Topic: Design

How to radically simplify your user interface

How is it that some software lets you accomplish just as much as competing software, all while maintaining a much simpler interface? Basecamp, by 37signals, is a great example. With just a few features—each with a simple interface—you can complete all the same tasks as more complicated project management applications. Ryan Singer from 37signals introduced […]

The Hidden Costs of Contract Work

So many people compare money made from selling a product to how much they could have made by consulting. It works something like this: a product made $10,000 and took 200 hours to develop, so the hourly rate was $50 an hour. Since the creator can bill out his or her time at $100 an […]

Workshop Design Video (Part 2) + Workshop Tickets Available

Earlier this week I put out part 1 of my Photoshop tutorial on creating a workshop sales page. Today I’d like to follow that up with part 2 where I move from Photoshop to code. Enjoy! Now, let’s talk I’m putting on a live online workshop in a week and I’d like you to join […]

Learn to Design a Workshop Sales Page in Photoshop

For my upcoming design workshop on March 29th (you are coming, right?) I designed a fancy new sales page in Photoshop. Luckily for you, I recorded the process as a video tutorial. Enjoy! Tickets for the workshop go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday the 20th) at 10:00 AM Eastern. There are just a few spots, so […]

Wireframing your web application

There are many “right” ways to design an application, so I want to be clear that this is my workflow (and the one I recommend), but it’s not mandatory. I know other designers who just jump right into Photoshop (or code) and produce great work. But if you find yourself having trouble visualizing a design […]

On Design Approval and Intentional Flaws

“My boss always has to change something about my designs.” A friend of mine, who is a relatively new designer, was discussing his job with me the other day. I laughed. I’d encountered the same issue dozens of times. I would bring a new design to my manager for approval and he would look it […]

Is your web application painful to use?

That’s a question you should ask yourself seriously. It’s hard to admit when are own projects aren’t as good as they could be. Especially when that means we are causing our users frustration and pain. So many developers I’ve talked to want to make the experience better in their software, but don’t know how. Short […]