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The UX Hustle

The UX Hustle

By Amanda Worthington

This is a show about crafting a badass UX career and refining your UX process to become better at what you do. We'll also talk about applying UX to your life to get more done—with less stress.
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#56 Circle of Control & Influence and How Taking Care of Yourself Helps Your Work

The UX HustleApr 20, 2022

70: Choosing a Career goal for 2023
Nov 23, 202225:40
69: Self-Promo: Journaling

69: Self-Promo: Journaling

In this episode, I share my favorite journal prompts to get clear on what might be holding you back from self-promoting at work. You can take a couple of these prompts each day or have a mega-session going through all of them.

I'd love to hear what you learned about yourself while journaling — Come follow me on Instagram and share your experience:

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Journal Prompts:

How do I feel about promoting myself right now?

What am I afraid will happen if I promote myself at work?

What would I do if that happened?

What's the best thing that could happen if I promote myself at work?

What would I do if that happened?

How do you want others to feel when you talk about yourself?

How do I already make people feel that way?

What's a big career goal that I have for the next quarter, year, or season?

How much harder would my goal be if I didn't tell anyone? Why?

How much easier would it be if I share my goals and progress with others? Why?

Nov 16, 202217:01
#68 Self-Promo: Don’ts and Do’s
Nov 09, 202228:54
#67 I got the job, now what?
Nov 02, 202239:41
#66 I got the UX skills, how do I get the job?
Oct 26, 202225:38
#65 UX Is for me, how do I get the skills?
Oct 19, 202226:28
#64: Don't Resist Your Niche with Tiffany Hsia
Oct 12, 202254:27
#62 Is UX the career for me?
Aug 24, 202227:28
#61 From high school counselor to Senior UX Researcher with Sarah Kate Hampton
Aug 17, 202201:03:03
#60 Starting Your Own Business with Maggie Olson
Jun 08, 202251:22
#59 Trusting yourself and others when Starting a New UX Role with Darrin Lin
Jun 01, 202254:35
#58 From Architecture to UX with Hannah Job
May 11, 202251:52
#57 The One Crucial Thing That is Missing From Most Workplaces with Sarah Gemmell
Apr 27, 202201:10:26
#56 Circle of Control & Influence and How Taking Care of Yourself Helps Your Work
Apr 20, 202228:35
#55 Listening to ourselves & others with willingness, curiosity, and kindness with Cara Schwartz

#55 Listening to ourselves & others with willingness, curiosity, and kindness with Cara Schwartz

Join me on this journey with Cara Schwartz as we explore listening to ourselves and others with curiosity, compassion, and kindness. We have an open conversation about resistance, ways of practicing self-awareness and kindness — and how it impacts our relationships with others. Take note of the questions and practices that Cara shares and guides me through — How could you get curious with yourself?

Cara is a queer, self-employed designer, transformative facilitator, and activist of love. Partnering with community projects, small businesses, award-winning agencies, and large brands since 1998, she has lived and worked in the US and internationally as a graphic & UX designer, production artist, print producer, studio director, and certified OOUX strategist.

Now based in the magical, healing desert of Tucson, Arizona, she volunteers as a Community Dialogue Facilitator, holding trauma-informed space for structured conversations that allow many voices and viewpoints to be heard in a brave and respectful environment. In all of her endeavors, Cara seeks to hear and empower people through compassionate listening, meeting herself and others where they are, and co-creating community care. A recovering work hard/play hard design veteran, she begins *most days with a self-care routine of Qi Gong, meditation & journaling before inviting the world in.

Apr 13, 202201:39:12
#54 Releasing Panic and Worry to Make an Impact
Apr 06, 202211:25
#53 Streamlining Online Spiritual Businesses with Rylee June
Mar 30, 202239:19
#52 Imposture Syndrome
Mar 23, 202224:05
#51 Shouting in a Sea of Text with Sonya Lewis
Mar 16, 202257:25
#50 Masterminding to Crush Big Goals
Mar 09, 202224:23
#49 How to Rock Your First UX Role with Havana Nguyen
Mar 02, 202201:20:14
#48 Portfolio Tips for New & Experienced UXers
Feb 23, 202226:49
#47: Is Screen Time Impacting Our Designs? with Julie Briggs

#47: Is Screen Time Impacting Our Designs? with Julie Briggs

Jan 19, 202259:34
#46: 2021 Lessons Learned & How I'm Stepping into 2022
Jan 12, 202237:08
#45: Personal Branding
Dec 29, 202119:56
#44: Jumping Into New Decisions
Dec 22, 202121:15
#43: UX Through My Partner's Eyes
Dec 10, 202141:23
#42: 3 Ways to Show a Growth Mindset in Your UX Case Study
Nov 11, 202112:19
#41: Forever Employable with Jeff Gothelf

#41: Forever Employable with Jeff Gothelf

Jeff helps organizations build better products and executives build the cultures that build better products. He is the co-author of the award-winning book Lean UX and the Harvard Business Review Press book Sense & Respond.

