Opacity

15 EpisodesProduced by Tom Cunningham, Craig Phillips

A podcast about working in design.

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14: Kim Lenox, Zendesk

July 2nd, 2019

50:26

Kim Lenox currently heads up the product design organization at Zendesk, a global company that builds software for the best customer experiences. She is responsible for driving strategic priorities and scaling the …

13. Before we were designers

June 18th, 2019

37:16

The jobs that we've had in the past shape the professionals we become. No matter how mundane, low paid, or seemingly inconsequential. 

A recent twitter dot com trend had people from far and wide sharing 5 past jobs they …

12: Don't be an Asshole, says Paul Woods

May 14th, 2019

1:00:48

Has your mother ever told you to not be an asshole? In case not, this episode should do the trick. 

Paul Woods is Chief Creative Officer at the …

11: Banking on Research, with Lar Veale

May 1st, 2019

50:57

If you know Lar Veale, and his current role at the bank AIB, then you know the title of this week's episode is a pun. 

If you don't know Lar, this is …

10: Learn by Doing

April 16th, 2019

29:04

'Twas a dark and stormy night in Dublin...

Tune into this week's episode to hear Tom tell a riveting tale of a disaster corrected by the power of DIY. 

Experience makes life bigger. It expands our worldview. People …

9: Colman Walsh, UX Design Institute

April 2nd, 2019

37:07

Colman Walsh's head has been in UX design education for the past decade. Who better to continue our design education topic from episode 4?

In 2013 he …

8: Imposter Syndrome, with Aoife O'Dwyer

March 19th, 2019

1:02:46

Raise your hand if you've ever felt like an imposter. 🤚

Imposter Syndrome is something we're all familiar with. Maybe a bit too familiar. It shows its face across industries, but for creative professionals it's …

7: Pete Bowker, CEO of Glug

March 5th, 2019

43:37

This is exciting. Did I say how excited I am? We've hit episode 7, and are bringing on a new format with special guests.  

In this episode I had the privilege of chatting with Pete Bowker, CEO of Glug. We talked about …

6: What's in a Process?

February 26th, 2019

36:24

What's in a process? That which we call design, by any other name would still smell as sweet.

What's design process, and what's the value in …

5: Expectations of the Modern Designer

February 19th, 2019

38:46

We started this episode with a simple question. "What's expected of the modern designer?" Turns out it's the perfect topic to uncover rabbit holes. 

4: The Design of Design Interviews

February 12th, 2019

33:18

Interviewing is a gentle dance. A staged performance where the interviewer and interviewee meet on the battlefield of employability. In other words, it's hard on both sides of the table.

Design challenges are a common …

3: What's the Future of Design Education?

February 5th, 2019

43:28

Should designers learn? Yes, yes they should. But the real question is how. How should designers learn their craft? What prepares a designer and …

2: Hot/Mild Takes on the Year to Come

January 29th, 2019

36:51

What does the future hold? We all have opinions on where the coming year will take us. Tom and Craig are no exception. In this episode the guys …

1: Experience Design—High Horses & Reality Checks

January 22nd, 2019

34:58

Welcome to the first ever episode of Opacity!

Tom and Craig go down a variety of rabbit holes as they think out loud about experience design. Craig …

Trailer

January 5th, 2019

1:21

Welcome to Opacity, a podcast about working in design.


What does it mean to be a designer? As a craft, design lives and grows. But with growth comes complexity. 


Designers today are often navigating their career paths …

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