Technically Speaking with Harrison Wheeler

Harrison Wheeler

Technically Speaking is a podcast by Harrison Wheeler about BIPOC designers, entrepreneurs & technologists sharing their unique stories of triumph and resilience at the intersection of product design.
2021 Year End Review with Harrison WheelerCareer Reflections, Creative Intuition, and Breaking The System with May-Li Khoe
In this episode of Technically Speaking we are joined by the great May Li-Khoe (former Khan Academy and Apple) designer, engineer, DJ, and writing enthusiast. We take a look back at her career and the generational changes that are now leading to a new way of working in the creative industry, as well as the value of creative production and the new possibilities that are rising in the remote work schemes, comparing the situation as it was before when May-Li started working at big tech enterprises. Don’t miss this interesting conversation with an inspiring artist and a beautiful mind. Jump straight into: (02:44) - Learning about May-Li's life and spirit. What has she done and learned over the last 15 months? (11:37) -  May-Li's professional career development among big tech companies and her music passion as a DJ. (19:02) - Intuition and alignment: Looking for work that brings comfort, joy, and happiness to May-Li and the people that she cares about.  (23:04) - Being a female designer & engineer coming from an immigrant background: How diversity and workplace culture was functioning 20 years ago.  (30:37) - Workforce vindication for the future: Human sense of community in safe and comfortable environments. (39:19) - New stories moving into a new era: The luxury of creativity and what’s next for May Li-Khoe. Episode Resources: Connect with Mary through https://twitter.com/mayli?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (Twitter) and https://tinyletter.com/mayli (Tiny Letter) Support this podcast
Nov 16 2021
46 mins
The Internet is a 'Fad,' Filling the Void, The Origin Story of 'Where Are Black Designers with Maurice Cherry
In this episode of the Technically Speaking Podcast, Harrison Wheeler talks with a designer, creative strategist, and podcaster who doesn’t need introductions, Maurice Cherry. Maurice’s podcast Revision Path is an award-winning weekly showcase of Black designers, artists, developers, and digital creatives from all over the world. Today, Maurice shares his experience going into design, how he found his first big opportunity, and his advocacy work highlighting black designers. Join in and learn about this designer’s approach to design work and how he’s built so many successful events and projects. Jump straight into: (01:35) - Who is Maurice Cherry? His work as a designer in an Amsterdam-based studio and the growth of his award-winning podcast Revision Path.  (04:36) - Growing up in Selma, Alabama, and the journey that took Maurice into art, technology, and design. (10:26) - Math & computers: What would have happened if Maurice didn’t major in Math. (13:52) - The post-college years: How Maurice waited for an opportunity in design in the early times of the internet. (17:07) - Everything has changed in the last few years: Atlanta’s tech village and its pool of talent.  (20:17) - Some of Maurice’s projects and his approach to work: Filling the void for different needs with creativity. (21:43) - Where are the black designers?: Maurice’s work highlighting black design and how far we’ve come in terms of diversity and inclusion.  (32:04) - Opening the path for others to continue: What’s the future of black designers? + The future of the Recognize Project.  (36:57) - Advancing black design: How Revision Path made it into the Smithsonian Museum Collection.   Episode Resources: Connect with Maurice through https://www.linkedin.com/in/mauricecherry/ (LinkedIn) https://www.mauricecherry.com/ (Maurice Cherry) https://revisionpath.com/ (Revision Path) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBuFCkmyYuA (Where Are The Black Designers?) https://recognize.design/about/ (RECOGNIZE) https://automattic.com/ (Automattic) Support this podcast
Nov 9 2021
38 mins
Hype Docs, No Code, and Building The Second Brain with David HoangValue-Based Decision Making, Hiring with a Growth Mindset, and Design for Cognitive Bias with David Dylan Thomas.
