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Technically Speaking with Harrison Wheeler

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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.

58 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

The First Step: Stephen Green's Lessons Learned as an Entrepreneur and Investor

March 14th, 2023


What does it take to start a business? Is it by having the money or by having investors? Does it depend on having social capital? Or both?

Would you …

Inclusive technical writing with Dr. Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq

February 28th, 2023



Did you know that technical writing is all around us?

From manuals, recipes, to tribal codified values, they have served as guides and …

Design systems, working with engineers, and object-oriented UX, with Principal Designer Keith Rich

February 14th, 2023



Wouldn’t it be nice to do every day for our careers the same thing that brought us joy when we were kids?

Keith Rich was able to do this by …

Stretching the bounds of creativity and Advancing Women in Technology with Mindy Duong

January 31st, 2023



Mic test. 1, 2, 3.

You know, this interview should have been done in between karaoke songs. Why? Because Harrison and his guest share a love …

Stranger Creatives mindful approach to building an equitable design practice with Steven Wakabayashi

January 17th, 2023



If you were told you were about to die, how would you respond? Steven Wakabayashi didn’t wait long to use it as opportunity to turn his …

Healing, quarantine scheming, and HmntyCntrd with Vivianne Castillo

January 3rd, 2023



One positive thing about the pandemic is quarantine scheming.

Many innovative ideas were born out of it, one of which is HmntyCntrd. What the industry needs are finally being addressed, thanks to Vivianne Castillo …

Building Community with David Silva

October 3rd, 2022


David Silva is a web developer and founder of Techqueria, the largest community of Latinx professionals in the tech industry, with over 18,000 members. In this episode, we explore his tech path, from learning to code as …

How to lead and what we got wrong about imposter syndrome with Temi Adeniyi

September 20th, 2022


Temi Adeniyi is a design leader and product designer who’s making wonderful things for the internet. In this episode, she takes us through her …

Reimagining design with Kevin Bethune

August 30th, 2022


Kevin Bethune is an author, designer, and entrepreneur. He is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Dreams Design + Life, an agency that offers design and innovation services with a human-centered approach. In this …

Freelancing and leaning into your own style with Monique Wray

August 15th, 2022


Technically Speaking is a podcast by Harrison Wheeler about BIPOC designers, entrepreneurs & technologists sharing their unique stories of …

Designing for safety with Eva PenzeyMoog

August 3rd, 2022


Eva PenzeyMoog is the author of "Design for Safety," the founder of The Inclusive Safety Project, and the principal designer at 8th Light. She is a …

Recognizing transferable skills and creating equitable out comes with Chris Thoms

June 21st, 2022


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In this episode of Technically Speaking, the Experience Designer at NWEA (and my Clubhouse friend) Chris Thoms joins the show to unravel the events that led him into the creative business after …

Chaotic good with Timothy Bardlavens

June 7th, 2022


Timothy Bardlavens is a Product Design leader that works to combat misinformation and harmful content inside Meta apps. In this episode, Timothy has …

Designing your career and embracing the individual contributor role with Catt Small

May 24th, 2022


Catt Small is a cat lover, karaoke singer, writer, and gamer. She’s currently leading the design of Goals at Asana and in this episode, we go deep into her vision of design management and the key elements to building a …

Creativity, Building SuperFriendly, and Design Systems with Dan Mall

May 10th, 2022


The Creative Director Dan Mall joins the show to talk about his career path and the moments that led him to start SuperFriendly, his own agency that is all about design systems. Dan shares his ethos and explains why he …

New Principles, Open Environments and Design Beyond Screens with Jasmine Orange

April 26th, 2022


Jasmine Orange works as UX lead at Ernst & Young. In this episode, we talk about her background in industrial design and her passion for designing beyond the screens. Jasmine shares her vision on design principles …

Technically Speaking with Harrison Wheeler Trailer (Season 5)

April 19th, 2022


Season 5 is right around the corner. Our featured guests include Jasmine Orange, Dan Mall, Timothy Bardlavens, Catt Small, and Chris Thoms.

