Design Talk 29. Strategic design; 1st anniversary special

Driving change with strategic design in diverse industries – from healthcare to automotive – has emerged as the dominant theme in the first year of the MEX podcast. Hosts Marek Pawlowski and Alex Guest review memorable insights from some of the 20+ guests who’ve been on the show over the last year and discuss how they’ve evolved since. The conversation leads to a discussion of user experience lessons Alex is now applying in his own start-up and exciting plans for the future of MEX Design Talk. Thanks to all our guests, listeners and contributors for a great first year! Get in touch with feedback and questions @mexfeed on Twitter or email

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"When there is an appreciation for design at the core of a start-up it becomes a strategic advantage."  Alex Guest, CEO, Episode 29, MEX Design Talk podcast

Memorable quotes from MEX podcast guests

“People with disabilities are some of the best lifehackers: you’re forced to innovate to overcome accessibility issues.” — Neil Milliken, Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion, Atos


“Innovation is as much about bringing together the right cultures as it is the right talents & processes.” — Mat Hunter, Managing Director, The Central Research Laboratory


“When users break things or create workarounds it gives designers a clear signal…” — Sabrina Majeed, product design manager, Buzzfeed


“Design must come from the startup’s core team.” — Timo Ahopelto, Founding Partner, Lifeline Ventures


“Pharma is a challenging area for UX. In some markets regulation prevents you conducting user research directly with patients. ” — Rob Graham, Global Head of User Experience, AstraZeneca


“In mobile I could go from concept to store shelves in 9 months. In automotive we are still in 3 to 5 year product plans.” — Parrish Hanna, Global Director, Interaction & Ergonomics, Ford


"Does changing a company's identity in response to user need represent the ultimate commitment to user-centred design?"   Marek Pawlowski, founder, MEX Episode 29, MEX Design Talk podcast

About MEX Design Talk & how to get in touch

The podcast for the MEX community, interviewing UX pioneers, exploring emerging technologies, user behaviour and how to design better digital experiences.


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