Topic: Design

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 […]

Join me as I create & launch a product in 24 hours — Sponsored by Creative Market

***Update: The 24-hour product is live! The product I’ve been working on for the past 24 hours is live and already selling. You can buy 10 Days to Better Design here. If you haven’t been following along, you can read the full story below: *** I love creating new products. There’s a certain thrill that comes […]

Work faster in Photoshop with these keyboard shortcuts

When most people think of design they think of using a mouse (or pen if you’re really cool) to move elements on the screen to bring your dream to life. In other words, new designers do 99% of their work with just their dominant hand on the mouse. If that’s you, you’re an amateur designer. […]