New Layer Podcast

New Layer

Tanner Christensen
A conversation on everything related to digital product design, with hosts Tanner Christensen and Jasmine Friedl. Discussing design careers, tools, education, critique, and much more. New episodes on Wednesdays!
When to Call it Quits
We are indefinitely calling it "quits" on New Layer, this is potentially our last episode. When is the right time to call something "quits?" Quitting never feels good, it even has many negative connotations surrounding it, but sometimes stepping away from something is the best thing you can do for it and yourself. For the New Layer podcast, the time has come for Jasmine and Tanner to step away. Learn more in this short episode.
Jun 2, 2021
22 min
Dream Jobs
What's a dream job and how will you know it when you see it? In this episode of New Layer, Tanner and Jasmine break down what it means to have a "dream job" and why so many designers end up in their dream job only to realize it wasn't very dreamy after all.
May 25, 2021
41 min
Building Influence
What is influence and how do designers build it? In this episode of New Layer, Tanner and Jasmine uncover the various ways designers can build influence in their lives and careers. Influence is built through showing up and having a presence, reflecting authority appropriately, leveraging information to build social proof, being consistent, and reciprocating influence from others. All this and more, in this week's episode of New Layer! Mentioned in this episode: How to Win Friends & Influence People - Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion -
May 19, 2021
40 min
Hosting Design Workshops
What exactly *is* a design workshop? What's the difference between an effective meeting, a workshop, and an email? In this episode of New Layer, Jasmine and Tanner ruminate and discuss, as well as share experiences of hosting and attending workshops that worked well. Whether you're planning to host a workshop soon or just want to expand your toolset, this is a must-listen episode.
May 12, 2021
41 min
Looking at Evidence Without Bias
In this short but sweet episode of New Layer: Tanner covers for Jasmine, who is out sick, by reading one of her highly regarded article How to look at evidence and not translate it into your own agenda. We'll be back next week for our regularly recorded programming.
May 5, 2021
12 min
Dealing with Ambiguity
What is ambiguity and why do product designers talk about it so often? A listener to the podcast emailed us for help on the subject, so we obliged. Whether you're just starting out in your career and hear the term come up often, or have been designing for a while and are still unsure of what it means to deal with ambiguity, this episode we talk about it all. Note: Jasmine was overcoming a sickness on this episode so is a little cough-y.
Apr 21, 2021
38 min
When Do You Stop Doubting Yourself?
When you start a new job, take on a new challenge, or join a new team, you probably find yourself experiencing some form of doubt. Worse is as you progress in your career and that doubt remains. When do career professionals stop doubting themselves, if ever? In this episode of New Layer, Tanner and Jasmine share their experiences with career doubt, dive into the true meaning of the word, and spotlight techniques and tools anyone can use to take advantage of doubt and turn it into a superpower.
Apr 14, 2021
41 min
What We Mean When We Talk About Strategy
What is a "strategy" and why does it matter? What responsibility do product designers have to be good strategists? In this episode Tanner and Jasmine discuss the meaning of strategy, why it's important to invest in, and how anyone—at any level—can become better strategic thinkers.
Apr 7, 2021
39 min
What to do When You're Wrong
Have you ever been wrong? Of course you have, we all have. What matters more than being wrong or right is what you do when you're wrong (and therein after). In this episode of New Layer, Jasmine Friedl and Tanner Christensen talk about what it means to be wrong as a product designer and leader, and why building cultures where "strong opinions, loosely held" is optimal for teams and individuals alike.
Mar 31, 2021
42 min
Design Certification
What's the value of being a certified designer? For designers interested in getting certification or those hoping a certificate program will help them land a job, what should they know before signing onto a bootcamp or similar program? In this episode Tanner and Jasmine share their personal—spicy—opinions on the subject.
Mar 24, 2021
41 min
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