UXpod - User Experience Podcast

UXpod - User Experience Podcast

By Gerry Gaffney

A free-ranging set of discussions on matters of interest to people involved in user experience design, website design, and usability in general.



29/06/2232m 33s

User research in government: An interivew with Matthew McCallum

A nice case study of the value of a small number of in-depth interviews.
17/07/1925m 40s

The Boss is away: An interview with Michelle Spencer

Michelle talks about the challenge and opportunity of running a large team remotely.
02/07/1928m 34s

Competence, autonomy, relatedness: Celia Hodent on games design

Celia Hodent talks about neuroscience, UX and games design.
16/03/1931m 37s

UX in the Ubiquitous Bank: An Interview with Brett King

Brett King on the future of banking
15/12/1820m 30s

Making Cities Smarter: An Interview with Martin Tomitsch

Martin talks about the challenges and opportunities of designing for the connected, sensor- and data-enabled city of the future.
05/07/1824m 9s

Designing better meetings: An interview with Kevin M Hoffman

Kevin Hoffman talks about how to design and facilitate good meetings.
02/04/1832m 21s

Designing for the best death possible: An interview with Matiu Bush

Matiu Bush talks about designing for the end of life.
12/03/1833m 39s

Mean Time to "I Love You" - Amir Shevat talks about Chatbots

Slack's Amir Shevat talks about bots, and why you can't just port existing services to a bot, and about the power of conversational interfaces.
04/02/1828m 15s

How tech's lack of diversity affects its products: An interview with Sara Watchter-Boettcher

Tech firms that are not themselves diverse can't be effective in meeting the needs of diverse audiences. Sara Wachter-Boettcher talks about how we've built exclusion into our algorithms.
17/12/1732m 39s

SEO, metadata and information architecture: An interview with Shari Thurow

Does metadata matter – and why? Shari Thurow talks about making your content usable and accessible for both humans and machines and the importance of information architecture.
05/08/1737m 5s

Visual Communication: An interview with Alberto Cairo

Why everyone should learn to think like a professional, honest journal. What makes a good "infographic"? And how can we find the stories in our data, and tell those stories effectively?
16/07/1749m 7s

Design for Life: An interview with Karen Holtzblatt

The author of "Contextual Design" on the importance of immersion, and how to engage the entire team in the design process.
26/03/1742m 13s

Definitive Advice on Forms: An Interview with Jessica Enders

Jessica talks about good forms design. Layout, Flow, Language - and why not to use placeholder text
15/02/1728m 13s

Stories from the field: An interview with Steve Portigal

Ethnographic researchers share their experiences in Steve's new book, "Doorbells, Danger and Dead Batteries: User Research War Stories."
10/12/1649m 9s

Dogs, Doublethink and Deconstructing Beliefs: Liminal Dave Gray

Dave Gray describes "Liminal Thinking" and why it matters.
21/11/1638m 25s

An animated interview with Val Head

Zoom on over to uxpod.com to read the transcript.
11/11/1630m 46s

Transforming & Measuring: An Interview with Gerry McGovern

Gerry McGovern talks to Gerry Gaffney about the empowered customer and the consequent need to transform organisations.
28/10/1649m 24s

The importance of invalidation: Tomer Sharon on Lean User Research

Tomer Sharon talks bout Lean User Research.
06/06/1635m 27s

Customer as superhero: An interview with Donna Lichaw

Customer as superhero.
05/05/1630m 54s

Explain yourself! An interview with Tom Greever

Articulating Design Decisions.
30/12/1537m 45s

Reasonable doubt - Juries, the law and plain language: An interview with Prof James Ogloff

Can we expect a jury of lay-people to interpret, understand and apply the law?
22/11/1526m 26s

Service design: An interview with Andy Polaine

What is service design, and how does it relate to UX?
08/12/1440m 20s

Designing good five-second tests: An interview with Paul Doncaster

What you can (and can’t) find out in five seconds, and how to design good tests to do so.
30/09/1436m 16s

Design for Kids: An interview with Debra Levin Gelman

Getting onto the floor for user research. Measuring PTR (Parental Threshold for the Revolting.) And designing products that engage, educate and entertain kids.
17/08/1447m 14s

