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144: I Feel Like Oprah
161: Past & Future of Sketch, with Pieter Omvlee
178: I Get All Kinds of Ponchos
TWITTER
211: [chirpbirdiconbirdie]
Wednesday, August 18th 2021
This week we talk about Twitter's visual evolution and the drama surrounding 1Password's move to Electron.
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APPLE
210: A Floaty URL Bubble
Wednesday, August 4th 2021
This week's episode is all about the iOS 15 Safari redesign (and the changes in the following beta builds).
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SIDE PROJECTS
209: Just One Blog Away
Thursday, July 29th 2021
We're back! Rafa not only has a new baby but also a new app in the App Store! We talk about some of the details of the app, touch on how side projects are different when you have a newborn and eventually talk about Until, the app Kevin has been working on but probably will never release.
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APPLE
208: Filling Your Ears, with Joey Banks
Thursday, June 10th 2021
This week we are joined by special guest Joey Banks to talk about Apple's WWDC announcements and give some of our thoughts on the design decisions behind these new releases of iOS, iPadOS, macOS and more.
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APPLE
207: I Can Never See the Extra Ks (feat. David Darnes)
Saturday, June 5th 2021
This week we welcome our reporter out in the field, David Darnes, to tell us about his hands on experience with the new iMac.
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GOOGLE
206: Your Phone Talking to Pluto
Sunday, May 23rd 2021
This week is all about Google IO, Material You, Project Starline and more! We also share details about some subtle tweaks we've made to our website and artwork.
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FOLLOW UP
205: PRAM For Your Baby
Friday, May 7th 2021
This week we catch up on a lot of follow up about Apple TV Calibration, AirTags, whether our thoughts about the new iMac have changed and finally open up the pandora's box of ponchos.
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INTERVIEW
204: Designing FigJam, with Jenny Wen and Kee Yen Yeo
Friday, April 30th 2021
This week we are joined by Jenny Wen and Kee Yen Yeo from Figma to talk about the behind-the-scenes of designing FigJam.
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TECHNOLOGY
203: That Mini-LSD Thing
Friday, April 23rd 2021
This week we briefly touch on Config 2021 and some of Figma's announcements, and then dive into Apple's Spring Loaded announcements: Apple Podcasts subscriptions, AirTag, Apple TV (remote), iMac and iPad Pro.
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APPLE
202: I Noticed the OLEDness
Friday, April 16th 2021
This week we talk about taking your work presentations to another level, speculate about Apple's Spring Loaded event, and give our wishlist for WWDC 2021.
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DESIGN
201: By the Way… I Have a Job
Friday, April 2nd 2021
This week we talk about using opacity in text colors when designing for light/dark mode, give our thoughts on Apple Fitness+ and get into Rafa's Hand Mirror woes.
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NEWS
200: They Have Kombucha!
Sunday, March 28th 2021
This is our 200th episode! We talk about Kevin's experience working from an office for the first time in over a year, getting into 3D modeling, Android 12 leaked screenshots and the new PS5 VR controller.
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CAREER
199: Weird Fleet But Ok
Friday, March 12th 2021
This week we check in on Rafa's first 6 months at Superlist, then talk about managing emotions at work, balancing side projects & a day job and Twitter Super Follows.
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TECHNOLOGY
198: My Siri Ball
Friday, March 5th 2021
This week we talk about the best follow up we've ever received, go through more of the macOS shortcuts we couldn't live without, and we give our hot take on Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces.
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TECHNOLOGY
197: Cheat Sheet Schitt's Creek
Friday, February 12th 2021
This week we follow up on last week's topic: talking about how different parts of the deisgn lifecycle can influence your mood, bluetooth issues, iOS 14.5 Beta Apple Watch unlock (when you're wearing a mask), computer literacy and more!
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DESIGN
196: I Can See All The Rectangles In My Head
Friday, February 5th 2021
This week we talk about our struggles with explaining ideas and concepts at the beginning stages of a project, designing in low fidelity, Big Sur App icon replacements and more!
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ONBOARDING
195: It's Not Blow Away
Friday, January 29th 2021
This week we talk about the challenges with onboarding onto a new team... even after being at the same company for 7 years, Tweetbot 6 and more!
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CARRER PATH
194: It Ran Into The Wall of Reality (with Brian Lovin)
Friday, January 22nd 2021
This week we are joined by special guest Brian Lovin to talk about his new side project, staff design and more!
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PHOTOGRAPHY
193: I’m the Yoda Now
Friday, January 15th 2021
This week, Rafa gets a Leica Q2 and we nerd out about photography. We talk about whether or not people like Rafa should buy a camera, what to look for when you're considering getting a camera, our personal editing workflows and more!
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RETROSPECTIVE
192: Varying Degrees of Lockdowness
Thursday, December 31st 2020
We round out the year by reflecting on 2020 and the growth that came with the hardship and how this year has shaped the technology landscape.
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MISC
191: Ariana Conde
Monday, December 14th 2020
This week we discuss filling out interview questions, Rafa's Apple Pro Display XDR and the AirPods Max.
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TWITTER
190: Let's Face It, One Of Us Is Weird
Wednesday, December 2nd 2020
This week we talk about rugs, showering with your watch on, Fleets and more. It's a weird one.
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DESIGN
189: Inside Sketch 70 (with Freddie Harrison and Sam Beckett)
Wednesday, November 18th 2020
This week we welcome special guests Freddie and Sam from Sketch to go in depth on how they redesigned Sketch from the ground up to adopt the new Big Sur design language.