Starting off as a software designer, Jeff now works as a coach, consultant, and keynote speaker helping companies bridge the gaps between business agility, digital transformation, product management, and human-centred design.

Most recently Jeff co-founded Sense & Respond Press, a publishing house for practical business books for busy executives. His most recent book, Forever Employable, was published in June 2020.

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Nov 03, 202147:35
#40: Remembering the Humans with Rob Harr
Oct 27, 202155:53
#39: Becoming a Design Leader

#39: Becoming a Design Leader

In this episode, Vincent and Amanda talk about what it means to be a design leader. Vincent shares what he's noticed in helping hundreds of designers successfully break into the UX industry.

Vincent Brathwaite is a Caribbean American multi-disciplinary design leader, educator, speaker, and husband to Magalie Lachoua. He’s a visionary with a keen ability for assessing an idea’s potential and bringing its possibilities to life. His passion is to build bridges between cultures and unite people by their common thread.

For the past two decades, he has worked to transform communities through disruptive design methodologies. A process he learned by studying Industrial Design at Rhode Island School of Design, Product Design at Strate School of Design (Paris), Product Development at MIT, and Project Management and Data Analytics at General Assembly.

He successfully executed projects for Red Bull, IBM, Caruso Affiliated, Tides Foundation, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Morehouse College, the US Dept. of Energy Georgia, and various companies in the social impact space.

He’s taught over 250 individuals UX Design as an adjunct professor at Rhode Island School of Design and lead instructor at General Assembly combined. He's written articles of advanced UX topics for the Adobe XD blog “XD Ideas”.

As a speaker, Vincent has inspired thousands of designers and entrepreneurs at virtual and in-person conferences. Some of them include the UX India Conference, UX Strat Online Conference, DesignOps Summit, Dribble: Hangtime Conference, National Urban League Conference, and TEDx Crenshaw.

In all that he does, Vincent is led by the following core principles; integrity, empathy, kindness, courage, and resilience.


Visit Vincent's website:

Say hello to Vincent on social media: @vjbrathwaite

Ready to Marie Kondo your UX Portfolio? UX Portfolio PowerPlay™ is now on pre-sale until October 15th at midnight!: Sign up here:

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Oct 13, 202152:53
#38: Being a Human with Jasmine Orange
Oct 06, 202152:42
#37: Future-Proofing Your Design Career at the UX Hustle Summit
Sep 15, 202114:12
#36: Feel the Fear + DO IT Anyway with Joe Natoli

#36: Feel the Fear + DO IT Anyway with Joe Natoli

In this episode, Amanda and Joe talk about FEAR. Fear of speaking up, fear of looking dumb, and the fear of failure. Joe shares his experience working with hundreds of thousands of UX students and in a number of UX organizations -- showing you how to overcome fear so that you can make a real impact not only as a UX designer but as a person in your own life. This episode isn't just for those of you breaking into UX, but it really speaks to the real life experience and challenges of being a UXer at an organization. So whether you're just starting out, a manager or consultant, or out looking for a new position on the job market, this episode is for you.

Joe Natoli is a UX consultant, author and speaker. Everything he does is born from three decades of consulting with and training the product development teams of some of the world’s largest organizations. He has taught over 200,000 students through his online courses and is a regular keynote speaker and lecturer at events across the globe. Including! The UX Hustle Summit, Sept 24 & 25, where Joe will be moderating our career path panel! His courses, books, articles and free UX resources are available at, and his new online school, the UX 365 Academy publishes new training courses, videos, ebooks and more every month; check it out at


Go say hi to Joe on Twitter: @joenatoli

Sign up for Joe's free e-book, "THE WAY IT IS: 10 Powerful UX Career Tips":

Check out all of Joe's resources at

Sign up for the UX 365 Academy before prices go up in 2022:

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Sep 08, 202157:40
#35: Find Clarity From Your Story with Alex Street
Sep 01, 202158:54
#34: Standing Out to Find Your Career Home with Charli Marie Prangley

#34: Standing Out to Find Your Career Home with Charli Marie Prangley

In this episode, Amanda and Charli talk about Charli's experience as a Creative Director and hiring manager at ConvertKit. Charli shares tips on how to stand out when job hunting, how she manages her design team, and how she's used her content creation to future-proof her career.

