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Episode 35: Users are weird
With Matthew Oliphant
Matthew Oliphant graces us with his presence in this episode of the Push Pull Podcast. Currently the Director of User Experience at Vadio, Matthew lets us know that we are slowly driving people insane with micro-aggressions in our software. We discuss user testing: different types of testing, how users may act through a test, and how to find test subjects.
Episode 33: Future-proofing Your CMS
In this episode, Kristin goes on a tear about just how tricky it can be to determine what goes into the CMS and what doesn't. We talk about how this can effect the usability of the CMS itself, and how these decisions can effect the long term success of the website.
Episode 32: Accessibility for You and Me
With Eliza Greenwood
We talk web accessibility with Eliza Greenwood, a digital marketer and co-organizer of Portland's A11y group. We talk about what accessibility means--who it impacts and why it's important. Turns out it effects more people then you think.
Episode 31: Designing on a Dime
With Josh Riggs
we talk about design and budgets with Josh Riggs, designer at Think Shout, an agency that focuses on non-profit clients. Josh talks about what designers should do to keep their projects within budget.
Episode 30: Project Managers, Scourge or Angel?
With Christopher Knaus
For our first episode of 2015, we our guest Christopher Knaus from XPLANE schools us in project management. We go over the basics--what makes a great PM, how to work with multiple PMs, and how does one get that magic PM sauce?
Episode 29: Building a website for small business
We discuss first steps for solo-preneurs and start ups to put together their first website. Is it worth it to make a site yourself? What's the tipping point to hiring someone? Moving beyond the tech, we walk through writing an example site brief to help you figure out your audience, user flows, and how that translates into content and architecture.
Episode 28: Devs Talk Shop
With Chris Antes
Chris and Caitlin Antes are visiting Portland from Pullman, Washington, and we nerd out about development. Chris is a developer for Washington State University, and he actually has a degree in Computer Science. He describes how it helps him in his day-to-day work as a back end developer. We define front end versus back end, and our processes in going from structure to UI.
Episode 27: Teaching Writing in a Digital World
With Mike Russell
We are joined by Mike Russell this week, where we discuss his recent experience teaching writing to a group of marketers. Joel and Mike dig deep into the process of writing, especially as it pertains to digital marketing and non-writers writing copy. Joel explains what "writing bravely" means, and how it pertains to not just your writing, but also to your person.
Episode 26: Geek Mental Help Week
This week we join other blogs and podcasts for Geek Mental Help Week. We talk about the particular factors that effect any geek's mental health, and how everyone needs to pay attention to their own health, both physical and mental. We also discuss seeking help, how to seek help, and put out there our own experiences and struggles.