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APPLE
188: Big Surtified
Friday, November 13th 2020
This week we talk about Apple's One More Thing event: the M1 chip, the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pros and share more of our thoughts on Big Sur's UI.
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DESIGN
187: Friends of Podcasting as a Whole
Friday, October 30th 2020
This week we talk about importing design ideas and Google's controversial new icons.
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DESIGN
186: Photoshop for Motorcycles (feat. Frederique Matti)
Saturday, October 24th 2020
This week Rafa receives his new iPhone 12 Pro and we are joined by special guest Frederique Matti who tells us about the new Illustrator for iPad.
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APPLE
185: A Waterfall of Hand-Me-Downs
Friday, October 16th 2020
This week we talk about Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event and the products they announced: iPhone 12 and HomePod Mini.
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TECHNOLOGY
184: Get As Naked As You Can
Friday, October 9th 2020
This week we discuss Google's Launch Night In event and Rafa gets his MCU multiverse theory on record.
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AGING
183: I’ve Known You Since Your Twitter Profile Picture
Friday, October 2nd 2020
This week we start by talking about beards and accidentally get into a philosophical conversation on whether we get more “right” as we get older. We also discuss Sketch's Big Sur teaser icon to make sure we don't lose our design podcast license. This one's a wild ride.
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TECHNOLOGY
182: TikTok Riots
Friday, September 25th 2020
This week we talk about watch face design, homescreen customization and another app Kevin's never going to actually ship.
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APPLE
181: Wear Your Face For a Day
Friday, September 18th 2020
This week we spend two hours discussing a one hour event.
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SIDE PROJECTS
180: Reset the PRAM on Your Car
Thursday, September 10th 2020
This week, Rafa talks about his roadtrip experience and Kevin talks about the app he's been working on as a side-project.
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CAREER
179: Infinite Pagination
Wednesday, September 2nd 2020
This week's episode is all about how to leave your job the right way. We talk about Rafa's experience leaving Netlify and being intentional about career choices.
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MISC
178: I Get All Kinds of Ponchos
Monday, August 24th 2020
This week we debate whether every website should have infinite scrolling, Rafa gets a green screen AND gets married, we talk about Instagram and Rafa's Great Poncho Incident™, YouTube Premium and more!
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SETUP
177: Like a Little Hammock
Monday, August 17th 2020
This week we talk about desk setups, Apple vs Fortnite and Thwhip's launch!
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MISC
176: I’m In the Nile
Wednesday, August 12th 2020
This week we talk about heatwaves, Thwip's app store rejections, the Big Sur Beta, whether cats can feel the wind from fans, and Rafa critiques Kevin's video framing.
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GEAR
175: Peripheral Widgets
Wednesday, August 5th 2020
This week we talk about taking breaks when you need them, how our photo libraries still have a discoverability problem and Kevin wants to upgrade his video setup.
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MUSICALS
174: I’m the Creator and I Pronounce It 'Too-th-weep'
Wednesday, July 29th 2020
We're sorry about the delay in posting this episode, but we knew you were willing to wait for it. History has its ears on our show this week. We finally talk about broadway hit sensation, Hamilton. It's a shorter show than usual: we're trying to talk less, smile more. We know some of you were looking forward to this conversation, this is the podcast where it happens. I hope you're satisfied.
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MISC
173: Chair Twitter
Monday, July 20th 2020
This week we talk about Rafa's new Apple Watch app, office chairs, whether Kevin should've gotten a chair with arms or no arms and more!
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LEARNING
172: A Karen Got My Handle
Monday, July 13th 2020
This week we talk about learning FOMO, Kevin's unsolicited Overcast redesign and more!
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APPLE
171: You Wouldn’t Download a Car
Tuesday, June 23rd 2020
This week, we're joined by ADA-winner and creator of Blackbox, Ryan McLeod. We talk about Apple's 2020 WWDC announcements: iOS 14, watchOS 7, macOS 11 and more!
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DESIGN
170: Just Do Stripe Again
Wednesday, June 17th 2020
This week we debate whether it's essential to enjoy using a product or not.
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DESIGN
169: Design Tools Must Go On
Sunday, May 24th 2020
This week we talk about old Apple Keynotes, the new Framer, criticizing products with love and more!
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PROGRAMMING
168: Feed It Now But Yesterday
Monday, May 11th 2020
This week, Rafa hacks his pet feeder and we nerd out about programming.
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VIRTUAL REALITY
167: Something As Trivial As a Butter Thing, with Matthaeus Krenn
Friday, April 24th 2020
This week we are joined by special guest Matthaeus Krenn to talk about prototyping new types of interfaces, his work on VR-OS, residential architecture and more!
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PORTFOLIO
166: Kevin, It floats!
Friday, April 17th 2020
This week we’ve decided to be podcasting pioneers and recorded this episode entirely on an iPad. Well two iPads to be more precise. We each have our own iPad. Other topics include: Kevin's quick thoughts on the Switch, writing long case-studies and more!
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GAMING
165: A Russian Doll of Topics
Friday, April 10th 2020
This week we talk about some apps that try too hard, Rafa's Handmirror app, Uncharted 4 (welcome to 2016!) and finally discuss the design of new PS5 game controller because Layout is a gaming show now apparently.
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EVENTS
164: Black Cupcakes Are a Design Thing
Friday, April 3rd 2020
This week's episode is an episode out of time. Kevin is joined by special guest Kassandre Jenkins to talk about design events, working from home, homemade pizza and more!