Charli will be returning to the UX Hustle Summit stage on our Career Path panel so if you loved this episode make sure you grab your ticket at

Charli was a keynote speaker at the 2020 UX Hustle Summit and will be on our Career Path panel this year. Charli is a web designer based in Valencia, Spain who is passionate about side projects and helping creatives improve their craft and process. By day Charli works as the Creative Director at ConvertKit, and in every other moment she’s creating weekly content on her YouTube channel, CharliMarieTV, and podcast, Design Life, sharing insights into life as a professional designer alongside tutorials and advice on design tools and concepts. And these days, Charli's working on her new book.

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Sign up for Charli's newsletter to learn more about her book and other endeavors:

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Free challenge Aug 30 - Sept 3: Career Force One:

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Aug 25, 202150:33
#33: You're Not Alone; Nobody knows what they're doing with Chad Rieck
Aug 18, 202154:11
#32: Future-Proofing Your Career with Object-Oriented UX

#32: Future-Proofing Your Career with Object-Oriented UX

Aug 11, 202101:24:10
#31: Change is the Only Constant with Cassie McDaniel
Aug 04, 202140:54
#30: Poetry, UX, Identity, and Fear with Jessie Lian
Jul 28, 202153:26
#29: Designing a Sustainable Career
Jul 14, 202115:41
#28: Fruitful UX Research: Combining Science with the Messiness of the Real World
Jul 07, 202101:20:55
#27: What I Wish I Knew with Denise Nicole Francis
Jun 30, 202101:12:28
Episode 26 - Taking on Big Challenges and Skyrocketing to UX Leadership with Amanda Worthington
Sep 10, 202001:02:15
Episode 25 - Making Content Accessible with Tara Codrington
Sep 03, 202001:09:32
Episode 24 - Starting a UX Project with Object-Oriented UX: an Audio Workshop
Aug 14, 202001:00:19
Episode 23 - Fostering Simplicity and Finding a Shared Language with Kamilah Benjamin
Jul 31, 202059:14
Episode 22 - Practicing OOUX in the real world with Amber Hicks

Episode 22 - Practicing OOUX in the real world with Amber Hicks

Amber Hicks is the very first Certified OOUX Strategist to be on the podcast. She was an elementary school teacher before changing careers to become an OOUX Designer for Norfolk Southern. In this episode of the podcast, Sophia and Amber talk about how OOUX gives you the tools to iterate on literally anything, how using storytelling can help you get buy-in more quickly when selling clients and engineers on the intention behind your designs, and whether or not we should be teaching UX to third graders. Enjoy!
Jul 16, 202053:38
Episode 21 - Designing, leading, and trail blazing with Angel Banks

Episode 21 - Designing, leading, and trail blazing with Angel Banks

Angel Banks has worked as a product manager and UX designer. She's also a speaker and organizer for the Atlanta tech community where she works to ensure an inclusive environment for the marginalized and underrepresented in tech. In this episode, Sophia and Angel discuss making the tech industry safe and inclusive for all, whether UX designers should learn to code, and job hunting as a woman of color.


Angel Banks


7/12 90's Netflix Party: Clueless

7/22 REFACTR.TECH Rerun with Henri Helvetica

8/9 90's Netflix Party: Mortal Kombat

Women Who Code

7/7  Find Your Tech Talent / Co-Founder / Curiosity Lab + Women Who Code Atlanta

Women Techmakers

Kim Crayton

Intro to Being an Antiracist (video)

8/29 - Being an Antiracist at Home

10/31 - Being an Antiracist at Work

Your Black Friends are Tired

OOUX Summer School

Rewired UX Newsletter Signup

Jul 02, 202053:46
Episode 20 - Stories from COVID-19, Learning to be an Ally, and Announcing Cohort 3 of the OOUX Strategist Certification

Episode 20 - Stories from COVID-19, Learning to be an Ally, and Announcing Cohort 3 of the OOUX Strategist Certification

In this episode of the podcast, Sophia gives updates on all the changes happening: in her business, in her personal life, and in her mind.  You’ll also be the first to get the scoop on Cohort 3 of the Object Oriented UX Certification Program.


OOUX Strategist Certification Program—Early Bird spots are on sale!  (Sept 30th through Dec 2nd)

OOUX Summer School (August 22&23) (You’ll get a $497 discount code to the OOUX Certification program with this purchase.)


Get 95% off OOUX Summer School (unlimited spots) and the chance to get 75% off the OOUX Strategist Certification Program (3 spots). Email with a link to your Linkedin and your 1-2 sentence story. We’ll email you a discount code within 48 hours!