In today’s episode our host Harrison Wheeler is joined by David Dylan Thomas, speaker, filmmaker, and author of Designed for Cognitive Bias, to talk about the fascinating world of cognitive biases, how they influence our day-to-day lives, the importance of sticking to a growth mindset and how to deal with impostor syndrome. Googling and learning from Wikipedia will never make you an expert, but it will definitely open doors for you. You don’t want to miss this conversation, so tune in now! Jump straight into: (01:33) - A cheerleader for inclusive design: Meet David Dylan Thomas. (04:57) - On David’s passion for cognitive bias and the birth of the Cognitive Bias Podcast. (09:38) - The outward effects of cognitive biases on our day to day lives and the problem with binary thinking. (22:12) - Is a world without biases possible?: On thoughtful decision making and the importance of cultivating inclusion and collaboration.  (25:33) - Design for Cognitive Bias: How David built an entire platform to share his work and expertise. (34:13) - The secret sauce: On David’s experience design and the perspectives he brings to the table. (39:27) - What’s next on David’s agenda? Episode Resources: Connect with David through https://www.linkedin.com/in/daviddylanthomas1/ (LinkedIn) and https://twitter.com/movie_pundit (Twitter) Sign up for David’s newsletter https://daviddylanthomas.us9.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=963fa6d62413a82c6778288fa&id=f1a876a0d7 (here) https://abookapart.com/products/design-for-cognitive-bias (Design for Cognitive Bias) by David Dylan Thomas https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-cognitive-bias-podcast/id1197648130 (The Cognitive Bias Podcast) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KgevAOMHCA (Iris Bohnet | What Works: Gender Equality by Design) https://abookapart.com/ (A Book Apart) https://www.rebuildblackbusiness.com/ (Rebuild Black Business) https://automattic.com/ (Automattic) Support this podcast
Oct 26 2021
41 mins
Nothing Ever Really Dies, Designing in Public, and Tapping into Your Super Power with Rafe ChisolmFrom Agency to In-house and How UX Relates To Branding with Mathew Barnes
In this episode of Technically Speaking, our host Harrison Wheeler talks to Mathew Barnes, Senior Art Director of Brand Design at Amazon Web Services. Mathew is an artist in the B2B space and a passionate beer brewer who knows that having a strategic process is key to a successful outcome. Join in and learn how this art director works focusing on the user experience and the edge this perspective gives the brands he creates.  Jump straight into: (01:35) - Who is Mathew Barnes? An expert designer of brand experiences working at Amazon Web Services.  (03:42) - Moving from an agency to in-house work: How the designer experiences change in each environment and how it shows on the end result.   (06:11) - The user experience perspective: Mathew’s story going through different areas of design and why he focused on consistent brand experience.  (09:29) - The day-to-day to building a brand project: The importance of design teams coming together to cross collaborate and create consistency. (14:02) - An artist in the B2B space: How art inspires Mathew’s day-to-day design work.  (18:47) - Pairing art with delicious IPA beer: Mathew’s creative outlets and his love for beer brewing.  (21:26) - Mathew’s advice for young designers: “Don't focus on any director title, learn as much as you can.” (24:30) - What is the future of the arts?: How systems are going to change and cross over to the product world.  Episode Resources: Connect with Mathew through https://www.instagram.com/mbarnesart/ (Instagram)  http://www.mbarnesdesigns.com/ (Mathew Barnes) https://automattic.com/ (Automattic) Support this podcast
Oct 12 2021
29 mins
East vs West Working Culture and the Bamboo Ceiling with Jason Demetillo