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MISC
163: Big Baby Web
Saturday, March 28th 2020
This week we talk about COVID-19, social-distancing life, Rafa's new app: Hand Mirror, the new iPad Pro, the new iPad Magic Keyboard and pointer support in iOS. We end the episode with Kevin's gaming corner.
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MISC
162: Designers Just Wanna Have Fun
Friday, February 28th 2020
This week we catch up on the latest design drama, neumorphism and editing podcasts on the iPad.
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INTERVIEW
161: Past & Future of Sketch, with Pieter Omvlee
Friday, February 14th 2020
This week we welcome special guest Pieter Omvlee, to talk about the past, present and future of Sketch.
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PERSONAL
160: Siri’s a Snitch
Friday, January 17th 2020
This week we take some time to catch up, talk about Kevin's upcoming move and then dive into our goals for 2020.
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RECOMMENDATIONS
159: Recommendation Bonanza 2020
Friday, January 10th 2020
This week we go all out with an entire episode jam-packed with recommendations.
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PERSONAL
158: Kylo Ren Going Through a Divorce
Friday, December 13th 2019
This week we follow up on the latest Sketch announcements, talk about guilt as a metric and finally discuss Parasite, our favorite film of the year.
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NEWS
157: Both Are Valid, but One Is Clearly Wrong
Sunday, December 1st 2019
This week we talk about the Cybertruck, Cocoon, the latest Sketch news and trying out Castro.
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DESIGN TOOLS
156: You Can See the HDRness
Friday, November 15th 2019
This week, we decided to not talk about the new MacBook Pro and instead talk about Rafa's tweets about Figma, the Github for iOS beta and Kevin's homescreen.
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WEB
155: Three Medium Logos Ago
Friday, November 8th 2019
This week we talk about the consternation over the death of the web (and whether it's iOS's fault), FACEBOOK's new logo and the trailer for the Rise of Skywalker.
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DRAMA
154: Evil by Osmosis
Friday, November 1st 2019
This week Rafa gives his early look at Nova, the new app from Panic, and we attempt to discuss the latest design drama: Pablo Stanley's free illustrations and the launch of Facebook News.
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PERSONAL
153: Of Course There’s No Nuts in It
Friday, October 25th 2019
Kevin's back! Topics include Kevin's talk, Kevin's new website, Kevin's new side project, and Kevin's trip to Italy. Oh and something about NFC stickers.
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152: The Linguistics Podcast, With Frederique Matti
Friday, October 18th 2019
Frederique is back! This week Rafa and Frederique talk about design and gaming on Windows, their complicated relationship with Dark modes and whether or not Frederique should get an Apple Watch.
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TECHNOLOGY
151: I Wanna Honk Right Now, With Frederique Matti
Friday, October 11th 2019
This week, Rafa is joined by special guest: Frederique Matti. We talk about freelancing and career experiences, Microsoft's new hardware announcements and internet usernames.
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DESIGN
150: showerdingus.design
Friday, October 4th 2019
Rafa's back! We talk more about coffee routines and automation, deep fusion, the Rams documentary and more.
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APPLE
149: Excited for Tomorrow's Coffee, With Joey Banks
Saturday, September 28th 2019
This week, Kevin is joined by special guest: Joey Banks. We talk about Figma plugins, electric scooters, our sleep schedules, coffee, and our thoughts on the iPhone 11 / 11 Pro.
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APPLE
148: Kevin Is Optional
Friday, September 13th 2019
This week we discuss Apple's September event where they introduced Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ for the third time, iPads nobody care about, the always-on Apple Watch Series 4 and the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro.
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PERSONAL
147: Kids Will Ruin Everything
Friday, September 6th 2019
We're back! We talk about what happened since our last episode. Topics include: speaking at conferences, Break This Safe, Figma plugins, iOS 13 and our thoughts on the iPhone 11 rumors.
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CHALLENGES
146: It’s Podcasts All the Way Down
Friday, June 14th 2019
This week we follow up on SwiftUI and talk about our own personal challenges. We then talk about the new Dropbox app and episode 1 of Big Little lies Season 2.
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APPLE
145: I’m Not a Big Fan of Fans
Friday, June 7th 2019
This week the episode is all about Apple's 2019 WWDC announcements: watchOS 6, iOS 13 and Dark Mode, iPadOS, the new cheese-grater Mac Pro and the outrageously expensive Pro Display XDR.
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INTERVIEW
144: I Feel Like Oprah
Sunday, May 26th 2019
This week we talk about our job interviews that didn't work out and what we took away from these experiences. We also talk about Playdate, going all in on the USB-C lifestyle and how books might not work.
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FEELS
143: I Don’t Actually Design Design Anymore
Thursday, May 16th 2019
This week we talk about feeling impostor syndrome as a manager and Dark themes vs Light themes.
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OPINIONS
142: Force Ghost Rafa
Friday, May 3rd 2019
This week we talk at length about the Facebook redesign. We also finally talk about The Rise of Skywalker trailer.
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DESIGN
141: The Coffee of TV Shows
Saturday, April 27th 2019
This week we talk about how sometimes you have to be irrational to make something great. We also circle back to Rafa's Avengers Endgame predictions.
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DESIGN
140: Blue Yeti’s Blue Ball
Saturday, April 20th 2019
This week we talk about why it seems like we're seeing fewer and fewer UI innovations and how there might hopefully be a silver lining in all of this. We also discuss Figma's UI refresh.
