3:26 Charli reflects on how she realised she has burnout and how she confronted it6:53 Charli delves into how stopping her side projects affected her full-time job7:55 Charlie talks about how publicly announcing that she stopped her side projects affected her relationships with people9:40 Charli shares what she does with the extra time and headspace she has now11:59 Charli reflects on how she recognised she has a burn out13:21 Charli gives advice for listeners who think they might be burned out14:25 Femke talks about the importance of defining what healthy balance is for her in order to avoid burnout15:54 Femke shares if she ever experienced burnout in her career16:49 Femke discusses if burnout lead her to decisions to change her jobs17:11 Charli shares how burn out affected her career choices19:32 Charli shares if she learnt anything new about herself after she stopped her side projects and started spending more time on her hobbies20:17 Femke discusses her perception of identity in relation to work21:40 Charli talks about how burnout can happen outside of job context24:05 Charli and Femke discuss why burn out is so prevalent in tech industry SHOW LINKS:Charli's live workshop in New ZealandFemke’s course “Product strategy for designers”Share your topic suggestions for the show with us at [email protected]
2/27/202427 minutes, 44 seconds
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284: Our Career and Personal Goals for 2024

Welcome back, design enthusiasts! We're kicking off 2024 by bring you up to speed on our latest adventures and aspirations.🌟 Life Updates: Tune in as we share the latest updates from our lives – from career milestones to more personal things, we're laying it all on the table.💼 Career and Side Project Plans: Get ready to dive into our ambitious plans for the year ahead. We're talking side gigs, big dreams, and everything in between. Charlie is sharing her plans to organise an in-person meet up in New Zealand, her plans for the upcoming book, while Femke reveals the upcoming course you might still have the chance to sign up to.🎨 Hobbies: But wait, there's more! Discover our latest passions outside the design world. From creative writing to sewing, we're exploring new passions and keeping the creativity flowing. Who knows? You might just find some inspiration for your own creative journey.So, grab your favourite beverage, cozy up, and join us for a candid conversation about life, design, and the exciting adventures that lie ahead.SHOW TIMESTAMPS:1:15 Recent updates from Charli2:48 Recent updates from Femke4:02 Sharing vision, plans and projects for 20249:13 Anything new we would like to build this year?9:27 Charli’s live workshop in New Zealand10:20 Femke shares her plans for the upcoming year14:40 Thoughts on task delegation17:02 Charli’s career goals18:08 Charli’s book updates19:50 Charli shares how she started doing creative writing21:31 Discussing our hobbies24:11 New hobbies for 202425:36 Femke’s plans while being on maternity leave this year and how it can affect her content SHOW LINKS:Charli's live workshop in New ZealandFemke’s course “Product strategy for designers”Share your topic suggestions for the show with us at [email protected]
2/12/202428 minutes, 40 seconds
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283: Our copywriting process

In this episode of the Design Life podcast we chat about all things copywriting!
12/5/202325 minutes, 45 seconds
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282: Reliving our Config experience

Thank you Config for a fantastic conference! In this episode we recap our highlights and chat all about our meetup.
8/14/202329 minutes, 8 seconds
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281: How to make the most of a design conference

Are you attending a design conference this summer? In this episode we share our favourite tips for making the most of the conference experience to maximise learning, connection and most importantly - fun!
7/24/202331 minutes, 50 seconds
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280: Preparing for a feature launch as a designer

Preparing for a feature launch as a designer is such an exciting time! To see your work come to fruition brings with it a fantastic feeling, but it's not always plain sailing. In this episode we discuss the highs and lows of working on feature launches as a designer.
6/20/202328 minutes, 8 seconds
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279: Validating design solutions

Today on the Design Life podcast we are answering a listener question from an engineer, who is looking for advice on how to validate a design and communicate this with the relevant stakeholders.
5/15/202332 minutes, 41 seconds
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278: Are you on the right path in your design career?

Wondering if you are on the right path in your design career? Fear not, we have a very reassuring conversation this week on the podcast! Hear all about how we've used the design career checkpoint to help reflect on our careers and set new goals.
5/2/202330 minutes, 15 seconds
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277: Learning throughout different stages of your design career

This week on Design Life we’re chatting about learning throughout different stages of our design careers, and how our approach to learning has changed over time.
4/17/202328 minutes, 50 seconds
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276: Managing in different directions

Find yourself in a new role and managing in different directions? Us too! In this episode we're talking how to make the most of managing in different directions.
4/3/202329 minutes, 19 seconds
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275: The realities of being a manager AND an IC

In this episode of Design Life we chat about managing the split between IC work and being a manager and how we balance the responsibilities of both in our day to day work.
3/20/202332 minutes, 20 seconds
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274: Are you inexperienced if you don't name your layers?

Are you an inexperienced designer if you don't name your layers? In our first episode of 2023 we discuss this question and why gatekeeping like this within the industry holds designers back.
2/27/202328 minutes, 28 seconds
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273: Our thoughts on the state of the design industry

In our last episode of 2022, we share our thoughts on the state of the design industry.
12/12/202230 minutes, 41 seconds
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272: Deciding what side projects to tackle in 2023

Planning your side projects for 2023? If you're thinking of expanding or starting a side project over the next 12 months we hope you find value in this episode as we share our plans and ideas for 2023.
12/5/202233 minutes, 6 seconds
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271: Annual planning as a design leader in tech

It's that time of year again, time to start the annual planning for 2023. As a design lead in the tech industry, it can be difficult to know how to bring your team together to share their ideas or where to start with the planning so in this episode we share how we're tackling annual planning with collaboration in mind.
11/15/202231 minutes, 30 seconds
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270: Positioning your portfolio for a design manager role

Trying to make the move from designer to manager? In this episode we chat about how to make your portfolio presentation speak for itself.
11/7/202231 minutes, 40 seconds
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269: Fitting in socially in the workplace

Building relationships with your colleagues at works takes time and patience. This week on the podcast we answer a listener question about how we've built strong relationships within our teams, both remotely and in person.
10/31/202230 minutes, 49 seconds
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268: A real look into today's design interview process

A real look into today's design interview process, what is it like trying to get a job in this economy?
10/17/202233 minutes, 20 seconds
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267: How much did Charli earn this year?

On Design Life we like to talk openly about money when we can, including our annual income reports! This time it's Charli's turn.
10/10/202233 minutes, 3 seconds
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266: Femke quit her job!

Femke quit her job! After a year in her current role Femke is moving on to an exciting new opportunity. Listen to a deep dive into the thought process and the practical steps involved in the move.
10/5/202228 minutes, 20 seconds
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265: Adobe is buying Figma? Let's talk about it

News of Figma being acquired by Adobe has everyone talking, today on Design Life we share our thoughts on what this means for one of our most used design tools.
9/26/202229 minutes, 56 seconds
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264: Design education and conferences, on a budget

Getting buy in to help build design team culture can be difficult - this week we answer a listener question about how to create opportunities which promote design education for your team and foster a great design culture, on a budget.
9/12/202230 minutes, 55 seconds
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263: How we communicate async at work

Today on Design Life we answer a listener question about all the asynchronous communication methods we use at work.
9/5/202236 minutes, 38 seconds
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262: What makes a good design manager

This week on the podcast we're answering a very wholesome listener question, what makes a good manager and how can an IC help support a new manager to do their best?
8/15/202229 minutes, 42 seconds
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261: What it's like to work in six week cycles

Do you use six week cycles where you work? Today we're gonna talk about this way of breaking up work throughout the year which we recently discovered we both use in our companies.
8/8/202230 minutes, 46 seconds
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260: Taking a sabbatical

In this episode we chat about Charli’s recent sabbatical, the preparations involved beforehand and what elements from the month have become part of a new daily routine.
8/1/202228 minutes, 18 seconds
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259: Shipping a new design system!

Femke recently shipped a new design system and today on Design Life we are discussing the highs and lows of taking on such a project!
7/18/202232 minutes, 40 seconds
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258: Retaining the joy of side projects with Honest UX Talks

Listen to the Honest UX Talks episodeFollow Honest UX Talks:🗂 instagram.com/honest_ux_talks👩‍💻 instagram.com/anfisign👩🏻‍💻 instagram.com/uxgoodies
6/13/202237 minutes, 5 seconds
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257: Collaboration between senior and junior designers

This week on Design Life we chat specifically about collaborating with designers of a different level. Maybe you’re a junior designer collaborating with a senior designer for the first time or vice versa, we discuss which skills you need to make collaboration seamless.
5/30/202230 minutes, 40 seconds
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256: Conducting design audits

How can you make the most of a design audit? Keep consistency in mind, improve popular assets and implement recommendations. 
5/23/202228 minutes, 47 seconds
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255: The pay gap between product and marketing designers

Today we are chatting about a topic very near and dear to our hearts, the pay gap between marketing/brand designers and product designers. What is causing the gap and how can we work towards closing it?
5/16/202227 minutes, 55 seconds
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254: Is the vibe shifting in design?

It might feel like vibe is the word of the year at the moment, and with good reason as the vibe in design is shifting again. Who are the companies shaping design this year and how do we stay up to date without following trends? Listen to this episode of Design Life to find out!
5/9/202227 minutes, 53 seconds
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E253: Setting boundaries at work

Boundaries are really important, and they've become even more important as more of us are working from home. This week on Design Life we chat about the boundaries we set in our jobs and how we share them with our teams and managers.
5/2/202230 minutes, 42 seconds
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252: Why you should care about performance reviews

In this episode of Design Life we chat about why you should care about performance reviews even when they aren’t related to a bonus or pay rise and how to get the most out of them whether you are an employee or a manager.
4/25/202228 minutes, 12 seconds
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251: Why getting better at writing can help your design career

Improving your writing skills can help your career in lots of different ways, from increasing your confidence to helping you to create memorable presentations. In this episode of Design Life we chat about creating writing procedures and using inspiration when it strikes to help your writing stand out.
4/18/202228 minutes, 48 seconds
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250: When starting a new job feels like you're starting from scratch

In this episode we’re tackling a listener question, from a designer starting a new job and feeling like they’re starting from scratch again! We share what we've learned from starting new jobs, settling into a new team and how to have a productive first few weeks in your new role while finding your feet.
4/11/202228 minutes, 56 seconds
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249: What the heck are MVPs (and how to do them well)

This week on Design Life we answer a listener question, what the heck are MVPs (and how to do them well). We chat about the benefits, the disadvantages and the questions to ask your team so you can make the best product possible without creating design or technical debt.
4/4/202229 minutes, 30 seconds
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248: Monetising side projects with Sara Brunettini

Today we’re chatting about monetising side projects with our guest, Sara Brunettini. Sara is a Youtuber, product designer and all round wonderful person. We share our experience of monetising our side projects, what's worked for us, what hasn’t and what we’ve learned along the way.
3/28/202237 minutes, 52 seconds
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247: Are you falling behind if you don't understand Web3?

