The Drunken UX Podcast

93 EpisodesProduced by Michael Fienen and Aaron HillWebsite

An irreverent show where we drink and talk about building things on the internet. We currently produce three shows - our namesake podcast, Real-Time Overview, and Build Process.

93 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

#43: Demystifying Site Hosting Solutions w/ Jeff Matson

August 19th, 2019

1:36:29

If you’ve ever been confused by the number of different options available when considering how to host your next web project, we can definitely …

#42: Surviving the Dreaded Website Redesign

August 5th, 2019

1:29:44

Ever been involved in a website redesign? Aaron and Michael have. Quite a few, as it turns out. In today’s episode, they dig into their bag of …

#41: Shining Light on Dark Patterns w/ Ron Bronson

July 22nd, 2019

1:29:36

This week we’re thrilled to bring the talent and experience of Ron Bronson to you as we have a discussion about the different types of dark patterns and hostile design (along with why we’re on board with preferring …

#40: Outlooks from the State of CSS Survey

July 8th, 2019

1:29:18

With the arrival of July comes a chance to look back at an opportunity we mentioned a few months ago – The State of CSS Survey. Project mastermind …

#39: WordPress Development with WPEngine’s DevKit

June 24th, 2019

1:19:46

Chris Wiegman returns to The Drunken UX Podcast this week to share information about WPEngine‘s newest innovation – the WordPress DevKit. DevKit …

#38: Staying Out of Technical Debt

June 10th, 2019

1:29:50

Even the best code begins to look dated and inefficient given enough time. Techniques change, libraries evolve, and new capabilities replace old …

#37: The Gutenberg Accessibility Audit Is In!

May 27th, 2019

1:29:48

Less than one month ago, WPCampus put the capstone on six months of work aimed at providing the development community with an audit of accessibility issues present in the Gutenberg editor of WordPress. The director of …

#36: Happy Birthday GDPR – One Year Later

May 13th, 2019

1:26:18

It’s been one year since GDPR became the law of the land for standard-bearers in the privacy industry. For all the saber-rattling and scrambled planning, it might feel like it’s been a surprising non-event in the world …

#35: Chimps, Taxes, and Design Systems

April 29th, 2019

1:24:52

While we’re on the subject of design systems, it seems worth taking a stop by the United States Digital Service and their release of the Web Design System 2.0 this month. The USWDS has provided a framework for creating …

#34: Accessibility, Web Components,and Responsible Development

April 15th, 2019

1:29:10

Last week’s episode opened the door to the wild world of web components. This week, Aaron returns to dig a bit deeper into the idea of using them as a way of crafting parts of a design system, and how all of it can tie …

#33: HAX the Planet!

April 1st, 2019

1:29:47

Aaron might be on the road, but we have a great guest to sit in his place this week as we talk with HAX Editor developer Bryan Ollendyke. Bryan shares his experiences building a standards-based...

#32: The 10 UX Commandments

March 18th, 2019

1:21:02

In this episode, Michael and Aaron take a look at an article written by Phil Delalande with his take on The Ten Commandments of UX. Phil’s article outline a series of suggestions meant to help...

#31: You Got CSS In My JS

March 4th, 2019

1:21:24

In this episode, we’re joined by GatsbyJS software engineer Dustin Schau to introduce our listeners to the concept of CSS-in-JS. Using this technique with React applications, you’re able to compartmentalize your styles …

#30: Captain Marvel Loves CSS that Respects Your Privacy

February 18th, 2019

1:27:19

In this week’s episode, you get a three-for-one deal as we take a look at the retro-styled Captain Marvel microsite, then share some information on the State of CSS survey that’s currently underway, and finally...

#29: Stop Making Crappy Forms

February 4th, 2019

1:26:26

Following up on Episode 28, we continue the discussion of usability and UX and how you can apply it to things you’re working on. In today’s episode, …

#28: Don’t Make Me Drink

January 21st, 2019

1:27:34

In several past past episodes, Aaron and Michael have made references to Steve’s Krug’s seminal book on usability Don’t Make Me Think. This week’s episode takes a look at that book, and reviews several of...

#27: Should You Learn jQuery?

January 7th, 2019

1:24:04

Welcome to Season 2 of The Drunken UX Podcast! We’re thrilled to have you back, and we kick the season off by having a discussion about the value in learning jQuery today, and what the...

#26: Season 1 Finale, Part 2

December 24th, 2018

1:20:45

52 weeks in the making, we arrive at our final show for the season. If you haven’t yet, be sure to catch Part 1 of this two part finale. Today, we dive into the subject...