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OPINIONS
139: This Table Is Not Actually a Table, It's a Staple
Friday, April 12th 2019
This week Kevin has a contrarian opinion on the Staples logo reveal video and we talk about John Maeda's comments on the importance of design. Finally, Rafa gets his theory about Avengers Endgame on the record.
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APPLE
138: Finger Touching Bono and Stuff
Thursday, March 28th 2019
Short show this week. We follow our tradition of picking apart the details of Apple's announcements: News+, Arcade, Card and TV+.
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ANDROID
137: If There’s an Android, There’s a Way
Saturday, March 23rd 2019
This week, Rafa tells us all about his recent experience using Android for a few weeks: what he liked, what he didn't like and we finish by answering some listener questions.
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DESIGN TOOLS
136: Return of the Mac Apps
Friday, March 15th 2019
This week the internet gods blessed us with a ton of design-related news just in time for our recording. We talk about Sketch's new funding announcement and what it means for the world of design tools, Twitter's new camera UI, privacy-focused social networks and the return of Mac apps.
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ORG STRUCTURES
135: Look at That Page Curl
Saturday, March 9th 2019
This week we talk about org structures and how it affects us as designers. We also talk about the Revolut drama and Apple News' new upcoming app icon.
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LIFE
134: You Should Outsource Walking
Saturday, March 2nd 2019
This week we talk a bit more about foldable phones, how Slack is messing with our homescreen again, and then ultimately get into a big conversation about which things in our life we'd like to outsource.
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MANAGEMENT
133: Mario, the Plumbing Influencer
Thursday, February 21st 2019
This week we talk about growing up to become your parents, getting emotional, the pitfalls of fame, Samsung's foldable phone and more.
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PORTFOLIO
132: There’s No Edit Button in Podcasting
Friday, February 15th 2019
This week Rafa shares two lessons he's learned as a first time manager, then we talk about some recurring trends in design student portfolios.
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SOCIAL MEDIA
131: The Kids on TikTok Are Not Complaining
Thursday, February 7th 2019
This week we talk about Kevin’s experience giving a big talk and then we talk about our evolving relationship with social media.
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LOGO
130: Lukewarm Takes
Thursday, January 24th 2019
The wait is over! We know you couldn't wait for our takes on the new Slack logo and boy we've delivered. We also talk about the state of criticism on the Internet.
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LEADERSHIP
129: With Great Title Comes Great Responsibility
Friday, January 18th 2019
This week we talk about Rafa becoming the head of design at Netlify, setting expectations for a new role, CRMs for people, sonic toothbrushes and kitchen knives.
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NEWS
128: The Artist Formerly Known as Follow Up
Friday, January 11th 2019
This week we eat breakfast. Lots of it. We discuss Rafa’s already obsolete TV, pos-purchase monetization and the impact on consumers, the death of privacy and Kevin finally gives an update on his new portfolio that was supposed to ship months ago.
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NEWS
127: The Monday of the Year
Friday, January 4th 2019
This week, Rafa is back on Twitter and Kevin takes this opportunity to fill him in on all of the design news he missed like the Push Pin Emoji Detour meme, the horizontal Instagram feed debacle, a study on the impact of Flat Design and Pantone’s new color of the year. Oh and we also talk about Bandersnatch.
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BONUS
Holiday Special: I Hate Moist Zombies
Tuesday, January 1st 2019
It's a holiday miracle! As a special bonus episode for the Holidays, we play a zombie text adventure game. We're joined by special guest Débora Ribeiro.
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AWARDS
126: Layouties 2018
Friday, December 28th 2018
Our third annual Layouties! We look back at some of our favorite things of the year and give them awards.
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WORK
125: Imagine a Coconut With a Straw
Friday, December 7th 2018
This week we talk about being busy & the impact it has on us, tech companies making custom typefaces and IRL accessibility problems.
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DESIGN
124: The Dark Side of the Web
Friday, November 30th 2018
This week we talk about approaching large scale design problems, Kevin's email rant, Facebook's Blueprint for Content Governance and Google's Night Sight.
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CONTENT
123: Design Is How It Reads
Friday, November 23rd 2018
This week we talk about Rafa's totally predictable purchase, the growing realization that most design problems are actually content problems, pop songs getting more repetitive and Amazon employees buying condos in Long Island City.
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APPLE
122: Freaking Chamfered Edges
Friday, November 16th 2018
Kevin is back from San Francisco, so we finally talk about our first impressions on the new iPad Pro, the Detective Pikachu trailer and the new Leica Q-P.
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MISC
121: Millennial Kidnappers
Friday, October 26th 2018
This week we follow up on genderless pronouns in different languages (or lack thereof) and talk about what we would do if we weren't designers.
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TRAVELING
120: Titles Are Our Legacy
Thursday, October 18th 2018
This week we talk about the realities of traveling for work, Photoshop on the iPad, Adidas's 'new' webdesign style, the Palm phone and we have a very special upside down.
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119: Figma Just Got Paddie 2ed
Saturday, October 13th 2018
This week we briefly continue our discussion about design tools, then talk about custom Apple Watch Faces, the Habitat 67 architecture and of course, our recommendation of the week.
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TOOLS
118: 5/5 Would Alive Again
Friday, October 5th 2018
This week we talk about a few main design tools: Adobe XD, InVision Studio, Framer X, Figma and Sketch.
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CONFERENCE
117: X AM
Sunday, September 23rd 2018
This week we got to record in person from Amsterdam. We talk our experience at Framer Loupe, Rafa's new Apple Watch, and Solo (hopefully for the last time).