Sophia’s letter: Examining my Complicity (Without self-loathing)

Jun 18, 202019:11
Episode 19 - Taxonomy, Folksonomy, and Knowledge Graphs with Ahren Lehnert and Bob Kasenchak
Jun 05, 202001:35:50
Episode 18 - Supercharge Your Side Hustle (#UXYourLife Series)
May 21, 202046:48
Episode 17 - Designing systems to practice UX without the stress with Ben Simmonds

Episode 17 - Designing systems to practice UX without the stress with Ben Simmonds

Ben Simmonds is a senior UX practitioner with 20 years of experience making technology better in London, Sydney, and now in Bristol as an independent consultant. As a compliment to UX Design, Ben is also a certified Performance, Stress, and Productivity coach. He runs "UX Without The Stress" workshops to help teams and individuals navigate complex, demanding projects. In this episode of the podcast, Sophia and Ben discuss teaching what you want to learn, the information architecture of stress, and how Object-Oriented UX deconstructs complexity to enable better design. Enjoy!

Sign up for Ben's next online "UX Without The Stress" workshop, scheduled for May 23, at the link below. 


Keep up with Ben on his Website:

Follow Ben on Twitter: @bensimmonds

Connect with Ben on LinkedIn:

Sign up for Ben's "UX Without The Stress" workshop! 

Read Sophia's A List Apart article on OOUX:

May 08, 202001:17:44
Episode 16 - Finding flow in life and in workshop facilitation with Matt Trinetti
May 01, 202045:47
Episode 15 - Exploring the Information Layer with Bram Wessel
Apr 24, 202001:04:26
Episode 14 - Object-Oriented UX in Business and in Games with Caroline Sober-James
Feb 19, 202054:06
Episode 13 - Building Design Systems and Systems for Building Designers with Ben Callahan

Episode 13 - Building Design Systems and Systems for Building Designers with Ben Callahan

In this conversation, I talk to Ben Callahan, Sparkbox founder and design system expert. At Sparkbox, Ben has created an amazing workplace that facilitates learning, exploring, asking questions, and pet projects. We talk about how that awesomeness came to be and what’s working well today. (Team leaders, please take notes.)  We also talk about taking time to tinker and figure yourself out—while the world seems to change right underneath your feet.

Of course, we get into design systems, too.  We nerd out on documentation and discuss how being on the “design system team” can be a great part of company hazing >cough, cough<  onboarding.

If you are revved up to apply for Sparkbox’s apprentice program, here’s your link:

Connect with Ben on Twitter:

Dec 30, 201901:01:09
Episode 12 - Jason Ogle: The Defender of User Defenders Everywhere

Episode 12 - Jason Ogle: The Defender of User Defenders Everywhere

If you listen to the UX Hustle Podcast, you probably also listen to the User Defenders podcast, amiright? In that case, you might think you know Jason Ogle. Think again. In this super-candid episode, I interview THE interviewer. We get into his rocky path to becoming a UX designer and leader within the UX community. We talk about habit forming, design’s role in business, web design in the ’90s, the most important thing to communicate in a UX interview, the AI takeover, and so much more.

We also talk about mentoring and the importance of community.  If you didn't already know how much Jason truly cares about his User Defenders and their success, you'll hear that passion shine through in this conversation. On that note, please check out Jason’s awesome User Defenders Community. The first 7 days are free, so there’s no reason NOT to give it a go: Here’s what it’s all about:

Caring & Genuine UX Community of 500 (and counting)
A safe place to connect, grow, and inspire
Benefits include early ad-free User Defenders: Podcast episodes, FREE members-only training sessions/AMA's from some of the biggest names in UX, Impactful Book Club We choose an inspiring design or growth-related book and discuss as a group through video-conference afterward, No Mark Zuckerberg or Jack, and countless irrelevant ads. Just an intuitive social network, entirely focused on UX and personal growth, with other wonderful, helpful humans as passionate about these topics as you are!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

The Miracle Morning

Deep Work

Pat Flynn’s Podcast

Atomic Habits

Humane Tech

Mindful Technology

Nov 27, 201901:00:40
Episode 11 - UX Research, Personas, and Career Specialization with Beth Godfrey
Oct 31, 201957:42
Episode 10 - The IA of Pants...and a UX Portfolio

Episode 10 - The IA of Pants...and a UX Portfolio

Paul McAleer is the Content Strategy Director at Bouteous, an award-winning digital innovation agency. He joins us today to talk about the infuriating information architecture of pants (or lack thereof) as well as how progressive disclosure can help the usability of a UX portfolio. We also get into the distinction between IA and Content Strategy and where they overlap. Enjoy!

