Userability with Jared Spool & Robert Hoekman, Jr.

It’s a show title, not a typo! Userability was a short-run, free-wheeling call-in podcast where UXers from around the world phoned in to ask Jared Spool and Robert Hoekman, Jr. questions on the spot a wide range of user experience topics. One caller, one question, a handful of useful takeaways, and hopefully some fun throughout.

Episode #19 Be a Linchpin

July 14, 2010  ·  13 minutes

This week, calling in from beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah, is Grady Kelly. Grady is inspired by Seth Godin's new book, Linchpin. He wants to know how UX professionals can work to become indispensable team members and not just another cog in the machine.

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Episode #18 Is Virginia, Is Not Virginia

June 25, 2010  ·  11 minutes

Joe Sokohl calls in with a question about using distributed teams on UX projects. Robert Hoekman and Jared Spool have plenty to say on the topic!

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Episode #17 My Stylish Idaho

June 18, 2010  ·  13 minutes

Hugh Griffith from Boise asks Jared and Robert, what happens when you swap radio buttons and checkboxes with more stylish graphic replacements?

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Episode #16 Testing Without Solutions

June 4, 2010  ·  13 minutes

Our guest Jon Wold from Oslo brings up a really great point about test results: It’s hard to report on problems without providing suggestions for correcting the problems you observe in testing. Tune in to get Jared and Robert's suggestions on the topic.

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Episode #15 Going Social

April 30, 2010  ·  16 minutes

It seems we've failed to offend our international audience sufficiently, so this week we'll try again by chatting with Jay Vidyarthi, a designer hailing form Montréal, Québec, Canada. Jay is working on a project with social design aspects. He's helping design a site where the goal is to build "an involved and contributing community of users." He wants to know if there are any user experience techniques to encourage participation.

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Episode #14 Growing in UX

April 2, 2010  ·  16 minutes

This week, Mohammed Alaa calls in from Egypt with questions about convincing stakeholders of the value of UX and about improving his own UX skills. Robert Hoekman and Jared Spool are back with another episode of Userability!

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Episode #13 Renaissance Man

August 28, 2009  ·  24 minutes

This week we have our longest, and certainly one of our most interesting episodes to date. Jared and Robert met Joshua Muskovitz on the IxDA discussion list when Josh posted an innocent-enough question to the list: what do you call someone who sits squarely on the fence between interaction design and implementation? How do I market myself while job hunting when I have been in the industry so long that I have a really broad range of skills?

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Episode #12 Hot Link Placement

July 17, 2009  ·  15 minutes

This week a Tatum Dutile asks how many links should one have on a single page that all point to the same content?

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Episode #11 The Most Influential Books in UX

July 10, 2009  ·  14 minutes

This week a question from one of the world's most well-read cities fittingly enquires about the must-read books in design. Damon Dimmock asks Jared and Robert to recommend their top three books on design.

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Episode #10 Live from VTM09: Personas and iPhone Apps

June 18, 2009  ·  13 minutes

A special episode recorded live from Voices That Matter 2009 conference, with two audience questions!

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