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APPLE
116: The Court of Design
Thursday, September 13th 2018
This week we talk about the Apple Event, Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone Xs and Xs Max and the iPhone Xʀ.
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OPEN OFFICES
115: The Opposite of Async
Thursday, August 30th 2018
This week we talk about open offices, the Mastodon client we're working on and more punishment suggestions for Kevin.
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ADVICE
114: Chance the Raptor
Thursday, August 23rd 2018
This week we talk about Kevin's punishment for not shipping his website, how all advice is kind of terrible and Rafa explains Mastodon for the rest of us.
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NEWS
113: Decentralized Instances of the Thing
Friday, August 17th 2018
This week we talk about the sad state of Twitter and our desire for something to come and replace it.
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LEADERSHIP
112: So Far So Nada
Thursday, August 9th 2018
This week we talk about Kevin's experience leading a new team and the challenges that came with it.
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FEEDBACK
111: Make Excessively Sentimental
Thursday, August 2nd 2018
This week we talk about our thoughts on sugar coated design feedback and Firefox's new brand system.
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CREATIVITY
110: Controlled Chaos
Friday, July 27th 2018
This week we discuss the topic of creativity, what inspires us and how we cultivate it. We also briefly discuss our early thoughts on Framer X based on the announcement.
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PROBLEM SOLVING
109: Sharpening an Axe to Break a Twig
Thursday, July 19th 2018
This week we talk about problems. How do you know you truly understand them? When is the right time to jump into solution mode? We also briefly talk about Solo: A Star Wars Story.
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LISTENER QUESTIONS
108: There's Some Lag
Friday, July 13th 2018
How do you stay motivated by working on a mature and large project? How do you handle working in a language that isn't your native language? How do you decorate your apartment? This week we answer more listener questions!
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LISTENER QUESTIONS
107: The Show Show Show of the Show
Thursday, July 5th 2018
Should your portfolio have long UX case studies or focus on lots of imagery? How do you know when you have too much on your plate and how do you push back confidently? This week we answer some listener questions, review some socks and finally talk about the Westworld finale.
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HIRING
106: Layout Redesign Your Website Month™
Thursday, June 21st 2018
This week we talk about the challenges with onboarding new designers onto your team, the official "Layout Redesign Your Website Month™" and episode 9 of Westworld season 2.
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SIDE PROJECTS
105: The Flat Wing
Thursday, June 14th 2018
This week Rafa redesigned his website, so we revisit the topic of personal websites, setting goals for side projects, todo list management techniques and Kevin's thoughts on museum design. We also discuss episode 8 of Westworld season 2.
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UI DESIGN
104: iOS 7 Was Leggings (With Special Guest Tim Van Damme)
Friday, June 8th 2018
This week we're joined once again by special guest Tim Van Damme to talk about how UI design is fashion, and Apple's WWDC 2018 announcements: iOS 12, macOS Mojave and watchOS 5.
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BONUS
Bonus: Westworld Special (S02E04/05)
Saturday, May 26th 2018
As promised, this is our special episode discussing episode 4 and 5 of Westworld season 2. We're joined by special guest Débora, Rafa's girlfriend.
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DATA
103: Regular Mundane Mediocre Socks
Thursday, May 24th 2018
This week Kevin join Rafa in person in Porto for this IRL episode. We talk about what's wrong with A/B tests and spend way too much time discussing socks.
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TITLES
102: Design Commander
Friday, May 18th 2018
This week we talk about what qualifies a designer as a senior designer, how Google Duplex might not be that creepy after all, Jony Ive's controversial Hodinkee interview and of course, episode 4 of Westworld season 2.
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EDUCATION
101: Designer Spidey Sense
Thursday, May 10th 2018
This week we tackle the topic of learning design. We also talk about the swipe up gesture in instagram, opinionated design and episode 3 of Westworld season 2.
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SIDE PROJECTS
100: 100th Episode Fiesta
Friday, May 4th 2018
Layout turns a hundred episodes old so we invited some listeners to join us to talk about sustaining side projects. We also talk about how the show started and of course: everyone's recommendations.
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PORTFOLIO
99: Spoiler Police
Friday, April 27th 2018
This week we talk about what is the best way to showcase UX work in a portfolio, letting your personality show in your work and on social media and exploring other design-adjacent interests. We also discuss the first episode of Westworld season 2.
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PERSONAL
98: Family of Feels
Friday, April 20th 2018
This week we talk about Impostor Syndrome, quitting social media for a week and Ready Player One.
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LISTENER QUESTIONS
97: Longer Story Long
Thursday, April 12th 2018
This week we answer some listener questions. Topics include: OKRs, 1:1s, and performance reviews.
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CAREER
96: April Jokes Day
Thursday, April 5th 2018
How do you know when it's time to leave your company? While neither of us want to quit our job, we talk about our past experiences making these career moves.
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GEAR
95: United Shades of America
Thursday, March 29th 2018
This week we talk about the gear we use to do our work (desk, chairs, computers, etc.)
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PRODUCTIVITY
94: Is Rafa Stupid?
Thursday, March 22nd 2018
This week, we talk about being busy and how this is something we actively try to avoid. We also have some important shower dingus follow up, spend way too much time talking about the color of tennis balls and finally discuss our thoughts on Sketch 49.
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TITLES
93: Hot Shower Take
Thursday, March 8th 2018
This week we talk about the meaning of design titles (or lack thereof). We also finally talk about Black Panther.
