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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57 – Roles, Titles, & Responsibilities with Quintin Lodge

In this episode we get to speak with Creative Direction and Design human, Quintin Lodge. We talk with Quintin about career roles/titles and how the industry distributes its hierarchy of responsibility and ownership. We also discuss empathy: empathy for the user and being able to empathize with what the customer wants.

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Avid snowboarder, creative director, product designer, father, and husband. I help companies define and design new products as well as re-imagine existing ones. Recently launched Spring for iOS and helped Square re-imagine their products and services across multiple platforms. Currently working as Executive Creative Director at Spring, Inc.

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55 – Down Wit SVG? Yeah You Know Me with Chris Coyier

In this episode we get to speak with “CSS MAN”, Chris Coyier. We talk with Chris about his new book PRACTICAL SVG, and dive into some of the reasons that our community doesn’t reach for SVG when we should. The conversation get’s into the details of his new book, and then we connect it back to Chris’s next speaking event at An Event Apart in April. Then we discuss the recent redesign of CSS-Tricks, and the logic behind the quick update. Then we talk about how Chris and Dave started the ShopTalk Show podcast, and the behind the scenes work that goes into each episode. We might talk about other stuff like CodePen too, but it’s hard to tell by the quality of the internet service in Miami-Dade County.

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52 – Love What You Do & Socialize Your Work with Product Designer Brendan Kearns

In this episode we employ telephony to communicate across the pond with Brendan Kearns, a Product Designer at InVisionApp and an Awwwards Judge. We explore some of his international work experience in places like London, Melbourne, and San Francisco and chat about his new role at InVisionApp. We talk about freelance and the value of a portfolio versus simply socializing your current work. There is also a dive into Brendan’s involvement in General Assembly as a User Experience & Product Design Instructor. We’ll also learn how an owl brought Brendan a letter from Hogwarts and he magically became an Awwwards Judge …And Bob Dumbledore’s your uncle.

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