Keeping up with trends while maintaining a full time job is a challenge all designers face, but what should you do if you’re worried that the latest trend will quickly become essential to your role? There is a lot of talk within the design community about Web3, listen to find out how NFTs and Web3 are being viewed by two people outside the community.
3/21/202225 minutes, 42 seconds
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246: The design interview process needs to change

The design interview process needs to change. Time consuming take home assignments and whiteboard challenges are the norm, can the interview process be simplified to benefit both designers and employers?
3/14/202235 minutes, 6 seconds
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245: We just don't get along! (Dealing with workplace conflict)

Need advice about dealing with conflict at work? Today we’re answering a listener question about a sticky work place situation, an experience we are all likely to have during our career.
2/28/202231 minutes, 33 seconds
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244: How to choose (or advocate for!) the design projects you want to work on

You might not always be able to choose your projects but there are ways to advocate for the types of projects you would like best. In this episode we share how we choose which projects we take on at work.
2/21/202226 minutes, 53 seconds
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243: Tips for organizing design files

When it comes to organizing your files, it is less about the tool itself and more about everyone in the team being on the same page. On Design Life this week we answer a listener question about how to organize your design files and work spaces to simplify remote collaboration.
2/14/202229 minutes, 9 seconds
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242: Why designers should care about business metrics

Understanding business metrics and how your work helps achieve company goals can be a very useful skill to have as a designer. Not sure where to start? This episode of Design Life is a good place as we share how being curious about our companies helped us to progress in our careers.
2/7/202231 minutes, 30 seconds
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241: Creating a design system for the first time

Today On Design Life we’re talking all about Design Systems. We share our struggles and triumphs, and what you need to know if you're creating a design system for the first time.
1/31/202231 minutes, 21 seconds
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240: The difference between junior and senior designers

What is the difference between a Junior and a Senior designer? Don’t they essentially do the same job? This week on Design Life we chat about moving up a level in your career and why it means more than just completing the same tasks and responsibilities.
1/24/202231 minutes, 18 seconds
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239: Different ways to structure a design team

How is your design team structured? Today on Design Life we answer an email from a listener about team structure, why our team structure works best for us and how other companies (like Dropbox!) organise their teams.
1/17/202228 minutes
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238: Setting goals for 2022

As is tradition now on the Design Life podcast, we spend our first episode of 2022 talking about our goals, plans and dreams for the year ahead.
1/10/202232 minutes, 1 second
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237: Our growth as designers in 2021

In our last episode of 2021 we reflect on our growth as designers this year.
12/20/202132 minutes, 41 seconds
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236 - Juggling multiple priorities at work

Juggling multiple priorities at work is a skill that will be useful during your design career, when you find yourself working on more than one project at the same time. We've had plenty of opportunities to practice this skill and in this episode we share how we prioritise, say no (sometimes!) and still create our best work.
12/13/202132 minutes, 3 seconds
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235: How does where you live impact you as a designer?

How does where you live impact you as a designer? On this episode of Design Life we chat about where we have felt most inspired and most welcome in the design community.
12/6/202132 minutes, 11 seconds
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234: Are you ready to commit to a new side hustle?

There's a lot to consider when you’re starting a new side hustle! Listen to our chat about committing to new side hustles, inspired by the launch of Femke’s design community.
11/29/202128 minutes, 33 seconds
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233: Increasing the pace of your design process

Today we’re talking about pace. The more experience we have, the quicker and more efficient we become. We chat about why this happens and how to increase pace without sacrificing quality.
11/23/202125 minutes, 37 seconds
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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!) We also talk about building a research culture where you work and what defines ‘good’ design.
11/17/202126 minutes, 56 seconds
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231: Why Femke left Uber

After 4 years at Uber, Femke has recently started a new job at Wealthsimple. In this episode of Design Life we chat about how to figure out when is the right time to start a new job, making and maintaining contacts and negotiating good terms.
11/8/202135 minutes, 50 seconds
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230: After summer catch up

Welcome back to the Design Life podcast! In our first episode back after the summer break, we chat about how we spent our time off, our summer trips and look ahead to our end of year goals.
11/1/202136 minutes, 29 seconds
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229: Side hustle income streams

Today on Design Life we discuss our side hustle income stream growth from the past twelve months and the investment we make into content creation to fuel our personal brands.
6/29/202135 minutes, 52 seconds
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228: Ways to keep learning and growing

As a designer, your skillset is always growing and there is always more to learn. In this episode of Design Life we share how we find new opportunities to learn and what we’re learning next.
6/21/202125 minutes, 57 seconds
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227: Building self awareness

Today on Design Life we answer another listener question, this time about self awareness as a designer. Our listener wants to know how to build and improve upon self awareness in a design role - asking a question like this in itself shows self awareness! Reflecting on and understanding our strengths and weaknesses is a big part of being a great designer and in this episode we chat about how we are cultivating the skill of self awareness as we progress in our design careers.
6/15/202131 minutes, 25 seconds
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226: Decision making as a creative lead

Today on Design Life we answer a listener’s question about decision making as a creative lead and how to find the balance between being decisive, seeking help and leading your team with confidence.
6/8/202129 minutes, 59 seconds
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225: Finding your why

Do you know your ‘why’, the thing that fuels you in your professional and personal life? You might have heard of Simon Sinek’s book ‘Finding your why’ which is the inspiration behind today’s episode of Design Life, we discuss how to apply this framework and the impact knowing your ‘why’ can have on your design career and beyond.
5/31/202123 minutes, 6 seconds
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224: Crafting effective case studies

Today on Design Life we chat about how to craft an effective case study. Sharing a project through a case study should involve telling the reader what you did, how you did it and most importantly why you did it, but often this storytelling is missing from the case studies we see. 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.
5/25/202132 minutes, 6 seconds
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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? Today on Design Life we share our advice on how to create a unique portfolio that describes your core skillset effectively.
5/18/202127 minutes, 29 seconds
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222: Taking initiative at work

In today’s episode of Design Life we talk about something every designer needs to do in order to progress in their career - take initiative. The further you want to get, the more initiative you need to show. Taking initiative might sound like working harder, but really it means working smarter and coming up with better solutions to the problems you are presented with.
5/10/202128 minutes, 41 seconds
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221: Building design team culture

Today on Design Life we chat about building design team culture. A strong culture can help your team to have more impact in your company. Building design team culture improves how you get the work done and how you operate as a team, it can also make your team a more enjoyable place to work. We also discuss how Charli's approach to team building has changed since she became a manager.
5/3/202130 minutes, 14 seconds
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220: The relationship between design and product

Today on Design Life we tackle a listener question on a topic we haven’t gone in depth on before - how to work with PMs, POs and other stakeholders. Not familiar with these titles? Don’t worry! 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.
4/19/202129 minutes, 20 seconds
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219: Daily themes to get more work done

Do you use daily themes to get more work done? Today we chat about the challenges and benefits of implementing daily themes to organise your schedule in a new role and to give your current schedule a productivity boost.
4/13/202134 minutes, 18 seconds
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218: Become a manager or stay an IC?

Is becoming a manager the next step in your career? How can you figure out if being a manager will be a good fit for you? In today’s episode we discuss why a move into management isn't the best course of action for every designer and what to consider before making the leap.
4/7/202132 minutes, 28 seconds
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217: Why you should share your work

There are many benefits to working in public but sometimes it can be difficult for designers to share their work. This week on Design Life we talk about how to start sharing your work and some prompts to help you begin.
3/27/202130 minutes, 58 seconds
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216: Taking ownership of your career growth

Today on Design Life we discuss taking ownership of your career growth. Pursuing your dream career takes courage but the risk is worth the reward. In this episode we answer a question from a listener about how to discuss career growth with your manager as a junior designer and also as a woman. We share the times that we have succeeded, and failed, at taking that leap in our own careers and what we have learned along the way.
3/15/202129 minutes, 49 seconds
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215: Running a hack day

Have you ever thought about organising a hack or jam day at your work? A hack, hackathon or jam day is an event for you and your team to put aside your usual work and focus on one project or idea, an opportunity to make progress within a tight time constraint, like one day or a half a day. In this episode Femke shares her experience of running jam days at Uber as Charli prepares to run a hack day for her team at Convertkit.
2/23/202128 minutes, 21 seconds
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214: Our daily routines

How has your daily routine changed over the past year? Working from home has meant our daily routines have adapted so that we start a little later, spend more time on our morning routines and get more from our day as a result. Today on Design Life we chat all about our daily routines and really break down how we spend each part of our day.
2/8/202125 minutes, 24 seconds
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213: Balancing work and side projects

How do we balance our side projects and our full time jobs? This is a question we get asked a lot! The thing is, time gets filled up very easily. You’ll never find the time unless you are purposeful about how you spend it. Today on Design Life we discuss how working from home, taking on more responsibility in our day jobs and having shorter blocks of time in which to get work done has made us change our priorities and find balance in new ways.
2/2/202135 minutes, 2 seconds
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212: Inside the design hiring process

This week on Design Life we want to talk about hiring from the perspective of the person doing the hiring. In the past we’ve talked a lot about finding a design job, portfolios, interviews and everything that the process entails but today we are looking at the other side of hiring. What do you need to consider when hiring a designer to join a team at your company? How can you encourage a diverse pool of the right people to apply for the job and how can you whittle it down to the best applicant. If you’re leading a team and own the hiring process, or if you regularly get pulled in to help during the hiring process this episode will be useful for you.
1/28/202137 minutes
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211: Ageism in the tech industry

In today’s episode of Design Life we talk about ageing and ageism in the tech industry. This is something we’ve started to think about more recently as we noticed there are a lot of people in the design industry in their 20’s and 30’s and a lot less in their 40’s. What happens to people as they age in this industry? As designers, we are ageing along with tech. Ten years from now will it be common place to have your entire design team made up of people in their 40’s, or is this a naive idea? We discuss finding role models, fuelling your ambition and what we can do about ageism in tech.
1/18/202129 minutes, 1 second
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210: Our plans for 2021

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1/12/202133 minutes, 54 seconds
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209: Reflecting on our careers & side hustles in 2020

This year has been a year like no other, which is all the more reason to look back and reflect on what we have learned and what has changed since the year began. In this episode of Design Life we chat about monetizing our side hustles, promotions, learning curves and finding gratitude in difficult times.
12/22/202033 minutes, 44 seconds
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208: Should you use a Notion doc as your portfolio?

 From the outside it seems like a quick and easy way to share your work and who you are as a designer, with a lower entry level than customising your own website, but is it too good to be true? We share the results of a recent Twitter poll on what the design community thinks about this new trend, along with our thoughts on whether this is a cool and creative idea or something to avoid if you want to make the right first impression. 
12/15/202027 minutes, 24 seconds
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207: Outsourcing work and hiring help for side projects

This can be difficult to do as a creator because you might have the skills to do the work yourself, but not the time.  In this episode we talk about when to outsource work, how to choose the right person and developing a productive workflow.Flo WongAine Brennan 
12/2/202032 minutes, 4 seconds
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206: How to have productive meetings

In this episode of Design Life we discuss how to have a productive meeting, remotely. This year has seen a huge increase in remote working and has challenged many companies to find new ways of doing things. We have all spent an hour of our time in a meeting (that could have been an email) at some stage in our career, but how can you avoid that happening again in the future? We share our experiences of running successful and productive meetings while working remotely and the importance of speaking up if things aren’t working.
11/23/202030 minutes, 13 seconds
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205: How designers could use Facebook ads to get clients

We chat about how to use social media advertising to get in front of clients as a designer, to drive traffic to your site and to remind people of your products that they’ve previously considered buying. There is lots of insight to be gained from our discussion with Mojca, including actionable steps to take, whether you want to start using social media advertising today, or in three months time. Support Design Life on PatreonFollow Mojca on InstagramThe Science of Facebook adsSuper Spicy Media
11/17/202043 minutes, 58 seconds
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204: Speeding up the design process

Do you always get the freedom to see your design process through from start to finish? On this episode of Design Life we talk about speeding up the design process or simply how to design fast. Keyboard shortcuts and being a software pro might help you to create a design faster but you need to look at the bigger picture to speed up the whole design process. Some projects need to get finished faster than others and there are a few things you can do to help make that happen, but if one project can be finished quickly can’t they all? We chat tools, timelines and how to ensure you’re still producing your best work on a tight deadline.
11/2/202031 minutes, 25 seconds
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203: Running a design-focused Instagram

If you listened to our last episode you might have heard that Femke recently launched @femkedotdesign, an online space that focuses solely on design and separates the personal from the professional, in other words - a design-focused Instagram account! We chat about using Instagram as an educational platform, the benefits of a new, dedicated space for follower’s questions and what you should consider before launching a design-focused Instagram account.femkedotdesign on Instagram
10/20/202026 minutes, 28 seconds
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202: Charli gets a promotion!