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PEOPLE
92: Being Humble… Sit Down
Thursday, March 1st 2018
This week we talk about traits we look for in the people we work with, and that Vero app.
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DESIGN
91: The Dotcoms
Thursday, February 22nd 2018
This week we talk about the differences between marketing design and product design.
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DESIGN
90: Connect the Lines
Thursday, February 15th 2018
This week we talk about how your personality can influence your design style and whether or not being "type-cast" is a bad thing. Also, Kevin finally caved in and bought a HomePod.
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HIRING
89: Shower Dingus
Thursday, February 8th 2018
This week we talk about hiring designers and having to review other people's portfolios, HomePod reviews and... shower handle design.
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PRODUCT
88: I Have to, for Science!
Thursday, February 1st 2018
Launching our sticker store, dogfooding your own products and the mystery that is the HomePod.
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PERSONAL
87: Homer Simpson in the Bushes
Thursday, January 25th 2018
This week we talk about introversion and how it affects different aspect of our life and work.
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SIDE PROJECTS
86: Everything You Said Is Wrong or Whatever
Thursday, January 18th 2018
This week we talk about shipping side projects, not just working on them. We also talk about waking up early, sleep tracking and briefly touch on DARK (the Netflix show).
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DESIGN
85: The Benjamin Button of UI
Thursday, January 11th 2018
This week we talk about how challenging it is to keep adding new features without compromising on simplicity.
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VACATIONS
84: Title Fishing
Friday, January 5th 2018
As we're coming back from our holiday break, this week our topic is vacations. We address unlimited vacation policies, that feeling of guilt that sometimes comes with taking vacations and our tricks for disconnecting.
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MISC
83: 2017 Layouties
Saturday, December 30th 2017
As always, we close out the year by rounding up and giving “awards” to our favorite things of the year.
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BONUS EPISODE
Jedi Don't Wear Underwear
Sunday, December 24th 2017
In this bonus episode, Kevin and Rafa talk about the new Star Wars movie: The Last Jedi. A 3h long, spoiler filled, holiday special.
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ETHICS
82: The Last Handcrafted Tweetstorm (feat. Joel Califa)
Friday, December 22nd 2017
This week we are joined by our friend Joel Califa to talk about the evolution of the designer role and the ethical dilemma of being a corporate designer. Joel is a product designer at GitHub, previously leading the design team at Digital Ocean.
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GROWTH
81: Homescreen Designer
Friday, December 8th 2017
This week we explore how do you grow in your career as a designer?
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REMOTE WORK
80: Design Mustard
Thursday, November 30th 2017
What it's like to work remotely, Rafa's shopping problem continues and... paperclips.
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MEETINGS
79: Meat-ings
Friday, November 17th 2017
The main topic for this week: Meetings. And for our side dishes, we talk about how we feel about Stranger Things 2.
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TEAM WORK
78: Banning the Rays
Thursday, November 9th 2017
What to do when you disagree with someone on your team and our first impressions of the iPhone X.
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PERSONAL
77: Let’s Talk About Something Fun
Thursday, November 2nd 2017
For our main topic we talk about feeling like time is running out — getting old, with some iPhone pre-orders for side dishes.
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MISC
76: Holy “Design Tools” Cow
Thursday, October 26th 2017
Looking back at your old work, and hating what you see. Also, InVision Studio and the state of design tools.
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PROCESS
75: Software Spring Cleaning™
Thursday, October 19th 2017
This week we talk about process and try to pin down what makes certain processes good and others bad.
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SHIPPING
74: I Have a Beef With Entrées
Thursday, October 12th 2017
Our main topic this week is: How to make sure what you ship is not a crappier version of what you envisioned. We also talk a bit about the #MadeByGoogle event and Libraries in Sketch 47.
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FEEDBACK
73: Should Designers Ego?
Thursday, October 5th 2017
We've made the show better! More focus on design topics and a better onboarding for new users. Our main topic this week is how to receive design feedback. Of course, we also talked a bit about the Dropbox redesign.
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MISC
Wake Me Up When September Ends
Thursday, September 21st 2017
After two years of making weekly episodes, one full year with Spec, it's time to regroup and think of how we can improve our show. We have some exciting ideas in the works, but we would really appreciate it if you could spare a couple seconds to give us some feedback.
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APPLE
72: Can You Feel the Ring Tonight?
Saturday, September 16th 2017
This week we cover the new iPhone X, iPhone 8, and all the goodies from the most recent Apple event.
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APPLE
71: Professional Driver
Thursday, September 7th 2017
Sketch Libraries, Framer's new website and our Keynote draft for Apple's September 12th event.
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70: It's the Aesthetics, Man
Thursday, August 31st 2017
Pixel Perfection, Rafa’s viral video technique™, our homescreens, and Kevin's London adventure.
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69: It's on the Troll (with Michael Flarup)
Thursday, August 17th 2017
This week Rafa and Kevin are joined by Michael Flarup to talk about public speaking and the newly released Speakerdex!
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68: Do You Stand With Fontstand?
Friday, August 11th 2017
This week we talk about the state of purchasing fonts, HomePod firmware leak, and that Google memo.
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67: How Do You Like Stuff?
Thursday, July 27th 2017
Our personal design processes, design in an agile environment, getting ideas for side projects, and of course: iPhone rumors.
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66: Ninja Links Everywhere (With Special Guest Sam Soffes)
Thursday, July 20th 2017
This week Rafa and Kevin talk about Contrast for Mac, and indie Mac development with a very special surprise in the middle.
