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.

Designing for safety with Eva PenzeyMoog
6d ago
Designing for safety with Eva PenzeyMoog
Eva PenzeyMoog is the author of "Design for Safety," the founder of The Inclusive Safety Project, and the principal designer at 8th Light. She is a strong supporter of protecting the weakest, particularly when it comes to interpersonal violence. In this episode, we addressed design ethics, how technology may harm other people, and the most frequent and alarming violations. Join along and learn more about how the Process for Inclusive Safety may be able to resolve the problem. Jump straight into: (01:43)  - Introducing Eva Penzey Moog: Her journey to protecting the most vulnerable and how technology contributes to domestic violence.   (06:36) - The possible technological angle for policy is to begin connecting vulnerable groups with technology. (10:02) - Eva's book 'Designed for Safety' explores the uncomfortable topic of people in technology causing harm and how to address this issue through a safety process. (16:40) - The most efficient and quick method of implementing the process for inclusive safety. (19:24) - The three most common and very concerning tech violation issues. (23:07) - New technologies like Metaverse, NFTs, and cryptocurrency have the potential to reproduce injustices in a system without regulations. (26:24) - More about Eva’s Inclusive Safety Project: a space to educate about preventing tech from facilitating domestic violence and other interpersonal harm.   Episode Resources: Connect with Eva through (Twitter) and (LinkedIn).  Eve PenzeyMood |  (Homepage). The Inclusive Safety Project |   (Homepage).  Book (Design for Safety)
Recognizing transferable skills and creating equitable out comes with Chris Thoms
Jun 21 2022
Recognizing transferable skills and creating equitable out comes with Chris Thoms
Episode description In this episode of Technically Speaking, the Experience Designer at NWEA (and my Clubhouse friend) Chris Thoms joins the show to unravel the events that led him into the creative business after dedicating his life to soccer coaching. We touch upon the value of transferable skills and creating safe spaces to reframe the conversations inside a work environment. Plus, he shares how he got in touch with the children and communities that he is designing for and how that is part of his purpose. Jump straight into: (01:18) - From soccer fields to experience design: Discussing biased preferences and systemic racism within sports coaching, design industry and entrepreneurship. (11:23) - The offseason: Get to know more about Chris’ life and the events that led him to the creative business. (21:01) -  Switching industries: Why it’s important that all companies recognize transferable skills? (25:48) - The landmark work: How does Chris approach design and the creation of equitable outcomes? (32:32) - Safe spaces in business: How does Chris enable safe spaces for opinion and power inside his work environment? (36:42) - Aggressive collaboration and teamwork: On locker room communication, reframing conversations and individual success.   Episode Resources: Connect with Chris through (LinkedIn), (Instagram) and (Twitter) (Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design) by Kat Holmes (NWEA)
Chaotic good with Timothy Bardlavens
Jun 7 2022
Chaotic good with Timothy Bardlavens
Timothy Bardlavens is a Product Design leader that works to combat misinformation and harmful content inside Meta apps. In this episode, Timothy has some interesting advice and views around chaotic-good leadership, transparency and accountability. Join us while we discover more about how integrity manifests itself organizationally and within a product inside Meta! Jump straight into: (01:13) - Introducing Timothy Bardlaves: Learn how this chaotic good soul is battling misinformation and harmful content on Meta platforms. (10:40) - A celebration of Black art: How is Timothy approaching his new house renovation? (14:39) - Where are Timothy’s aspirations focused on? What attracts him to leadership roles? (20:06) - The multiplier effect: What are other ways to evaluate good leadership impact that aren’t necessarily based on deliverables? (24:07) - The balance between being a counselor and a coach: What’s Timothy’s best advice for aspiring managers? (26:05) - Transparency and openness: How does integrity manifest itself organizationally and within a product inside Meta? (30:39) -  Safe for the individuals (and the leaders): How does Timothy envision building equitable organizations in 2022? How does that show up in Meta? (37:30) - Building an All-Black team: How was it for Timothy to demonstrate to the world the power of a work team formed exclusively by black people? (41:18) - Timothy's advice for people looking to find their voice (and why he finds his job so energizing). Episode Resources: Connect with Timothy through (LinkedIn), (Instagram) and (Twitter)
