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Design Feeling

Design Feeling is a new podcast and community platform for design thinkers, people gatherers, dot connectors, technologists and creative problem solvers who want to increase their self-awareness, creative confidence and meaning. Join Nirish Shakya, Design Thinking Consultant, Educator and Coach, and his expert guests as they explore the human behind the human-centred designer. Their mission is to help you become a more empowered problem solver with a clearer mission for others and more compassion for yourself. It’s a mix of interviews, mentorship calls and solo shows from Nirish you’re not going to want to miss. Hit subscribe and get ready to deconstruct the designer in you.


Designing is Not Your Superpower - Joe Leech
#020 - Advisor and coach to CEOs and recovering neuroscientist and UXer, Joe Leech, gives a pep talk for designers who’re feeling bored or trapped and encourages them to question what they’re doing and why.Most designers pride themselves on their craft. After all, that’s what clients are paying for, right? But is that what they need? In this episode, Joe Leech challenges the notion that delivering designs is a designer’s superpower and how you can find your real superpower instead. We also talk about work-life balance and doing less for more.Most designers pride themselves on their craft. After all, that’s what clients are paying for, right? But is that what they need? In this episode, Joe Leech challenges the notion that delivering designs is a designer’s superpower and how you can find your real superpower instead. Joe is an advisor and coach to CEOs and recovering neuroscientist and UXer. We also talk about work-life balance and what to do if you’re bored as a designer.In this episode:Why inexperienced designers look for answersThe role of craftWhat can you do if you're bored as a designerWhat if you realise design is not for youQuiet quittingA designer's superpowerA better way to do thingsDetermining your value as an employed designerThings that scares CEOs the mostShownotesFind Joe Leech athttps://mrjoe.uk on TwitterProfessional Principles to work and live by Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna you an ‘insecure overachiever’? creditsIllustrations by Kim Habib by Brad Porter edited by Niall Mackay
74:46 29/09/22
Neurodiversity is great for design and for business with Matthew Bellringer
#019 - We are all neurodiverse but we’re encouraged to leave our neurodiversities at the door just so we can “fit in”. However, neurodivergent designers can bring in a lot of lived experiences helpful for innovation, especially when designing for neurodivergent users. In this episode, I chat with Matthew Bellringer, creative innovation consultant, neurodiversity advocate and social entrepreneur. Matthew was diagnosed with ADHD when we was 39 and autism at 42. For Matthew, increasing neurodiversity in organisations is not just a morally right thing to do but also a competitive advantage. In this episode:Neurodivergence in designRecognising neurodivergence within yourselfFilling in the neurodiversity gap and why that's important for innovationFitting in or fitting out: what can you do as a neurodivergent designer?Who's responsible for nurturing neurodiversity in organisations?Don't create safe spaces, create safe-enough spacesand much more!ShownotesJoin Nirish Shakya and Matthew Bellringer LIVE on Delightful Dissent on Thursday 20th October 1pm UK time a no-cost, no-strings 30 minute advice call with Matthew if you’re exploring your own neurodivergence Bellringer on LinkedIn’s website Dissent Podcast you’re in tech, consider joining or partnering with NeurodiverseIT, a group for neurodivergent IT professionals, part of BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT creditsIllustrations by Isa Vicente by Brad Porter edited by Niall Mackay
72:33 15/09/22
Doing amazing work is just half the job - Trenton Moss
#018 - As designers and problem solvers, we pride ourselves on our craft and hard skills. But those will only take you halfway. Beyond that, you’ll need people skills to really be an impactful designer.In this episode, I speak with Trenton Moss, Founder of Webcredible, one of the first UX agencies in the UK and author of ‘Human-Powered’, a book on emotional intelligence for digital product teams.We explore techniques that will help you understand others better, run more effective meetings and become a people-centred leader.In this episode:No one's interested in your designsMaking time to understand people will save you timeReducing the opportunity cost of meetingsIf you're invited to a badly designed meetingA new definition of leadershipBuilding relationships in a remote worldAnd much more!ShownotesTrenton on LinkedIn Book Sterka creditsIllustrations by Isa Vicente by Brad Porter edited by Niall Mackay