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65: Upside Up
Thursday, July 13th 2017
HomeKit & smart things, typography & system fonts, and standing desks.
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64: Swipe Wars
Wednesday, July 5th 2017
Kevin's iOS 11 design refresh, giving Dribbble a second chance, and a lot of talk about furniture.
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63: AR Needs Its Blackberry Moment
Thursday, June 29th 2017
Designing for the future with AR, and the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.
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62: Randommendations
Wednesday, June 21st 2017
The new Design mode in Framer, Twitter's design update, winning the Shopify Hack Days and our thoughts on A Cure for Wellness.
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61: Crowdsourced Burritos (With Special Guest Ryan McLeod)
Wednesday, June 14th 2017
Rafa and Kevin are joined by Ryan McLeod to talk about iOS 11, Apple Design Awards, and a lot more. Ryan is the creator of the iOS game Blackbox which just won an ADA 🎉
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60: DJ Khaled on Periscope
Tuesday, June 6th 2017
Our first impressions on the announcements made at WWDC17!
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59: Devil's Avocado
Wednesday, May 31st 2017
When a design "feels wrong", iOS 11 concept video and the winner of our giveaway!
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58: Apple Campus S
Wednesday, May 24th 2017
Sketch 44, Things 3, iOS 11 predictions, and the new Apple Campus.
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57: Busted Board (Feat. Zooey Bechamel)
Wednesday, May 17th 2017
This week Rafa and Kevin go over the popular NYT quiz "Which Tech Giant Would You Drop?".
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56: That’s Sticker Official
Wednesday, May 3rd 2017
This week Rafa and Kevin talk about what goes into a big launch, the prep, the release, and what comes after.
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55: With Our Powers Combined (With Brian Lovin and Bryn Jackson)
Thursday, April 27th 2017
In this very special episode, Kevin and Rafa are joined in person by Brian Lovin and Bryn Jackson from Design Details to talk about Spectrum, working with friends, and a 30 minute recommendation bonanza.
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54: Desktop HD Copy 46
Tuesday, April 18th 2017
Our first ever Layout meetup, Designing in Components, Rafa's dotfiles adventure, Instagram Collections and The Last Jedi.
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53: Boredumness
Wednesday, April 12th 2017
This week Rafa and Kevin talk about the future Mac Pro, Figma's new pricing, Dropbox's redesign and Dribbble + Crew. There's also a very important announcement at the end 🎈
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52: The Hero of Stories Remakes
Wednesday, March 29th 2017
Rafa bought a switch, of course. Also: We follow up on Electron apps, Rafa goes viral, Apple releases a Christmas phone, and Kevin discovers Westworld.
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51: The Electron Uprising
Wednesday, March 22nd 2017
Our review of Kite Compositor, the Electron uprising on the desktop and whether or not Stories is a format.
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50: Rafa Duh
Wednesday, March 15th 2017
This week Rafa and Kevin talk about rolling out a gradual redesign, the new Offscreen magazine, rumored new iPads and share their Apple software wishlist.
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49: Brian Lovin on My Shoulder
Wednesday, March 8th 2017
Following up from last week, we continue the discussion of IC vs Manager, and what comes with the manager hat.
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48: Spelling UX
Wednesday, March 1st 2017
Going from Individual Contributor to Manager/Lead. Also, Oscars' screw up and the winner of our Sketch Handbook giveaway.
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47: Chrome’s Chrome
Wednesday, February 22nd 2017
Abstract, the “new” MacBook Pro, setting up new computers and Kevin's adventures in San Francisco.
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46: Unpronounceable Smart Lights
Thursday, February 9th 2017
Being good at one thing vs being ok at a lot, the new Framer.com and the original iPhone.
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45: A Header, a Modal, a Footer, Are You Getting It?
Wednesday, February 1st 2017
Presenting and selling your work. Also, Dribbble gets acquired, Juventus's new logo, Shopify Summit and Slack threads.
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44: I Dream of San Francisco
Wednesday, January 18th 2017
Feeling tired, and feeling guilty of feeling tired. Also: the crazy expectations of the Bay Area and Imposter Syndrome.
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43: I Want More Toys
Wednesday, January 11th 2017
This week we go over our plans and resolutions for this new year, and HealthKit and Home Automation.
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42: 2016 Layouties
Thursday, December 29th 2016
We end the year with our grand annual LAYOUTIES, an award show in which we present awards to the best of the year.
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41: Keep Up With My Viral Tweet
Wednesday, December 14th 2016
Kevin's gone viral, Out of office hours, Figma's new components, keeping up with the latest trends/technologies and a special announcement.
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40: Should Designers Vlog?
Friday, December 9th 2016
The automation of design tools, AIs taking over, and our design podcast recommendations.
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39: A Movie for Your Brain
Friday, November 25th 2016
Rafa's Rant™, ending your side-projects and our thoughts on UX vs UI.
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38: Hashtag Design Drama
Wednesday, November 16th 2016
Should designers have a porfolio?, Designed By Few 2016, Sketch 41 and Black Mirror S03E03.
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37: Magic Touch Pad Bar
Friday, November 4th 2016
New MacBook Pros, Apple getting out of the standalone display business and Black mirror S03E02.
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36: This Is the Future
Tuesday, October 25th 2016
Working nights and weekends, PlayStation VR and episode 1 of Black Mirror.
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35: Rogue One Two
Tuesday, October 18th 2016
User Research, and Burning out.