Build Process #7: DevSquared

December 19th, 2018

27:08

Our final Build Process for the season takes us to the local, two-man development firm DevSquared. As a Pittsburg, KS based web and mobile application development agency, they work with clients to help foster …

RTO: Security Headers, Color Variables, Accessible Form Styling…

December 14th, 2018

Hey folks, this is our next to last RTO of the year! Sorry it’s a little late this week, but as always, we think it’ll be worth the wait. This week, …

#25: Season 1 Finale, Part 1

December 10th, 2018

1:27:59

We’re here! We made it! Today marks part 1 in our special, two-part season finale to round out the first full year of producing The Drunken UX …

RTO: The Gutenberg Launch Special

December 5th, 2018

8:58

It’s here! The day is upon us! G-Day! That great day of Gutenbergedness has finally come, and, well, at least it’s here. Right? Right? Regardless of where you stand on Gutenberg, the band-aid has at...

RTO: Amazon.com’s Horrible, 30 Second CSS, Microcopy…

November 28th, 2018

11:59

This week’s RTO kicks off with some advice for approaching your work to ensure you do the best you can. From there, a look at Amazon from an outside user and the usability problems that...

#24: Producing Open Source for Good

November 26th, 2018

1:24:35

This week we bring back previous Build Process guest Sean Marcia to join Aaron in a chat with Michael about the Ruby for Good project and their project DiaperBase. Together, we take a dive into...

RTO: Micro-Experiences, Redesign SEO, Address Fields…

November 21st, 2018

11:58

Thanksgiving is on the way, so be sure to queue us up for your travels! This week, RTO is ready for you with a quick selection of helpful choices …

Build Process #6: Shelley Keith

November 14th, 2018

33:06

Shelley’s career has taken her from a passion for technology to passionately advocating for the people who use technology. Spending many years …

#23: Blocks, Objects, and CDNs – A Storage and Delivery Primer

November 12th, 2018

1:33:39

If concepts like object storage and CDNs give you a headache, let Michael and Aaron help you understand what it all means and why you might want to use them when developing your next website....

RTO: Agile vs. UxD, Bland Design, Form Performance…

November 7th, 2018

13:26

It’s time for your favorite web development article roundup in podcast episode form of the week! Because we know there are so many of those, naturally. Anyway, start things off with a look at things...

RTO: Microinteractions, Front-End Identity, Dynamic Design Systems…

October 31st, 2018

12:30

Happy Halloween everyone! Our last RTO for October is ready for you with more thoughts on the value of designers learning how to write some front end code, a great piece on how microinteractions affect...

#22: Let’s Drink to Our HealthCare.gov

October 29th, 2018

1:29:08

This October marks the 5-year anniversary of the launch of HealthCare.gov – the insurance marketplace search platform that was conceived as part of the needs to support requirements of the Affordable Care Act. That …

RTO: Evolution of Web Design, Gutenberg Accessibility RFP, Debugging WordPress…

October 26th, 2018

12:20

Fresh back from HighEdWeb 2018 in Sacramento, and while it might be late this week, we know you need your RTO in your life. So, we’ve put together some good ones for you. We kick...

Build Process #5: Kailey Pearson

October 17th, 2018

25:33

Join us for this month’s BP as we interview design student and freelancer Kailey Pearson. She’s also the person responsible for our fancy little show logo too! Kailey is a freelance graphic designer who enjoys...

#21: Car Dealing Out Some Punishment

October 15th, 2018

1:30:22

In this week’s episode, Aaron and Michael sit down with a handful of car dealer websites, and review the problems and possible resolutions they see. …

RTO: WordPress Gutenberg Accessibility Special

October 10th, 2018

16:22

Big news on the block over the last week, as Gutenberg accessibility issues and politics are taking the front stage in the weeks leading up to the …

RTO: Grid vs Flexbox, 7 TED Talks, HTML Email…

October 3rd, 2018

11:49

We hope everyone enjoyed episode 20 of The DUX Podcast this week! If you haven’t listened yet, be sure to go back and check it out. As for today, our article roundup hits on advice...

#20: Today’s Secret Ingredient for a Small Web Shop is… Bravery

October 1st, 2018

1:36:20

First, we apologize for Michael’s audio being a little blippity this week. That’s the technical term. As it turns out, you don’t want to run f.lux in …

RTO: Select Boxes, Sticky Headers, Mobile Dark Patterns…

September 27th, 2018

11:30

A Thursday edition of RTO this week bring a quartet of articles for you to enjoy. We get started looking into how design principles can improve your ability to pitch projects, then move on to...

