I downloaded and listened to this. I lasted about 10 minutes, most of which just consisted of waffly nonsense. It seemed like you guys were having a lovely time patting each other on the back for being super designers, but it wasn't in any way entertaining, interesting or useful. Moreover, it was just kind of cringey.
Just my wee bit of feedback.
We like to start the show with some lighter banter, which we feel makes the conversation more natural, but we know isn't for everyone. I'm hoping you can help me understand how we were "patting each other on the back for being super designers". I hope our conversations never comes off as boastful, sometimes we get complaints that we're exactly the opposite, and I'd genuinely like to know where we've messed up so we can be more thoughtful in the future.
I hope I can be a bit clearer with my feedback.
Perhaps it wasn't that you were so much patting yourselves on the back, maybe I felt just a little frustrated that rather than talking around the topic of the podcast, you guys were recounting your own experiences in how you deal with certain situations. It just felt a bit too focussed on your own personal approaches, rather than something more broad and conceptual. A wee bit much "I..., I... , I..." if you know what I mean ;)
This is entirely personal and only related to this one episode, I will definitely continue to tune in!
Thanks for the clarification, Al. We have this constant debate going about which is more useful: speaking from our personal perspective or trying to talk about higher level concepts divorced from our own experience. There are pitfalls of both approaches. As you've pointed out, there is an implicit narcissism in producing an entire podcast based on just our perspectives. After all, what makes what we've experienced particularly useful or illuminating? On the flip side, our own experiences and biases are inescapable, and sometimes I worry when we speak abstractly we're arrogant to think our ideas about a particular topic are objective.
We'll keep doing our best, and feedback is always appreciated!
I haven't listened to this episode yet but don't let these comments deter you from listening. I think this is the most valuable design podcast out there.
Pretty broad question really. Most of the creative types that I've met really aren't managing anyone or anything, not that it matters at all, just my experience.
Did you have a chance to listen to the episode, Eric? We did our best to talk about why not many "creatives" are in management positions, and discussed some of the challenges those of us that are face.