How Messy Problems Can Inspire Creativity

Really good talk on embracing problems that show up during the creative process. Reminds of the book The Obstacle is the Way.…

Pricing Design by Dan Mall

I first learned about Dan Mall when he had just begun working with Big Spaceship in 2009. I remember being impressed with the content and quality of his website, which has remained roughly the same since then (with updated content, responsiveness, etc.) Kudos to him for keeping up with it…

2015 – Year in Review

Alright, alright, alright. A new year is upon us and that means it’s time for a recap post. This was my 10th and most successful year of full-time freelance. I passed on many projects and only had a handful of longer engagement clients. That really helped me focus on…

Gooey

Forget everything* you know about icon fonts. A collaboration between MDS and Fort is dropping sometime in the not too distant future. Sign up below, if you're intrigued. *ok maybe not everything, but some things... .postcap { display: none; }…

4 Frameworks for Writing that Converts

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately and there’s one in particular that I’ve gone back and listened to 4 times, Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income podcast with copywriting king, Ray Edwards. Even though this episode was heavily focused on copywriting and understanding a…

The Perfect Stool for Your Standing Desk

I've had a standing desk since 2013. I have no ragrets. Standing gives you more energy, drains you less, BUT you can't stand all day. You need a stool to lean against, to sit on, to comfort your new standing position when your legs get tired. I do a rough…

Relationships are the Secret Sauce for Success

My wife and I recently celebrated 10 years of marriage. The past decade seems like a short breath, but in actuality it’s been a marathon. You don’t get to 10 years of marriage without dealing with relationship issues. We dated for 4 years before we got married too,…

AIUX Course Preview: Illustrator Workspace Setup

I'm excited to release one of the first lessons in the AIUX course for free. In an earlier post, I wrote about how I hacked the Wistia API to create a custom play button, and I decided to use an actual lesson to show the how it was done. Checkout…

Hacking Wistia’s API to Create a Custom Play Button

Since my AIUX video course app is in the final stretch of completion, a few weeks ago I signed up for a Wistia account and started uploading some of the course videos. Wistia has a pretty extensive API, which is great, because I’m not the biggest fan of their…

1 Hour of Free UX Consulting for Your Project

I recently tweeted to see if anyone was interested in getting one hour of free UX consulting on any design problem they may have. The only catch is I get to record the session and post the video on my blog with a short write-up. Rephrasing the prev question… …

Building a Web App and an Online Course While Managing Client Work

I’m currently doing all three of these things and it’s not easy. If you’re unaware, my original launch date for the AIUX Course was August 1, 2015. I managed to finish 99% of the course videos by that date, but along the way I decided to build…

Nucleo, the Smartest Set of Icons for Designers and Developers

I've been using Nucleo for the last couple of weeks for a few different projects, and I must say it's quite impressive. The icon libary is pretty extensive for being a relatively new app and Sebastiano and team are adding more and more icons pretty regularly. You can check out…

Celebrating Checkpoints

In a recent post I made the public goal of completing all of the videos for my first AIUX course by June 30– a goal that was not achieved. I estimated 12 videos that needed to be made for one of the major sections, but that turned out to be…

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,…