Guest Brief

Welcome to Design Discipline.

Design Discipline is an independent design research publication produced by Dr. Mehmet Aydın Baytaş, PhD in interaction design.

You are invited to our podcast with world-class creatives, leaders, and scholars whose experiences are valuable to our audience of young designers.

Contact Info

Please contact me if you have any questions, requests, or updates. You can reach me as follows:

Schedule Your Online Recording

First, I recommend we do a short intro call to get acquainted and check our technical setup. Please schedule the intro call here. (Skip this if you have podcasting experience and we are sufficiently acquainted.)

Please schedule your 90-min recording session here:

Schedule your recording

Before Recording

I recommend you send me an email with:

  • Current topics you’re excited about (e.g. a new book, product, or project)

  • Your "greatest hits" stories (important, powerful, funny, etc.), loved by your audiences in the past

  • Anything you'd like to avoid talking about

During Recording

Time

  • The recording will take 60 to 90 minutes.

  • I am in Sweden, in the Central European Standard Time zone.

  • I try to have nothing scheduled after our session. If we enjoy talking and want to keep going, or have technical issues that burn time, I can accommodate.

  • If we need a break, we can always pause.

Format

  • This is a video podcast, published on podcasts and YouTube.

  • Feel free to swear, rant, go off-topic, reveal trade secrets, ask questions, talk about private things... We can remove these afterwards. But we cannot add anything new.

  • Please tell stories! We do talk about abstract ideas, but I will often ask for stories that have happened to you or other people, to illustrate the ideas.

Tech

  • Please do not use a wireless microphone, especially AirPods. I recommend a good quality external microphone, but Mac microphones will do.

After Recording

  • We edit to keep episodes as short as possible. We remove “umm” sounds, repetitions, etc., while still maintaining natural conversation. We aim to make you sound smart, and keep our audience listening.

  • You will receive a link to the final cut, ahead of publication, and have the chance to abort if you really need to.


Frequently Asked Interview Questions

  • Recommendations for books, movies, YouTube, podcasts, articles...

  • Tell me a story from your childhood that informs your current work.

  • How do you define what you do for work? How did that evolve over time?

  • What does "design" mean to you?

  • Who do you look up to?

  • What is something that is obvious to you but not to other people?

  • What actions in your past had much bigger impact than you expected to set you up for success?

  • Tell me about a failure from your past which turned out to be leading you to success.

  • What places and tools, including software, do you spend most of your time with?

  • What are you excited about these days? What is next for you?

  • Where can we find you on the internet?

  • What is a question about design that only you can answer?

  • Is there a question I should have asked but haven't?