In this episode of Technically Speaking, our host Harrison Wheeler talks to Jay Demetillo, lead designer at Grab in the Singapore team. Jay tells us about the differences he’s found since moving to South East Asia almost four years ago, both in the social aspect of life as well as in the design scene and the workflow within companies. What can we learn about Asian design and what has Jay been bringing to the table? Join in and listen to how to navigate cultural differences and contribute to growing the UX community abroad. Jump straight into: (01:35) - Who is Jay Demetillo? His journey through the design world and his transition into the design scene in Singapore.  (05:35) - Cultivating a bigger design scene in SouthEast Asia through events, podcasts, and clubs. (07:49) - Clubhouse vs. Spaces: The pros and cons of different audio platforms and how they’ve helped people connect during the pandemic. (13:30) - Working in South East Asia: The cultural differences in the product design process. (16:30) - Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: The participation of Asian Americans in high-level positions in the U.S. and managing a team on an Asian multicultural company. (24:59) - Working from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week: How to find balance and wellness in a super hard-working culture. (27:30) - Jay’s side hustle: Building a sustainable eco-friendly shoe company and the story behind it. (30:38) - A piece of advice for young designers: “There's always been a seat at the table. We just haven't sat down yet.”  Episode Resources: Connect with Jay Demetillo through https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasondemetillo/?originalSubdomain=sg (LinkedIn), https://twitter.com/asianxjay (Twitter), andhttps://www.instagram.com/asianxjay/?hl=es ( Instagram). https://www.jasondemetillo.com/ (Jason Demetillo) https://www.amazon.com/-/es/Jane-Hyun/dp/0060731222 (Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling by Jane Hyun) Traces | https://podcasts.apple.com/hu/podcast/traces/id1524290205 (Apple Podcast) | https://open.spotify.com/show/29LXWjJOJoBmaEaMevtvi6 (Spotify) https://automattic.com/ (AUTOMATTIC) Support this podcast
Oct 5 2021
34 mins
Design Operations, Systems, and Service Design with Dominique Ward
In this episode of Technically Speaking, our host Harrison Wheeler sits with Dominique Ward, Design Operations Leader at Atlassian to talk about design operations, how to build a successful op team, and how to get into that career path in 2021. Join this conversation and learn what this silent but crucial part of design is pushing the industry forward every day. Plus listen to this amazing leader share her experience! Jump straight into: (01:30) - Who is Dominique Ward? Her career as a lead design of operations and some questions to get to know her better.  (11:58) - What is design operations and some of its challenges: Amplifying the value and impact of design.  (15:50) - How to build a design operations team today: The different versions of op teams, figuring out the stream of work, and understanding where pain points come from.  (23:34) - Working in a dynamic collective experience: Ways of working and problem-solving in a complex, ever-changing environment.  (25:59) - Getting into design operations in 2021: What is the career ladder into this “newer field”? (29:06) - Dominique’s passions outside the office: Traveling, arts, and leaning into happiness.  (34:07) - Some parting words of wisdom, embrace the remix!: “Innovative things have been taking what someone else has already started, and putting your own spin on it.”   Episode Resources: Connect with Dominique through https://www.linkedin.com/in/beauvward/ (LinkedIn) https://automattic.com/ (AUTOMATTIC) https://www.meredithblackbrant.com/ (Meredith Black Brant // Design Ops) https://www.clubhouse.com/club/designops-corner (Clubhouse | DesignOps Corner) Support this podcast
Sep 28 2021
36 mins
Voice Content and Usability with Preston So
