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Episode 40
10. July 2024

uxcon special: Designing for Complex UIs and Measuring UX with Vitaly Friedman

In the 40th episode of UXR Geeks, Tina interviews Vitaly, a UX Leader, speaker, and co-founder of Smashing Magazine. Vitaly will host a full-day workshop on designing complex UIs on September 18th, the warm-up day for uxcon vienna 2024, followed by a talk on measuring UX and design impact on September 19th. Their discussion covers aspects of user experience, choosing the right design metrics, and KPIs. Vitaly also shares insights into his daily client work, focusing on evidence-driven design, accessibility, and the importance of understanding user needs to create impactful digital experiences. Tune in for a preview of his upcoming workshop and talk.

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Episode 39
26. June 2024

uxcon special: The Power of Collaborative Research

Meet Feyikemi, a senior user researcher and strategist, as she joins Tina to discuss her upcoming talk at uxcon vienna titled “Co creation, the power of collaborative research among niche user groups.” Feyikemi shares her journey from architecture to user research, focusing on engaging specialized user groups through empathy and collaboration. This conversation provides strategies for UX professionals to build trust with expert users and previews what attendees can expect from Feyikemi’s talk on September 20th at Expedithalle in Vienna.

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Episode 38
11. June 2024

uxcon special: Human Connection in a World of AI

Katy Mogal, an expert in design and research, joins host Tina Ličková in this episode of UXR Geeks to discuss her upcoming talk at uxcon vienna 2024. Scheduled for September 20, Katy, alongside her colleague Markos Grohmann, will explore the theme “Designing for Connection in a World of AI: Love-Bots, Googly-Eyed Roombas, and the UX Quandary of Anthropomorphic Products.” They delve into the human tendency to anthropomorphize technology, the responsibilities of UX researchers, and the ethical implications of designing AI products that foster emotional connections. This episode offers insights into the evolving landscape of AI in UX and provides a preview of what attendees can expect at the conference.

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Episode 37
29. May 2024

uxcon special: Deep Listening with Indi Young

Meet Indi Young, a renowned UX expert, as she joins host Tina Ličková to share details about her upcoming full-day workshop on “Listening Deeply.” Indi will discuss her workshop’s focus on deep listening and understanding user cognition, offering practical techniques to uncover users’ underlying thoughts and emotions through non-directed interviews. This conversation offers valuable strategies for UX professionals and a preview for those interested in attending the workshop, which will be happening at Co-Inno Factory, on September 18th, 2024.

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Season 3 Episode 12
2. May 2024

Breaking Down Communication Barriers: Insights from the UXR Meetup

Meet Konstantin Escher, a psychologist and freelance user researcher, discussing his insights at the UXR Meetup by UXtweak with host Tina Ličková. He explores overcoming UX research challenges in companies, breaking down communication barriers, and the vital role of user researchers in aligning departments and achieving business objectives. This conversation offers strategies for dismantling organizational silos and a recap for those who missed the event.

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Season 3 Episode 11
8. April 2024

Grounded Theory and Continuous Discovery – why they makes sense together

Tina talks with Aiden, a research leader and digital strategy consultant. They discuss the combined power of grounded theory and continuous discovery in UX research. Aiden shares their experiences and perspectives on how these methodologies enrich the understanding of user needs, driving innovation in user-centric design while exploring the interplay between teamwork and individual efforts in research.

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Season 3 Episode 10
18. March 2024

Shaping Minds: The Intersection of Spirituality and UX Education

In this episode, Tina talks with Suj, who teaches UX design to kids. Suj combines design and empathy to inspire new thinking. We’ll explore Suj’s journey, his work’s impact, and its significance. The discussion also highlights the connection between design and spirituality.

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Season 3 Episode 9
29. February 2024

Trauma Informed Research: How trauma and UX comes together

In this episode, Tina Ličková talks with Dr. Bre Gentile about integrating psychological principles into UX design, focusing on trauma-informed practices. They explore how understanding users’ emotional and psychological backgrounds can inform better design decisions. Dr. Gentile emphasizes cultural sensitivity, the blend of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the importance of creating safe digital environments. The conversation shows how recognizing the human side of user experiences leads to more empathetic and effective UX research.

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Season 3 Episode 8
16. February 2024

SPECIAL UXinsight festival: For the bold and curious

In this special episode, Tina discusses the UXinsight festival with its organizers, Karin den Bouwmeester and Debbie Slijpen. They share insights into the conference’s development, highlight the significance of post-talk discussions, and explore the challenges of fostering online connections. The theme, “Stay Curious, Be Bold,” is discussed in the context of UX research’s evolving role. The hosts also offer advice for event organizers, emphasizing the importance of personal connections and authenticity within the community. 