63:00 01/09/22
Solve problems that matter with Ben Pecotich
#017 - Design can change the world but many of us designers work in jobs we hate, solving problems we don’t care about. In this episode, I speak with Ben Pecotich on solving problems that matter without compromising your own values and wellbeing. Ben is a designer, coach, and founder of the social enterprise Dynamic4. He recently wrote a book called ‘Solving Problems that Matter’ where he lays out a simple framework for changemakers to design, build and launch their social enterprise idea. Ben shares his biggest learnings that can help us make the impact we’re seeking whilst prioritising own happiness.In this episode:Say 'yes' before you say ‘no’Preventing your cognitive goalpost of happiness from shiftingWhat is a social enterprise?Aligning your needs with your work as a designerStarting with your 10-year visionBen's favourite frameworks from his bookBalancing our need to make sustainable impact with personal sustainabilityand much more!ShownotesGet AU$20 off Ben’s new book ‘Solve Problems that Matter’Go to and use the code SPTM-DFPODCAST at checkoutDouble diamond design framework The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown model Achor of change Coupland creditsIllustrations by Isa Vicente by Brad Porter edited by Niall Mackay
57:45 18/08/22
Building a mental health app with Courtney Carlsson
#016 Councillors, therapy, meditation - Courtney Carlsson tried them all but what she needed was a structure to ask herself deliberate questions consistently to learn more about herself. Courtney is a CEO and Founder of the mental health app Paradym which she started after battling with her own mental health challenges. Courtney shares her personal journey of self-awareness and how she build Paradym, working with experts from around the world.In this episode:The importance of asking yourself deliberate questions consistentlyWhat causes burnout and how to avoid and address itHow to use feelings to build habitsReframing how you see any situationShownotesAccess your 1-month free discount to the Paradym app go the Paradym website and use the code ‘feeling22’ on LinkedIn on instagram on Twitter on Instagram on Twitter 4 with Dr. Zorana Ivcevic Pringle creditsIllustrations by Isa Vicente by Brad Porter
49:25 05/08/22
Design leadership for introverts with Tim Yeo
015 - We’re kicking off Season 2 with Design Director of IBM Consulting, Founder of the Quiet Achiever and proud introvert, Tim Yeo. In this episode, Tim shares his personal journey in his career as an introverted designer and design leader and the learnings he picked up along the way to be comfortable with his introversion and do the things that don’t come naturally to him as an introvert. Tim now helps other introverts like himself have impact and influence without pretending to be extroverts in a world that desires the extroverted ideal.In this episode:We’re all ducks, calm on the surface, paddling furiously underneath and that’s okEmbracing your introversion rather than pretending to be an extrovertHow experience helps you recognise repeatable patterns and increases your confidenceWhy our definition of what a successful leader looks like is flawedWhy you don’t have to wait to speak up till you think you’re 100% rightBuilding a strong design team remotelyAnd much more!Links and resourcesThe Quiet Achieverwww.thequietachievr.comTim Yeo on Twitter Yeo on LinkedIn Cain’s Book ‘Quiet’ Berkun’s Book ‘Confessions of a Public Speaker’ Wodtke’s books ‘Radical Focus’ and ‘The Team that Managed Itself’ Lencioni’s Book ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable’ Leadership® Model Burkeman’s Book ‘Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortal’ creditsIllustrations by Isa Vicente by Brad Porter
65:56 20/07/22
End of Season 1 Recap: Learnings and Reflections
It’s the end of the first season of the Design Feeling Podcast! In this episode, host, Nirish Shakya, recaps the 12 guest interviews and shares his top learnings and reflections from them. If this is your first time listening to the Design Feeling Podcast, this might be a good start to start. It’ll give you a taster of all the conversations we’ve had in the show so far so you can pick and choose the episodes you want to listen to in full. Nirish also gives a sneak peak of what’s coming in Season 2. Links and resourcesKate Pincott Mesut Carlos Saba Zorana Ivcevic Pringle Lebson Rumsey Reid and Janice Hannaway Adeola Enigbokan Khalastchi Willis Timeline ring‘Steal Like an Artist’ book by Austin Kleon