Taking on a new role in any company is an exciting time with lots of opportunities to learn and develop your skills but taking on a newly developed role in your current company has its own set of challenges and rewards. We talk about what a Creative Director does, leading a team and up-skilling for a new role. @femkedotdesign on InstagramFlo WongLara Hogan Demystifying Management CourseWork with Charli at ConvertKit
10/12/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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201: Being the only designer on the team

Get 10% off any new annual Webflow plan using the code “designlife” at http://wfl.io/designlife Join the design life communitySupport the show by buying a Pin!Submit a topic
9/29/202030 minutes, 57 seconds
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200: Does using design freebies make you less of a designer?

Thanks to Webflow for sponsoring this episode! Webflow gives designers the power of code in a visual interface, and both of your Design Life hosts love using it for their personal sites.Get 10% off any new annual Webflow plan using the code “designlife” at http://wfl.io/designlife
9/22/202027 minutes, 4 seconds
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199: How direct is TOO direct with feedback?

Thanks to Webflow for sponsoring this episode! Webflow gives designers the power of code in a visual interface, and both of your Design Life hosts love using it for their personal sites.Get 10% off any new annual Webflow plan using the code “designlife” at http://wfl.io/designlife Join the design life communitySupport the show by buying a Pin!Submit a topic
9/14/202029 minutes, 29 seconds
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198: Making friends at work

Thanks to Webflow for sponsoring this episode! Webflow gives designers the power of code in a visual interface, and both of your Design Life hosts love using it for their personal sites.Get 10% off any new annual Webflow plan using the code “designlife” at http://wfl.io/designlife
9/8/202028 minutes, 45 seconds
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197: Should you go to design school?

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8/24/202029 minutes, 31 seconds
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196: Should you have to work nights and weekends to succeed in tech?

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8/17/202026 minutes, 13 seconds
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195: Working with freelancers

The inspiration for this topic came from Charli’s new series ‘Inside Marketing Design’ where she speaks with marketing designers working with the biggest Tech brands from around the world. A listener noticed a theme that many designers mentioned working with freelancers and we wanted to dive deeper into this topic and share our own experiences and insights of how to establish the freelancer/client relationship and the benefits or possible pitfalls of working with freelancers. Support the show on Patreon!
8/11/202027 minutes, 28 seconds
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194: The future of AI/ML in design

In today’s episode of Design Life we talk about future proofing your skills to help you establish a long lasting career, by leveraging new technology to boost your creative thinking and using problem solving to develop innovative design solutions. Join the design life communitySupport the show by buying a Pin!Submit a topic
8/3/202026 minutes, 9 seconds
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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? If this is the case finding focus time at work can be a struggle. In this episode of Design Life we discuss how to evaluate if you have control over your meetings and how to maximise your meetings so they are as productive as they can be.
7/27/202029 minutes, 38 seconds
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192: How to reach out for advice

Charli's new series - Inside Marketing DesignGet Femke's advice through SuperpeerJoin our Patreon!
7/6/202030 minutes, 4 seconds
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191: Attaching self worth to your work

We spotted a tweet recently that said instead of working from home we’re living at work, a sentiment we can agree with. If your self worth is attached to your work, now more than ever you might be experiencing feelings of being unworthy, but you are worth more than your work. In this episode we talk honestly about our jobs, side projects and attaching self worth to our work.Join the community on PatreonVisit our online storeFollow us on Twitter
6/30/202029 minutes, 48 seconds
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190: Creating design processes and workflows

Today on the Design Life podcast, we’re talking about processes and design operations. Writing briefs, developing processes and reviewing workflows are all part of the job, but sometimes it can feel like that’s all we do as designers! If your daily to-do list has shifted away from design, it might be time to start delegating. In this episode we discuss how to use your initiative to accelerate your success, when to improve a process and how to delegate effectively.
6/24/202028 minutes, 50 seconds
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189: Why are there so few women in design leadership?

In this episode of Design Life we ask the question 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 leadership, the replies showed this message resonated with a lot of people. In this episode we discuss why female design leaders are the exception rather than the rule, and what can women, and men, do about it.Femke’s TweetHow to be antiracist by Ibram X. KendiSign the petition for George Floyd
6/15/202031 minutes, 22 seconds
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188: Creating and launching a digital product

Grayscale - Charli's font!Glyphs font softwareTeela Cunningham font course
6/9/202022 minutes, 9 seconds
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187: Launching a big project

Convert Kit HomepageAngie KwanJoin our Patreon!
5/25/202029 minutes, 28 seconds
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186: Design QA Process

Although we work for companies of different sizes and on vastly different kinds of projects, there are more similarities between our QA reviews than there are differences. A QA is a process that every designer implements as the project comes closer to completion, as a designer you need to check everything is good to go for your launch date. Hitting snags at the end of a project is common, we discuss how we’ve evolved our design QA process to get the best results.
5/19/202030 minutes, 4 seconds
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185: Facilitating workshops with Jonathan Courtney (AJ&Smart)

Jonathan has worked with companies like Lego, Twitter and even the UN, running sprints to make design decision making easier. Following on from our recent topic of design decision making, we ask Jonathan to tell us more about how we can get out of busy work and instead, spend time creating through easier, faster and more collaborative design decision making.AJ&SmartThe Workshopper Playbook
5/5/202052 minutes, 59 seconds
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184: Making design decisions

As designers, we make a lot of decisions. From moving something two pixels to the left to redesigning an entire website, our decisions range in difficulty. Today on Design Life we talk about how we go about making these decisions and how to overcome decision paralysis.Join the community on PatreonCheck out our online store
4/28/202033 minutes
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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. We dive deep into the processes in place for formal and informal design reviews and crits where we work and share what we have learned from giving and receiving feedback. 
4/21/202033 minutes, 36 seconds
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182: Starting a new side project

On this episode of Design Life we are talking side projects. You might have a few ideas bouncing around in your mind of late, that keep coming back to you. Maybe you want to see if your idea would spark interest in the audience you have in mind, but you don’t know where to start. 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. Burger bun recipe
4/14/202031 minutes, 10 seconds
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181: Getting through a motivation slump

In this week’s episode of Design Life, we have a timely discussion about our motivation while working from home. These are unprecedented times we’re living in. Trying to find and stay motivated while also building a new routine when working from home is a challenge. We discuss our levels of motivation as it changes from day-to-day and why it’s important not to give yourself a hard time if you’re feeling less motivated than usual.Femke's video: Temporary workstation setup while working from home (Desk Tour)Join our community!
4/6/202026 minutes, 9 seconds
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180: Working from home during COVID-19

Many people find themselves working from home at the moment as workplaces play their part in helping to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. For those of us who are working from home for the first time, or returning to remote working after some time in the office, we use this episode of Design Life to chat about the benefits of working from home and how we stay productive in our new environment. We also share the struggles we face as we miss our colleagues and how we use technology to stay connected.Join the community on Patreon!Get yourself a Design Life pin!
3/24/202039 minutes
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179: How to build your network

In this episode of Design Life we discuss how to build your network. Over the course of your career, how can you build a strong, supportive network? We talk about taking the organic approach to creating your network so you can you successfully leverage the support of your colleagues online and IRL.How to network as an introvert116: An alternative approach to networking107: Advice for networking
3/17/202030 minutes, 51 seconds
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178: Performance reviews

Giving and receiving feedback can be tricky. In this episode we talk about performance reviews, which is quite timely as both of us have just finished or are in the process of having ours. We discuss how feedback works on our teams, how this helps us and what we plan to do with our feedback.Join our community!Buy a Work In Progress pin!
3/9/202038 minutes, 15 seconds
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177: Keeping your portfolio up to date

As designers we have very high expectations of our own portfolios. Try to take the pressure off. Don’t overthink it. Build a system so you can easily and quickly publish work and keep it up to date. Identify your own barriers and then build solutions to overcome them. The temptation to redesign your portfolio can make you lose sight of your goal. Stick with an old design if it means getting the new work up. At the end of the day, that is the most important thing. Schedule time to come back to the design at a later date. If your work is covered by an NDA, you might feel like there is no way around it - you just can’t build a portfolio. Instead of this mindset, could you consider sending a password protected link to share your work? How about blanking out information that is private? Or send through a password protected pdf. Remember your goal is to get an interview, so you need to share just enough to interest the company and give you a chance to present your portfolio in more detail at an interview. If you are really short on time, create an archive. Even if you have a portfolio, creating an archive which you can reference at a glance is a good idea. Keep it simple. The information can be sparse to begin with, the year, the project, the company and a holding image is enough. If you want to host your archive on a platform, try using Dribble.
2/19/202031 minutes, 51 seconds
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176: Tackling implementation issues between design and development

We have both experienced the frustration of being asked to sign off on our designs only to find that either a small part of the project or a large chunk have not been developed as we had intended. In this episode of design life we discuss how to tackle implementation issues between design and development so that company goals are achieved on schedule and within budget.Join the community!
2/11/202032 minutes, 21 seconds
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175: The other side of design (it's more than pushing pixels)

In this episode we talk about how design is more than just pushing pixels. As a designer you may find yourself completing any number of tasks - planning researching, exploring, scoping, interviewing, wire framing - we could go on and on. Sometimes this can be frustrating. This week we discuss a query from a listener about what to do when you feel that design is the last thing on your to do list.Support the show on Patreon! 
1/20/202034 minutes, 28 seconds
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174: How to start and grow a design Youtube Channel

Have you ever thought about starting your own YouTube channel? In this week’s episode of Design Life we speak about our channel’s journeys, what has worked consistently and what we have done differently over time. We speak honestly about growing our channels, dealing with controversy, balancing content, monetisation and sponsorship. This episode is a must-listen for any designer who wants to start or grow a design YouTube channel.01.39 – Catch up04.15 – Gaps in the Youtube design community10.18 – Striking a content balance12.13 – Our favourite videos to make16.44 – Dealing with controversy19.06 – Growing your channel24.50 – Evergreen vs tentpole content 27.05 – Monetisation and sponsored content Femke's latest videoCharli's latest videoJoin our Patreon!
1/13/202037 minutes, 45 seconds
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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. In this episode, the first episode of the new decade, we talk about our goals and intentions for the year ahead. This has become a tradition for us on the podcast, at the start of every year we reflect on our goals and look forward to what we want to achieve next. Plan your year workbookThe Design Life Community on Patreon
1/6/202036 minutes, 26 seconds
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172: Fulfilling your potential

Is the weight of your potential weighing you down? Potential can be both a blessing and a curse. When you feel fulfilled, you are able to focus on the task at hand and complete your best work. If you possess a greater potential than the task at hand requires, over time, completing this task will leave you feeling unfulfilled. In this week’s episode, inspired by Charli’s blog post, we go deep and talk about how fulfilled we feel right now, the weight of potential and getting unstuck.
12/11/201929 minutes, 59 seconds
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171: Learnings from Adobe Max

In this episode of Design Life we have a special guest joining us, Zach Grosser. Zach joins Charli on the podcast this week as they both attended Adobe MAX 2019, Charli was an Adobe Insider this year and Zach was invited to attend by Adobe as a UX leader. Charli and Zach discuss their key takeaways from this year’s flagship creativity conference.Bézier podcast with Zach GrosserTalk to Me by Dean NelsonFull Time You by Meg Lewis 
12/3/201943 minutes
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170: Jumping from junior to senior designer

Are you hoping to make the jump from a junior to senior role in 2020? On this episode of Design Life we discuss a query about senior and junior roles from a listener hoping to change levels. How do you know when you’re ready, how can you figure out and prove that you have the skills you need to do the job at hand? We discuss how the jump is managed at our respective companies and the idea that there is always something you can do, even if it’s not being asked of you, to demonstrate why you you’re up to the challenge. Han Bang – Toronto design YoutuberGet your design life pin!Join the community
10/28/201929 minutes, 4 seconds
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169: Within Design Retreat

