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Have you ever wondered how the user interface (UI) design was created for a game, website, or app you love? What about the time you were using a website or app and thought, "this could be a better experience, but I wouldn't even know where to start"? UI Narrative shares the stories of people of color interface designers and researchers and their contributions towards creating user-centered experiences. We also discuss Tolu Ajayi's experience as a Senior Product Designer and how she continues ...
 
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Episode 37 Show Notes: Abadesi and I talk about whether it's worth staying at a company to advocate for inclusion and diversity. She also offers advice to help with building up your self-confidence. "Each of us as individuals almost has to apply certain frameworks to help us process the environment that we're in and help us decide around if this an…
 
Episode 36 Show Notes: There’s no perfect job out there because our wants and needs are always changing depending on what we’re going through in life. What you want this month might change to what you need next month. Ya know? Changing jobs every 1-3 years is okay. I usually know after 6 months when I’m going to quit my job. And every 6 months I ma…
 
Episode 35 Show Notes: Becoming a parent is most likely the most challenging job you'll ever have. Terri Rodriguez-Hong shares her story of getting into UX Design and encourages parents looking to make the career pivot. Mentions: Contact Out (Chrome plug-in) https://contactout.com/ Online communities UX Her - Woman of Color product design group htt…
 
Episode 34 Show Notes: How the hell do you land a Product (UI/UX) Design job during a pandemic? Are you looking for a job, or plan to soon? This episode is for you. We are in the middle of a pandemic, so you must be wondering how I will get a job when the economy is down. Here's the real truth: companies are still hiring, and some companies laid pe…
 
Episode 33 Show Notes: For this episode, Aminah Cárdenas and I discuss all the skills every product designer should have and how to obtain them. We think it’s super important to have a growth trajectory when you’re trying to level up as a designer. This list is super useful to have in mind as an aspiring or current product designer. Mentions: List …
 
Episode 32 Show Notes: Did you know you don’t have to get a bachelor’s or master's degree in product design to be a product (UX/UI) designer? Nastasia Tebeck and I talk about her non-traditional path to becoming a product designer and how you can do the same. We also discuss her experiences as being a Latinx designer in corporate America. Mentions:…
 
Episode 31 Show Notes: Zalyia is an Afro-Caribbean UX Strategist striving for a world where emotions meet data. She shares how to use data and empathy to help craft something significant. We discussed her discovery of accessibility and invisible disabilities while her late mom was going through Parkinson's disease. We also talk about the importance…
 
Episode 30 Show Notes: I really believe that having a work history is a valuable thing to have no matter the industry. Maya Rhinehart shares her story of how she started as an environmental engineer and used transferable skills since becoming a UX Designer. She also discusses her successful DIY method for getting an education in UX Design, which is…
 
Jay Allison is a senior product designer, animator and illustrator with 8 years of professional experience. They have a long history of self-teaching and working in a wide variety of work environments has made them an adaptable designer. We go through their entire work history and how they learned new skills at each role to adapt to the position. M…
 
Episode 28 Show Notes: Have you been confused about what UX or UI role you should apply for? This is the episode for you! I go over all the types of UI and UX roles out there and define what they mean. Mentions: Pttrns https://pttrns.com Mobbin https://mobbin.design Layout Grading System https://learn.uinarrative.com/gradingsystem/ Ready to become …
 
Episode 27 Show Notes: Here are some topics Kat Vellos and I discussed: Her journey to becoming a principal for your own company, Kat Vellos Design How to cultivate adult friendships and build better relationship with others in the design community Gives tips and resources on how to combat the loneliness epidemic Gives advice for a POC/Black person…
 
Episode 26 Show Notes: "When you understand yourself and then you understand your bias and what bias you may have against whomever... you are better able to... emphasize. Because a lot of times when you're working on something, you're like I wouldn't do that. Well why wouldn't you do that first and foremost. And then think about the people who woul…
 
Episode 25 Show Notes: Kimmoy goes through everything you need to know about UX Writing. How to get started, where to find jobs, and what it’s like working for Google. Mentions: UX Writing https://www.keepingupwithkimmoy.com Tech Copy Expert (Portfolio) https://www.techcopyexpert.com Kimmoy’s Instagram kimmoym Podcast Info: Transcripts available on…
 
Episode 24 Show Notes: Kaya goes over best UI practices for iOS development, common UI misconceptions about development, and how to get started with software engineering. Mentions: Kaya’s We Read Too app https://apps.apple.com/us/app/we-read-too/id908782619 Kaya’s Twitter https://twitter.com/kthomas901 Kaya’s Website https://kayathomas.info/ Kaya’s…
 
Episode 23 Show Notes: Shanisha and I go over the entire UX Process step by step. Here’s an outline of what we discussed. Discovery and Research Phase Identify user needs and find inspiration for our design Synthesizing Research and Design Strategy Explore our research to find trends and meaning in our data and develop a clear understanding of our …
 
Episode 22 Show Notes: Felix and I go on a rant about our experience with the Hack From Home hackathon. We talked about the good and the bad. Also prepare you for your first hackathon. Mentions: Hackathon.com Devpost.com hackathon.io Podcast Info: Transcripts available on episode web page. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and Spotify…
 