42:57 06/07/22
Running your own race, understanding your business model and making smart guesses with Hattie Willis
#013 - Designing involves innovating. However, innovation requires a lot of guesswork. Making intentional guesses requires the right mindset, techniques and courage. In this episode, Hattie Willis, founder of the entrepreneurship education company, Guessworks, shares her biggest learnings from the world of venture building and corporate innovation. Hattie unlayers the real drivers that help changemakers innovate - exposing yourself to the right amount of risk and understanding not just designs, products and technologies, but also business models.In this episode:Pick your own race that gives you energyHave your own authentic story to tellBe aware of where you get your energy fromHattie's top learnings from foundersLook after your mental health as a founderGet an accountability partnerAnd much moreShownotesBusiness Model You Book School of Life Leaders Podcast by Dan Murray-Serter My First Guess Podcast Willis on LinkedIn creditsIllustrations by Isa Vicente by Brad Porter edited by Niall Mackay
64:57 25/05/22
Using marketing as a self-growth tool with Frances Khalastchi
#012 - Throughout my design and technology career, I believed that marketing was just fluff. Hence, I never invested much time and energy into it, even to market myself. In this episode, Frances Khalastchi reframes that common notion of marketing into a tool for self-growth. With a background in graphic design, cultural theory, sociology and art history and 20 years in corporate, third sector startup and government communications, Frances co-founded Better Bolder Braver, a marketing community for coaches. In this episode, Frances talks about using marketing to increase one’s self-awareness, empathise with customers and prevent burnout. She also mentions how working out loud can help us get over our need for perfection and why it’s ok to chase perfection in your work your work without having to be a perfect human being. We also discuss the role of communities in helping us find safe spaces where we can try new things, get feedback and iterate.In this episode:- Starting with your mindset - your values and practical and emotional limits- Niching to prevent burnout- Marketing yourself as an employee- Meet your customer where they’re at in their journey of consciousness- Working out loud- Product perfectionism vs people perfectionism (one of them is bad for you!)- The role of community in our lives- And much moreShownotesBetter Bolder Braver Communityhttps://betterbolderbraver.comHappy Startup Schoolhttps://www.thehappystartupschool.comLeapers: A collective of freelancers https://www.leapers.coFrances Khalastchi on LinkedIn Meanings and Uses of Art: Frances’ interview on the Stepping Off Now Podcast with Kendra Patterson creditsIllustrations by Isa Vicente by Brad Porter edited by Niall Mackay
57:52 11/05/22
How to sharpen your intuition as a designer using tarot with Dr. Adeola Enigbokan
#011 - It’s no secret that change is the only constant but the events of the past two years (or two months!) have certainly got our heads spinning. If you’re anxious about how all of this is going to affect your life and career, you’re not alone. So how do you make sense of your past and clarify your direction towards the future?Sometimes, you need more than just intellect to make better decisions. You need intuition. This is where tarot can help. Tarot is basically a pack of playing cards that originated in 14-15th century Europe. Although you might have seen them used as a divination system to predict things, tarot utilises principles used in creative thinking and it can be a powerful design tool for designers to ask the right questions and find unexpected answers.In this episode, I chat with with Dr. Adeola Enigbokan. Adeola is a designer, environmental psychologist and a practitioner of tarot for the past 20 years. We uncover the mysteries of tarot, and how the practice might increase our soft skill sets and add perspective on problem-solving in complex psycho-social dynamics. Adeola also demonstrates how she uses tarot to answer deep questions. You might be a tarot convert too after this episode.In this episode:Using tarot as a tool to build your intuition to make better decisionsRaising awareness of the emotional impact of your designs and the emotional needs of your users and colleaguesDefining true empathy using tarotStarting with self-compassionCreating a space for people’s feelings to exist at workReassessing your individual and corporate identities and realigning themEnergy exchange as the future of work for designersShownotesSalvador Dalí tarot card deck of Cups of Swords’s website on Instagram on LinkedIn psychology meditation for the Working Women association technique creditsIllustrations by Isa Vicente by Brad Porter edited by Niall Mackay