In a change to our usual format, this week on Design Life we discuss Femke’s experience of the Within leadership retreat. The three day, design leadership retreat provided plenty for us to discuss, including leading authentically, listening to your inner critic and coaching colleagues to come up with their own solutions.Leadership CirclesWithin Retreat
10/22/201932 minutes, 23 seconds
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168: When your ideas aren't considered

How do you deal with the frustration of people not accepting your ideas? When you share an idea and people brush it off or they don’t agree that it is a good idea, how do you deal with that in such a way that your team understand your disappointment but don’t mark you as a sore loser. In this episode we talk about how we communicate our disappointment and frustrations with our teams, and how sometimes listening can reveal an unexpected solution. 01.10 – Check in04.40 – Listener’s letter11.55 – What to do if this happens to you17.34 – Accept your idea didn’t make the cut22.50 – Listen & Learn25.55 – What to do if your ideas are being shot down more often than not   
10/8/201929 minutes, 46 seconds
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167: Career progression

This week on Design Life we’re talking about a topic that has been on our minds lately - career progression. We have been thinking about the next stage in our careers, and thought you might be interested to hear what steps we have taken to secure the next phase and how we know it is time to have that all important conversation.
9/24/201927 minutes, 51 seconds
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166: Having difficult conversations

Brené Brown, Daring Greatly Kim Scott, Radical Candour Liz + Mollie, No Hard Feelings
9/17/201935 minutes, 45 seconds
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165: Staying creative during life changes

After a short hiatus the Design Life podcast is back! Staying creative and motivated during big life changes can be a real challenge, one we have recently faced. We have jumped at the chance for our next adventure and moved to new countries. Femke has joined the Uber design team in Toronto, working with a new team on Uber Eats. Charli continues to work remotely for Convertkit but has swapped the hustle and bustle of London for sunny Valencia! Trying to stay inspired while also managing the logistics of a big move to another country is a challenge, in this episode we share what worked for us during this busy time. Ladies Wine Design Bumble BFF Ladders Conference Design Life Enamel Pin
9/9/201929 minutes, 50 seconds
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164: How to get your first design job

In this episode of Design Life, we talk about how to get your first design job. It can be a conundrum, 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 if no one is willing to give you a job? We share our tips, along with an exciting new product we have launched in the Design Life store. Get the new Work in Progress Pin! Join the community Liz Steel Hollie Arnett
7/24/201933 minutes, 4 seconds
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163: Earning passive income

Passive income is a great way for designers to earn a little extra every month alongside your full time or freelance gig. In this episode of Design Life we discuss the different passive income streams we have used successfully, what we have learned and what we hope to try in the future. Charli’s passive income, a breakdown Amazon Associates
7/8/201930 minutes, 20 seconds
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162: CEO and designer, Helen Tran

This week we are delighted to share a very special edition of Design Life with you. For this episode we invited Helen Tran who is a Product Designer, hobbyist writer, and the CEO & Founder of Jupiter to tell us all about her journey to becoming her own boss, the importance of teaching and her thoughts on going deep versus going wide. Helen Tran's Blog Jupiter Helen on Twitter
7/1/201937 minutes, 2 seconds
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161: The project kickoff

A few weeks ago on the podcast we discussed project retrospectives. A listener sent in a follow-up request for an episode about project kickoffs, which it turns out we have never discussed! Starting a project with a kickoff checklist can be useful for everyone involved. In this episode we discuss the checklists we use, and how to jump in successfully if you haven’t been involved in the kickoff. Design Life Episode 151 Running Design Sprints Join the community to get access to the free kick off template!
6/11/201925 minutes, 18 seconds
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160: Every creative feels broken inside

This episode comes by way of a talk Charli heard at the How Design Live conference in Chicago. Stephen Gates delivered a thought provoking presentation, about living life as a creative. One question in particular stood out - is our manufactured reality killing the design industry and our creativity? In this episode of Design Life we tease out this topic, and how we see it play out in our lives and in our careers. Dribbble's HANG TIME – Get $100 off admission! Stephen Gates How Design Live Join the community!
5/29/201934 minutes, 53 seconds
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159: Is your portfolio a lie?

Is your portfolio truthful, is it a fair representation of your skills? Today’s episode comes by way of an email we had from a client, who asks this very question, and favours freelance market places as a result. We discuss how to make sure your portfolio is an accurate representation of your work, honestly. Dribbble Presents: Hang Time Quinn Keast’s portfolio Alejandra Quintero’s portfolio Daniel Eden’s portfolio
5/21/201932 minutes
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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, in this episode of Design Life. Sharing your job title with people gives them an insight into the work you do every day, but what if your title doesn’t reflect your responsibility or autonomy? We discuss the tips we use to explain our work in the best way possible and how you can too. Join the community!
5/13/201934 minutes, 20 seconds
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157: Project retrospectives

In today’s episode we discuss running 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 to improve upon next time. Find out why we think that not running a project retrospective is a missed opportunity to give your next project the best chance to succeed.
4/29/201932 minutes, 2 seconds
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156: Creating effective design documentation

Design documentation might not be the most exciting part of the design process but its importance cannot be underestimated. Unfortunately the people we work with cannot read our minds, which is why documenting our designs is crucial. Communicating the ‘how and why’ of our design’s functionality allows questions to be answered quickly and efficiently. Today we talk about how we document our designs and the tools we use daily. Flowkit library
4/17/201931 minutes, 7 seconds
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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. This week’s episode comes by way of a listener comment, despite knowing that their design will only really come together in the end stage, they have a nagging doubt in their head that the project should look perfect at every step of the way. We discuss how we have overcome this doubt ourselves in the past and how done is better than perfect can often be good enough. Join the community!
4/9/201931 minutes, 19 seconds
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154: Goal Setting and OKR's

What is an OKR? How can you best set and achieve goals at work? Join us for today’s episode, as we dive into the topic of goal setting and explore the process we use to help us achieve our goals.
4/2/201933 minutes, 58 seconds
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153: Creating Design Principles

What are design principles and how do they differ from design systems? In this episode we answer your questions about design principles and offer some direction as to how you can begin to define them for yourself.
3/18/201928 minutes
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152: Navigating office politics

Dealing with office politics? This episode of Design Life has you covered. We’re taking a break this week from our recent design focused episodes to answer a listener query - how best to deal with office politics. It can be tricky to keep a clear head when your work is impacted by factors outside of your control but doing so can make all the difference to your productivity.
3/12/201928 minutes, 21 seconds
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151: Running Design Sprints

In this episode of Design Life, we discuss running design sprints. In the Product/UX community for the last couple of years, design sprints have been growing in popularity. As a UX designer herself, Femke has run a couple of mini design sprints at Uber and found them useful. We talk about the what, why and how of design sprints and give you the steps you need to introduce them at your workplace. AJ & Smart‍ Sprint - The Design Sprint Book‍ Femke's Youtube Channel‍ Charli's series about Ecommerce with Webflow
3/4/201930 minutes, 57 seconds
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150: Working with design systems

Today we are talking about the a hot topic in the design industry - Design Systems. In today’s episode we share our experience of working with design systems, their benefits and how using an efficient design system can help your team. Join the community! Skillshare: Digital Product Design: Build a Flexible Design System That Lasts How to build your design system in Figma Complete guide to designing a site using a collaborative and powerful design system Design Systems at Deliveroo
2/18/201932 minutes, 30 seconds
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149: Weekly Planning

In this week’s episode we talk about something which is pretty on-brand for us - weekly planning. We cover how to plan your week, how to stay motivated and how to get things done. We share what works for us and how we plan to update our scheduling routines this year.
1/22/201933 minutes, 33 seconds
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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? In this week’s episode of Design Life we answer a question from a listener about getting the best start at a new job. We share our experiences of our first week in a new role, how we’ve helped new members of our teams to get off to a good start and how you can too.
1/14/201934 minutes, 32 seconds
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147: Goals for 2019

In the first episode of Design Life for 2019, we evaluate our 2018 goals and see what we achieved. We also look ahead and chat about our new goals for 2019, the things that are important to us, what we want to achieve and how we plan to do just that. Femke's YouTube Channel Shawn Blanc - Plan your year CharliMarieTV - 2019
1/7/201938 minutes, 12 seconds
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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. Some people think they have merit while others think they tread a fine line between free labour and giving prospective candidates the opportunity to show their skills. We get to the heart of the matter in this week's episode of Design Life, sharing our personal experience and some news about the podcast!
12/4/201838 minutes, 34 seconds
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145: Investing in conferences

Here at Design Life we are big fans of attending conferences, and probably attend well above the average each year. How do we choose which ones to go to and why do we prioritise our attendance at conferences so highly? In this episode we talk about our favourite conferences and why they have earned that title.
11/20/201831 minutes, 25 seconds
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144: What to look for in a manager

Your relationship with your manager is an important one. How can you best cultivate it? In this episode of Design Life we talk about how to build a good relationship with your manager, the traits of a good manager and women in management roles. Join the community!
11/13/201826 minutes, 45 seconds
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143: 3 Things we recommend right now

As the Design Life podcast approaches its three year anniversary, we record another episode IRL. This week’s episode is a friendly catch up about our work and goals where we talk about some books, podcasts and apps we’re loving right now. Yoga by Candace Text Expander App It doesn't have to be crazy at work Women who Work Podcast How Millennials can get rich slowly Secure with Serena Financing Book Recommendations: The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing I Will Teach You to Be Rich Rich Dad, Poor Dad
11/6/201828 minutes, 37 seconds
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142: Iteration

Is your first idea ever your best idea? Is there ever a time where you design something once and then - BOOM! That’s it, done. In this episode of Design Life we discuss iteration. As a designer, when you design something new, it's the beginning of a process. Iteration takes practice. It takes time to refine your taste and your skill in design, you don’t just come up with one idea and call it done. We discuss the process and how we use iteration to our advantage in our work.
10/29/201834 minutes, 55 seconds
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141: Confront Conference with Zach Grosser

This unique episode of Design Life was recorded in Copenhagen after a fantastic weekend at Confront, a conference about dev and design. We are joined by a special guest, our friend and Design Life Community member Zach Grosser. For those who couldn’t be there, we share our key takeaways from the conference and chat about design systems, empathy and the relationship between dev and design.
10/16/201827 minutes, 9 seconds
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140: How to switch careers

Today we are talking about switching careers to become a designer. Charli was asked a question via her Youtube channel by a viewer who wants to switch from a career in marketing to a career in design. The feedback she has been given by recruiters so far is that she is over qualified for a junior role, but lacks the experience for a mid-weight design role. We try to shed some light on how our eager designer can use her prior experience to her advantage in her career switch.
10/8/201830 minutes, 50 seconds
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139: Working with stakeholders

Gaining stakeholder trust can greatly influence the success of your project, but where is the best place to start? In this week’s episode we share our tips and experience to make the process of gaining stakeholder trust as straightforward as possible.
10/1/201838 minutes, 1 second
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138: Salaries and bonuses

In a slight change to our usual series on design careers, in this episode we talk about the compensation packages we have been offered at varying stages of our careers. How can you negotiate to get the most out of your compensation package, and what can be included? Find out how we have used our compensation packages to our benefit. Full takeaways at designlife.fm/episode/138
9/18/201836 minutes, 59 seconds
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137: Personal brand design

Personal branding can feel like an insurmountable task to many designers. Designing a personal brand that communicates personality, style and professionalism is no easy task. In previous episodes we have spoken about the importance of a purposeful personal brand, that accurately portrays who you are as a designer. However in today’s episode we talk about the nitty gritty details of our personal brands, the process we used to create them and how we got over some hurdles along the way. Webflow
9/10/201831 minutes, 41 seconds
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136: Sharing unfinished work

There is still value to be found in sharing unfinished work, but does it really belong in your portfolio? In this episode we discuss sharing unfinished work, when it is appropriate and how to present it in the best light. Staying Convertkit Frederique Matti Join the community! 🎟 Follow us on Twitter! 🐦 Rate us on Apple Podcasts! 🎙
9/3/201825 minutes, 9 seconds
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135: Productivity in the workplace

On Design Life this week, we talk about productivity in the workplace. Being productive at work is about doing what you need to do to get the job done while also being aware that other people need you. We share what works for us while working in an office and being remote. Basecamp Pomodoro Technique Design Life: Bullet journalling for task management
8/27/201840 minutes, 58 seconds
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134: Why we stopped freelancing

8/20/201830 minutes, 59 seconds
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133: Becoming a hybrid

Many designers want to welcome more development skills into their toolkit and become a hybrid. In reality however, it can be a struggle to fit in the learning required to develop complementary skills while also completing the tasks you were hired to do! In this episode Charli shares her experience of becoming a hybrid, and the practical steps she took to expand her skillset. Treehouse SUPERHi
8/13/201834 minutes, 52 seconds
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132: User Testing in the design process

User testing, or usability testing, can help designers get to know their user even better. It can reveal insights into the use of the product or site that the team otherwise might never know. In this episode we discuss how user testing at Uber works, and how user testing can help to further develop designer’s empathy for the user, benefitting designers and the design process at the same time. Zoom conferencing tool usertesting.com WhatUsersDo InVision
8/6/201838 minutes, 17 seconds
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131: Should you fake it till you make it?