Episode 21 Show Notes: Nasom and I talk about what to prepare for a UX interview and what to expect. We also go on a rant about design challenges and advice for when your’re nervous at an interview. Mentions: Book a 1:1 Discovery Call with Tolu https://uinarrative.com/discovery Job Board https://www.angel.co Glassdoor https://www.glassdoor.com Link…
 
Episode 20 Show Notes: "What people never tell you is if you cold apply, you're put into a pool with everyone else. But if you just know somebody on the inside. That now puts you in an internal referral pool, for you to now be bumped up for a recruiter actually reaching out to you about a job opportunity." -Jen Cotton, Staff Designer | Google Nest …
 
Episode 14 Show Notes: Ire goes over how she got started in front-end development, how she gets through imposter syndrome, and what it’s like designing and developing for web. Mentions: Ire’s blog https://bitsofco.de Ire’s Twitter https://twitter.com/ireaderinokun Ire’s Website https://ireaderinokun.com Contently https://contently.com Things https:…
 
Episode 13 Show Notes: Change might not be fast and it isn't always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped. Mentions: Be Focused - Mac https://apps.apple.com/us/app/be-focused-focus-timer/id973134470?mt=12 Interval Timer - Desktop, iOS, Android http://www.intervaltimer.com Grammarly https://www.grammarly.com Harvest https:…
 
Episode 12 Show Notes: I hope that by me going over what it’s like to be in each role it’ll help you have more confidence to pursue a career in UI or UX Design. Mentions: Layout Grading System (Design Help) https://learn.uinarrative.com/gradingsystem/ UI Reading list https://uxplanet.org/top-16-free-ux-ui-design-books-worth-reading-in-2018-ffab21b1…
 
Episode 11 Show Notes: It can be intimidating looking at all the methods for user research. Where do I start? Which ones will work best for my client? What if I choose the wrong one? In this episode, I go over what user research methods are out there and what type of results you can get from them. I also go over, which are the best methods to choos…
 
Episode 10 Show Notes: Are any of you interested in pursuing a career in game design? I was initially intimidated about my plans to pursue a career in game UI design, but after this conversation with Maïmouna, I feel confident that I can make it happen. I hope you do too. Mentions: You can follow Maïmouna on Twitter @m_brownrigg https://twitter.com…
 
Episode 9 Show Notes: Do you enjoy solving complex design problems? Are you continually looking for ways to make a product better? Product Design could be the career for you. Mariam Braimah talks about what her process is like as a product designer at Netflix. She shares how she creates successful products in the tech industry. Mentions: Kimoyo Fel…
 
Episode 8 Show Notes: In this episode, we’re going to talk about UI Design niches. We’ll discuss if you need a niche, the types of UI Design niches, and the skills you need to design for each of them. I’ll also share the niche I’m getting into and how I decided it was right for me. Mentions: Basic Patterns for Mobile Navigations https://www.smashin…
 
Episode 7 Show Notes: Have you ever felt like a fraud while you're designing something? I had this exact feeling when I was creating the UI Narrative podcast. I would tell myself, "you don't know UI Design. You haven't been in the industry for ten years, so how can you tell people that you know what you're saying." It took me six months to get this…
 
Episode 6 Show Notes: Mentions: Marvel App https://marvelapp.com Invision https://www.invisionapp.com Zeplin https://zeplin.io Sketch https://www.sketch.com Image Optim https://imageoptim.com/mac Tiny JPG https://tinyjpg.com Apple App Store Guidelines https://developer.apple.com/app-store/review/guidelines/ Google Play Store Guidelines https://supp…
 
Episode 5 Show Notes: Scotty shares his journey to becoming a UX Designer. His story is an example of how one role can lead to another position. He advises how to progress as a designer at a corporate company. Mentions: Design Inspiration https://www.designspiration.net Podcast Info: Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify, and Spre…
 
Episode 4 Show Notes: I go over ten UI/UX myths that I used to believe. My hope is for you to learn about what myths are true and false and maybe spark an interest in UI/UX design. Also, stay curious and research any UI/UX design facts you find. Mentions: Layout Grading System uinarrative.com/gradingsystem Email Club uinarrative.com/emailclub Coca …
 
Episode 3 Show Notes: Louisa went from Data Research Analyst to User Experience and Interface Designer. In this conversation we talk about her challenges and success in developing her career and how you can get in involved in creating UX for Change. Mentions: UX for Change & Organization’s Twitter You can follow Louisa's UX/UI journey on her Instag…
 
Episode 2 Show Notes: I talk about how a negative experience empowered me to become a better designer. I dive into what to do with negative feedback from clients. And in the last segment, I go over what to do if your designs aren’t getting better after months to years of practice. Get your copy of the Layout Grading System guide at uinarrative.com/…
 
In this episode, I talk about how I became a UI Designer. I also talk about the struggles and challenges I faced to get to where I am today. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify, and Spreaker. RSS feed: https://uinarrative.libsyn.com/rss Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear. Join the UI Narrative…
 
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