Technically Speaking is a podcast by Harrison Wheeler about BIPOC designers, entrepreneurs & technologists sharing their unique stories of triumph and resilience Episode description In this episode of Technically Speaking, our host Harrison Wheeler talks to web designer, content management expert, and author Preston So about the new user experiences in web design enabled by spatial and spoken content. He explains why the web is in the middle of a massive transition and how you can be part of it as a designer. Join in and listen to Harrison and Preston discuss the future of the web and the latest challenges these changes have brought to the industry.  Jump straight into: (01:35) - Who is Preston So? His experience in the web development industry and content management.  (05:27) - The web is going through a transition!: The new paradigms to take into account and the latest opportunities in spatial and spoken content. (09:59) - Why is voice tech top of mind now?: The humanness of conversation and enabling access for a broader population.  (16:30) - Handling new tools and challenges: How voice tech can assist the state government and the need for content management. (20:21) - Today’s biggest challenges regarding new technology: The conversational singularity and the possibility of biases seeping into voice interfaces. (26:41) - Conversation design for designers: The current picture of voice tech and a piece of advice for those who are looking to get into the industry. (31:58) - Using voice technology to amplify our voices and how to find Preston’s new book.  (35:16) - Sharing information through writing: How Preston got into writing and how he maintains his muscle for it.   Episode Resources: Connect with Preston through https://www.linkedin.com/in/prestonso/ (LinkedIn) https://preston.so/ (Preston.so) https://automattic.com/ (Automattic) https://www.amazon.com/Decoupled-Drupal-Practice-Architect-Architectures-ebook/dp/B07L9P91CT/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=preston+so&qid=1631741641&s=digital-text&sr=1-1 (Decoupled Drupal in Practice by Preston So ) https://www.amazon.com/Gatsby-Definitive-Guide-Preston-So-ebook/dp/B09FX7YMFY/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=preston+so&qid=1631741688&s=digital-text&sr=1-2 (Gatsby The Definitive Guide by Preston So)  https://alistapart.com/article/immersive-content-strategy/ (Immersive Content Strategy by Preston So) Support this podcast
Sep 21 2021
39 mins
Leadership, Individuality, and Balance with Aastha Gaur
Sep 9 2021
35 mins
Technically Speaking with Harrison Wheeler Trailer (Season 4)The Creative Process with Mathew Barnes
It is Friday and the end of the Technically Speaking Podcast broadcasting from the San Francisco Design Week. To wrap it up, our host Harrison Wheeler talks to artist, beer enthusiast, and design veteran, Mathew Barnes. Mathew shares some of his 24 years of experience in the design world, plus he tells us how he discovered his passion for beer. Join to discover this expert’s creative process and have a sneak peek into a live beer tasting! Jump straight into: (01:35) - Who is Mathew Barnes? On being a cat person, his travel dreams, and his favorite music artists.  (07:54) - The love for classical art & The Assumption of the Virgin by El Greco. (11:27) - Mathew’s unconventional journey into the design world and his approach to creative direction.  (18:19) - How to create a cohesive brand experience: What’s going to be the user’s first touch with your product? (22:35) - Influences and the design process: How to study, understand and create. (28:04) - Cheers! Mathew’s passion for beer and live tasting the Pliny The Elder.  (37:34) - Do you drink while working? Live tasting the Death & Taxes. (42:46) - How to appreciate a beer, art, or any creative work: Mathew’s appreciation process. Episode Resources: Follow Mathew on https://www.instagram.com/mbarnesart/ (Instagram), https://twitter.com/mbarnesart (Twitter), and https://www.linkedin.com/in/mathewbarnes/ (LinkedIn) https://www.mathewbarnesart.com/ (Mathew Barnes ) https://open.spotify.com/artist/4sg0H3qltIBMe0G25XjwUN (JT Donaldson | Spotify) https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Tyzp9KzpiZ04DABQoedps (Little Dragon | Spotify) https://open.spotify.com/artist/2bz6GlqjAN5fTFWvy0rmSP (Tall Black Guy | Spotify) https://open.spotify.com/artist/0Y4inQK6OespitzD6ijMwb (Freddie Gibbs | Spotify) http://www.mbarnesdesigns.com/ (Mathew Barnes ) https://www.artic.edu/artworks/87479/the-assumption-of-the-virgin (The Assumption of the Virgin | The Art Institute of Chicago) https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradjaphe/2020/05/22/pliny-the-elder-double-ipa-available-through-mail-delivery-craft-beer/?sh=14a468541a62https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradjaphe/2020/05/22/pliny-the-elder-double-ipa-available-through-mail-delivery-craft-beer/?sh=14a468541a62 (Pliny The Elder ) https://moonlightbrewing.com/products/death-taxes (Death & Taxes ) https://automattic.com/ (Automattic) Support this podcast