Oct 11, 201938:47
Episode 9 - Pro-Troublemaking with Stefanie Krievins

Episode 9 - Pro-Troublemaking with Stefanie Krievins

Stefanie Krievins is a big hearted, tough love professional career coach with lots of wisdom to give. Fair warning, a few F-bombs are peppered in with that wisdom! She specializes in change making within organizations and that’s why I wanted to have her on. For UX designers to do their job, they have to foster an environment that’s open to change. Because that’s what we do, we go in and make waves. In this episode Stefanie talks about how important it is to define success upfront, what type of questions to ask in a UX interview, and how to reframe the skills of a past career when you are transitioning into UX.

Stefanie will also be giving a lecture and mini-workshop at the UX Hustle Summit on Saturday Sept 7th.  Go to to learn more about the conference and when you get your ticket, enter uxhustlepodcast all lowercase.


Sign up for Stefanie’s course and join her community:

Stefanie's Pro troublemaker worksheet:

$50 off the UX Hustle Summit:

The Secrets of closing the sale by Zig Ziglar

Million Dollar Consulting by Allen Weiss

TED Talk recommendation: Self-Love, be Intentional  by Caitlyn Roux

Aug 30, 201942:21
Episode 8 - Moving from graphic design to UX design (with a little help from OOUX)

Episode 8 - Moving from graphic design to UX design (with a little help from OOUX)

In the course of just a few years, Gabriela Ospina has transformed her career.  She's transitioned from designing print graphics to digital graphics to complex user experiences. We when spoke in December, she was working on the JP Morgan Chase investments mobile apps as a senior UX designer. But recently she’s moved onto a product design role at Namely, a company that builds software for Human Resources and payroll. As if finance was not complicated enough! 

In this episode, Gabriela and I talk about her UX journey and how object-oriented UX has played a part. Along with some sharp OOUX skills,  she’s also fueling her her trajectory with cross-fitter work ethic and a love of learning. 

ANNOUNCEMENT! For those of you coming to the Generate Conference in New York City on April 24-25, Gabriela will be making a cameo appearance in our full day OOUX workshop. How exciting! 

Books recommended: 

Leadership by design

The Hard Thing about Hard Things

Apr 13, 201934:23
Episode 7 - Reframe the Check and Find the Joy of Doing (#UXyourLife Series)
Mar 15, 201940:22
Episode 6 - Alexa Wrangling, AI Celebrities, and #ElderMillennial Nostalgia with Paul Jackson from the BBC
Feb 21, 201948:33
Episode 5 - Crypto Kitties, Magic Sticker Albums, and Object Oriented UX
Dec 18, 201845:07
Episode 4 - West Coast Design Systems with Devon Alkire-Cussen and Karl Schultz

Episode 4 - West Coast Design Systems with Devon Alkire-Cussen and Karl Schultz

In 2017, Karl Schulz brought me and my Object-Oriented UX workshop to the design team at One of the designers on the team was Devon Alkire-Cussen, who immediately clicked with OOUX. Today, Karl is bringing object-first thinking to Atlassian and Devon is bringing OOUX to CreditKarma. In this conversation, we sit down in my beautiful San Francisco Airbnb to talk about the twists and turns of their UX journeys, what makes a great UX designer, the challenges of OOUX, and the future of our industry.

Make sure to check out the swimwear company that Devon works with
Dec 10, 201849:38
Episode 3 - Seven Ways to Take Action on your Dreams (#UXyourLife Series)
Nov 27, 201828:44
Episode 2 - Do the UX Chillhop with your Customer Service Team

Episode 2 - Do the UX Chillhop with your Customer Service Team

Oct 22, 201842:12
Episode 1 - Vintage Chatbots and Problems that Talk Back with Zach Pousman

Episode 1 - Vintage Chatbots and Problems that Talk Back with Zach Pousman

In the very first episode of the UX Hustle Podcast, Sophia talks to Zach Pousman, CEO of Helpfully, an innovation and UX firm in Atlanta. Sophia learns about WIMP and the magical 1-3-5 to-do list hack. They discuss the parallels between the command line and chatbots. Down the rabbit hole, Sophia and Zach explore the design challenges found in the blind void of voice UI. Zach gives sage advice on designing within constraints—when and how should you push the boundaries? He also talks about the philosophical difference between breaking down an engineering problem and a design problem.
Oct 11, 201835:37
TRAILER: Introducing the UX Hustle Podcast

TRAILER: Introducing the UX Hustle Podcast

This is a podcast about having fun doing better UX design and also crafting an intentional career in UX. Listen to this brief intro to get the deets and figure out if the Hustle is right for you.
Oct 08, 201804:31