77:47 27/04/22
Conscious Experience Design with James Breeze
#010 - You’ve designed and launched a shiny new product. Engagement is high. Your company hits the success metrics. Everyone celebrates. But deep inside, you’re still questioning whether your design is actually making people’s lives better.In this episode, James Breeze, Chief Experience Officer, at Objective Experience, shares his ongoing work on a framework he’s designed to help makes designers be more conscious of the impact of their work on humans and the planet and make better decisions. The framework includes Consciousness Competencies, a set of values and behaviours designers can use to improve their lives and the lives of those around them and the planet.James believes that people working in Human-Centred Design must be highly conscious and compassionate, skills that can and must be learned, just like any other design skill. James also shares his story of becoming a Buddhist monk in Thailand and how that shaped his world view and his mission to improve human lives.In this episode:From a monk to an entrepreneurGetting hired as a junior designerChallenges of aligning your values with your workSpeaking up for ethics in design using dataWhy compassion is more important than empathy?Bringing more consciousness into your workGathering the courage to talk about feelingsAnd much more!Contact James Breeze at Experience Kotler The Psychology of Happiness by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi by Isa Vicente by Brad Porter edited by Niall Mackay
49:55 13/04/22
Self-care for user researchers with Jane Reid and Janice Hannaway
#009 - If you’re a user researcher, you probably put your users first. But maybe it’s time to put yourself first. In this episode, user researcher and  former civil servant Jane Reid and user researcher and psychodynamic therapist Janice Hannaway stress the need for self-care in user research. User researchers working in complex areas such as homelessness, drug abuse and domestic violence, user researchers can experience vicarious trauma. Too often, this is not addressed properly or even spoken about. With almost 50 years of experience between them, Jane and Janice share their stories of working in these areas and their advice on how to look out for symptoms of trauma. We also talk about ways to maintain your wellbeing through self-care routines, respecting organisational boundaries and being aware of transference.In this episode:What is self-care for user researchers?Why there’s not much talk of self care for user researchers?What to do when your work conflicts with your valuesHow do you know when you need self-care?Establishing a self-care routineAccepting what you’re feeling and identifying the cause for itBelieving that you’ve done your bestImpact of remote working on researchShownotesJoin Jane and Janice for a fireside chat on Thursday 7th April in user research and/or gender — working together to get the question right Jane Reid Janice Hannaway by Isa Vicente by Brad Porter Episode edited by Niall Mackay
56:30 31/03/22
Ryan Rumsey on re-engineering over re-inventing to make faster business impact
#008 - As designers, we take on the responsibility to make the world better through design and we feel we have to come up with new ideas and solutions. But sometimes, reusing a solution that already works might be a faster and more impactful approach. In this episode, author of Business Thinking for Designers and CEO of Second Wave Dive shares his stories of making business impact through re-engineering successful tools and methods. Ryan also shares his struggles growing as a designer and design executive and how he thought he wasn’t doing a good job. He also shares his advice on building your contextual awareness of your organisation to be a more effective designer. Ryan also reveals the various factors that shaped him throughout his life and importance of self-work in continuously iterating your values and maintaining your wellbeing as a designer. In this episode:When you’re thinking you’re not doing a good jobLiving your values authentically and iterativelyLetting go of the idea that I have to invent everythingThe impact of your organisation's narrativeBuilding your contextual awareness within your organisationImportance of self-workShownotesJoin Ryan Rumsey for a fireside chat on Thursday 24th March 2022 2-3pm UK time. Register at Business Thinking for Designers for free’s website Wave Dive
