Make an Excuse or Make a Way

5 years ago I looked at some recent pictures of myself and thought, “Good God, I’m fat.” Not just a few pounds, but nearly 20-30 pounds over what had always been my normal weight. This was after working from my home office for 2 years and being extremely non-physical…

The Not So Secret Productivity Secret

The big secret is not so secret. Are you ready for it? You get a list of things you need to do and you do them. Bam! Secret is out. The days when I’m productive, when I know what I need to do and I do those things, I…

AIUX Private Alpha

Friday wasn’t very productive on the AIUX front. I got a late start on the day and only managed to record one video. I recorded it multiple times, but still didn’t quite get it right. I realize now after creating a total of 4 of the videos, I…

Doing the Hard Things First

Yesterday I wrote some updates regarding AIUX and the video course I’m creating. There’s a lot of things to do with the project and lots of things I could work on, but I’m trying to focus on the doing the hardest thing first. And that’s simply…

Back From the Beach

I just got back from Myrtle Beach with my family for our first ever vacation since having four kids. We had a great time despite our van’s AC going out on the 6 hour drive home while our 1 year old, Nixon, threw up multiple times all over himself…

Is the New Retina Macbook Powerful Enough to be Used as Your Main Machine?

That really depends on what you expect from your main machine now doesn’t it? While I haven’t used the new Retina MacBooks, I can tell you about the 2013 MacBook Air, which has similar specs and has served me incredibly well as my main and only machine over…

11 Steps to Make Your Responsive Web Design Project Succeed

After writing a ton of content in preparation for my presentation at Squares conference, I ended up scrapping lots of it to keep my time below an hour and a half. Now that I've had some time to go back through and make some edits, I now present to you…

Responsive Design in the Real World

Herein lies the deck from my presentation at Squares Conference 2015. You can also view this on Speaker Deck. Also, here's an extended blog post I wrote while developing content for this presentation. A lot of this was cut so I wouldn't ramble over my time slot, but now you…

Freelance Fire [BETA]– A Survival Guide to Conquer Your Fears, Get More Clients, & Increase Your Rates

If you are a new freelancer, independent designer or developer, or would like to become one, this was written for you. This book has been lying dormant for sometime now. Hopefully, if enough people find it interesting in its current state, that will rekindle my fire for finishing and properly…

Daydreaming of Epicurrence

I went on my first ski trip when I was a teenager. It took a solid day to learn the ropes of speeding down a mountain on a pair of sticks, but I was hooked. At that point in my life I had gone scuba diving, water skiing, played nearly…

Using Dropbox For Client Reviews

I use Dropbox to store 100% of my client work– source files, review folders, inspiration, assets, etc. Anytime I finish a set of designs for client review I send a dropbox link instead of an attachment. Here's the basic structure of my work files. This is a little random, but…

Pondering Meaning

After recently listening to Tim Ferriss' interview with Pavel Tsatsouline, which is fantastic by the way, this quote from Pavel really stood out. "The brightest young people today, what do they end up doing? They end up designing apps. In the 50s and 60s they designed spaceships. The dreams were…

Leaning in at an Angle

A sailboat can’t make any progress without wind, in fact going straight ahead into the wind will get you nowhere. Your boat won’t move forward at all. You move the fastest sailing against the wind. Not directly head on, but at an angle. This creates a tension between…

Teehan + Lax Joins Facebook

And Now, For Our Next Act Teehan + Lax just closed their studio doors and moved into Facebook. Good for them–they've made a big decision. Make sure you read the entire post before you make some snarky comment on Twitter, judging their intentions. The three of us agreed we would…

Essentialism

I just finished my fourth book since changing a key habit over Christmas a few weeks ago. Essentialism, a New York Times bestseller by Greg McKeown, dissects “the disciplined pursuit of less.” The book uncovers ways to focus less on the trivial many, and focus more on the vital few…

Simple Complex Shapes in Illustrator

Twitter friend, Mike, created a shield-like shape (below) in Illustrator and had some issues when scaling it down. The shape was built with multiple polygons that all aligned beside each other to form the final mark. The seam in between the individual shapes caused the issue. Even though the vector…

Habits

When I was 13, I smoked my first cigarette. Maybe it was 14. Either way, I was young. A friend of mine, Billy, was older looking than the rest of us–tall and lanky with a protruding Adam’s apple. He had a crackly-sounding kind of voice so he wasn…

2014 Year in Review

Another year is in the books so let’s recap. I’ve done this for 2012 and 2013 and looking back on those reviews, I’m so glad I captured the highlights when I did. There’s always the “ohhhh yeah” moments when I scroll back through the otherwise fuzzy…

Create an OS X Status Bar and Safari Title Bar with Illustrator

To finish off the device wireframes (iPhone, iPad, and Macbook Pro) created for AIUX, we’re creating the OS X status bar and a Safari title bar. If you just want files download them here and if you’d like to learn how to create these icons and UI bits…

Killing It

I’m reading a book, “Revising Prose” by Richard A. Lanham, in which he writes about the imbalance of nouns and verbs in the Official Style, a formal language used to sound more professional. He writes: ...they all build on the same imbalance: a dominance of nouns and an atrophy…