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Season 3 Episode 7
23. January 2024

AI and UX Research: Guidance from Research Co-pilot

In this episode, Tina talks with Yao about using AI in UX research, focusing on the Research Co-pilot tool. They explore its role in speeding up research and the necessity of human oversight. The conversation also touches on AI’s benefits for both new and experienced researchers, its future in the field, and how it integrates with the tools of UX professionals. This discussion illustrates the combination of technological advancements with human expertise in advancing UX research.

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Season 3 Episode 6
21. December 2023

Tiny Pieces, Big Picture: The World of Atomic Research

Join host Tina Ličková in the sixth episode of UXR Geeks Season 3, where she talks with Daniel Pidcock and Larissa Schwedersky from Daniel, creator of Atomic UX Research, explains how his method uses diverse data sources for solid research findings, while Larissa discusses the benefits of non-linear research. This episode offers an intriguing look at how atomic UX research provides flexible frameworks for organizations, enhancing user experience and customer satisfaction. Get ready for an engaging talk that breaks down the key aspects of this innovative UX research approach.

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Season 3 Episode 5
29. November 2023

Exploring UX Research: The Second Edition of ‘Interviewing Users’

In this episode, host Tina Ličková interviews Steve Portigal, a renowned user experience researcher and author. They discuss the updated second edition of his book “Interviewing Users,” covering changes in the user research field, including cognitive biases, remote research practices, research operations as a profession, in-house research teams, and democratization of user research. The conversation emphasizes adapting to evolving user research dynamics, with Steve’s book as a guide for all levels of researchers.

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Season 3 Episode 4
13. November 2023

Role of UX Researchers in Continuous Discovery

In this podcast episode, Tina talks with Teresa Torres, a notable Product Management Coach. Teresa discusses the Continuous Discovery Framework, addressing the skepticism she’s faced from the research community. She emphasizes customer-centric methods and the necessity for product teams to conduct efficient research. Key topics include research democratization, researcher roles in product development, and balancing diverse customer insights.

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Season 3 Episode 3
24. October 2023

Cultural Crossroads: When Research Worlds Collide

Maria Panagiotidi, with a background in Cognitive Psychology and Cyberpsychology, explores cultural sensitivity in UX research. She discusses the role of culture in communication during research and offers insights on inclusivity and generational differences in work culture.

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Season 3 Episode 2
3. October 2023

Cultural Sensitivity in UX Research: A uxcon Moderator’s Perspective

Mirjam De Klepper is a UX researcher and strategist, with expertise in digital health, currently working as a Strategic Advisor at uxcon Vienna.

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Season 3 Episode 1
1. October 2023

From goals to deep motivations: The beauty of UXR terminology

Nikki Anderson-Stanier is a passionate user research expert dedicated to empowering UX professionals through her extensive knowledge and community-building efforts.

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Season 2 Episode 12
29. September 2023

uxcon Special with Aurelia Alston

Aurelia Alston leverages her experience as a Product Researcher to drive impact in both large corporations and startups, emphasizing scalable research practices.

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Season 2 Episode 11
29. September 2023

uxcon Special with Zariah Cameron

Zariah Cameron is an Equity Centered UX Strategist at Ally Financial and founder of the AEI Design Program, committed to promoting equity in design and bolstering Black design college students for industry achievement.

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Season 2 Episode 10
29. September 2023

uxcon Special with Kathleen Asjes

Kathleen Asjes is a dedicated Research and Insights Leader, guiding businesses in their evolution from data-driven to insights-informed, and empowering global research teams through her company, Stippen, leveraging her extensive experience across diverse sectors including Fintech, e-commerce, and Media.

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Season 2 Episode 9
28. September 2023

uxcon Special with Yao Adantor

Yao Adantor is a user experience professional with a proven track record in creating exceptional user-centered solutions.

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Season 2 Episode 8
28. September 2023

Inside Content Design: Unpacking its Strategic Potential

Erica Jorgensen is a content professional and author specializing in content strategy, content and web analytics and UX content design.

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Season 2 Episode 7
28. September 2023

Embodiment in VR as the future of user research

Evie Gavrilovich leverages her years of startup experience as well as her psychotherapy qualifications to optimize customer relationships, boost satisfaction, and elevate product value through strategic research and user-centric solutions.

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Season 2 Episode 6
28. September 2023

Special: UXR podcasters geeking out

Mike Green MBPsS is a seasoned User Experience Research leader with extensive experience in agile transformations across UK public sector and government departments, including GDS, as well as Fintech startups.

