Lance Shields

Payal Arora on Researching and Designing with the Global South

For episode 22 of the podcast, I was joined by my Adobe colleague Laura Herman, a user researcher for some of our mobile and emerging products in the creative space. As Laura and I are big fans of her work, we were excited to speak to Payal Arora, researcher, author, professor, and speaker. Her well-known…

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Jaime Levy on Keeping UX Strategy Relevant

I had a great time speaking with the author, university professor, and UX strategist Jaime Levy.  Her best-selling book UX Strategy: How to Devise Innovative Digital Products that People Want gets top results for UX on Amazon and has just come out in its second edition. I was excited to hear about her career and how…

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Philip Golub Shares His Design Journey and Starting a Design Podcast

In this 20th episode, I talk with Phillip Golub, VP, Digital Product Experience and Innovation at Symphony Talent, based in Washington, DC. He shares about his 25-year journey as an information architect, designer, and design leader at a number of companies including his own agency he started in college, Isobar, Amex, Sapient, and now Symphony…

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Tom Foley of Monotype on the World of Type Design

In this 19th episode, I talk with Tom Foley, Creative Type Director for Monotype, based in London. Tom reflects on his deep experience designing type in the past 10 years and how things have changed with the introduction of variable fonts, current type design tools, the technical side of modern type, the use of AI to…

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Matt Bennett Envisions A Marketplace for Local Trading to Help Communities Thrive During Covid

In this 18th episode, I talk with Matt Bennett, Founder & Creative Director at iid, a brand strategy & design agency headquartered in San Francisco. He is also a professor at Academy of Art University. Matt and I have known each other for more than two decades – first working together as art directors at…

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ECD at Ogilvy Shanghai, Darren Crawforth, Says Advertising in China Has Changed Dramatically During the Pandemic

In this 17th episode, I talk with Darren Crawforth, Executive Creative Director at Ogilvy Shanghai. Darren shared his experience going back to the office in China. He talks about the different mindset in China compared to other parts of the world and the infrastructure in China set up to manage the Coronavirus. As a creative…

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Esen Karol Shares About Design Culture in Istanbul and Her Work Creating It

I had a very inspiring chat with graphic designer, educator, cultural critic, and event organizer Esen Karol, who is based in Istanbul, Turkey. Esen shared her personal journey of becoming a type and graphic designer – starting as a young girl in Istanbul, getting her masters on a Fullbright at Pratt and teaching at Istanbul…

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Electrolux Chief Design Officer, Pernilla Johansson, Says Physical Distance is No Longer a Limitation

I was very fortunate to speak with Pernilla Johansson, Chief Design Officer at Electrolux, and based in Stockholm, Sweden. I enjoyed our very full discussion about her journey to becoming a design leader. She started her first job with Philips and it took her to 3 continents and 5 countries. Arriving in Singapore, and staying…

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Leandro Agro’: Experimental Zoom Backgrounds, the New Office Space and Tech to Bring People Closer

Leandro Agro‘, Design Director at Design Group Italia, shares his thoughts on ways to create more engaging collaborative video calls. He attempts to bridge the physical and digital by bringing in objects and green screen elements to create “stages” to make each online workshop truly unique. When I asked him for advice to designers, he…

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Learning the Value of Slowing Down

From interviewing designers for my podcast during COVID-19, one lesson really resonated with me—the value of slowing down. In the absence of the busy office setting, the lockdown has taught them and myself to slow down and reflect on what truly makes a difference in our lives. Whether this is spending time with family and partners,…

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