Creativity, Building SuperFriendly, and Design Systems with Dan Mall
May 10 2022
Creativity, Building SuperFriendly, and Design Systems with Dan Mall
The Creative Director Dan Mall joins the show to talk about his career path and the moments that led him to start SuperFriendly, his own agency that is all about design systems. Dan shares his ethos and explains why he considers himself as an intentional person. We explore some of the key moments within the foundation of SuperFriendly and we talk about the practices that companies value the most when it comes to working with agencies. Listen and discover what design agencies and Hollywood movies have in common! Jump straight into: (01:33) - Introducing Dan Mall: A family man and professional leader who believes that everyone is creative. (06:52) - Icebreaker questions: A day in Dan’s life, his latest obsession and why people describe him as intentional. (13:52) -  “People value design”: Dan’s background, influences and events that got him into design. (19:35) - What is SuperFriendly? Get to know Dan’s agency model and why it’s similar to Hollywood. (22:48) - A decade in the business: Exploring some of the key moments within the foundation of SuperFriendly. (31:54) - “Narrow positioning draws more clients”: What is SuperFriendly's main focus in 2022? (36:19) - A centralized-package-managed-version-controlled-software-product: The evolution of SuperFriendly’s concept for design systems throughout the years. (43:01) - Try to help people: What is Dan looking forward to in the following years? When is his next book being published?   Episode Resources: Connect with Dan through (LinkedIn) and (Twitter) (Dan Mall | Homepage) (SuperFriendly) (Thinking is Work - Dan Eden) (Design is the Rendering of Intent - Jared M. Spool)
The Internet is a 'Fad,' Filling the Void, The Origin Story of 'Where Are Black Designers with Maurice Cherry
Nov 9 2021
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 (LinkedIn) (Maurice Cherry) (Revision Path) (Where Are The Black Designers?) (RECOGNIZE) (Automattic)
Value-Based Decision Making, Hiring with a Growth Mindset, and Design for Cognitive Bias with David Dylan Thomas.
Oct 26 2021
Value-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 (LinkedIn) and (Twitter) Sign up for David’s newsletter (here) (Design for Cognitive Bias) by David Dylan Thomas (The Cognitive Bias Podcast) (Iris Bohnet | What Works: Gender Equality by Design) (A Book Apart) (Rebuild Black Business) (Automattic)
From Agency to In-house and How UX Relates To Branding with Mathew Barnes
Oct 12 2021
From 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 (Instagram)  (Mathew Barnes) (Automattic)
East vs West Working Culture and the Bamboo Ceiling with Jason Demetillo
Oct 5 2021
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 (LinkedIn), (Twitter), and ( Instagram). (Jason Demetillo) (Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling by Jane Hyun) Traces | (Apple Podcast) | (Spotify) (AUTOMATTIC)
Design Operations, Systems, and Service Design with Dominique Ward
Sep 28 2021
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 (LinkedIn) (AUTOMATTIC) (Meredith Black Brant // Design Ops) (Clubhouse | DesignOps Corner)
Voice Content and Usability with Preston So
Sep 21 2021
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 (LinkedIn) (Preston.so) (Automattic) (Decoupled Drupal in Practice by Preston So ) (Gatsby The Definitive Guide by Preston So)  (Immersive Content Strategy by Preston So)
The Creative Process with Mathew Barnes
Aug 24 2021
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 (Instagram), (Twitter), and (LinkedIn) (Mathew Barnes ) (JT Donaldson | Spotify) (Little Dragon | Spotify) (Tall Black Guy | Spotify) (Freddie Gibbs | Spotify) (Mathew Barnes ) (The Assumption of the Virgin | The Art Institute of Chicago) (Pliny The Elder ) (Death & Taxes ) (Automattic)