The Moderators Survival Guide: An interview with Donna Tedesco and Fiona Tranquada

Donna Tedesco and Fiona Tranquada, authors of "The Moderator's Survival Guide" talk to Gerry Gaffney about moderation. They discuss styles like Friendly Face, Down to Business, Inquisitive Mind and By-the-Book, the risks and pitfalls, Gerry's labcoat, and advice to moderators of all levels.
07/07/1439m 20s

UX: A client perspective

Catherine D'Elia talks to Gerry Gaffney about how UX contributed to the design of a new Jury Management Service. She says that explaining UX and getting buy-in are crucial.
04/06/1414m 42s

Where UI guidelines come from: An interview with Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson talks to Gerry Gaffney about user interface design guidelines, zombie processes, and why your first answer to the following question is typically wrong. A baseball and a bat together cost $110. The bat costs $100 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?
17/05/1440m 7s

Microinteractions: An interview with Dan Saffer

Dan Saffer talks about microinteractions, signature moments, and the importance of detail. For a transcript of this and other episodes, visit www.uxpod.com.
19/04/1431m 13s

User research interviews: An interview with Steve Portigal

Gerry Gaffney interviews Steve Portigal about conducting interviews for user research. For a transcript of this and other episodes, visit www.uxpod.com.
16/08/1143m 2s

Human transit: An interview with Jarrett Walker

Gerry Gaffney interviews Jarrett Walker. For a transcript of this and other episodes, visit www.uxpod.com.
10/08/1133m 58s

Global UX: An interview with Whitney Quesenbery

Gerry Gaffney interviews Whitney Quesenbery. For a transcript of this and other episodes, visit www.uxpod.com.
02/08/1128m 52s

Speech user interfaces: An interview with James Lewis

Gerry Gaffney interviews James Lewis. For a transcript of this and other episodes, visit www.uxpod.com.
20/06/1141m 45s

Driver Safety: An interview with Dr Michael Regan

Gerry Gaffney interviews Mike Regan. For a transcript of this and other episodes, visit www.uxpod.com.
22/04/1142m 6s

UX in the UK: Gerry Gaffney interviews Andy Budd

Gerry Gaffney interviews Morgan McKeagney. For a transcript of this and other episodes, visit www.uxpod.com.
17/03/1120m 7s

Usability in Ireland - Gerry Gaffney interviews Morgan McKeagney

Gerry Gaffney interviews Morgan McKeagney. For a transcript of this and other episodes, visit www.uxpod.com.
31/12/1023m 0s

Surveys - an interview with Caroline Jarrett

Gerry Gaffney interviews Caroline Jarrett. For a transcript of this and other episodes, visit www.uxpod.com.
16/12/1037m 9s

Simple and usable - an interview with Giles Colborne

Gerry Gaffney interviews Giles Colborne. For a transcript of this and other episodes, visit www.uxpod.com.
16/10/1023m 49s

Beyond the Usability Lab with Bill Albert

Gerry Gaffney interviews Bill Albert. For a transcript of this and other episodes, visit www.uxpod.com.
14/08/1030m 14s

Promoting cycling culture, with Mikael Colville-Andersen

Gerry Gaffney interviews Mikael Colville-Anderson. For a transcript of this and other episodes, visit www.uxpod.com.
09/07/1015m 27s

Adam Greenfield on Everyware

Gerry Gaffney interviews Adam Greenfield on ubiquitous computing. For a transcript of this and other episodes, visit www.uxpod.com.
15/06/1052m 10s

David Hill on ThinkPad's evolution design strategy

Gerry Gaffney interviews Lenovo's David Hill. For a transcript of this and other episodes, visit www.uxpod.com.
02/03/1027m 45s

What every intranet team should know - an interview with James Robertson

Gerry Gaffney interviews James Roberston from Step Two Designs about managing intranets.For a transcript of this and other episodes, visit www.uxpod.com.
18/11/0929m 52s