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Season 2 Episode 5
28. September 2023

The beauty of practical philosophy and it’s meaning for the art of questioning

Elke Wiss, founder of De Denksmederij, is a professional dedicated to fostering critical thinking and creativity, authoring “How to Know Everything” to empower individuals and organizations.

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Season 2 Episode 4
27. September 2023

Fall in Love with UX: The trajectory, maturity, and a little bit of criticism of our field

Darren Hood is a highly accomplished UX design expert with nearly three decades of experience and a deep commitment to excellence in user experience and design operations.

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Season 2 Episode 3
27. September 2023

The Strategic Importance of ResearchOps

Julian Della Mattia is a seasoned UX Research Lead, specializing in helping startups build effective research practices from the ground up.

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Season 2 Episode 2
27. September 2023

Gender Philosophy and Politics 2.0

Elham Mohtashamzadeh is a dedicated researcher in gender studies, sociology, and film studies, focused on women’s rights and LGBTQ+ issues in the Middle East.

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Season 2 Episode 1
25. September 2023

Intersection of Content Strategy and UX Research

Sina Schreiber is a UX Researcher and Content Strategist, blending her skills in user experience design, user research, digital strategy, and project management to create user-centered insights and aesthetically appealing designs that drive superior product experiences.

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Season 1 Episode 12
17. September 2023

Use of AI in Healthcare and the Push for Fair Research Practises in Enterprise Enviroments

Dr. Gyles is a clinical UX strategist with a decade of healthcare experience, focusing on international collaborations to shape user experiences that benefit both clinicians and patients.

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Season 1 Episode 11
17. September 2023

Healthcare digitalization and its implementation around the world

Tjaša is an internationally renowned digital health speaker and moderator, known for her expertise in global healthcare digitalization, telemedicine, and her role as the founder and host of the highly-rated Faces of Digital Health podcast, where she explores the evolving landscape of digital healthcare with top industry experts.

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Season 1 Episode 10
15. September 2023

The Use of Behavioral Science in the Healthcare Space

Sayali Phatak is a senior UX researcher with a background in digital health and a strong focus on designing solutions for health promotion and behavior change.

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Season 1 Episode 9
15. September 2023

Bias-aware UX Research in Healthcare

James McKinnon is an accomplished Service Design and Innovation Consultant and the founder of “You. Me. Us. We.,” a user experience research agency focused on shaping the future of healthcare through innovation and equitable care delivery.

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Season 1 Episode 8
14. September 2023

Using Market Research For Better Context in UX

Michaela Mora is a highly skilled mixed-method researcher with extensive international experience, specializing in user experience and market research.

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Season 1 Episode 7
12. September 2023

Conducting UX research in the Pan-African continent

Welcome to Episode 7 of UX Research Geeks, the second part of our two-part series about UX research in Africa. In this episode, we welcome Elizabeth, a seasoned researcher from YUX Design, who, alongside Camille, the founder of the agency, explores the diverse landscape of UX research across the continent.

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Season 1 Episode 6
8. September 2023

Running a UX business in the Pan-African continent

Camille Kramer Courbariaux is a Co-founder of YUX, specializing in user research and leading research teams across various industries, with a focus on designing products and services for the African market.

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Season 1 Episode 5
6. September 2023

Building Trust in Enterprise Projects with Stéphanie Walter

Stéphanie is a versatile UX Researcher and Product Designer specializing in user-centered solutions for Enterprise UX, with a passion for sharing insights through speaking engagements and workshops.

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Season 1 Episode 4
6. September 2023

The current state of UX/CX, start-up & business management with Debbie Levitt

Debbie Levitt, CXO of Delta CX, specializes in guiding companies of all sizes toward customer-centricity using Agile and Lean principles.

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Season 1 Episode 3
5. September 2023

Mentoring the next generation of UX professionals with Kevin Liang

Kevin Liang is an accomplished UX researcher and educator with a diverse background, spanning biology, behavioral research, and extensive roles at major tech companies. He is renowned for his creation of the “Zero to UX” course.

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Season 1 Episode 2
4. September 2023

The art of seducing dating app algorithms with Laurie Dutheil & Jessica Pidoux

Meet Laurie Dutheil and Jessica Pidoux, the spotlight of this UX Research Geeks episode. Jessica, a digital humanities engineer, and Laurie, a Paris-based dating coach, unite their expertise for a dating app research study. Join us as they share their fascinating insights on research, technology, and love coaching.

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Season 1 Episode 1
29. August 2023

Designing hearing enhancing wearables with Nick Morgan-Jones

Nick Morgan-Jones is a Senior Product Designer based in Berlin, experienced in solving design challenges for startups, consultancies, agencies, and corporates.