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Design Chat with Josh

56 EpisodesProduced by Joshua ReachWebsite

Hosted by Joshua Reach—a sunshine loving multidisciplinary designer—Design Chat with Josh is a series about anything and everything design related. You’ll hear insight, opinions, and debates on topics around UX design, graphic design, web design, professional development, and a whole lot more. Suppo… read more

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S2 EP53: Lessons from Video Game UI

February 19th, 2021


This episode I share some of the interesting lessons I’ve learned or was reminded of while consuming way more video games than usual (thanks to the pandemic). These lessons are things that can help remind us how to …

S2 EP52: Designer Egos

January 20th, 2021


[Explicit] This episode we dive into the minds of the ego-driven designer. Something that isn’t just for one type of designer either, but both graphic and product designers.


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S2 EP51: Designing for Seniors

December 8th, 2020


This episode is all about designing for senior citizens! One of the most rewarding and challenging (also really fun) groups of people to design digital products for. This audio version of my Medium article dives into …

S2 EP50: Product Design Software

November 14th, 2020


This episode marks the official return and Season 2 of Design Chat with Josh! That’s right! After some lovely responses to the special episode earlier in the year, I’ve resurrected the podcast. This episode is all about …

Special 2020 Episode

August 29th, 2020


I'm back with a special 2020 episode to talk about the design industry and being a designer in these really strange times. This year has been tough for all of us, and some have felt the pain of the pandemic more than …

[Teaser] Special 2020 Episode

August 26th, 2020


I’m coming back to the mic with a special episode of Design Chat with Josh to talk about 2020, the changes to the industry, and some words of encouragement during this weird year.


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Final Episode: Accessibility

November 14th, 2019


In this final episode I talk about accessibility and why it matters to every designer. I also share some of the top things I keep in mind when I’m designing to strive for better usability by virtually everyone, no …

Episode 46: Presenting Your Work

November 5th, 2019


This episode is all about presenting your work to make it sell. From client or internal stakeholder presentations, to portfolio showcases - I share …

Episode 45: Finding Your “Why”

October 19th, 2019


This episode was inspired by the amazing Evolve Design Conference last weekend for Phoenix Design Week. I talk about “finding your why” or finding …

Bonus Episode: Phoenix Design Week 2019 Events

October 6th, 2019


Phoenix Design Week is just around the corner and with the full agenda of speakers and events, I wanted to share what was going to be happening …

Episode 44: Why You Shouldn’t Pursue a Career in UX

October 5th, 2019


This episode is not here to crush dreams, it’s to help take a look in the mirror and ask if you really want to take on the world of product. I share some of the tough questions I had to ask myself before finding out I …

Episode 43: Graphic Design Skills That Help with UX

September 22nd, 2019


This episode I break down the million dollar question: What skills has a graphic designer can directly help and translate to UX design? This episode …

Episode 42: What is CX?

September 8th, 2019


This episode I talk about what the heck CX is any why it is not something exclusive to us UX designers.


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Episode 41: Common UI Mistakes

August 24th, 2019


This episode is all about mistakes a lot of us designers make when creating a user interface. From lack of hierarchy to poor color usage, I share …

Episode 40: My Favorite Podcasts of 2019

August 9th, 2019


For episode 40 I’m showing a little love for the podcasts that have helped shape me as a designer, and then some that are just fun to listen to. [Complete List: The Crazy One | What is Wrong with UX | Design Matters …

Episode 39: Hobbies

July 27th, 2019


This week’s episode is all about hobbies - non-design hobbies - and why they’re important to us as designers!


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Episode 38: Leadership Lessons

July 11th, 2019


This episode is all about little lessons I’ve learned from some of the amazing leadership I’ve worked with over the years. These things stuck with me and someday I hope to carry them on to a team that I will lead and …

Episode 37: Daily User Observations

July 1st, 2019


Episode 37 is all about going the extra mile and conducting your own mini user surveys in everyday life. I talk a bit about why watching people …

Episode 36: Marketing vs. Product

June 24th, 2019


This episode is one that I’ve been pretty excited to talk about. Having 10 years of marketing design experience and then switching to product design - I have a unique perspective (and empathy) for each of those teams. …

Episode 35: UI Design at the Right Time

June 8th, 2019


In this episode I talk about when UI design should be brought into the design process and why it’s still critical to focus on for a successful …

Episode 34: Phoenix Design Week with Mike Marinello & Ryan Lowry

June 2nd, 2019


This week’s special episode has two fantastic guests - Mike Marinello (Director of Phoenix Design Week) and Ryan Lowry (Design Lead at Ideas …

Episode 33: Top Product & UX Books (Part 1)

May 23rd, 2019


This episode is a series of mini reviews on my favorite product and UX books I’ve been reading lately. I talk about what value each of these books brought to me as a designer and why I highly recommend them. Here’s the …

Episode 32: Switching to a UX Mindset

May 14th, 2019


In this episode I go into greater detail about the critical mindset change you must go through if you’re a graphic designer moving into UX design. …

Episode 31: Prototypes

May 4th, 2019


Let’s talk about prototypes! In this episode, I share the importance of prototyping and why every product designer should be creating and testing …

Episode 30: Designing for the Colorblind

April 27th, 2019


Happy 30th episode! This week’s topic is personal for me: colorblindness. I talk about why color matters in our designs, what types of colorblindness …

Episode 29: My First Year as a UX Designer

April 18th, 2019


This month marks my first official year as a UX designer! So, what has it been like transitioning from the graphic design world to the product design world? Brace yourself, because there’s a lot to talk about in this …

