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23 EpisodesProduced by Tom Cunningham, Craig PhillipsWebsite

A podcast about working in design.

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22. Content & Conversational Design with Grace Hughes, Fjord

July 1st, 2020


Content is integral to good quality products and services, but doesn't always get the attention it deserves. In this episode Grace Hughes, Content …

21. Research and Plan your career with Sinead Davis Cochrane, Workday

May 4th, 2020


In this episode Tom sits down with Sinéad Davis Cochrane, a User Experience Manager at Workday, where she lead a team of designers and researchers. We discuss her education, career path from researcher to manager and …

20. Looking After Yourself - From Burnout to Pandemic

March 23rd, 2020


It's been a while, but we're back!

After taking a few months off from the podcast, Craig and Tom are back in the saddle to discuss the state of being a designer (and person) in troubling times. We discuss Tom's …

19: Baking your Design Roll

October 15th, 2019


Helping designers have more fulfilling careers is like being a baker. An artisanal bread baker, where the designer is the dough in your hands. Or …

18. Making a Design Podcast

September 24th, 2019


With over 700,000 podcasts in the world, why make another one?

Early in 2019, Tom and Craig decided to get together to create Opacity, a podcast framed around the general topic of working in design. 18 episodes and 8 …

17. Dazed & Composed

September 3rd, 2019


Is composure underrated?

One thing's for sure. Working nicely with others can be a challenge. And when we lose our composure, we can lose a lot more …

16. Is anyone a designer?

August 13th, 2019


How do you feel when you hear these statements and questions? 

  • Everyone's a designer
  • Should designers code?
  • Jay-Z is a member of the Illuminati

15: Time & Energy

July 30th, 2019


Time and energy are the elusive fuel for projects, both personal and professional. In this episode Craig and Tom discuss their thoughts on how to deal with finite resources and getting things done.

Thanks for …

14: Kim Lenox, Zendesk

July 2nd, 2019


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


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


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


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


'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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …


January 5th, 2019


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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