In this episode we answer a question from a member of the Design Life community who is wondering if they should follow the advice to ‘fake it ’til you make it’. We discuss the pros and cons of ‘faking it’, how to use it as a tool to boost your confidence if you’re feeling unsure of yourself and when to know to stop. Sarah Doody on ‘Faking it ’til you make it’ Fake it ’til you make it for designers
7/23/201831 minutes, 2 seconds
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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 designers. Show Links: How Netflix does A/B testing A/B testing at Basecamp Google Optimize VWO
7/17/201832 minutes, 27 seconds
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129: When do you know it’s time to move on?

It’s easy to get stuck in the same routine – same job, same tasks, same projects. However there comes a time when maybe it’s time to move on to something new. 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. Webflow Simplecast Say hi on Twitter! And provide us feedback via email at [email protected], review on iTunes, or in our community!
7/9/201832 minutes, 50 seconds
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128: Making time for new side projects

Have an idea for a new side project? With potentially a few already on the go, how do you make time for new side projects without neglecting your current ones? In this episode we talk about how we decide which side project ideas to pursue and how to decide which is worth investing in. Craft & Commerce Join the community!
7/3/201832 minutes
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127: User research in the design process

User research is a vital part of the design process. It helps to inform your decisions and make sure that you’re designing the best solution to the problem. There are many different ways to do user research, and different points it could be involved in your process so that’s what we discuss in this episode! Jan Chipchase – Masterclass usertesting.com HotJar – website surveying
6/19/201837 minutes, 18 seconds
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126: The rollercoaster of the creative process

The creative process is like a rollercoaster. It has ups and downs, it can put you in a spin, and sometimes things are moving so fast you don’t even know what’s happening. In this episode we talk about the creative process and how we handle the low points to keep things moving.
6/11/201834 minutes, 47 seconds
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125: Travelling for work

As designers our jobs can be done from anywhere! Ironically this can often mean that we don’t need to travel for work within a company, but opportunities can still arise to work with a team in another office, visit a client, go on a user research trip or perhaps travel to a conference. In this episode we discuss our experience with travelling for work, and share advice on how to stay productive during the break in your usual routine.   Join the community to get free resources Come to Craft + Commerce
6/5/201835 minutes, 25 seconds
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124: Getting content for your designs

There’s often more to a project than just design. As designers we regularly find ourselves working with illustrators, copywriters, photographers and more. In this episode we chat about how we’ve worked with content creators and their involvement in the design process. In this episode we mention: Things I use – Femke’s blog post Nike+ Training App ConvertKit ‘I Am a Blogger’ Webflow Craft&Commerce Conference Mackenzie Child
5/28/201833 minutes, 18 seconds
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123: The design handoff and validation process

Handing over your design to a developer or a team of engineers for it to be built is an important part of the design process. In this episode we talk about that handoff and how to make it run smoothly so that everyone is happy, and the finished product matches your design! Are you a community member? Sign in to your account and get access to a free template of the Design Handoff Deck that you can use with your team. Sign up here. How do you design a design doc by Dropbox The power of the design doc by Deliveroo Notion design doc template Zeplin Atomic InVision Coda
5/21/201840 minutes, 7 seconds
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122: Being a woman in tech

Despite all the advances the world has made with gender equality over the years, there is still a severe lack of women in tech. In this episode we discuss our experience entering the tech industry and sharing our thoughts and frustrations on the matter. The Confidence Gap – Article on The Atlantic Startup podcast Phrases to replace ‘you guys’ Diversity and Inclusion at Patreon
5/14/201839 minutes, 25 seconds
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121: Trying new design tools

For many designers, deciding what new design or prototyping tool to choose can be overwhelming, with new tools launching every month! How can you choose the right one while also maximising your time? In this episode we discuss how we go about learning a new tool and how we choose which tool to learn.
5/7/201831 minutes, 53 seconds
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120: Our biggest flaws as designers

In this episode, we share our current struggles, both personal and professional and what we are doing to overcome them. We also look at the struggles we faced in our careers in the past, and talk about the catalysts that helped us to change. Ladies that UX Amsterdam Ladies that UX London Tobias Van Schneider Join the community!  
4/30/201837 minutes, 44 seconds
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119: Setting career goals

I think also goals are good checkpoints, like the time before you reach the goal is obviously a really important time but I think afterwards is equally important like stop reflect okay I achieved this and then think about what could be the next one
4/23/201836 minutes, 39 seconds
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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? This week we address this question from a listener who’s been struggling with feeling as though she has too many passions, and share our experience.
4/16/201836 minutes, 32 seconds
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117: Articulating design decisions

Recently, Femke attended a workshop about articulating design decisions and in this episode she shares a few nuggets of wisdom she learned there with you. We also discuss our experience presenting our work and getting stakeholders on board, and answer questions from our listeners.
4/2/201845 minutes, 11 seconds
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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. In this episode we discuss ways to move beyond ‘what do you do?’ when talking to new people at an event and share some examples of times when connecting on a deeper level has paid off for us.
3/12/201834 minutes, 42 seconds
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115: Friendly competition

Competition can be healthy or harmful, depending on how far you take it! In this episode we discuss an email from a listener about toxic competition, and share our experience with similar situations. Ux Conference London Femke’s Website (live!) Epicurrence  
3/6/201832 minutes, 19 seconds
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114: Creators Guilt

Do you ever feel guilty when you’re not spending time creating? It turns out, many creatives do. In this episode we discuss this guilt and why it’s irrational, and how to cope with it.
2/26/201831 minutes, 56 seconds
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113: When to upgrade your technology

This week we get nerdy and talk about tech; more specifically, upgrading technology. When should you upgrade? Do you always need to have the latest device? How do we decide what to upgrade to? We discuss all of this and more!
2/13/201834 minutes, 59 seconds
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112: Redesigning your website

As designers it sometimes feels like we are perpetually redesigning our own websites! In this episode we discuss our approach to tackling our redesigns and what tools we’re using to build the site, as well as share some advice for not getting overwhelmed with the task. Join the community!
2/5/201835 minutes, 19 seconds
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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. In this episode we discuss the legalities and details of setting up an official business including accounting, expenses, paperwork, and when to even bother with registering it!
1/30/201838 minutes, 27 seconds
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110: Making a career shift

Both Design Life hosts have made the decision to shift their career in the past and change design disciplines: Femke from marketing to product design, and Charli from print to web design. In this episode we discuss what it was like to make this shift and share some advice for how to go about it if it’s something you’ve been thinking about doing too.
1/23/201836 minutes, 51 seconds
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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! In this episode we discuss getting started with making videos and give advice for dealing with the initial hurdles you’ll face. Join the community!
1/15/201834 minutes, 51 seconds
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108: Setting a monthly focus

In this episode we discuss an approach to getting things done that might help you get more out of 2018 and finally complete some projects you’ve been trying to make time for by setting a monthly focus. Join the community!
1/8/201831 minutes, 16 seconds
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107: Advice for networking

Networking isn’t just for corporate people in business suits, it’s a handy skill to master as a designer! In this episode we discuss our experience with networking and share our best tips for finding the right people to talk to, and making the most of the connection. Join the Design Life Community!
12/18/201732 minutes, 37 seconds
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106: Boredom

This week we’re talking about boredom. It’s something that strikes us all every now and then and we shouldn’t be ashamed about that. In this episode we discuss the ways it affects us and some possible solutions for dealing with it. Join the Design Life Community!
12/11/201736 minutes, 36 seconds
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105: Portfolio pieces vs just needing the money

All designers go through a stage where they create work they aren’t proud of. What should you do when you’re trying to build your portfolio up, but are working on projects you don’t love because you need the money? In this episode we discuss our own experience with this conundrum and share our advice for dealing with it. We have new stickers! Buy your pack now Join the Design Life community
12/4/201733 minutes, 20 seconds
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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? In this episode we discuss the future of our careers and what we want to achieve as designers. You’ll learn a little more about us and our goals, and hopefully we’ll get you thinking about what you want out of your career too so that you can make sure you’re on the right path. We have new stickers! Buy your pack now Join the Design Life community  
11/27/201737 minutes, 50 seconds
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103: Product launches and failures

Launching something you’ve been working hard on to the world wide internet can be intimidating. In this episode we share what we’ve learned from launching things recently, what we wish we’d done differently, and give you advice to apply to your own launch no matter how big or small your audience might be. Join the Design Life community designlife.fm/stickers
11/20/201737 minutes, 40 seconds
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102: The value of mastermind groups

The Design Life community has now launched! Join before Nov 20th and get discount pricing for life + a bonus free sticker pack. JOIN HERE. 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 discuss mastermind groups and their value. You’ll get advice for finding the right people to start one with, and for running it successfully to get the most value from it.
11/13/201734 minutes, 42 seconds
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101: Starting a new design job

Sign up for the community! Launching Nov 13th. Starting a new design job can be scary. Not only are there new colleagues to get to know, but new design processes and projects to get your head around, and no doubt a million questions. In this episode we continue our jobs series and share our advice for how to handle your first day of a new job.
11/6/201738 minutes, 50 seconds
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100: Staying consistent with a side project over time

We’ve reached one hundred episodes of the show! So what better topic to talk about than sticking with a side project consistently over a long period time? In this episode we answer questions from our listeners about running a side project for two years, and share advice for how to commit for the long haul. Sign up for the Design Life community  
10/30/201729 minutes, 59 seconds
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099: What to do when you’re lacking motivation

Slumps in motivation happen. No matter how passionate you are, no matter how good you are at time management; sometimes you just don’t feel motivated. In this episode we talk about how we deal with the slump, chat about possible reasons for it occurring, and give advice for trying to get out of it. More at www.designlife.fm Sign up for the community
10/23/201735 minutes, 8 seconds
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098: Sunsetting a side project

We talk a lot on this show about starting side projects and working on bringing your ideas to life, but what happens when the passion dies and you find yourself not wanting to work on a project anymore? In this episode we discuss our reasons for sunsetting side projects and share ways for you to figure out if you should put an idea on hold. More at www.designlife.fm Sign up for the community
10/16/201738 minutes, 2 seconds
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097: How to start making money from side projects - with Nathan Barry