Episode 28: Random Thoughts of a UX Designer Part 2

April 5th, 2019


In part 2 of random thoughts from a UX designer, I thank about paper vs digital prototypes, benefits of understanding Scrum and Product Management …

Bonus Episode: Creating a Design Podcast

March 30th, 2019


Whoa! A special bonus episode!? That’s right! This episode is answering a lot of questions that many of you had around creating your own podcast. Truth is, it’s easier than you think. So listen on for tips on creating …

Episode 27: Understanding True Empathy

March 27th, 2019


Empathy is a term thrown around a lot in the product design world, but what is it really and are we truly empathizing with our users? This episode I …

Episode 26: Designing for Foldable Screens

March 20th, 2019


I’m super excited about foldable screens on phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, but what does that mean for us designers? How do …

Episode 25: Product Design vs. Project Design

March 14th, 2019


In this episode I talk about the difference between true product design and the reality of project design. Also a little on how product teams should …

Episode 24: How to Stay Inspired

March 9th, 2019


Being inspired is a big part of our daily lives as designers, but how do we continue that inspiration? How do we reignite inspiration when the flame has started to fizzle out? In this episode I share some of the ways …

Episode 23: Should Designers Learn to Code?

February 27th, 2019


I answer the age old question that, for some reason, we are still asking in 2019: Should is designers learn to code? The answer is...complicated, but …

Episode 22: Taking Control of Your Time

February 20th, 2019


We often feel like there’s not enough time to do everything (and in most cases there isn’t), but how should designers take charge of their time so we …

Episode 21: Sharing Your Design Knowledge

February 12th, 2019


This episode is all about making yourself a little uncomfortable and putting your thoughts & ideas out to the world as a designer. Content can be …

Episode 20: The Most Important Part of the UX Process

February 6th, 2019


In this episode I chat about what is the most important part of our beloved UX process. The answer might not be what you expected.


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Episode 19: Dealing with Creative Blocks

January 31st, 2019


Today was one of those days - a creative block hit. In this episode I talk about those nasty blocks and how I’ve dealt with them in the past, and present.


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Episode 18: Turning Language Barriers Into Learning Experiences

January 23rd, 2019


In this episode I talk about experimenting with apps that aren't in your language and testing designs with users far outside your userbase - to an international level.


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Episode 17: Designing for Voice

January 15th, 2019


In this episode I’m all jazzed up about design for voice. With the rise of AI assistants and voice tech, there’s a growing need for good voice experiences. So how do we design for what we can’t see?


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Episode 16: Design Trends of 2019

January 1st, 2019


Happy New Year! In this episode I talk about some of the exciting trends I think we should be aware of in 2019!


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Episode 15: Dos and Don’ts of Mobile Design

December 21st, 2018


In this episode I share some do’s and don’ts I’ve learned about mobile design this year.


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Episode 14: A Newbie Perspective of Agile Workflows

December 12th, 2018


In this episode I try to explain what agile is and how I thought “scrum master” was a made-up title. Get ready for the unfiltered viewpoint of someone who’s fairly new to agile!


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Episode 13: Random Thoughts of a UX Designer (Part 1)

December 7th, 2018


In this episode, I talk in 5 minutes or less about random thoughts as a product designer. This grab bag episode is all the things that may not be a …

Episode 12: Usability is Sexy

December 3rd, 2018


In this episode I talk about the shift in perception we should have when it comes to what is sexy in design (Hint: it should be usability).


Episode 11: Designer Imposter Syndrome

November 29th, 2018


An often discussed topic: designers and imposter syndrome. In this episode I talk about what it is, some personal experiences with it, and how to professionally handle imposter syndrome as a designer.


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Episode 10: How to Deal with Not Having Enough Designers

November 9th, 2018


In this episode I talk about the experience a lot of us go through: how to work on a team that doesn’t have enough designers. It’s a blessing and a curse all at once, but what are some ways to work with what you got?


Episode 9: Why Car UI Sucks

November 6th, 2018


In this episode I talk about two things I love: cars and design, and rant about why I think infotainment systems in cars are poorly designed to the point of being dangerous.


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Episode 8: Perfect vs. Done

October 25th, 2018


In this episode I talk about why it’s more important to get things done vs. getting hung up on perfection with our designs.


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Episode 7: Should Designers Have Their Own Style?

October 14th, 2018


In this episode we discuss whether designers should have their own visual style in the work they produce, or should it be agnostic and follow the …

Episode 6: Why We Need Design Research

October 10th, 2018


In this episode I chat about research in the design world and why it's important, when we need it, and how to use it.


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Episode 5: Designing with Marketing & Sales

October 1st, 2018


In this episode I share why creative should always be allied with marketing & sales, instead of the common route of division.


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Episode 4: Is Design School Worth It?

September 17th, 2018


In light if the recent announcement of The Art Institute closing several campuses, I talk about whether design school is really worth it.


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Episode 3: Public Speaking as a Designer

September 9th, 2018


In this 3rd episode, I talk about public speaking in all forms, and how to get better at it as a designer.


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Episode 2: The Truth About Design Conferences

September 2nd, 2018


In this second episode I discuss whether or not design conferences are worth the money, and if so, how to pay for them on a tight budget.


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Episode 1: Welcome to the World of Product Design

August 28th, 2018


In this first episode of Design Chat with Josh, I talk about the difference between visual and product design. We also dive into what to know before jumping into product design as a former graphic designer.


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Design Chat with Josh - Trailer

August 27th, 2018


Welcome to a podcast about all things design! Product design, UX design, UI design, interaction design, graphic design, marketing, branding - you name it, this podcast you s probably going to be talking about it. I’m …

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