60 – Snowstorms to Software Development & Actionable Career Advice with Les Freed

In this episode we get to speak with Director of Communications, Les Freed. Les shares the story of his start in the tech industry, and how a serendipitous snow storm in West Virginia changed the course of his life forever. We talk about how a few magazines inspired his entrepreneurial spirit in software development and later grew into his own company.  We also talk about Les’s time at CBS News, and his travels across the globe. We even discuss his time chasing Elvis in a helicopter, while Les himself almost left the building.

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59 – Introverts vs Extroverts in Business with Daniel Ordonez

In this episode we get to speak with UI/UX Designer Daniel Ordonez. We get to know Daniel and explore his passion for design, while we also dive into his history in the industry.

From designing brilliant interfaces to leading user testing and compiling meaningful analytics, Daniel brings intense creativity and a strong background in designing great user experiences. His professional experience spans more than eight years and includes leading cross-functional teams, following agile methodologies and streamlining application processes to greatly increase user satisfaction.

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Our group topic was Introverts versus Extroverts in the business landscape. In the modern workplace, we are generally in small tight cubes like rats, or the ever-popular open workspace where the walls have been removed. These habitats celebrate the “group think environment”.

In a group dynamic, we can’t help but mirror each-other. We mirror each other’s behaviors, we mirror each other’s opinions, we mirror the people that we like because we can’t help but follow the tribe. In social situations, we tend to copy the behaviors of others, and **some argue** the results are a recursive loop of the same old ideas since we just want to agree with everyone and be liked, loved, and be part of the group. In a culture where being social and outgoing is prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert.

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58 – SVG Animations with Sarah Drasner

In this episode we get to speak with Award-winning Speaker, Consultant, and Staff Writer at CSS-Tricks: Sarah Drasner. We talk about her new book SVG Animations and then explore some of the actionable takeaways that are critical in our current landscape.

Sarah is an award-winning Speaker, Consultant, and Staff Writer at CSS-Tricks. Sarah is also the co-founder of Web Animation Workshops, with Val Head. She’s the author of SVG Animations from O’Reilly and has given a Frontend Masters workshop on Advanced SVG Animations. Sarah is formerly Manager of UX Design & Engineering at Trulia (Zillow). Sarah won CSS Dev Conf’s “Best of the Best Award” as well as “Best Code Wrangler” from CSS Design Awards. She has worked for 15 years as a web developer and designer, and at points worked as a Scientific Illustrator and an Undergraduate Professor, and has tutored a Byzantine Icon painter in Santorini.

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56 – Librarianship of the Internet with Lou Rosenfeld

In this episode we get to speak with the founder and publisher of Rosenfeld Media, Lou Rosenfeld. We explore Lou’s career journey from Library Science to UX to Information Architecture and now Publishing.

Lou Rosenfeld is Rosenfeld Media’s founder and publisher. Like many user experience folk, Lou started somewhere (library science), made his way somewhere else (information architecture), and has ended up in an entirely different place (publishing). Lou spent most of his career in information architecture consulting, first as founder of Argus Associates and later as an independent consultant. He co-founded the Information Architecture Institute, the IA Summit, and the User Experience Network. And he does know something about publishing, having edited or co-authored five books, including the IA “bible,” Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, and Search Analytics for Your Site, and published over 30 more at Rosenfeld Media.

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