The new season kicks off on Tuesday, April 26th with new episodes released every …

2021 Year End Review with Harrison Wheeler

December 25th, 2021


Join Harrison as he walks through notable moments of 2021 with the Technically Speaking podcast. In this show, he talks about the growth of the pod, most downloaded episodes, some of his favorite things about the …

Career Reflections, Creative Intuition, and Breaking The System with May-Li Khoe

November 16th, 2021


In this episode of Technically Speaking we are joined by the great May Li-Khoe (former Khan Academy and Apple) designer, engineer, DJ, and writing enthusiast. We take a look back at her career and the generational …

The Internet is a 'Fad,' Filling the Void, The Origin Story of 'Where Are Black Designers with Maurice Cherry

November 9th, 2021


In this episode of the Technically Speaking Podcast, Harrison Wheeler talks with a designer, creative strategist, and podcaster who doesn’t need introductions, Maurice Cherry. Maurice’s podcast Revision Path is an …

Hype Docs, No Code, and Building The Second Brain with David Hoang

November 2nd, 2021


In today’s episode our host Harrison Wheeler is joined by David Hoang, Director of Design at Webflow, to have a dynamic conversation around coding, remote work, the importance of community building, and why everyone …

Value-Based Decision Making, Hiring with a Growth Mindset, and Design for Cognitive Bias with David Dylan Thomas.

October 26th, 2021


In today’s episode our host Harrison Wheeler is joined by David Dylan Thomas, speaker, filmmaker, and author of Designed for Cognitive Bias, to talk about the fascinating world of cognitive biases, how they influence …

Nothing Ever Really Dies, Designing in Public, and Tapping into Your Super Power with Rafe Chisolm

October 19th, 2021


In today’s episode our host Harrison Wheeler talks to Rafe Chisolm, product designer, twitter veteran, writer and design generalist, to talk about …

From Agency to In-house and How UX Relates To Branding with Mathew Barnes

October 12th, 2021


In this episode of Technically Speaking, our host Harrison Wheeler talks to Mathew Barnes, Senior Art Director of Brand Design at Amazon Web Services. Mathew is an artist in the B2B space and a passionate beer brewer …

East vs West Working Culture and the Bamboo Ceiling with Jason Demetillo

October 5th, 2021


In this episode of Technically Speaking, our host Harrison Wheeler talks to Jay Demetillo, lead designer at Grab in the Singapore team. Jay tells us about the differences he’s found since moving to South East Asia …

Design Operations, Systems, and Service Design with Dominique Ward

September 28th, 2021


In this episode of Technically Speaking, our host Harrison Wheeler sits with Dominique Ward, Design Operations Leader at Atlassian to talk about …

Voice Content and Usability with Preston So

September 21st, 2021


Technically Speaking is a podcast by Harrison Wheeler about BIPOC designers, entrepreneurs & technologists sharing their unique stories of …

Leadership, Individuality, and Balance with Aastha Gaur

September 9th, 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 …

Technically Speaking with Harrison Wheeler Trailer (Season 4)

August 31st, 2021


The next season of Technically Speaking is on the way featuring

The Creative Process with Mathew Barnes

August 24th, 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. …

Identity and Transformation with Julia Fernandez and Jacob Hernandez

August 17th, 2021


Welcome to day 4 of the Technically Speaking Podcast at the San Francisco Design Week. This time our host Harrison Wheeler talks remotely with Julia …

User Experience Research Corner and Clubhouse

August 10th, 2021


In this episode of the Technically Speaking podcast live on the SF Design Week, our host Harrison Wheeler talks to the UX Research Corner crew, a …

The Revision Path with Maurice Cherry

August 3rd, 2021


It is the second day of Technically Speaking at the SF Design Week. Our host Harrison Wheeler takes the stage today to talk with Maurice Cherry, host and creator of the Revision Path Podcast, an award-winning weekly …

Wellness Through Storytelling with Mercy Bell and Alyssa Hart

August 3rd, 2021


In this first-ever Technically Speaking live stream from the SF Design Week, Harrison Wheeler talks on stage with Alyssa Hart and Mercy Bell, the creators of T4ke Care, a unique virtual wellness event and platform. Join …

Technically Speaking with Harrison Wheeler Trailer (Season 3)

July 31st, 2021


Season 3 of the Technically Speaking podcast is dropping soon recorded live during this years, San Francisco Design Week. Harrison Wheeler has discussions with a host of guests including Maurice Cherry, Mercy Bell and …

The First Year with Harrison Wheeler

March 29th, 2021


Harrison Wheeler reflects on the first year of the Technically Speaking podcast; from software, hardware, post production, guest selection and whats next.

Influence from the Past, Present, and Future with Maurice Woods

March 24th, 2021


Todays guest is Principle Designer and Executive Director of the Inneract Project that is now 16 years running strong Maurice Woods.

We discuss the origins of the Inneract project and its mission to empower …

Self Empowerment and Advocacy with Lily Konings

March 17th, 2021


Lily Konings and I have a wide ranging conversation about the importance of empowerment.

