The Crazy One

Listener questions episodes

I love it when this show becomes a conversation and I am able to answer some of the questions that are on the audience’s mind. These episodes answer questions from social media and individual outreach.


EPISODE 79

Design operations, start-ups, company “purpose”, your career and building a team.

In this episode, we will answer listener questions about clarifying design operations as a discipline, advice for designers who want to run their own start-up, how companies can make their purpose real and not just a marketing-induced pipe dream, dealing with the fear that your best work is behind you, and where to begin to create a UX strategy for a company that’s never had one before.
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EPISODE 73

Design leadership, office environments, design authority. conflict and sharing.

Innovation is easily the most abused word in the corporate lexicon because we all talk about it so much but so few companies and teams are actually able to create it. In this episode,w we will look at why innovation fails, the traits of truly innovative teams and what you can start doing on your team or in your company to fix all of this.

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EPISODE 65

Branding navigation, hamburger menus, design systems, inspiring change and more.

In this episode we will answer listener questions about if main navigation should just get you around or project a brand image, if there such a thing as “necessary evils” in design, my take on having Design Systems in a large enterprise, how to inspire change in small organizations, and How travel inspires my creativity and approach.

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EPISODE 62

Advice for junior designers, activating empathy, work routine and more.

In this episode we will answer listener questions about content creation, the top 3 books I recommend to friends, advice for junior designers, how to get work done and my thoughts on being a “jack of all trades”.

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EPISODE 36

Listener questions: When do you ask for a raise, making remote teams work and valuing creative talent

This episode answers listener questions about how can creatives can pick the right time to ask for a raise or promotion, what’s the best way to negotiate your raise, how you can get remote teams to work together more seamlessly and a discussion of how companies should be valuing and hiring creative talent. If you have questions you want to be answered you can ask them by ‘liking’ The Crazy One podcast on Facebook, finding me on Twitter @sdgates or on LinkedIn and I will answer them on an upcoming show.

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EPISODE 31

Setting your salary and showing the value of an in-house team

This episode answers listener questions about how to figure out what the salary if you should ask for on your next job interview and how to show your company the value of an in-house creative team. If you have questions you want to be answered ‘like’ The Crazy One podcast on Facebook, post them there and I will answer them in an upcoming show.

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EPISODE 5

Should designers code? Is platformification killing design?

This episode answers listener questions about should designers learn to code, making developers a bigger part of your creative process and talking about if digital platforms are killing design.

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