Microsoft Surface and multi-touch interfaces - an interview with Shane Morris

Gerry Gaffney interviews Shane Morris about designing for Microsoft Surface and multi-touch interfaces.For a transcript of this and other episodes, visit www.uxpod.com.
03/11/0924m 56s

Developing TramTracker - an interview with Robert Amos

TramTracker is an application that runs on iPhone (and other platforms) and gives Melbourne commuters real-time information on tram movements. Robert Amos talks about developing the application.Visit www.uxpod.com for a transcript of this and other episodes.
23/07/0910m 12s

Don't Make me Write! - an Interiew with Steve Krug

Steve Krug talks about clarity, about deleting Solitaire from his Mac, and about his admiration for Douglas Adams and Jakob Nielsen.He also considers how we can do things well with Ajax, and the importance of user testing.Steve's excellent book is "Don't Make Me Think" (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321344758/informdesign).Steve also mentioned Jakob Nielsen's article on teengers' use of websites (http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20050131.html)People ask me about the cartoons on UXpod. Most are done by Gina Ellis, but this one is by Naomi Tong.This episode is just over 23 minutes in length. File size is 10.5MB.
02/03/0723m 9s

Ludic Design - an Interview with William Gaver

William Gaver is Professor of Design at Goldsmiths College, at the University of London. He developed the 'cultural probe' user research technique. (We covered this in a previous podcast episode with John Murphy - uxpod.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=108708)He also developed the 'drift table' and other items based around the concept of 'ludic' design.In this interview, he talks about ludic design, and about systems that can help us while we 'find our own ways of leading meaningful lives'.Sound quality, unfortunately, is not very good.The book Bill mentions is Homo Ludens, by Johan Huizinga (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0807046817/informdesign).Bill also mentioned Andy Crabtree (web.mac.com/andy.crabtree/iWeb/Site/Home.html).See the Interaction Research pages at Goldsmiths College (www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/interaction/exhibitions.html)The company that provided the aerial footage is getmapping (www.getmapping.com).Duration: 21:46File size: 9.97MB
19/02/0721m 47s

Intel Outside - an Interview with Genevieve Bell

Genevieve Bell is Director of Intel's User Experience Group.In this interview, she talks about what it means to build technology with the home in mind, about cultural influences in the use of technology, about the connection between religion and technology, and about sheds. Genevieve says that part of what people want is for technology to be invisible."Computational power is important but what people see is the experience."
31/01/0725m 20s

Security and Usability

Security and usability are frequently in conflict. Workarounds are common, and there may be unrealistic expectations of what users would or should do.I mention that ChinesePod made Time Magazine's Top Ten Podcasts of 2006. (www.time.com/time/topten/2006/podcasts/10.html)The Usability Kit (Gaffney/Szuc) is available for purchase online. (www.theusabilitykit.com)This episode is 7 minutes 10 seconds in duration. File size is 4.1MB.
17/01/077m 10s

Design in India - an Interview with Apala Lahiri Chavan

I asked Apala about designing for low-income, low-literacy audiences.Apala also talks about cultural differences between India and China, and between India and 'the West', about the dangers of being overly-polite, about why foreign insurance companies may not do well in India, and about the use of rasas for measuring emotion.You can read more about Apala on the Human Factors International website (www.humanfactors.com/about/Apala.asp).See Wikipedia's entry on Rasas (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rasa_%28art%29).(I referred to Paul Sherman's presentations at User Friendly 2006 in China - Paul's put them online, and there are pointers on his blog - www.usabilityblog.com/blog/archives/2006/11/my_user_friendl.php).This episode is 20 minutes 43 seconds in duration. File size is 11.8MB.
25/12/0620m 14s

Personas and Outrageous Software - an Interview with Alan Cooper

I asked Alan Cooper (over a rather echoing connection) why he is outraged by bad software, and how he developed the concept of 'personas'.I was interested to hear the 'father of Visual Basic' say 'What I need is a computer that doesn't make me feel bad and a cellphone that doesn't make me feel stupid'.Alan's company is Cooper Consulting (www.cooper.com)The two books of his that I mentioned are:The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0672326140/informdesign)About Face 2.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764526413/informdesign)This episode is 19 minutes 44 seconds in duration. File size is 11.3MB.
11/12/0619m 44s