Back in December Lily played a major role as the founder of …

Building Better Connections with Kat Vellos

March 2nd, 2021


Todays conversation is around connection. Around 60% or so of Americans were reporting, feeling lonely on a regular basis. What do we do when we …

After Hours: Design Ethics, Accountability, and Blowing Up The Table with Theresa Slate

February 23rd, 2021


You thought I was only dropping one After Hours segment on you. No, I've got to, you know, in this one, it's one of my favorite guests on the show. It's Theresa slate. She's a design lead at Northern Trust in Chicago.

So …

After Hours: Building Pathways with Farai Madzima

February 23rd, 2021


We are back for our third installment of After Hours. If you all aren't familiar with the concept of after hours, it is essentially an extension of episodes that we've recorded throughout our past seasons. In this case …

Where Are The Black Designers with Mitzi Okou

February 2nd, 2021


Black designers make up 3% of the entire industry.That was the report that came out of the 2019 AIGA design census report. 

That includes graphic designers, illustrators, web designers, UX designers, a wide sweeping set …

Students of UXD with Vicky Vo and Julia Fernandez

January 25th, 2021


What does the path of getting into UX design look like? Julia and Vicky share their experience moving into the design industry around and their …

Enterprising Innovation with Theresa Slate

January 18th, 2021


My guest is Theresa slate and she is a multidisciplinary designer in diversity and inclusion consultant. Who's been crafting meaningful experience. …

The Craft of Management with Farai Madzima

January 10th, 2021


I have the pleasure of speaking with Farai Madzima. He is a design manager at Shopify and the founder of South Africa's premier design conference, PixelUp!. 

Today's theme. The craft of management. 

Farai takes us in …

After Hours: Executive Coaching Q&A with Brooks Scott

January 6th, 2021


Welcome to another segment of After Hours on Technically Speaking. In this segment, I have a Q&A with executive coach and founder of Merging Path Coaching, Brooke's Elliot Scott. During the Q&A, we touch on …

After Hours: Accessibility Q&A with Regine Gilbert

January 5th, 2021


Hey everybody happy new year. Hopefully you started 2021 off on a good foot. I'm excited because I'm recording from my new studio. And. It's all …

Technically Speaking Trailer

January 2nd, 2021


Want to have a conversation that goes deeper than pixels? Look no further. I'm Harrison Wheeler, host of the podcast, Technically Speaking. I've built design teams over the past decade. And one constant thing is that …

The Art and Science of Research with Renee Reid

September 16th, 2020


Renee Reid has over 20 years of professional experience including, Project Management, Sales, and Customer Success, that has all contributed to her …

Becoming a Master Builder with Randall Wilson II

September 8th, 2020


In this episode, my guest is Randall Wilson II. I found the title 'Becoming a Master Builder' fitting for this episode because he is well on his way to achieving Lego Master Builder status (which we'll get into on the …

The Start-up Pivot with Erika Hairston

August 31st, 2020


On this episode Erika Hairston is my guest. She is the co-founder of EdLyft which is on a mission to equip more students for in-demand jobs they’ll love. Her motivation started from her own experience getting into the …

Illustrating Equity with Angelica McKinley

June 30th, 2020


I sit down with Angelica McKinley, who is currently a Creative Director at Google. She has such an array of experiences that go from design and writing for the New York Times, coding, and communication design. In this …

Amazing Design People List with Felix Lee

June 23rd, 2020


In this episode, my guest Felix Lee. He is the creator of the Amazing Design People List that was started in March amidst the global pandemic of COVID-19. It has grown from a mere spreadsheet to a global movement of …

Consequence Design with Ron Bronson

June 23rd, 2020


In this episode, I speak Ron Bronson about Consequence Design. Ron says as “All designed interactions have consequences. Whether it's someone getting stuck buying a train ticket from a kiosk, hidden menus inside of web …

Fashion Activism with Andre Wright

June 23rd, 2020


In this episode, I sit down with Andre Wright to discuss his Humanize My Hoodie endeavor, fashion activism, and the role that it has played …

Inclusive Design for a Digital World with Regine Gilbert

May 4th, 2020


Harrison sits down with Regine Gilbert, designer, educator, and author of Inclusive Design for a Digital World. The discussion covers a variety of topics on accessibility and inclusion, and they cover the most burning …

Coaching Through a Crisis

April 20th, 2020


What does it mean to manage in times like these? In this episode, I speak with Brooks Scott, founder, owner, and executive coach of Merging Path …

Q&A with Noah Bond

March 29th, 2020


Harrison sits down with Noah Bond, a User Experience Researcher at LinkedIn. The duo fields questions from aspiring UX designers on topics around job …

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