The Presentable Podcast focuses on how we design and build the products that are shaping our digital future. We'll track the tools, trends, and methods being used by teams from the biggest companies and latest startups. In each episode, Jeff will bring over two decades of experience as a designer, developer, entrepreneur, and investor as he chats with guests about how design is changing the world.



Latest Episodes

#15: The Voice of Slack

January 6th, 2017 · 51 minutes

This week's special guest is Anna Pickard, the Creative Director of Voice and Tone at Slack. We talk about how writing and language that is clear, concise, and human can be the bedrock of a great user experience.

#14: The Next Billion Users

December 8th, 2016 · 45 minutes

This week's special guest is Rachel Ilan Simpson. She’s part of the design team for the Chrome browser at Google and has been working on features to help support the next billion new internet users coming online in emerging markets. We talk about what it takes to design for people who’ve never used a desktop computer and only know the online worl…

#13: So You Want To Be a Design Leader

November 23rd, 2016 · 50 minutes

On this week’s program, I’m joined by my friend Andy Budd, one of the founders of British design agency Clearleft. Recently, he organized a conference called Leading Design, we talk about that and discuss what it takes to be a leader in design driven companies, and what it’s like in companies that aren’t.

#12: Our Tools Give Us Superpowers

November 11th, 2016 · 52 minutes

This week's special guest is my friend Naz Hamid, founder of the design agency Weightshift. We discuss the tools we use to do design: how have they changed over the years, what are we using today, and where do we think they’re going in the future.

#11: The Election Isn't Rigged, It's Just Poorly Designed

October 28th, 2016 · 58 minutes

This week on the program, my friend Dana Chisnell is here for a very timely conversation on how the design of ballots affects voter trust in elections. She just finished a 2-year tour with the US Digital Service and has more than a decade of experience in civic design.

#10: Variable Fonts in CSS are Crazy Awesome

October 12th, 2016 · 46 minutes

This week's special guest is my friend Tim Brown, Head of Typography at Adobe. We discuss the recent announcement of Variable Fonts and what that means for type on the web, the complexity of CSS, and the future of responsive web design.

#9: Designing for the App Store, with John Gruber

September 29th, 2016 · 46 minutes

This week we talk to preeminent Apple blogger John Gruber about his experiences designing and developing iOS app Vesper, the challenges of App Store pricing, and how feature prioritization is as much a business decision as it is a design issue.

#8: Why Do Good Teams Design Bad Things?

September 15th, 2016 · 57 minutes

This week's special guest is my old friend Peter Merholz, one of my co-founders at Adaptive Path and author of the new book, "Org Design for Design Orgs." We talk about how companies can better organize design teams, and trace the history of how — after two decades — design became an overnight success in technology.

#7: Why Don't Style Guides Ever Work?

August 23rd, 2016 · 48 minutes

This week's special guest is Stanely Wood, design director at Spotify. We talk about how to scale design as companies grow, what it takes to create consistent experiences, and how style guides never work except when they do.

#6: It Takes a Village to Build a Website

August 5th, 2016 · 50 minutes

Special guest Deepa Subramaniam, Director of Product for the Hillary Clinton campaign, joins the show to talk about what it's like to manage a web team for an 18-month long sprint while the whole world watches.