Aug 24 2021
48 mins
Identity and Transformation with Julia Fernandez and Jacob Hernandez
Welcome to day 4 of the Technically Speaking Podcast at the San Francisco Design Week. This time our host Harrison Wheeler talks remotely with Julia Fernandez and shares the stage with Jacob Hernandez to talk about the power of transformation. Julia is a Product Design Intern at Facebook and the Co-Creator of Students of UXD; Jacob’s current position is Senior Product Designer at LinkedIn on the Equity Team. Tune into this profound conversation around the power of design and its link to social justice, community building, and overall empowerment.  Jump straight into: (01:35) - Who are Julia Fernandez and Jacob Hernandez? Working from home, what they miss the most from pre-pandemic life and how they maintain life-work balance.  (12:55) - A student moving into the design world: Julia’s self-taught path into product and UX design and how the pandemic came as a blessing in disguise for her. (16:43) - Julia’s journey co-creating Students of UXD: How inclusion and social justice are fundamental to this community-building project.    (19:12) - Jacob’s background and his work on the LinkedIn Equity Team: How design can help create more equitable and accessible worlds. (25:44) - The power of community: Solving problems, recognizing intersectionality, and bringing our identities into design.  (31:35) - Bias and the default culture: What is equity and how it relates to work, companies, and opportunities.  (35:31) - A piece of advice: The journey of being an underrepresented person navigating into the design world.  (40:53) - Julia and Jacob’s perspective on transformation and how companies are changing for the better: “I see transformation as healing”. Episode Resources: Connect with Julia through https://www.linkedin.com/in/adesignwoman/ (LinkedIn), https://www.instagram.com/adesignwoman/?hl=es (Instagram), and https://www.tiktok.com/@adesignwoman (TikTok) Connect with Jacob through https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacobhernandez/ (LinkedIn) https://www.studentsofuxd.com/ (Students of UXD) https://automattic.com/ (Automattic) Support this podcast
Aug 17 2021
51 mins
User Experience Research Corner and Clubhouse
In this episode of the Technically Speaking podcast live on the SF Design Week, our host Harrison Wheeler talks to the UX Research Corner crew, a 30k+ follower Clubhouse room where they talk about the nuances and intricacies of the UX research field. Tune in and learn how these awesome women opened up the conversation on tech and built a community through such an innovative space as is Clubhouse.  Jump straight into: (01:35) - Who is the diverse crew from UX Corner? Favorite whiteboarding tools, future travel plans, and their go-to activities to relax.  (15:18) - The origin story of the UX Research Corner: Finding researchers and UX designers through Clubhouse. (21:23) - How they organize the conversation for every room: Structure, notes, surveys, and maintaining the topics fresh.  (24:33) - The impact of Clubhouse on everyone as individuals: Making friends, chemistry and stickiness. (28:51) - Women of color leading the discussion: On representation and how long it took for men to join the conversation. (33:11) - Opening up the conversation: On being vocal about processes, sharing experiences, and demystifying the field.  (39:59) - Reoccurring themes and what excites the crew about their work: The power of expression, passion, community, and perspective.  Episode Resources: https://www.notion.so/UX-Research-Corner-645e25d48e964ddeac6da325599dddf8https://www.notion.so/UX-Research-Corner-645e25d48e964ddeac6da325599dddf8v (UX Research Corner ) https://www.joinclubhouse.com/club/uxresearchcorner (UX Research Corner - Clubhouse ) https://twitter.com/uxrcorner (UXR Corner / Twitter ) https://automattic.com/ (Automattic) Support this podcast
Aug 10 2021
52 mins
The Revision Path with Maurice Cherry
