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From The Dirt Archive: Responsive Typography with Jason Pamental

With the great news of our friend Jason Pamental coming on board here at Fresh Tilled Soil, we decided to re-release Jason's episode on Responsive Typography. It originally aired on July 29, 2014 and has since been one of our most popular shows. Enjoy!

Direct download: 148-archive-pamental.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 10:05am EST

Performance, pt. 1: Designing for Speed with Lara Hogan of Etsy

This week on the show, we sit down with Lara Hogan. Lara is the Senior Engineering Manager of Performance at Etsy and author of Designing for Performance. We chat about the importance of performance in experience design, how to get it into our design processes, and how to sell it as part of the culture at a company.

Direct download: 149-hogan.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 10:25am EST

Successful Product Design, pt. 4: Atomic Design with Brad Frost

For the fourth chapter in our series on Designing a Successful Product, we sit down with Mr. Brad Frost to discuss Atomic Design and creating visual systems. Brad takes us through the benefits of designing systems rather than individual pages. We chat about Pattern Lab, creating style guides, and how to sell someone on the approach. We do all of this with the grace and elegance of a gazelle.

Direct download: 147-frost.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 4:55pm EST

Successful Product Design, pt. 3: Creating Habits with Nir Eyal

This week, we sit down with Nir Eyal, the author of a book we all love, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. Nir takes us through how to design a successful experience by getting your users to come back. We go into detail about his Hook Model, how people have successfully applied it, and what's coming down the line. Settle in folks, this is a good one!

Direct download: 146-eyal.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 9:48am EST

Successful Product Design, pt. 2: Branding with Paula Scher of Pentagram

This week on the show we are humbled to sit down with, pillar of the design community, Paula Scher, Partner at Pentagram. We continue our series on designing a successful product with a conversation about the importance of branding. Paula has, in some way, affected all our careers and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to sit down with her for this show.

Direct download: 145-scher.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 5:36pm EST

Productizing Your Services

Boston's record snowfall finally caught up with us! We're taking a short breather to prepare a bunch of great new episodes. Today we're republishing one of our favorites from our archive, which originally aired in July 2014. We'll be back with a brand new Dirt next week.

In this classic episode, we talk about how to be a better freelancer by productizing your services. This conversation was recorded on the heels of an article by Robert Williams called Freelance as a Service. We discuss what it means to deliver a service to clients and how to package that up in unique ways. Differentiating yourself with a service-based product can help steer you toward the clients you want and away from the ones you don't.

At the end of the show, we mention Corkscrew, our style guide framework that was in private beta at the time. Corkscrew is now publicly available on GitHub, so check it out!

Direct download: 144-archive-productizing-services.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 9:58am EST

Successful Product Design, pt. 1: Onboarding with Samuel Hulick

This week, we kick off a series about successful product design by sitting down with Samuel Hulick for a chat about how to onboard users into your product. Samuel is the man behind useronboard.com and has done teardowns for all of our favorite apps including: Slack, Netflix, and Duolingo.

Direct download: 143-hulick.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 10:00am EST

For part 3 of our series on Experience Development, we sit down with Lead Front-end Developer at Shopify, Jonathan Snook. On this episode we talk about roles in Front-end Development and the importance in identifying the difference between "design implementation" and "application development" can be critical to having a successful team.

Direct download: 142-snook.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 10:41am EST

Experience Development pt. 2: Progressive Enhancement with Jeremy Keith

This week Steve and I get a chance to sit down with Jeremy Keith of Clearleft and talk about a topic that is very near and dear to our hearts: Progressive Enhancement. We clear up the common confusion between PE and a similiar (but very different) concept in software develoment called graceful degradation, and even get into JavaScript frameworks. Tune in this week to learn from the master, in part 2 of our Experience Development series.

Direct download: 141-keith.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 4:52pm EST

This week we kick off the start of a new series entitled Experience Development where we look at the coding site of UX. This week's topic is: Universal Access. We sit down with the co-authors of Rosenfeld Media's A Web for EveryoneSarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery to talk about digital accessibility.

Direct download: 140-everyone.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 2:14pm EST