64 – Trusting Your Heart & Values with Ben Callahan

In this episode we have the honor to speak with the president of Sparkbox: Ben Callahan. We talk a bit about growing up in a military family, and the values that sparked his entrepreneurial spirit. Then we discuss Ben’s thoughts on the process of learning by writing and why everyone at Sparkbox is an author on their site. We also talk about the CodePen redesign project, and how Ben first met Chris Coyier playing banjo in a serendipitous hawaiian evening.

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About Ben

President of Sparkbox and founder of the Build Right workshop series, Ben shares his ideas about the web on the Sparkbox Foundry and other leading industry blogs. He regularly works with large brand e-commerce to reconsider their web experiences while consulting to helping them shift their design and development workflows.

He’s also incredibly grateful for the team at Sparkbox as they pioneer new responsive web design techniques and continue to push for great user experiences outside the context of specific devices.

You can find him speaking around the world (http://lanyrd.com/profile/bencallahan/), rambling on Twitter (https://twitter.com/bencallahan), tinkering with his personal site (http://bencallahan.com/), or splitting wood in his backyard for next winter (https://instagram.com/p/j7r_TqA1MP/).

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63 – Talking Co-op Business with Interaction Designer Matthew Tyas

In this episode we get to speak with Interaction Designer at Co-op Digital and co-founder of ManchestersFinest.com, Matthew Tyas. We talk about the value of co-op businesses and the story of Co-operative Group Limited, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, owned by millions of members. The narrative of its latest growth is how it’s gone from a design team of three to a digital team of over 200 in just over a year.

We also discuss the origin of Manchester’s Finest and how Matthew and his friend saw a unique opportunity to service Manchester businesses with an authentic voice.

Then we get into Matthew’s passion for music via Heavy Crates, a UK based record label born from a crew of long time crate diggers, producers, Dj’s and graffiti artists promoting some of the finest new underground Hip Hop from across the world.

About Matthew

I’m an interaction designer and front-end developer from Manchester UK. This means I spend my time sketching and building prototypes to validate user needs, service and journey mapping and building sweet, sweet front-end. Read more https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-tyas-74b24717/

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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.

Group Topic

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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