Over the past couple of years, designers have witnessed an increased interest in how our skills can be leveraged within the blockchain dev community; with open-source projects hiring full-time designers, introduction of design tracks in conferences, integration of designers in the development process, and so on. But we are still a long way from having influence over the direction of blockchain products and strategies.
Recently, the telegram group lit up in healthy and informative discussions covering various topics in design including evangelism, stakeholder engagement, and nuanced differences in design disciplines to which a member suggested migrating discussions to Youtube.
Given the collective depth and breadth of design knowledge we share as a group, we have repeatedly demonstrated our ability to eloquently articulate the value of design across all organizations (regardless of size, industry, and technology) through several platforms including twitter/social media, conferences, and telegram groups to name a few. With that said, I believe it is in our best interest to immortalize these very same conversational discussions in the form of podcasts; particularly through the Bitcoin Podcast.
Bitcoin Podcast Network
While the name explicitly states a focus on Bitcoin, the network, managed by Corey Petty (senior security engineer at Status), Demetrius, and Cello (both hosts of their own podcasts within the network) includes a healthy variety of members contributing to varying blockchain projects and discussions on the podcasts encompass all technical and newsworthy topics within any decentralized ecosystem. The credibility in the podcast is reflected in their continuous growth and popularity in the U.S. and Europe, variety of guests hosted on their shows, and their presence in prominent blockchain events including Devcon IV.
Having listened in on several of their podcasts and weekly roundtables myself, there has been a rise in demand to learn how design, user experience, and human-computer interactions fit into resolving scalability and adoption issues.
Given the popularity and shear size of the network, this opportunity could fortify our partnership with the dev community as designers and major contributors to the space through the BitcoinPodcast.
So What’s Next?
Having connected with the Bitcoin Podcast Team, they proposed a 30 minute pilot episode followed by 4 episodes for 5 weeks (1 episode per week) to test out the market and gauge listener’s appetite for design.
To stand up this podcast, we’d need the following to ensure success:
* A team of 4-5 individuals to dedicate 2 days/week with creating and publishing content including content creator, audio/visual engineers, researchers, marketing/social media, …etc.
* Sponsors. Could be your own project/company or other members interested in supporting the design community and help us maintain administrative costs
* List of guests to interview
Once the team is established, I can schedule the kick-off with the Bitcoin Podcast who will guide us through the entire process and also help us with the pilot episode.
If you’re interested in participating and especially have experience with podcasts, please reach out to me (Reem) via telegram and we can take it from there.