Topic: Design

The one question great designers ask

No matter your skill level, there’s one question you can start asking in order to think like a great designer: “How should it work?” Yep, it’s that simple. Not “How should it work?” But “How should it work?” Ignore what everyone else is doing. Ignore what the engineers say is possible or easy to build. […]

Join the product team at ConvertKit

ConvertKit is growing insanely quickly and we need talented designers and developers to join our product team. Want to join us? We work remotely and judge success based on quality and speed rather than spending a certain number of hours sitting in a chair. As a company we value simplicity and making products easy to use. And we mean […]

Designing a SaaS app create account screen

In the two years I’ve been designing and developing ConvertKit I’ve always focused on simple usability. With limited time and money I couldn’t make everything perfect, so I wanted to make sure the usability was excellent before adding that last level of polish. Basically I focused on user experience before user interface. I think that […]

Don’t start from scratch

We all want to leverage our time and effort. That’s why ideas like the 80/20 rule are so popular. Work on something until it’s good enough, then move on. But our work just isn’t good enough? What if you want to go beyond 80%? That’s what I want to talk about today. A couple weeks ago […]

Designing Web Applications — 2nd edition

Two years ago I released Designing Web Applications and it was a crazy success. Receiving rave reviews and making over $50,000 in the first month of sales. It went on to help hundreds of designers and developers create better experiences for their users. Now, it’s time to update it. A lot has changed in two […]

Simplify your web app workflow in 1 step

Let’s say hypothetically you own a company that makes landing pages. Actually, that’s not hypothetical for me. Anyway, when making these landing pages, what should a user have to input right at first when creating a new one? I thought this answer was obvious: Page Name Page URL or slug And then choose a template. […]

3 Critical Web App Design Mistakes

I’m working on the second edition of my book Designing Web Applications. Back in 2012 when I released the book it was incredibly well-received. But after a couple years it’s time for an update. The second edition will launch on Wednesday, February 11th. That’s a week from today. So if you’re ready to start designing […]