#20 — It’s My Everything


Brian and Judy caught up with — just  each other! — to chat about combining development tools, HTML5, podcasts, iPhones, conferences, and just stuff.

The drinks

Brian drank Newcastle Brown Ale.
Judy drank Rogue Dead Guy.

The links

#19 1/2 – Instructional Design Thinking


Connie Malamed and Judy delved much more into design thinking and applying it to that voo-doo that we do…with sprinkles of Tin Can, knowing when you’re done, and egos.

We even talked about tools a bit — for wireframing, prototyping, and user testing.

By the way, if you’re enjoying these more design-related episodes, be sure to check out Emergent Radio’s newest podcast: Designing Opinion.

The drinks

Judy drank water. (Back off… she’s on antibiotics.)

Connie drank Sweet Wild Berry Zinger Ice Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings.

The links

#2 – Side Projects


Brian Dusablon (@briandusablon) joins me in this episode to talk side projects, failing fast, and facing your priorities.


Show Notes:

Emergent Radio –
The Toolbar –
Learning Ninjas –
Work, Life And Side Projects via @smashingmag (Smashing Magazine)
Should You Encourage Employee Side Projects? via @Inc (Inc. Magazine)
Fail Fast, Fail Cheap via @BW (Business Week)
Happiness Makes Your Brain Work Better via @Inc (Inc. Magazine)
Fight Club – (

#19 – Design Outing


In our nineteenth episode, we were thrilled to have Connie Malamed, The eLearning Coach, join us for a conversation that could have easily lasted another couple of hours. We covered more about being a consultant, design thinking and design processes, and some of our favorite podcasts.

We’ve both been big fans of Connie’s for a long time… check out her blog, book, and iPhone app!

The drinks:

Brian drank a buddy’s homemade barley wine.

Judy drank Elysian Avatar Jasmine IPA.

Connie drank water.

The links:

#1 – The One We Recorded in Mono


Guest Aaron Silvers (@aaronesilvers) joins Jason Early (@jason_early) for the inaugural episode in which they discuss the design and short comings of digital products, the responsibility of product creators to their users, and putting trust, belief, and expectation into things we have zero control over. But it probably turned out as a bunch of rambling. Hooray episode 1!

Show Notes:
Google buys Sparrow, current apps will not get any new features

Let us pay for this service so it won’t go down by Marco Arment

Howard the Duck

#18 – We Should Be Architects


In our eighteenth episode, ex-Pikachu Craig Wiggins joins us for drinks and chat about jobs, consulting, designing vs. developing, just doing stuff, and generally being a good autodidact’s handmaiden.

The drinks:

Brian drank Coney Island Human Blockhead Imperial American Bock by Schmaltz

Judy drank tea (and may have nipped a little cough syrup on the side)

Craig drank Nero’s Appechio Red Ale by Amarcord Birra Artigianale

The links:



#17 – Going Meta


For our one-year anniversary episode, we podcasted about podcasting — how The ToolBar and Emergent Radio were born, which tools we use, how our philosophies have changed, and lessons we’ve learned over the first year.

And… one more big thank-you to all of our guests during the first year: Kevin Thorn, Julie Dirksen, Diane Elkins, Jason Early, Aaron Silvers, David Kelly, and Steve Flowers.

Special thanks to Craig Wiggins (@oxala75), as well, for interacting and pushing us forward (and forcing his people to listen).

The drinks:

Brian drank Yellow Snow IPA* from Rogue

Judy drank Organic Hopworks IPA from HUB

* The real story, from the nice folks at Rogue Brewery: “Yellow Snow is the same product that we have brewed for the past 10 yrs…..maybe you remember the original edition back in 2001 and 2002 which actually was a Pale Ale. Yellow Snow has been an IPA since 2003.”

The links:

#16 – Tying Down the Flappy Elements


Our friend Steve Flowers was kind enough to drop by to talk about a whole lot of things: organizational change, digital solutions, Tin Can, and — most significantly — establishing a library of design patterns for instructional design. If you want to talk more with him, contact him (@xpconcept) on Twitter or head on over to one of our new favorite blogs, androidgogy, which just happens to be written by him.

The drinks

Brian drank St. Arnold’s Homefront IPA.

Judy drank Ten-Penny by Rogue (and Nike).

Steve drank tea.

The links

#15 – Insert Beer Name Here


Brian and Judy sit down with the coolest, smartest BLL-drinker we know: David Kelly. We talk curation, conferences, and — as always — moving our field forward.

The Drinks

Brian drank Left Coast Board Walk Saison Ale.

Judy drank Orchard White from The Bruery.

David drank Bud Light Lime (but Budweiser will get no link love from The ToolBar).

The Links