RTO: Smashing Book 6, GitHub Drops jQuery, and the Demise of RSS…

September 19th, 2018

10:32

A beautiful new Smashing Book is released, an argument for why Gutenberg will be good for WordPress and page builder plugins, GitHub drops jQuery, …

#19: Inbox, EU Copyright, and AMP Walk Into a Bar

September 17th, 2018

1:21:58

Three, three, three topics in one! This week we tackle a trio of topics to change up the pace. First we share some thoughts about Google’s announcement that it’s closing Inbox, and then we talk...

Build Process #4: Rachel Cherry

September 12th, 2018

32:32

In this month’s episode of Build Process, we’re joined by Rachel Cherry. She is a freelance software engineer with a background in higher education and other enterprise-level organizations, like Disney. She is the …

RTO: 404 Pages, Cypress Testing, Firefox and Tracking…

September 5th, 2018

10:15

It’s that time of the week! We’ve got a pair of stories that focus on work Mozilla is doing covering research and user tracking. Both are worth a read in your spare time. If it’s...

#18: Your Ally in Universal Design

September 3rd, 2018

1:32:18

Many of you are off for Labor Day, so we wanted to be sure you had something to do today for fun. What better than a new episode of The Drunken UX Podcast? This week...

RTO: Mobile Carousels, WordPress’s Crossroads, Slow Design…

August 29th, 2018

12:36

Man, today’s articles will give you some great material, and some even better debate opportunities. We get started thinking about what defines success, and how we talk to others about it. Then, NNG has put...

RTO: Using .filter(), Aspect Ratios, Scroll Bouncing…

August 22nd, 2018

10:18

This week starts with a couple different JavaScript related posts. Our first one looks at how JS dependence is bad for the canned theme market. The second offers an ES5 tutorial on using the .filter()...

#17: The Weather Outside is Frightful

August 20th, 2018

1:23:00

This week Aaron and Michael jump into three popular weather websites and poke them with a sharp stick while making observations about how frustrating …

RTO: CSS Grid Cheatsheet, Measuring Design Success, WordPress Malware Removal…

August 16th, 2018

11:09

This week’s RTO brings you a great visual cheatsheet for getting started with CSS Grid. This thing is a really great reference if you’re need a hand once in a while remembering how to make...

Build Process #3: Mike Richwalsky

August 13th, 2018

36:42

August means that it’s time for our third installment of Build Process, and this month we take a few moments to sit down with Mike Richwalsky of Gas Mark 8 to talk about his first...

RTO: Fluid Interfaces, Gutenberg Preview Reactions, Amazon’s Dark UX…

August 8th, 2018

10:42

This week’s news roundup kicks off with a look at building fluid interface components, and the design theory behind them. Next is a piece on how …

#16: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Content Strategy

August 6th, 2018

1:32:32

On this week’s episode of DUX, we are joined by the ever lovable and often quotable Jeff Stevens from UF Health for a discussion on how to get …

RTO: Disabling Gutenberg, Good Link UX, Hospital User Research…

August 1st, 2018

11:15

Selected just for you this week, a hearty crop of the best from around the web development news circles. Two stories on WordPress – one with advice on how to avoid the upcoming Gutenberg editor,...

RTO: Is Coding Obsolete, Design Mentorship, Tackling a Redesign…

July 26th, 2018

10:56

Here’s a special Thursday edition of RTO this week. Sorry for the delay, but we’ve put together a good list of articles for you to check out. Two of our choices are two-parters – one...

#15: How to Manage Lots of WordPress Sites at Once

July 23rd, 2018

1:11:23

If you’re the kind of person that’s getting tired of going in and updating themes and plugins by hand across a lot of sites, today’s episode of the DUX Podcast is right up your alley....

RTO: CSS Grid Mistakes, Atomic Design Course, Headless CMS Tech…

July 18th, 2018

10:40

This week includes a run by Jen Simmons’ YouTube channel Layout Land, a review of content security policy problems in a research paper at Google AI, …

Build Process #2: Sean Marcia

July 16th, 2018

Today we’re interviewing Sean Marcia, a developer at USCIS and the founder of Ruby for Good, an annual conference for Ruby on Rails developers to …

RTO: Link Bars, Keyboard Accessibility, Browser Prototyping…

July 11th, 2018

9:36

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July and took some time to relax. We also hope you caught episode 14 of DUX where we talked with Greg Podunovich …

#14: I Got My Design Philosophy and I Trust it Like the Ground

July 9th, 2018

1:34:12

This week Greg Podunovich of New York design firm Expand the Room joins Michael and Aaron to chat about the topic of design philosophy, and how it can help you make a case in support...

