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The Most Popular UIE Podcasts of 2010 – Part 1

Lauren Cramer

December 13th, 2010

We know that people have a preference when it comes to learning environments. Some like to learn by reading about the subject matter. Others prefer an in-person environment. And some would rather listen to audio recordings.

We try hard to accommodate all these learning environments for you. There are the articles we publish on our web site and in our newsletters, the virtual seminars we produce, and the live conferences and workshops we organize. And then there are the podcasts.

2010 was a busy year in our recording studio. We recorded 14 podcast interviews, 6 Userability podcasts, and 6 UIE Virtual Seminar follow-up podcasts (you can find all of them here.) In part one of our two-part series, we gather three of the most popular podcasts of 2010. Without further ado, and in no particular order, here is part 1 of the 2010 most popular podcasts.

Design Lessons from Facebook’s 350 Million with Julie Zhuo

When Facebook tweaks anything, it gets coverage across the IT and design realms, and sometimes the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. If the users don’t like the changes, they form protest groups’ how can a team operate under such a public microscope?

Julie Zhuo knows. She is the Product Design Manager at Facebook. As the principal designer behind the Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect experiences, she has contributed to the last two major site redesigns. She also leads the front-end user interface engineering team. On her watch the site grew from 8 million college kids to 350 million people across the globe.

The stories she shares in this podcast are fascinating. When was the last time a throng of people gathered outside your office because you changed a feature on your site? Julie tells that story plus many more interesting design facts related to Facebook.

Read more and listen to Julie’s podcast.

Userability #14 – Growing in UX

The Userability Show gets questions from all over the world. In this episode, our caller Mohammed Alaa is looking for ways to expand his experience design skill set. Jared Spool and Robert Hoekman take a stab at his questions on getting buy-in for usability testing and specific courses of study to become a user experience designer.

What you hear from Robert and Jared might surprise you. At the very least, it’s certainly food for thought. Read more and listen to the podcast.

Leveraging Search Patterns & Discovery with Peter Morville

Peter Morville is the co-presenter of one of our most popular UIE Virtual Seminars of all time, Leveraging Search and Discovery Patterns. As is often the case, our audience came up with a heap of thoughtful questions that we didn’t have time to address during the virtual seminar.

In this episode, Jared Spool sits down with Peter to address many issues including the idea that browsing doesn’t scale, best result first pattern, and advance search.

Even if you did not attend, there’s a lot of great information in this podcast. Read more and hear Peter Morville.

Next week we’ll have part 2 of the Most Popular UIE Podcasts of 2010.

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