57:24 17/03/22
Cory Lebson on the mid-career crisis for UXers, pressure of having to make a difference and letting go of control
#007 - Many think UX is something new but it’s not. A lot of UXers have been working in the industry for decades now and starting to experience a mid-career crisis. In this episode, user researcher and author of the UX Careers Handbook, Cory Lebson, shares his honest stories of experiencing the mid-career crisis and how he handled it. We also talk about using biometrics to learn about your own emotions and better manage the external triggers that could affect you. Cory also shares his advice for letting go of the pressure of having to make a difference and separating your identity from your work.In this episode:Being in touch with your feelings with biometricsSpeaking up to clients honestly about what's causing you stressLetting go of the pressure of having to make a differenceKnowing what’s under your control and what’s notFinding your UX support communityValue of having patience in your careerThe future of UXCory’s book ‘The UX Careers Handbook’Shownotes20% discount on Cory’s book “The UX Careers Handbook” - email Cory for a discount code atcory@lebsontech.comCory’s website’s courses on LinkedIn Ring
40:51 03/03/22
How to use your emotions as a creativity tool with Dr. Zorana Ivcevic Pringle
#006 - We’re trained to leave our emotions at the doorstep when it comes to work but using emotions consciously and intentionally can make individuals and teams more creative, more motivated and happier. This is according to Dr. Zorana Ivcevic Pringle, Senior Research Scientist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, who studies the role of emotion and emotional intelligence in creativity. Zorana shares her insights on using different emotions for the divergent and convergent parts of a design process and how designers and facilitators can manage their and their team’s emotions to help them be more creative. We also talk about the benefits of acknowledging your feelings at work instead of hiding them. Zorana also shares her tips for bringing more emotional intelligence into your workplace as a leader, individual contributor or even someone starting a new role and how even a single individual can spread a positive emotion contagion by being the first one to embrace their emotions.In this episode:The types of emotions needed for divergent and convergent thinkingHow and when to introduce constraints into a creative processAcknowledging and labelling feelings to relieve the pressure of hiding themBringing emotional intelligence into work proactivelyManaging emotions in a new roleTalking to co-workers about how you’re feelingImportance of rituals to begin and end meetings to prevent negative emotional contagionShownotesJoin the Design Feeling Fireside chat with Zorana on Thu 24th Feb 2022 2pm UK time's blog on Psychology Today waves granularity for Work by Kursat Ozenc and Margaret Hagan to Create by Rolly May's website's Twitter
72:17 17/02/22
Managing uncertainty and prioritising happiness in your career with Dr. Carlos Saba
#005 - As designers, we are skilled at managing uncertainty within design processes but how well do we manage uncertainty within our own lives and careers? Atomic physicist, Kung Fu teacher and the co-founder of the Happy Startup School, Dr. Carlos Saba shares his journey of uncertainties and his biggest lessons trying to find his way around his life and career and how it’s ok to not know what you’re doing or where you’re going. He also talks about why knowing how to conduct transactional research with users doesn’t automatically make us good as empathising with people we are emotionally invested with. We also talk about the importance of clarifying your definition of success before setting out to achieve it and how prioritising fun could be a happier alternative when making your career choices.In this episode:Viewing success as a feeling rather than an output or outcomeThe language of needs and being aware of your and others’ needsEmbracing uncertainty with a beginner’s mindPrioritising fun when picking the people you want to work withShownotes:Happy Startup School Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg Harris Up App with Prof. Brian Cox Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle Map of Meaning by Marjolein Lips-Wiersma with Source by Tom Nixon
58:47 03/02/22
How to grow as a designer by stopping, listening to yourself and trusting your gut
