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.

Meet the Hosts

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Jared Spool  ·  @jmspool

Jared Spool took UX to a new level in 1988 when he launched UIE. And by, "to a new level," we mean "validated UX as a vital component of our work, then spent the next 25 years conducting research and writing tirelessly to keep validating it."

Fortunately, for users everywhere, his continued efforts are still paying off.

Jared often can be found onstage, where he captivates crowds with stunning data that reveal how UX can affect a company’s bottom line. He's helped thousands of companies worldwide to increase their profits, identify interaction failures, and integrate UX research and design into their product development cycles.

Reaching designers is a priority, too—aside from these virtual seminars, Jared and the UIE team organize annual conferences chock full of hands-on, practical workshops led by the best industry minds around.

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Robert Hoekman, Jr.  ·  @rhjr

Our research has shown that tools, such as interaction design frameworks, need to be essential components of every designer's toolbox. And we can't think of anybody who has thought more about these frameworks than Robert Hoekman, Jr., founder of the design firm Miskeeto.

For the last year, Robert has been thoroughly documenting frameworks as he works on his upcoming book, Web Anatomy: Interaction Design Frameworks That Work, which he's co-authoring with our own Jared Spool. He's also been touring the world, explaining to teams just like yours on exactly how they can get them most out of frameworks and create designs that delight and are loved.

To read a recent article Robert wrote on IxD frameworks, click here.

Of course, before that, Robert's vast background includes writing two of the best design books we think have ever been published, Designing the Obvious and Designing the Moment. He's also worked on projects for Seth Godin's Squidoo, Adobe, Automattic (the WordPress folks), United Airlines, and dozens of other great organizations.