RTO: 500PX Drops Creative Commons, Flexible Text, Art of Listening…

July 4th, 2018

10:55

It might be the 4th of July, but we aren’t letting that stop us from making sure you get your weekly dose of Real-Time Overview. Michael’s returned …

RTO: OpenAI Game Players, Writing Better CSS, Leveling Up Coding…

June 27th, 2018

9:58

This week, Aaron takes on the RTO reigns while Michael attends An Event Apart. Don’t worry, you’re totally in good hands. We promise. Aaron’s lined up a few topics to cover with you, all of...

#13: A Disconnected Functional CSS of My Wretchedness

June 25th, 2018

1:07:32

Does the phrase “functional CSS” mean nothing to you? Do you assume that any CSS that makes something look a certain way must be “functional?” Have you heard about things like CSS BEM or Tachyons,...

RTO: Color Tools, Design Thinking, UI/UX Design Pocket Guide…

June 20th, 2018

11:14

Wednesday is here, and so too is our weekly roundup. Links are below, as you might expect, and our tour takes us from color tools, to an image reveal …

Build Process #1: Paul Gilzow

June 18th, 2018

26:17

We’re really excited to be bringing you the first episode of our new segment, Build Process. This segment will be focusing on casual interviews with other web professionals to talk about their experiences in the...

RTO: Bidirectional Scrolling, CDN Performance, Technical Debt…

June 14th, 2018

11:27

Our apologies for being a day late this week. I hate missing a schedule, but I’m pretty happy that since launching Real-Time Overview, we haven’t …

#12: Keep Your Applications and So Called Web Security

June 11th, 2018

1:35:12

Okay, so fair warning, this week the guys kick things off talking about a horse of a different color. This isn’t web related, but Michael insisted …

RTO: Microsoft Buys GitHub, WordPress Debugging, UX Design Portfolios…

June 6th, 2018

10:43

Wow. So that happened. SmugMug acquiring Flickr was one thing. Microsoft buying GitHub? I mean, we all knew there was more than a passing interest in …

RTO: What’s the Flow, AJAX Performance, Post-GDPR Thoughts…

June 2nd, 2018

9:52

We’re running behind this week, and we apologize profusely, but we had a good reason. We’re fresh back from the Web Accessibility Summit in Columbia, …

#11: You Gotta Fight for Your Copyright (to Party)

May 28th, 2018

1:10:27

We hope everyone is enjoying Memorial Day and is celebrating in a contextually appropriate manner. We’ve still got an episode for you today though, and we touch on a couple topics. Starting off, we review...

RTO: JavaScript is Good, Front-End Tooling Survey, Typography Trends…

May 23rd, 2018

9:46

Did you know JavaScript is actually a good programming language? How about that over half of front end developers have under 10 years experience? What about what WordPress 1.0’s dashboard looked like? We can help...

RTO: The 25-Step Program, Adobe XD for Free, IxD Books to Read…

May 16th, 2018

9:23

This week unintentionally ended up being a bit UX heavy for the news roundup, not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s all great stuff worth checking out just the same. Whether that’s Boma Josiah’s...

#10: Little Red StrategyCar

May 14th, 2018

1:28:44

This week Aaron and Michael are joined by Alaina Wiens from the StrategyCar Podcast to talk about the wild world of web strategy. Before diving into that topic, we review Michael’s recent experience interacting with...

RTO: The Noscript Web, Social Sharing Buttons, Reddit Redesign Reactions…

May 9th, 2018

10:04

Is your site addicted to JavaScript? Does it degrade gracefully? Do you ensure you have base functionality working before enhancing progressively? …

RTO: Drunk User Testing, 15 UX Rules, Fixing Amazon…

May 2nd, 2018

10:55

Given that we’re the Drunken UX Podcast, it seems only fitting to start this week with an article looking at drunk user testing parties for applications. It’s a contentious idea in the community, to say...

#9: Love at First Site

April 30th, 2018

1:30:59

Wow, so some big news breaking this past week with SmugMug buying Flickr from Oath. Aaron and Michael start this week’s episode off by looking at some of the history of Flickr, and what the...

RTO: Passwordless Logins, Inline Validation, Design Perception…

April 25th, 2018

9:31

This week we take a trip to the RSA conference in San Francisco to see what Google and Microsoft are proposing as part of the Fast Identification Online Alliance. Will it be the next OpenID?...

RTO: Accessibility Inspector, Editorial Design, More Dark UX…

April 19th, 2018

9:15

To everyone listening to Real-Time Overview for the first time thanks to finding us through Smashing Magazine… Hi! We’re glad you’re here. Every week …

#8: Sweet Home Automattic, Where We Use Gutenberg

April 16th, 2018

1:39:10

With the release of version 2.6 of the Gutenberg preview plugin, WordPress is edging closer to a new editing experience that will dramatically impact the way people use the platform. Special guest Jeff Chandler of...