#003 - How can you learn and grow continuously as a designer without burning out and veering too far from who you are? In this episode, I interview Kate Pincott who is a Design Coach, CEO and Founder of Remote Design Coaching. She’s on a mission to help designers get unblocked in their careers so that they can find their own design voice that the world desperately needs.In this episode:Designer burnouts and value of stopping and reflectingGiving ourselves permission to experiment on our own lives and careersFinding coaches who you can be safely vulnerable withSetting intentions in our daily practice as designersTrusting your gutAND MUCH MORE to help you start off the new year more grounded in yourself!ShownotesLean Loop, Lean mindset by Eric Ries, author of Lean Startup report - tangible ROI of design’s Reality Prototype Program wheel (Persian poet) and Kate’s favourite Rumi book, the Masnavi: Book One to to book a chat with Kate and enter the code “designfeeling” to get 10% of her Reality Prototyping Program
53:55 20/01/22
How to find and be your own shape as a designer
#004 - We try hard to fit into groups, whether at work or in our personal lives. But in the process of fitting in, we forget to find out what’s unique about us and celebrate what makes us different. In this episode, I have a deep conversation with design leader, consultant and coach Jason Mesut on his struggles growing up and fitting in and how that shaped him and why he’s now passionate about helping designers find out about themselves through his series of tools called Shaping Design.In this episode:Fitting into different communities as a designerReading people and pairing them with the right workHelping people decode themselvesNavigating uncertainties by understanding and framing different perspectivesLegitimacy of designUsing the career timeline map to look at the highs and lows of your careerAND MUCH MOREShownotesAlexander den Haijer calendar design series the perfect experience architect Mapping timeline map compass's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden referred to by Jason:Adaptive Path 30% discount off Jason’s Shaping Design workshop and the pre-order of the book: Use the code “ifeeldesign” at
49:35 20/01/22
Welcome to Design Feeling, a Show about the Human Behind the Human-Centred Designer
#002 - Welcome to the first episode of the Design Feeling Podcast! Join designer, educator and host, Nirish Shakya, as he talks about what this podcast is about, why he started it and why it’s crucial for designers and design thinkers to focus on their own self-awareness, creative confidence and meaning.As designers, we know our users and customers better than we know ourselves. But what about your needs, emotions and pain points as a designer? How do you ensure that what you do meet your deeper needs? How can you be more aware of the complex and unfamiliar human emotions determining your wellbeing underneath the familiar structures of our jobs? It’s time to recalibrate yourself as a designer and take agency back of your life and career.In this episode:Bringing out focus from outside to insideKnowing yourself as a designerWhy we can’t ignore human emotions at workWhat’s coming upA 5-min hack to help you stick to your new New Year habitShownotesChris Voss’s book, Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It University University Startup School meditationhttps://www.dhamma.orgWing Chun Kung Fu acting technique Fogg’s book, Tiny Habits Clear’s book, Atomic Habits
19:37 20/01/22
Design Feeling Podcast Trailer
001 - Oh no! Not another design podcast! That’s right, this isn’t. This show is not about design techniques or tools or even clients or users. This show is about you.As designers, we often know our customers better than we know ourselves. In the midst of our passion for human-centred design, we tend to forget that there’s a human within us, a human with needs and emotions. And we go through our careers unfulfilled by the work we're doing and disillusioned by its impact or the lack thereof.Design Feeling is a new podcast and community platform aimed at design thinkers, people gatherers, dot connectors, technologists and creative problem solvers who want to increase their self-awareness, creative confidence and meaning.Join Nirish Shakya, Design Thinking Consultant, Educator and Coach, and his expert guests as they explore the human behind the human-centred designer. Their mission is to help you become a more empowered problem solver with a clearer mission for others and more compassion for yourself. It’s a mix of interviews, mentorship calls and solo shows from Nirish you’re not going to want to miss. Hit subscribe and get ready to deconstruct the designer in you.
02:16 06/01/22