It’s time to start making money from your side projects. Designer/entrepreneur Nathan Barry joins us for this episode to share advice for selling products without seeming too pushy, setting goals for your side projects, and how to launch them. If you’ve been wanting to start earning money online, this episode will give you the advice and confidence to start doing it. More at www.designlife.fm Sign up for the community
10/3/201746 minutes, 36 seconds
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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. In this episode we talk about the technology and gadgets that make up our hardware setup and discuss our research process before buying new tech items, along with why you don’t need a shiny new MacBook to be a designer. More at www.designlife.fm Sign up for the community
9/25/201742 minutes, 56 seconds
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095: Interviewing for design jobs

The interview stage can be both the most exciting and the scariest part of the design job hunting process. In this episode we share our advice for nailing a design job interview: what to bring, how to prepare, what to ask questions about and how to deal with those unexpected curveballs you might be thrown. Join the community Follow Design Life on Twitter
9/18/201740 minutes, 50 seconds
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094: Speaking at conferences

If speaking at a conference is on your career goals list, this episode is for you. In it we discuss the public speaking opportunities we’ve had, and share advice for not only securing your own spot at an event but also how to plan and present your talk with confidence. Join the community Follow Design Life on Twitter
9/11/201744 minutes, 2 seconds
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093: Taking Risks

As humans we are designed to be afraid of taking risks, but a certain amount of risk is necessary to achieve success. In this very special episode Eric Friedensohn (a talented lettering artist and friend of the show) joins Femke to discuss why it’s important to take risks, and how to be smart about them. Sign up for the community Follow Eric Friedensohn Listen to more on our website
9/4/201737 minutes, 31 seconds
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092: Advice for applying to design jobs

Lets say you’ve already done the job hunt – you’ve narrowed it down to a select few companies you want to apply at. Now it’s time to prepare your application. In this episode we share our advice for your CV, cover letter and portfolio, as well as chat about the emotional side of the job application process. Find more at www.designlife.fm Join the community!
8/28/201742 minutes, 59 seconds
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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. In this episode we give advice for feeling confident sharing your work, and how to go about it in the right way. More at www.designlife.fm
8/22/201736 minutes, 11 seconds
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090: Job hunting

In this episode we’re kicking off the start of a new mini-series about finding a new job. To start with we’re talking about the job hunt process and giving you advice for where to look for your new role and how to research a company to see if it’s a place you’d like to work. More at www.designlife.fm
8/14/201740 minutes, 18 seconds
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089: Personal vs professional

Do you feel like you need to be careful what you post online? Can you be yourself on social media? In this episode we discuss the divide between our personal and professional sides and how we handle this online. We’ll share thoughts on how this affects job prospects and some rules of thumb to follow. More at www.designlife.fm
8/7/201737 minutes, 21 seconds
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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. The temptation of working on something new is easy to give in to, but it’s not always the best thing for achieving our goals. In this episode we talk about shiny object syndrome, how it’s affected us, and advice for dealing with it to stay on track. More at www.designlife.fm
8/1/201731 minutes, 58 seconds
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087: Project Scoping

Project scoping is one of the scariest and hardest parts of the design process when you’re new to it. It takes time and practice to get right, and in this episode we’re sharing the best tips on project scoping from us and our listeners. You’ll also hear about some times when we got it wrong, so that you can learn from our project scoping mistakes. More at www.designlife.fm.
7/24/201738 minutes, 4 seconds
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086: Balancing professional growth with getting paid

Professional development and growing your skills is important in any design job, but when you’re freelancing it can be hard to fit in as any time you spend learning is time not spent working for clients. in this episode we discuss the responsibility we have to develop our skills and how we incorporate learning into our projects. More at www.designlife.fm
7/17/201738 minutes, 1 second
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085: Keeping up with new tools and frameworks

The Design Life community beta is open! Join now. 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 and stay relevant; especially when all of your peers are talking about it. In this episode we discuss our approach to trying new software and tools and how we deal with the pressure to stay up to date. More at www.designlife.fm
7/10/201736 minutes, 5 seconds
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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. But it’s something we all seem to face. So that’s what we decided to discuss in this weeks episode along with feeling too old and comparing ourselves to others. More at www.designlife.fm
7/3/201739 minutes, 26 seconds
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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 and have to deal with the overwhelm that comes along with it. In this episode we discuss what to do in this situation and how to learn from it for the inevitable next time. More at www.designlife.fm
6/26/201738 minutes, 58 seconds
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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. So what should you do when that happens? In this episode we discuss our approach to big ideas and the learning or asking for help that comes along with them. More at www.designlife.fm
6/19/201739 minutes, 2 seconds
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E81: Bullet journalling for task management

Bullet journalling has become an incredibly popular way to manage projects and tasks. In this episode we discuss how we use the system and why we decided to try it, as well as give advice for getting started if you’re interested in trying it yourself. More at www.designlife.fm
6/12/201741 minutes, 4 seconds
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080: Our plans for the Design Life community

Design Life will soon be launching a community! In this episode we share in depth our plans for the community and tell you everything you need to know about the beta launch (sign up athttp://192.241.209.196/community to be notified), as well as talk about the value we’ve gotten from being surrounded by like-minded people.
6/5/201733 minutes, 16 seconds
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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 before you reach a beautiful finished product. In this episode we discuss the difficulties in communicating the value of design and give advice for talking to friends and clients about it so that you can be paid way you’re worth.   Our site: www.designlife.fm Us on Twitter: @designlife Join our community!: http://192.241.209.196/community
5/29/201734 minutes
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078: Using video to build and connect with an audience

In the future, making videos will be just as common as writing blog posts. In this episode we talk about the benefits of creating online video (hint: it’s more than just audience growth!) and Charli gives advice to Femke for getting started and what to expect. More at www.designlife.fm.
5/22/201738 minutes, 2 seconds
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077: The future of the design industry

Design software is becoming more and more accessible, with some tools offering automatic layouts and quick logos. As designers should we worry about this future? In this episode we discuss the commodification of design and give thoughts on the future of our industry and what we can do to make sure we’re providing value. More at www.designlife.fm
5/15/201740 minutes, 34 seconds
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076: The pros and cons of procrastiworking

Procrastiworking is work you do instead of another task; think of it as productive procrastination! But it is still just that: procrastination. In this episode we talk about the process and cons of it and give our tips for avoiding it or making it work to your advantage. More at www.designlife.fm
5/8/201732 minutes, 20 seconds
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075: Feeling guilty for taking a break

Do you sometimes feel guilty for taking a break? Maybe you tinker on things throughout your break to ease the guilt, or perhaps you feel the guilt after enjoying a weekend away. Well we feel that too, so that’s what we discuss in this episode. You’ll hear our feelings on this guilt, and our advice for overcoming it and allowing yourself the permission to relax. More at www.designlife.fm
5/1/201732 minutes, 51 seconds
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074: Working from home

Working from home is becoming more and more common as more creatives take on a freelance life, and more companies embrace the remote way of working. In this episode we discuss the pros and cons of making your living space your working space, and give advice for combatting loneliness, switching off and distraction. More at www.designlife.fm
4/24/201740 minutes, 41 seconds
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073: What to do when you run out of passion

Us designers can be emotional people. We love our jobs and we feel passionately about our creative projects. But what happens when that passion wanes? In this episode we talk about what it’s like to lose the passion you once had for a project, and what to do about it. More at www.designlife.fm
4/17/201737 minutes
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072: Teaching yourself a new skill

Learning a new skill can be hard, especially when you’re teaching yourself. But it’s also a vital part of growing as a designer throughout your career. In this episode we chat about how we teach ourselves new skills, the struggles we face, and how we deal with them. More at www.designlife.fm
4/10/201744 minutes, 27 seconds
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071: Feeling confident as a designer

Struggling with confidence is a big problem creatives face. We’ve all had days where we feel like we can’t keep going on our creative journey; that we’re not good enough and should just give up. But facing those hurdles is a part of the learning process and something we have to learn to deal with. In this episode we discuss confidence issues and give advice on ways to feel more confident in your work and abilities. More at www.designlife.fm
4/3/201734 minutes
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070: How to package up client deliverables

Sending a client the deliverables is the last step of a project, so it’s one that can have a lasting impression. In this episode we discuss our process for sending client deliverables and some improvements we want to make to end the project on a really professional note. More at www.designlife.fm
3/27/201732 minutes, 38 seconds
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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. More at www.designlife.fm
3/20/201734 minutes, 39 seconds
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068: Speeding up your workflow

When you’ve got a tight deadline to meet (or when you’ve just got a lot to do) little tricks to speed up your workflow can make all the difference. In this episode we talk about how our workflows have improved over the years and suggest some ideas for you to try. More at www.designlife.fm
3/13/201737 minutes, 46 seconds
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067: We need more crappy work

The design world has gotten a little too perfect. All we see are beautiful finished products. The ideas thrown out along the way never get shared. But there is value in sharing your process and it can help others learn. In this episode we talking about perfectionism and sharing, and about how we need to see more crappy work. More at www.designlife.fm
3/6/201734 minutes, 27 seconds
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066: Morals in design

How do your personal morals fit in with your design work? As designers, and as humans, we have a responsibility to think about the user and put forward work that makes the world better rather than worse. In this episode we discuss ethics and morals, and share examples of a few things we draw the line on. More at www.designlife.fm
2/27/201731 minutes, 17 seconds
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065: Life after design school

In this episode we reflect on what it’s been like to leave design school and start designing full time. We cover the many differences in the design process and the people you work with in school vs out in the “real world” and share advice for making the transition smoother. More at www.designlife.fm
2/20/201741 minutes, 45 seconds
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064: Consistency in content creation

When it comes to creating content online, consistency is the key to building a reputation and an audience. In this episode we discuss how we stay consistent with our content creation and share advice for how to overcome some common struggles. More at www.designlife.fm
2/13/201743 minutes, 51 seconds
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063: Advice for remote working

Remote working is becoming more and more common, and more and more desirable these days. In this episode we discuss our remote jobs and share advice for focussing and connecting with your team as a remote worker, and making the most of your nomadic situation.  More at www.designlife.fm
2/6/201744 minutes, 10 seconds
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062: Taking control of your design career

When it comes to your design career, you need to think about what you want out of it and where you want to end up in the future so that you can make steps towards it now, and make choices that align with those goals. In this episode we discuss the career goals of our listeners (and our own!) and share tips for figuring out what you want, and working towards it. More at www.designlife.fm
1/30/201733 minutes, 42 seconds
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061: Constraints breed creativity

Constraints breed creativity. If they’re not too restrictive, they give you a starting point and a box to think outside of. In this episode we discuss how to see constraints in a positive light and share advice for setting your own constraints on side projects. We also talk about what to do when a client is overly prescriptive and the constraints box you into a corner, and how to treat budget and time constraints as a good thing. More at www.designlife.fm
1/24/201730 minutes, 49 seconds
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060: Focus time

Lack of focus is our biggest enemy when it comes to productivity. In this episode we talk about focus time and how we can create it for ourselves. We discuss some different apps and techniques that help towards finding focus, but we also talk about the fact that focus looks different for everyone. The thing that helps someone else focus may not work for you, but it’s about experimenting and seeing what sticks. More at www.designlife.fm
1/16/201736 minutes, 2 seconds
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059: Advice for creating a great portfolio

When it comes to getting jobs in creative industries, your portfolio is more important than your resumé. Your portfolio should show your best work, and should demonstrate why you’re the person to hire for the job. It can be tough to create a good one. There are lots of decisions to be made, from what work to include and how to talk about it, to what platform to use and how much process to show. In this episode we share advice for all of these things and more. More at www.designlife.fm
1/9/201742 minutes
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058: Setting goals for 2017

The start of a new year is the perfect time for you to think about what you want to get out of the year ahead, and set some goals. In this episode we get super honest and share our audience building, teaching, learning, financial, content and health goals for 2017. And of course we give some advice for setting your own goals for the coming year. Be ambitious, and let’s make it a good one! More at http://192.241.209.196
1/3/201747 minutes, 35 seconds
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057: Surrounding yourself with good people

The people you surround yourself with can have a huge impact on your life. That impact can be positive and uplifting, or it could be negative and crush your dreams; it’s up to you. In this episode we talk about how to find inspiring people and make them a part of your life, and also about how to let go of people who might be having a negative impact on you.  More at www.designlife.fm
12/19/201632 minutes, 14 seconds
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056: Saying no to good things

Sometimes you have to say no to really good opportunities, whether that be because you’re too busy to take them on, or because you want to make sure there is still room for great opportunities to come your way. In this episode share our experiences with saying no to things we might otherwise have said yes to, and give some advice for figuring out whether or not you should say yes to something.  More at Design Life.
12/12/201630 minutes, 4 seconds
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055: Design contracts & why you should have one

A contract is an essential part of being a freelancer. Even if you’re just starting out, it’s valuable to put one in to your process as soon as possible. In this episode we share advice for creating your contract and some hurdles to watch out for, alongside so many useful resources in our show notes. More at www.designlife.fm
12/5/201636 minutes, 1 second
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054: Advice for content marketing

Content marketing doesn’t have to be a thing only big businesses do to seem like they know their customers; it’s something we as creatives can do to get our names out there, attract the right type of client, and become a part of the creative community by giving knowledge back. In this episode we discuss the benefits we’ve gotten from content marketing, as well as tips for creating content. More at www.designlife.fm
11/28/201640 minutes, 26 seconds
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053: Should you market yourself as an individual or a studio?