It is the second day of Technically Speaking at the SF Design Week. Our host Harrison Wheeler takes the stage today to talk with Maurice Cherry, host and creator of the Revision Path Podcast, an award-winning weekly showcase of black designers, artists, developers, and digital creatives from all over the world. Join in and listen to Maurice talk about the design world, his journey creating this project, and the lessons he has learned from talking to over 400 guests on his show.  Jump straight into: (01:35) - All about Maurice’s background, Revision Path, and his time off decompressing and playing video games.  (08:08) - Maurices’ favorite podcasts, R&B and rap artists. (14:33) - A living legend! What is a “revision path” and how this iconic podcast was born to shine a light on black designers’ work.  (22:01) - Some stand-out guests of the podcast + the big lessons Maurice has learned after 400 episodes of Revision Path. (27:20) - The job environment for black designers and Maurice’s own journey into the design world starting out in Selma, Alabama.  (36:11) - Passing the torch: Where the Revision Path social work came from and where it is going in the future.  Episode Resources: Connect with Maurice through https://www.linkedin.com/in/mauricecherry/ (LinkedIn) https://mauricecherry.com/ (Maurice Cherry) https://revisionpath.com/ (Revision Path Podcast) https://automattic.com/ (Automattic) https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510310/npr-politics-podcast (NPR Politics Podcast) https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/socialdistance/ (Social Distance | The Atlantic) https://crooked.com/podcast-series/keep-it/ (Keep It | Crooked Media)  https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/ (Code Switch: NPR) https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jill-scott-presents-j-ill-the-podcast/id1539433618 (J.ill The Podcast) https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/truu-stowray/id1251156926 (Truu Stowray) https://www.20k.org/ (Twenty Thousand Hertz ) https://hbr.org/2018/01/podcast-ideacast (HBR IdeaCast Podcast) https://open.spotify.com/artist/6ueGR6SWhUJfvEhqkvMsVs (Janelle Monáe | Spotify) https://open.spotify.com/artist/5fbhwqYYh4YwUoEs582mq5 (The Spinners | Spotify) https://revisionpath.com/brent-rollins/ (Brent Rollins | Revision Path) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzqLtCR717c (Cheryl D. Miller: The History of “Where are the Black designers?”) Support this podcast
Aug 3 2021
45 mins
Wellness Through Storytelling with Mercy Bell and Alyssa Hart
In this first-ever Technically Speaking live stream from the SF Design Week, Harrison Wheeler talks on stage with Alyssa Hart and Mercy Bell, the creators of T4ke Care, a unique virtual wellness event and platform. Join in and listen to Mercy and Alyssa’s journey creating this beautiful multi-sensory project built on heartwarming human stories.  Jump straight into: (01:36) - Who are Mercy Bell and Alyssa Hart? The journey that led them into the wellness world and creating T4ke Care. (07:02) - What makes this wellness event unique? The audio and multi-sensory experience of T4ke Care. (11:37) -  The everyday storytellers of the true self-care journey and how Alyssa and Mercy captured these stories.  (17:15) - Lessons learned and the project’s future: The beauty of vulnerability and collaboration. (22:12) - Breaking down the story: The meta-tags to curate the experience and some of Alyssa’s and Mercy’s favorite stories.  (30:37) - From the corporate space to wellness: How to find and maintain balance. (36:06) - How can you be a part of the T4ke Care housewarming? (38;13) - Q&A time: The future of T4ke Care, how to contribute to the project, and Mercy's karaoke moment.    Episode Resources: Connect with Mercy through https://www.linkedin.com/in/mercybell/# (LinkedIn) Connect with Alyssa through https://www.linkedin.com/in/alyssamayhart/ (LinkedIn) https://www.instagram.com/brandonbehappy/ (Brandon Anthony ) https://www.instagram.com/weirdlittlelines/ (Weird Little Lines) https://automattic.com/ (Automattic) Support this podcast
Aug 3 2021
46 mins
Technically Speaking with Harrison Wheeler Trailer (Season 3)The First Year with Harrison WheelerInfluence from the Past, Present, and Future with Maurice Woods