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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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.

About Quintin

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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16 – Attend FRONT, the Product Design Conference with Cofounder Ben Peck

This episode we talk to Ben Peck, Sr. Product Designer at Needle and Cofounder of FRONT, a two-day in-depth conference for user experience designers and product managers held in Salt Lake City, Utah. We discuss the details of what a Product Designer is and does, and their role in the industry. We also listen to Ozzy Osbourne until we cry, while eating ham sandwiches.

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13 – Travel the World with UX Jetsetter Adventurer Kyra Friedell

This episode we talk to UX Jetsetter adventurer Kyra Friedell. She talks about her interest in Experience and Service Design, Behavioral Economics, Urban Planning, Civic Tech, and Storytelling. We discuss how UX makes the world a better place, and why design isn’t about making something look pretty in Photoshop. We also go into detail on travel experiences in several global locations… Japan, Iceland, Hong Kong and Johannesburg.

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