Let's Make Mistakes
Summary: Mike and Leah talk about design, with a lot of tangents along the way.
Mike and Leah are joined in the studio by David McCreath to talk about the state of podcasting and what it'll take to reach escape velocity.
Mike and Leah talk about what happens when company culture starts developing around you. And why it's ok for Mike to hate enforced company fun.
Mike and Leah talk about design trends: Why something you have to have today is the thing you can't stand tomorrow. What's the point of trends and how can we think about them differently? We talk about focusing on how much a product earns rather than focusing on whether it's a total piece of crap. Also? Lunch meat. Trust us.
Mike and Leah answer listener mail about project managers and Mike goes off on calendars, which all suck. Also, a Leah sneeze gets captured on tape for the first time ever. Trust me on this, it’s better than a Bigfoot sighting.
Mike and Leah are joined by the fabulous Jared Spool to talk about the misconception of generalists, specialists, and why the two are not what you think they are.
Mike and Leah answer reader mail; a reader asks how one manages to behave one way in some places and another way in others. Mike gets kind of irritated and then introduces people to the idea of context-switching. Which, duh, OBVIOUSLY. Classic Mike. We also discuss Mike and Erika speaking at AEA Seattle. And Jared Spool’s brilliance. Classic Jared.
Mike and Leah answer reader mail. A listener, let's call him Bob, I guess, writes in about how he fires 50% of his clients. Mike goes nuts. We go over his reasons for doing it and figure out how he could have handled the situation better.
Jason Shellen, part of the original Google Reader team, joins Mike and Leah to talk about the recent announcement of Readers’ death sentence. We also discuss why Reader and RSS get conflated, whether the window for consumer adoption of RSS has passed (spoiler: It has), and whether social media is the right tool to carry the upcoming load. We also find out what Jason is up to now.
Matt Honen joins Mike and Leah to discuss whether anything is really private online, the new Path, the old Flickr, and the ever-frustrating Facebook.
Mike and Leah talk about hiring: when to hire, how to find amazing people for the job you have available, and what happens when your hiring choice turns out to surprise you in a big way.
Mike and Leah tackle two great reader questions. We talk about communication between clients and designers, and what happens when clients don't communicate the way a designer might prefer. We also explain the value of research in the design process, meaning we talk about how awesome Leah is.
In a very special episode, Mike and Leah talk about anxiety in the workplace. We discuss ways to help yourself -- and others -- get through the panicky feelings so they can go back to breathing and getting work done.
With Macworld in town, Mike and Leah take an opportunity to hang out with two big nerds.
Mike and Leah talk about how to handle situations where clients change the terms of engagement during a project.
Mike and Leah talk about inspiration. Where it comes from. How to sustain it. And how to not fall into the fallacy of "waiting for it to strike."