Voice User Interfaces - an Interview with Erin Smith

Erin Smith is a Senior Voice User Interface Designer and Usability Specialist with Syntellect (www.syntellect.com).Incidentally, people in the field use the word "vooey" - this is a pronunciation of VUI (Voice User Interface).Erin mentioned two books:"Voice User Interface Design" by Michael Cohen(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321185765/informdesign)."The Art and Business of Speech Recognition: Creating the Noble Voice" by Blade Kotelly (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321154924/informdesign).Paul English's "get human" website is www.gethuman.com.And here's a link to the episode in which I interviewed Donna Maurer on card sorting: http://uxpod.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=126130Optimal Usability is the New Zealand-based usability firm mentioned (www.optimalusability.co.nz).This episode is 16 minutes 36 seconds in duration. File size is 9.5MB.
26/11/0616m 36s

Taxonomy, Folksonomy and Metadata - an Interview with Karen Loasby

Karen Loasby is the information architecture team leader for the BBC.I spoke to her about metadata, taxonomy and related topics.How do you manage metadata issues when you're dealing with millions of pages, and thousands of authors?Karen referred to two sites during our discussion. The BBC Feed Factory is http://www.bbc.co.uk/feedfactory/ and Etsy is http://www.etsy.comYou might also want to check out Karen's article "Changing Approaches to Metadata at bbc.co.uk: From Chaos to Control and Then Letting Go Again" (http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Oct-06/loasby.html) and her presentation on "The Growing Pains of a Controlled Vocabulary" for the 2005 IA Summit http://iasummit.org/2005/finalpapers/66_Presentation.ppt (this is in PowerPoint and is around 260kB).This episode is 18 minutes 20 seconds in duration. File size is 8.6MB.
14/11/0618m 20s

User Friendly 2006 - Usability in China

This podcast contains four short interviews from User Friendly 2006, the UPA China conference in Hangzhou.UPA is the Usability Professionals' Association.I spoke to Jason Huang, Giles Colborne, Daniel Szuc and Paul Sherman.UPA China 's website is www.upachina.org, and you can find links to the conference there.Giles' company is cxpartners (www.cxpartners.co.uk)Daniel's company is Apogee (www.apogeehk.com)Paul maintains the Usability Blog (www.usabilityblog.com/blog/)Flickr tag for photos from the conference is UF2006 (http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=UF2006).
05/11/0615m 54s

Hong Kong's Octopus Card - A Highly Usable Product

Users of Hong Kong's public transport system will be familiar with the Octopus card, which I consider to be exemplary in terms of the user experience it offers.In this brief episode, I talk about some of the things that make it so easy to use.For information on the training mentioned at the end of the podcast, refer to the Information & Design website (http://www.infodesign.com.au/training/default.asp).
23/10/066m 1s

Ethnography - an Interview with Jared Braiterman

I spoke to Jared Braiterman, from jaredRESEARCH (www.jaredresearch.com). Jared has done ethnographic research many organisations.I asked him what's meant by ethongraphic research, and how it's applied.The Mobile China work Jared refers to is avaialble on his site (www.jaredresearch.com/mobilechina).The book on user research that he mentions is Mike Kuniavsky's Observing the User Experience (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1558609237/informdesign) - a book which I coincidentally described on my infodesign.com.au website as "the only 'must-read' book in the field published in 2003". (References to books on this webiste are links to Amazon.com - we earn a small commission on any purchases you make on following such links).
09/10/0611m 11s

World Usability Day - an Interview with Elizabeth Rosenzweig

Elizabeth Rosenweig is principal of Bubble Mountain Consulting (www.bubblemtn.com).I spoke to her in her capacity as Director of World Usability Day (www.worldusabilityday.org).Why do we need a World Usability Day, and will it make the world a better place? How can you get involved? Find out from Elizabeth!
02/10/0612m 3s

