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…

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…