Userability Podcast #1: Exploring More Design Alternatives

Brian Christiansen

January 30th, 2009

Duration: 12m 30s | 6.7 MB
Recorded: January, 2009
Brian Christiansen, UIE Podcast Producer
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Friends, I’d like to introduce you to our newest creation, the Userability Podcast. No, I didn’t mistype that. As we’ve mentioned previously, each week I’ll pick a caller to ask a UX question of experts Jared Spool and Robert Hoekman, Jr., who will do their best to find a good answer. The catch is, I’m not telling Robert and Jared what to expect… they have to answer you on the spot.

Today we’re releasing our pilot episode, with guest Rob Fay, who called in from Washington, D.C. with a great question. Rob asked,

I work for an e-learning company. We have a grading feature in our product that gives teachers the ability to grade an assignment by applying a grade to a gradebook. When we designed this, because of time constraints, we only focused on a few “grading” use cases and we only came up with a few design ideas. I wish we had brainstormed more. How can I influence my team’s culture to value design exploration, even within our current constraints?

Tune in to see if Robert and Jared can answer coherently! That’s the format of our little show: one caller, one question, a handful of useful takeaways, and hopefully some fun through out.

We need your questions. Submit your real-life design conundrums at

Give it a listen, and let us know what you think of the new show in the comments!

6 Responses to “Userability Podcast #1: Exploring More Design Alternatives”

  1. Jon Hartmann Says:

    Great podcast, and a great start to this series! Strangely, I work on a grading system as well, but instead of little time to brain storm, I get no time. Ha Ha.

  2. Austin Govella Says:

    This is fantastic. The format’s great, and both Jared and Robert are great hosts. On top of the good content, very easy to listen to.

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  6. Partial Recall Says:

    Exploring Design Alternatives…

    Jared Spool (Twitter: @jmspool) of UIE and Robert Hoekman (Twitter: @rhjr) of Miskeeto started a podcast to talk about all things user experience. It’s called “Userability.” The premise of the podcast is that Jared and Robert will t…

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