Market Research - an Interview with John Berenyi

I asked John Berenyi of Bergent Research (www.bergent.com.au) why usability people are sometimes disparaging of market researchers. John has some interesting thoughts about about good - and bad - market research. The book John mentions is Vance Packard's "The Hidden Persuaders". (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0671531492/informdesign). John is correct in his statement that Vance Packard died (in 1996). There's a reference to Paco Underhill in the podcast. His book "Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping" (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0684849143/informdesign) is an interesting read.(References to books on this webiste are links to Amazon.com - we earn a small commission on any purchases you make on following such links).
22/09/069m 49s

Because We Can

This short podcast considers the fact that we tend to get dazzled by the 'bling' of new technologies.
19/09/063m 32s

Card Sorting with Donna Maurer

I spoke to Donna Maurer on the topic of card sorting. I think she has a very nice and practical approach to card sorting.Donna referred to the OzIA conference (http://www.oz-ia.org/2006/) which takes place on September 30 and October 1 2006 in sunny Sydney.You should also check out Donna's blog (http://maadmob.net/donna/blog/) if you're interested in Information Architecture.You can also keep up with news on Donna's forthcoming book on card-sorting (http://www.rosenfeldmedia.com/books/cardsorting/).
11/09/0614m 14s

Web Teams - an Interview with Jesse James Garrett

I asked Jesse James Garrett about his "Nine Pillars of Successful Web Teams" model. See Jesse's article (on the Adaptive Path website) for the graphical representation of his model, and his brief article on the subject.I highly recommend Jesse's book "The Elements of User Experience", which is a model of clarity.Jesse's website is well worth a visit for his thoughts on information architecture, user experience design, and his visual vocabulary for information architecture and interaction design.(References to books on this webiste are links to Amazon.com - we earn a small commission on any purchases you make on following such links).
05/09/0618m 53s

What's Going On? The Importance of Feedback

Good feedback is important at the User Interface and Process levels. This brief episode considers some of the elements invovled in providing good feedback.If you like the User Experience podcast, you might want to check out Tim & Tom's Design Critique podcast podcast. I met Tim at UPA in June, and he provided both encouragement and practical advice that helped get the User Experience Podcast up and running - thanks Tim.
29/08/064m 53s

Community is Not a Tech Thing

I spoke to fellow Irishman KenCarroll of ChinesePod - a highlysuccessful online language learningbusiness based in Shanghai.A key component of the ChinesePodsuccess is a very strong focus onuser needs and the user experience.In this interview, Ken describes thephilospophy that drives ChinesePod,and how it can apply to otherbusinesses.The Hangzhou conference that Kenrefers to is User Friendly, which willtake place in November.
21/08/0618m 26s

Forms Design - an Interview with Caroline Jarrett

I spoke to Caroline Jarrett, a UK-based expert on forms design, about how to design a good form.Caroline's company is Effortmark. She and I have a website (rarely updated) called Forms That Work - you'll find some articles and papers on forms design there.Caroline will be running training in Melbounre Australia in November. Visit the Information & Design website for details.
17/08/0612m 31s


To err is human. This episode is a brief discussion of why people make mistakes, and what we can do to minimise errors.The two books mentioned are:Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think"James Reason's "Human Error"
10/08/066m 35s

Choosing User Research Techniques

Choosing the appropriate user research technique can be difficult - particularly if you're not experienced in doing so.This short podcast considers how you decide what types of activity you should undertake.
01/08/063m 36s

Usability in China

I spoke to Josephine Wong fromApogee - Usability in Asia about the stateof usability in China.Josephine mentions the "User Friendly"conference. That's run by UPA China.Disclosure: Apogee and my company, Information & Design, work together from time to time.
18/07/0611m 42s

Cultural Probes - an Interview with John Murphy (updated)

The Cultural Probes technique provides a  way to explore the user's world when other methods are not available or appropriate.Gerry Gaffney discusses the technique with John Murphy, of Design4Use. Note that this interivew was updated on July 17 to provide some additional detail.
11/07/0614m 28s

Rules of Thumb

We often encounter rules of thumb. This brief podcast discusses "3 clicks" "7 plus or minus 2", and the application of such rules.
04/07/065m 34s
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