DESIGN NOTES with Dina Rodriguez of LetterShoppe - Design Notes

Thu Feb 04 2016

Full show notes: For the first episode of 2016 and the first episode ever streamed live on Twitch, I spoke with Dina Rodriguez of LetterShoppe. Dina is an artist with an amazing skill for hand-lettering and a penchant for sharing her knowledge in as many ways as possible, including her live Twitch stream at In this episode, we talked about getting inspiration, looking at projects from a new angle, the ins and outs of streaming creative work live, and the benefits of being transparent in your work. For the full rundown hit the link above.

Previous Episodes

Designer/author Dan Saffer & I dive deep into the theoretical UX questions and principles discussed in Dan's work. From what might make us uncomfortable about cooking a roast from across the planet, to the myth of invisible design, and how we might get a handle on the well of undiscovered functionality offered by voice interaction.
Design Notes is back, and for the 15th episode I spoke with Carla Diana, a designer who brings objects to life, translating complex human emotions to the limited (but growing) expressive palette available to social robots and sentient objects. In the episode, we cover the process of translating feelings like stress into lights and sounds, having conversations with autonomous vehicles, and whether our eventual robot companions will experience emotions (and a sense of self) that in any way map onto our own. Check out Carla's work at
This time I had a chat with Steve Selzer, Experience Design Manager at Airbnb. Originally I met Steve at MCE in Warsaw where he gave a talk on designing friction into products intentionally, an idea that sounds counterintuitive but one that highlights the importance of reflection and self-actualization in every experience. In the episode we covered the idea of humanity-centered design, how designers can think of themselves and their products in relation to a user's life, and how to avoid a dystopian on-demand future. After you listen to the episode, check out Steve's posts on Medium for more, and don't forget to share the episode if you like it :) Full show notes at Original illustration for album art by Christopher Delorenzo