When you market yourself for freelance work, there are two main ways to brand yourself: as an individual or as a studio. In this episode we discuss the pros and cons of each and help you figure out which option is best for you. More at www.designlife.fm
11/21/201636 minutes, 42 seconds
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052: Hearing your struggles (Birthday episode)

For Design Life’s one year anniversary episode we invited our listeners to send in an audio recording telling us about something they’re struggling with at the moment. We do our best to answer their questions about managing time, confidence, finding clients and opportunities, and creating content.In this episode you’ll hear advice for getting through the struggles and share our own stories on the topics. More at www.designlife.fm
11/14/201635 minutes, 30 seconds
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051: How to get clients to pay up

We often hear stories of designers waiting months for payment. It’s hard asking for money, so how do you get clients to pay up? In this episode we talk about issues with payments, and share advice for making the payment process professional and easy. Remember, you deserve to be paid for your work in a timely manner, and there are things you should be doing that will help make this happen. More at www.designlife.fm
11/7/201634 minutes, 54 seconds
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050: The value of conferences

Going to conferences is something most professionals end up doing at some point in their career. But when should you start going to some? How do you know which ones are best? What should you do when you’re there? We discuss all these things in this latest episode and share how conferences have impacted our careers, as well as give you advice for how to get the most value from them. More at www.designlife.fm
11/2/201637 minutes, 37 seconds
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049: The hustle mindset

Hustle is a buzz-word we see a lot these days. In this episode we discuss what it means to us, and the effect it has on our mental state and our work. It’s easy to feel a lot of pressure to hustle when you see others achieving so much, but it’s important not to let the hustle take over your life, so listen in for some advice on balancing that. More at www.designlife.fm
10/24/201636 minutes, 1 second
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048: Repositioning your online presence

Repositioning your niche or your content isn’t necessarily about what you’re doing, but how you’re doing it. You may find yourself going down a path that’s not quite right for you, or perhaps your goal changes and you need to reposition to reflect that. In this episode we talk in detail about some changes we’re making to the content we put out online and why we feel this change is necessary. More at www.designlife.fm
10/17/201638 minutes, 12 seconds
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047: How to price your design work

The topic of pricing is often taboo in the design world, but we think it helps everyone to talk more openly about it. In this episode we discuss how we price our work, and how that’s changed from when we started out in design. We also debate the merits of project based vs hourly pricing. More at www.designlife.fm
10/10/201642 minutes, 39 seconds
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046: Dealing with harsh critique

Harsh critique is something we all encounter, and when you’ve not yet built up a thick skin it can be very hard to deal with. In this episode we give you advice for taking this feedback on board without letting it affect you emotionally. More at www.designlife.fm
10/3/201634 minutes, 1 second
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045: Advice for finding a job in the design industry

Getting a job in the design industry is all about building up experience and making connections. In this episode we talk about how we’ve landed the creative roles we’ve had so far, and share advice for portfolios, job hunting, and nailing an interview. More at www.designlife.fm
9/26/201645 minutes, 49 seconds
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044: What to do at the end of a client project

With freelance projects, last impressions can have just as much meaning as a first impression; you need to make your wrap-up process count! In this episode you’ll hear advice for finishing up a client project and getting feedback to both improve your process, and use as a testimonial.
9/19/201639 minutes, 37 seconds
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043: How to decide what to work on

Time and energy are precious resources, and in order not to waste them we must be picky with what opportunities we take on, and what ideas we act on. In this episode we discuss our process for deciding what side projects and client briefs we work on, and which we say ‘no’ to. More at www.designlife.fm
9/12/201634 minutes, 50 seconds
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042: The truth about freelance marketplaces

Freelancing websites that offer the opportunity to bid for projects or compete to have your logo design chosen by a company are damaging to the way design is valued. In this episode we discuss our thoughts and experiences with these sites and explain why they should be avoided.  More at www.designlife.fm
9/5/201639 minutes, 47 seconds
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041: Making the most of design school

Getting a degree is not a requirement for making it in the design industry, and that means that it is up to us to make the most of our time at design school to get the most value from it. You shouldn’t sit back and do the bare minimum; you should make the most of the opportunities and contacts available to you at your school and push yourself to do more than just get good grades. In this episode we discuss our design school experience and share some things we wish we’d known, or done differently while we were studying. More at www.designlife.fm
8/29/201639 minutes, 31 seconds
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040: Fear of Failure

A fear of failure can hold us back from going after opportunities, starting new projects, and aiming high. In this episode we talk about how failure is a natural part of the learning and making process, and it’s only an end point if we let it be. In the end the only real failure is giving up, or not even trying it in the first place. You’ll hear advice for pushing through this fear, and hear us talk about the mindset shift you need in order to see the positives in your failures. Find out more at www.designlife.fm
8/22/201636 minutes, 10 seconds
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039: Agency vs freelance vs in-house design

There are three main types of design job: agency/studio (where you work as part of a team who does work for clients), freelance (where you work for yourself and have your own clients) and in-house (where you’re a designer on a team at a single company working on projects for them). They each have their own pros and cons, and we discuss them in this episode. We’ll also give you advice for choosing the path that suits you best. More at www.designlife.fm
8/16/201631 minutes, 19 seconds
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038: Jack of all trades - Specialist or generalist?

In the tech industry especially, there is a lot of pressure on designers to excel at everything involved in the design and development process and be “unicorns”. In this episode we discuss how the phrase ‘Jack of all trades; master of none’ applies to the design industry, and the pitfalls of spreading yourself thin across many different disciplines. We believe in being specialists rather than generalists and we’ll explain why, as well as give you advice for finding out what you’re best at. More at www.designlife.fm
8/8/201634 minutes, 45 seconds
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037: Bringing new clients onboard

Bringing a new client onboard is the start of a new working relationship, and it’s important to get it started on the right foot. Having an onboarding process in place to streamline this beginning phase can save you time and also set expectations with your potential client. In this episode we discuss our process, and share advice for figuring out your own. More at www.designlife.fm
8/1/201639 minutes, 44 seconds
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036: Blurring the line between life and work

Do you work to live, or live to work? Often the latter is seen as a negative thing, but we beg to differ. In this episode we talk about our attitude towards work and how we see it as an integrated part of our life; not a necessary evil. You’ll hear tips for finding fulfilment and looking at your job in a positive light, and encouragement to make changes if the way in which you spend the majority of your day is not enriching your life. Work is a part of our identity, and we don’t think that’s a bad thing! More at www.designlife.fm
7/25/201637 minutes, 9 seconds
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035: Defining a niche for your work

Defining a niche means targeting a specific audience with your work and content. In this episode we discuss the benefits of this focussed approach and discuss the niche(s) we’re aiming our content at. You’ll hear advice for choosing a niche, and we’ll quell any fears that you’ll find it harder to build an audience or find clients if you don’t appeal to everyone. Trust us; you will! More at www.designlife.fm
7/18/201641 minutes, 44 seconds
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034: Which Design Tools should I use?

Design tools are all the things we use to bring our ideas to life. In this episode we discuss the software we design in, the resources we use, the analogue items we take our workflow offline with, and our top little workflow hacks. While learning design tools doesn’t automatically make you a good designer, it is good to know what tools professional designers use day-to-day to see which ones you should focus your attention on. We use different tools for different tasks and we share them all along with some background on how we learned to use them. More at www.designlife.fm
7/11/201639 minutes, 15 seconds
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033: The importance of role models

No one is born knowing how to lead a successful life. That’s something we learn along the way from role models. In this episode we discuss the value and importance we place on role models and share our attitude towards taking inspiration from them while still following our own path. More at www.designlife.fm
7/4/201634 minutes, 56 seconds
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032: Living in the Present

Things get philosophical in this episode as we talk about the importance of living in the ‘now’. It’s so easy to look at successful people and feel pressured to hustle more so that you can achieve what they have, but if you don’t enjoy the journey towards your goals and find fulfilment in the process, will you ever feel content? We want you to know it’s okay to have down time! In this episode we share tips for remembering to enjoy your present, and how this works in with your future goals.  More at www.designlife.fm
6/27/201637 minutes, 26 seconds
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031: Fighting procrastination

Procrastination is the enemy of productivity. The most important thing to do when you’re procrastinating is to take note of the reasons why you’re doing it and try to learn from them for next time. In this episode we talk about what we do when we procrastinate (and what tasks we procrastinate from) and give you advice for breaking through those low-productivity moments. More at www.designlife.fm
6/20/201636 minutes, 9 seconds
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030: Getting useful feedback on your work

Feedback is essential to your work whether it comes from fellow designers, your audience, your clients, or your own gut! In this episode we talk about different types of feedback and when and how to ask for it. We also give advice on ways to improve the quality of the feedback you get so that it will be more useful to your work. More at www.designlife.fm
6/13/201636 minutes, 8 seconds
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029: Should you follow design trends?

Design trends are visual elements or design systems that sweep over the web and start appearing on many different websites.  As with most things, there is a time and a place to follow trends and when you’re just starting out in the industry you can feel pressure to make your designs look like the ‘professionals’. In this episode we discuss the impact trends have on our design styles and the level of attention we give to them. More at www.designlife.fm
6/6/201641 minutes, 24 seconds
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028: Our Design Process

The process you follow for design projects will vary depending on the type of work and the client, but in this episode we discuss the basic process we follow for designing websites. We give advice for wireframing, dealing with client feedback and revisions. Your design process is something that will evolve over time and it’s a good idea to always be open to learning new techniques and improving on your process. More at www.designlife.fm
5/30/201644 minutes, 47 seconds
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027: What if nobody notices?

Things get deep this week as we discuss a fear that many creatives have: what if nobody notices my work? When you work hard on something, and especially if the result is something that could help people, there’s no shame in wanting that work to be seen and appreciated. A lack of recognition or attention can be hard to deal with, especially if you’re not seeing growth in something you’ve been working on for a while. In this episode we chat about situations where we’ve felt this fear, and give solutions for how to deal with it. More at www.designlife.fm
5/23/201637 minutes, 56 seconds
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026: Participating in Design Communities

Being a part of the design community is an important part of being a designer. When designers come together to share ideas and discuss their work it benefits the whole industry because we can stand together against things like working for free. Participating in design communities both online and offline has helped increase our passion for what we do, and has been so valuable. In this episode you’ll hear us discuss the communities we’re a part of and hear advice for joining communities when you’re just starting out in the industry. More at www.designlife.fm
5/16/201639 minutes, 53 seconds
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025: Should designers learn to code?

