• Summary

  • 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.
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  • Leadership, Individuality, and Balance with Aastha Gaur

    Sep 9 2021
    In this episode of Technically Speaking, our host Harrison Wheeler talks to UX Director at Google Aastha Gaur. She takes us on a journey through the different teams she’s been a part of in Google, how the insides of this enormous company work, and the story of how she got into UX Design and leadership. Join this conversation and have a sneak peek into the job of the people who make our online user experience flow effortlessly in our day-to-day!  Jump straight into: (01:35) - Aastha’s work as UX Director at Google: Working at a huge scale to support customers throughout the globe.  (03:51) - The four pillars of UX execution: How Google’s team performs at a high level and Aastha’s leadership management.  (10:51) - How much influence can a UX designer have on Google?: The roadmap for creativity inside a giant decentralized company.  (15:09) - How Aastha got into design: Her journey optimizing for day-to-day happiness. (23:10) - Challenging stereotypes and staying true: Aastha’s Indian background and her identity as a designer. (26:56) - How to maintain balance in and out of work: Brunch, dancing, and feminine energy in Corporate America.  (32:42) - A piece of advice for designers building their careers: Dive into the power of divergent thinking!   Episode Resources: Connect with Aastha through https://www.linkedin.com/in/aasthagaur/ (LinkedIn) https://automattic.com/ (Automattic) https://aasthagaur.com/ (Aastha Gaur) Support this podcast
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    36 mins
  • Technically Speaking with Harrison Wheeler Trailer (Season 4)

    Aug 31 2021
    The next season of Technically Speaking is on the way featuring http://www.maylikhoe.com/ (May-Li Khoe), Co -Founder Maker Space http://www.mbarnesdesigns.com/ (Mathew Barnes) - Design Director, AWS https://aasthagaur.com/journal (Aastha Gaur) - Design Director, Google https://www.daviddylanthomas.com/ (David Dylan Thomas) - Author, Design For Cognitive Bias https://twitter.com/rayf__ (Rafe Chisolm) - Senior Designer, Twitter https://preston.so/ (Preston So) - Author, Voice Content and Usability https://www.davidhoang.com/newsletter (David Hoang) - Design Director, Webflow https://www.linkedin.com/in/beauvward/ (Dominique Ward) - Head of Design Operations, Atlassian https://asianjay.com/ (Jay Demitillo) - Design Lead, Grab Singapore https://www.mauricecherry.com/ (Maurice Cherry) - Founder, Revision Path In the trailer, you'll hear excerpts from Dominique Ward, David Dylan Thomas, May-Li Khoe, Rafe Chisom, David Hoang, and Preston So. New episodes release every Tuesday. This season is sponsored by https://automattic.com/ (Automattic) Support this podcast
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    13 mins
  • The Creative Process with Mathew Barnes

    Aug 24 2021
    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 https://www.instagram.com/mbarnesart/ (Instagram), https://twitter.com/mbarnesart (Twitter), and https://www.linkedin.com/in/mathewbarnes/ (LinkedIn) https://www.mathewbarnesart.com/ (Mathew Barnes ) https://open.spotify.com/artist/4sg0H3qltIBMe0G25XjwUN (JT Donaldson | Spotify) https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Tyzp9KzpiZ04DABQoedps (Little Dragon | Spotify) https://open.spotify.com/artist/2bz6GlqjAN5fTFWvy0rmSP (Tall Black Guy | Spotify) https://open.spotify.com/artist/0Y4inQK6OespitzD6ijMwb (Freddie Gibbs | Spotify) http://www.mbarnesdesigns.com/ (Mathew Barnes ) https://www.artic.edu/artworks/87479/the-assumption-of-the-virgin (The Assumption of the Virgin | The Art Institute of Chicago) https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradjaphe/2020/05/22/pliny-the-elder-double-ipa-available-through-mail-delivery-craft-beer/?sh=14a468541a62https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradjaphe/2020/05/22/pliny-the-elder-double-ipa-available-through-mail-delivery-craft-beer/?sh=14a468541a62 (Pliny The Elder ) https://moonlightbrewing.com/products/death-taxes (Death & Taxes ) https://automattic.com/ (Automattic) Support this podcast
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    49 mins

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