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34: Give Me a Lightsaber and I'm Happy
Tuesday, October 11th 2016
What we carry in which pocket, Google announces its new Pixel phone and Samsung acquires Viv.
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33: An Airbnb on Mars
Monday, October 3rd 2016
Spectacles, Figma 1.0, Twitter being bought, DJI's new drone, and SpaceX announcement.
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32: I'm Feeling the FOMO
Thursday, September 22nd 2016
We still haven't received our iPhones, Black vs Jet Black, Stripe's new website and the Leica Q.
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31: Courage
Thursday, September 15th 2016
We geek out over Apple's September announcements: Apple Watch series 2, iPhone 7 and the AirPods.
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30: Everyone's Drunk
Thursday, September 1st 2016
Dark patterns, 'Even over' statements and the iPhone 7's rumored dual camera system.
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29: Crap Is Part of the Process
Thursday, August 25th 2016
Instapaper joining Pinterest, whether or not 4 AM is our most productive hour, design livestreams and Kevin's Twitter Doppleganger.
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28: One Hour Long Trailer
Thursday, August 18th 2016
A special announcement, Design Disruptors, Duo and designing with a vision.
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27: No One Taught Me Emoji in School
Saturday, August 13th 2016
Title case vs Sentence Case, Instagram Stories and Stranger Things.
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26: I Have Velcro Shoes and Pokémon
Wednesday, August 3rd 2016
Rafa gets sherlocked and we give tips for how to make the most of feedback sessions.
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25: You Have to Literally Walk
Tuesday, July 19th 2016
The vlogging and Youtube scene, slowing down apps by design, designing in public, Shopify’s UX Summit and of course Pokémon Go.
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24: Thanks Obama!
Wednesday, July 6th 2016
We start by talking a bit more about Apple Music in iOS 10, but ended up talking about consistency vs pushing boundaries in design.
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23: Stop Calling the iPhone a Phone (With Special Guest Tim Van Damme)
Monday, June 20th 2016
We are joined by Tim Van Damme to talk all about Apple's WWDC 2016 announcements.
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22: Listen-bait
Thursday, June 16th 2016
Conversational UIs, Kevin is building a bot, Pulls for macOS, and Rafa gets a new job.
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21: It’s Hard to Bake Gradients
Saturday, May 28th 2016
Our take on Google I/O: Daydream, Allo, Duo, Home, Android N and more!
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20: I Connect When I’m Drunk
Friday, May 13th 2016
Instagram goes monochrome, Apple Music and Spotify design changes and Microsoft's new hover gestures.
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19: Break This Safe Industries
Friday, April 29th 2016
Rafa's new Apple Watch game and some of the challenges that a designer goes through while building an app.
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18: Faceless Layout FM Company
Friday, April 22nd 2016
Origami Studio, syncing and sharing Sketch files with a team and the pros and cons of using a personal account versus a separate account for posting design work.
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17: Make Apple Music Great Again
Tuesday, April 12th 2016
The all new Framer, Spotify v. Apple Music, and the new Rogue One trailer.
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16: No One's Trying to Make a Shitty Website
Friday, April 8th 2016
How to work and collaborate with developers and how to make sure your designs and expectations are followed-through.
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15: Hiring a person, not a portfolio
Tuesday, March 15th 2016
Job interviews, how to get and prepare for them
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14: I Love Taxes
Thursday, March 3rd 2016
The differences between independent, freelance, agencies, product companies and why you'd choose one over the other.
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13: We Don’t Have Geniuses in this Country
Wednesday, February 10th 2016
Uber's rebranding and Twitter's hypothetical algorithmic timeline.
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12: Major Lazer Used Figma
Wednesday, February 3rd 2016
Our design process, more thoughts on Figma and the Shopify Summit.
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11: I’m a Sucker for Updates
Monday, January 25th 2016
Desktop Neo, rethinking the desktop interface and Dribbble Playbook.
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10: California Style Sheets
Monday, January 18th 2016
The future of Sketch and the story of how we got where we are today.
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9: Sketch It's Not You, It's Me
Friday, January 8th 2016
Designing in code, MacBook vs iPad pro as a secondary machine and Icon Design Awards.
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8: Cropping is Hard
Wednesday, December 23rd 2015
Figma and the future of design tools.
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Star Wars Special
Saturday, December 19th 2015
The Force Awakens is finally here. We talk about the many things we liked, the few things that we didn't like and how we're so happy that Star Wars is back.
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7: Mailbox is the new Rdio
Monday, December 14th 2015
Design interviews, Mailbox officially shuts down, how we feel about personal websites and Apple's ugly new battery case.
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6: My Flash Ghetto
Monday, November 30th 2015
This week we talk about the apps we use to get our work done.
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5: Fifty Shades of White
Tuesday, November 24th 2015
Public Speaking, Photo editing apps, using the iPad Pro to design and a eulogy to Rdio.
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4: That Little Swipey Thing
Tuesday, November 17th 2015
RIP Ember, Twitter favorites (err likes) and the new Apple TV UI
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3: It Has a Dinosaur So I Like It Already
Friday, October 30th 2015
Microsoft's autocomplete for animation, robots taking your job, and being a jack of all trades.
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2: What's a Radio?
Friday, October 23rd 2015
Twitter's latest announcements, Paper by Dropbox, YouTube Red, Framer's interesting new pricing model and the new Star Wars trailer.
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1: I Wish I Could Force Touch This
Friday, October 16th 2015
Our take on Medium's latest design changes, Kevin's Apple Watch app is now in beta and Rafa gets his new iPhone.
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