RTO: Facebook Privacy UX, Design Ethics, Email Coding…

April 11th, 2018

9:15

Pretty much everyone had their eyes on Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress on Tuesday. In the spirit of that, we start with a story on Facebook, but on how they can improve privacy UX, not on...

RTO: Immersive Design, Coding for Designers, Dark Patterns…

April 4th, 2018

10:10

We’ve weeded through all the April Fools nonsense to find the best meaty bits of web news for you all. For instance, what do you know about immersive …

#7: Codin’ 9 to 5

April 2nd, 2018

1:40:23

For those of you looking for a short episode this week, sorry. This week we’re talking about learning resources to get started with and how to stay sharp if you’re looking for a career in...

RTO: Purpose Driven Design, Atom 1.25, Design Genome Project…

March 28th, 2018

8:55

This week’s RTO update is a little shorter, but has some great material in it nonetheless. Absolutely do not miss Invision’s Design Genome Project. …

RTO: Usable Forms, the Meaning of UX, Developer Survey…

March 21st, 2018

9:01

This week we’re bringing you some book recommendations from Luke Hays and Don Norman to cover user experience and UX research needs. Along with that, StackOverflow has a treasure trove of developer research that’s …

#6: Can You Take Me Higher (Ed) [Part 2]

March 19th, 2018

1:06:52

Today’s episode features Michael and Aaron taking a deeper dive into the subject of higher ed websites which was started in Episode 5. The best part is, episodes 5 and 6 were recorded together, so...

RTO: Gutenberg, OpenAI Scholars, Skeuomorphic Design…

March 14th, 2018

10:07

Big week coming at you today. Everyone’s talking Gutenberg lately – and I have some of my own questions still. This should help ease your mind about …

RTO: CSS Security, Typography in Design, Google vs. Slack…

March 7th, 2018

7:24

A lot of folks have been looking into the CSS keylogging demo that Max Chehab has put out. On the heels of that, Jake Archibald has written up a nice …

#5: Can You Take Me Higher (Ed) [Part 1]

March 5th, 2018

1:09:15

Oh my. It’s time for Aaron and I to take a bit of a trip down memory lane. In today’s episode, we’re looking back to our early days and how we got started in the...

RTO: Google AMP, OOP in JavaScript, GDPR…

February 28th, 2018

7:31

Ah yes, Wednesday, that faithful day when we bring you news updates in web development from around the web. Today’s cornucopia is abundant indeed, …

RTO: The Olympics, Visual Accessibility, CSS Variables…

February 21st, 2018

7:15

From this episode moving forward, you can look forward to an RTO release every Wednesday morning. Today’s highlights are rounded out by several topics, including a review of how a designer worked with Yahoo to...

#4: Scenes From A Crappy Restaurant Website

February 19th, 2018

1:06:04

From site visitor to in-person customer – few industries see customer conversions happen the way restaurants do. In an industry where your findability and content can so directly impact whether or not you’re making …

RTO: Snapchat Update, Facebook’s “VPN”, The Persona Paradox…

February 16th, 2018

9:10

Just in time for your weekend, a new episode of RTO! Plenty to talk about, and we grab some of the top headlines from the week. Of course, we have to drop in something about...

RTO: WordPress 4.9.4, Twitter Profit, MixPanel Passwords…

February 9th, 2018

8:10

Our first run at Real-Time Overview, a Drunken UX Podcast segment that will run between normal episodes of the podcast to draw attention to current events, articles, and releases relevant to web developers and …

#3: Streaming Video Killed the Radio Star

February 5th, 2018

1:20:42

So if you listened to the end of Episode 2, this is clearly not the episode on higher education websites. Fear not! It’s still coming, we’ve just made some changes to the production plans for...

#2: Living in an Ecomm Paradise

January 21st, 2018

1:00:56

In today’s episode, we tackle the large and weighty topic of ecommerce. Well, specifically, we’re going to look into two facets of shopping online: product sorting and checkout processes. We’ll review how and why …

#1: Autoplay This

January 7th, 2018

47:05

The Drunken UX Podcast’s inaugural episode, in which we look at the blight that is autoplaying videos. Facebook, your local news sites YouTube – we’ll look at the different use cases, where it’s appropriate, and...

#0: The Introductioning

December 16th, 2017

3:39

Welcome to Episode 0. This… is the start. In this pre-series episode, I wanted to take a couple minutes to introduce myself and explain just what you can expect to get from this show, what...

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