Creating a website involves two main skills: design and development. In this episode we tackle the hot debate of designers and code; Should web designers be able to build the things they design, and is it okay if they can’t? We share our personal experiences with this issue and discuss assumptions people make about our abilities when we use the term ‘web designer’.  More at www.designlife.fm
5/9/201643 minutes, 24 seconds
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024: Learning new skills for your side project

Learning new skills is something that goes hand-in-hand with side projects. Often we have ideas for things that involve either expanding on the skills we currently have, or learning something totally new. In this episode we discuss our approach to learning and chat about the benefits of adding new things to your skillset. More at www.designlife.fm
5/2/201642 minutes, 38 seconds
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023: Being your own worst critic

Critiquing your own work is an important skill to learn, especially when it comes to side projects. When you set yourself a brief, you have to learn to look at your work in a new light and see it from an outside perspective to truly make it the best it can be. In this episode we share tips for doing that and talk about the challenges of self-critique (like loving your work too much to see that something isn’t working). More at www.designlife.fm
4/25/201635 minutes, 1 second
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022: Long term thinking and planning

We always want to be moving forward and progressing towards our goals. In this episode we discuss long term thinking and the importance of setting goals for your future. It can be hard to plan the exact steps to take to reach a goal set for five or ten years time, because life happens and your wants and needs may change. But having long term goals means you’ll be able to make decisions now in the present that align to them in order to keep you on the right track. Listen in to hear about our goals and our advice for getting into a long term mindset. More at www.designlife.fm
4/18/201636 minutes, 51 seconds
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021: Overcoming lack of motivation

Motivation is vital to working on side projects, and a positive mindset is key to staying motivated. In this episode we discuss how these things work together for us, and the external factors that drive us to keep hustling even when the going gets tough. You’ll also hear about the things that have a negative effect on our motivation and how we get it back when it lapses. Motivation is something that has to come from within yourself and in this episode you’ll get tips for how to find it. More at www.designlife.fm
4/11/201640 minutes, 24 seconds
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020: How to push through Creative block

Creative block is scary. It’s something that every creative goes through, and it’s something that tends to sneak up on you. In this episode we discuss how for us creative block feels overwhelming and suffocating, and can hit at various points in a project. Our strategies for dealing with it vary depending on the time pressure we’re under, but we’ll give you some tips to try out next time creative block strikes for you. No matter how you get through it, creative block is something you have to push through. You can’t let it win. More at www.designlife.fm
4/3/201636 minutes, 40 seconds
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019: How to find Inspiration

Inspiration isn’t just a pretty image you find on Dribbble, it’s a way of looking at things in a new light. In this episode we discuss what it means to be inspired and our approach to gathering inspiration. We touch on the perils of your work being a little too inspired by someone else’s, and how finding inspiration in unlikely places could be a solution to that. More at www.designlife.fm
3/28/201636 minutes, 1 second
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018: The role of a side project in your career

Side projects can be an important and useful part of your career path. They can also be a huge distraction from your day job if you let them. In this episode we talk about the impact our side projects have had on our careers and what we’ve gotten out of them from not only an educational perspective, but also for our own personal growth. The itch to work on a certain type of project could mean that type of creativity is missing from your life. We discuss how we use our side projects to feel creatively fulfilled and share advice for if you have ideas but are unsure of starting a side project alongside your day job. More at www.designlife.fm
3/21/201641 minutes, 39 seconds
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017: Stress management

This week we’re having a heart-to-heart about stress and how we deal with it. We discover that for us a lack of control (be that of technology or other people) is often what stresses us out, along with feeling guilty for taking breaks. We talk about how a certain level of stress can be used as motivation to hustle, but how that can easily tip too far and be paralysing. We share our strategies for coping with stress and talk about learning from our mistakes in order to improve our process and be less stressed in the future.  More at www.designlife.fm
3/14/201634 minutes, 39 seconds
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016: Prioritising tasks for personal projects

At work we have managers, co-workers or clients relying on us to get things done. When it comes to our personal projects we often don’t have the same sense of urgency or deadlines, so how do you prioritise what to work on? That’s what we discuss in this episode. It’s about having accountability within yourself to get things done to help you move towards your goals, not allowing yourself to make excuses, and breaking down tasks into small chunks to get them done. Hear about how we decide what to work on, what tasks we put off as much as possible, and get some brilliant advice from our listeners. More at www.designlife.fm
3/7/201636 minutes, 23 seconds
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015: Facing Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome, that feeling that you’re not good enough for what you’re doing, affects many creatives and it can be hard to overcome. In this episode we chat about how it affects us, and when and where it strikes most often. We also talk about social media’s role in this, and how we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others. We’ll give you some strategies for coping if this is something you’re struggling with too, and hopefully this episode will help you feel like you’re not alone in feeling a bit of self doubt every now and then. More at www.designlife.fm
2/29/201640 minutes, 14 seconds
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014: How to get up early

On week days, we get up early to fit in a couple of hours work on side projects before we begin our day jobs. In this episode we chat about how we shifted our schedules to make this hustle happen, and if you’re a night owl who thinks you could never be a morning person, we’ve got advice to help you out. Waking up early is all about forming habits and shifting your body clock incrementally. It’s about setting little goals and choosing what you work on wisely. Set your alarm clock for half an hour earlier tomorrow! More at www.designlife.fm
2/22/201637 minutes, 29 seconds
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013: Attracting Clients

This week we’re talking about why it’s better to attract clients than go out and approach them yourself. We think it’s the best way to get a professional working relationship off on the right foot and we’ll explain why. Attracting clients is a ‘long play’ involving positioning yourself as an expert in your niche by doing content marketing and being picky about what work you take on. It takes time to build your reputation in this way, but we think it’s worth it. We’re both in different stages with our client work, so listen in to hear about our experience with client work, and what we’re doing to attract the type of projects we really want to work on. More at www.designlife.fm
2/15/201638 minutes, 50 seconds
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012: Work/Life Balance

For those of us with many things on the go, the traditional work/life balance is more of a work/life/side project balance. Dividing our time between these important things can be tricky and in this episode we discuss how we approach it. We talk about stress and prioritising, and how changing your attitude towards those annoying must-dos like cleaning and cooking could be the key staying happy and living a balanced life.  More at www.designlife.fm
2/8/201637 minutes, 54 seconds
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011: Positioning yourself as a designer

There comes a point in every designer’s life where they decide what kind of designer they’re going to be. In this episode we chat about the different types of design we’ve done on our design journey and discuss the moment we started identifying ourselves as designers. We also hear from our listeners about their defining ‘I’m a designer’ moment. As we discussed in episode 4, branding yourself online is important especially if you want to do freelance work and attract clients, so we also dive into how we position ourselves as designers online within our niche. More at www.designlife.fm
2/1/201633 minutes, 44 seconds
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010: Working with people who aren't designers

As designers we work with a wide range of people on projects: copywriters, clients, developers, project managers and more. The diversity is awesome and keeps our jobs interesting, but it does bring it’s own set of challenges. In this episode we talk about how we deal with working alongside people who think differently to us and share some tips for making the process smoother, and for helping others see the value of design. More at www.designlife.fm
1/25/201638 minutes, 27 seconds
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009: Making and Managing Time

You only get 24 hours in a day. How you use it is up to you. In this episode we talk in depth about how we structure our days and manage our time (and geek out a little over to do lists). Things also get a bit deep as we talk about our attitude towards time and how getting in the mindset of making time rather than complaining that we don’t have enough has had a positive effect on our lives and general happiness.  More at www.designlife.fm
1/18/201646 minutes, 14 seconds
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008: Setting goals for side projects

In this episode we’re talking about side project goals and their value. You’ll hear what our own goals are for our projects and how they’ve changed over time. We really want to encourage you to set goals for your side projects, but we don’t want not having a clear idea of what you hope to achieve to hold you back from starting! To help you out, we give some advice on how how to set goals and make a plan to reach them. Things also get a bit deep as we talk about how our side projects are actually helping us achieve our overall life goals too. We hope this episode will inspire you! More at www.designlife.fm
1/11/201636 minutes, 13 seconds
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007: Finding motivation and staying focussed

We all struggle with motivation and focus at times; whether it’s for a design school project you’re just not connecting to or perhaps a side project that you’re feeling burned out on. In this episode we chat about the motivations behind our various side projects and warn you against letting numbers be what drives you to create. We also talk about the things that discourage us and distract us every now and then, and share tips for finding your focus zone from both us and our listeners. We hope this episode might give you an extra burst of motivation if you’re needing it right now! More at www.designlife.fm
1/4/201637 minutes, 45 seconds
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006: Taking action on your ideas

As creatives we find that coming up with ideas is easy, but acting on them to make them a reality is the hard part. It’s awesome but overwhelming, having so many ideas, and in this episode we talk through what we do after we’ve come up with an idea for a new project or design direction. We touch on how we decide if an idea is even worth acting on, and the steps we go through to bring it to life if it is. You’ll also get to hear about some new project ideas we have and the next steps we’re taking on them. More at www.designlife.fm
12/28/201536 minutes, 15 seconds
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005: Working for free in exchange for exposure

We’re tackling a hot topic in this episode: doing design work for free in exchange for exposure. It’s a big issue in the design industry as it devalues what we do, and the more designers do it, the more clients think exposure is acceptable payment. Things get a bit fiery as we vent our frustrations over the fact that as design students we were encouraged by our school to enter design contests and do work for companies for free to put in our portfolio. We hope this episode will help you become a little wary of companies offering exposure as payment as we discuss why we believe it’s not a good idea. We offer alternative ways to get good portfolio pieces when you’re just starting out and want to encourage you to realize that you need to value yourself and your work! We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. More at www.designlife.fm
12/21/201540 minutes, 11 seconds
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004: Should you have a personal brand?

In this episode we’re talking about the importance of having a personal brand, and how it’s more than just a logo; it’s the essence of everything you do. We chat about how we approached naming and designing our own brands (and the struggle of being your own client) and how building up a personal brand early on when you’re still learning design will give you a head start and help your chances with full time jobs as well as freelance. We’ll give you some names of people with personal brands we love, along with our advice for developing your own. More at www.designlife.fm
12/14/201531 minutes, 21 seconds
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003: The self taught vs. formal education debate

In this episode we’re talking about learning design, and discussing whether designers should get a formal education or teach themselves. We go through what we believe are the pros and cons of both learning methods (we both had our share of awkward critique sessions at university…) and talk about how interesting it is that we work in an industry where you don’t have to get a degree to find a job, because experience is so valuable. As well as some background on our formal educations, you’ll also get some links to great online resources we’ve been using to learn since finishing university. We really want to hear your thoughts on this topic! Tweet us and tell us what you think. More at www.designlife.fm
12/7/201546 minutes, 12 seconds
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002: Who we are

Get to know us in this episode as we discuss our jobs, passions and paths to becoming the designers we are today. We chat about why we love working in-house as opposed to at an agency, and why it’s great that our day jobs aren’t too similar to our side projects. You’ll hear about our current favourite projects and struggles, and in a slight tangent we also discuss our thoughts on the best way to learn design. More at www.designlife.fm
11/30/201541 minutes, 10 seconds
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001: Why have a side project?

In the first episode of Design life, we discuss one of our favourite topics: side projects. What makes a side project more than a hobby? How can they help with your career? We’ll fill you in on what our side projects are (both the ones we’re doing now, and some ‘failed’ ones from the past) and chat about the challenges we face. More at www.designlife.fm
11/30/201533 minutes, 18 seconds