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 […]A Preview of Designing Web Applications
There are so many places to mess up the user experience when designing a web application. I’ve made mistakes around when to save data, how to keep the user notified, and the right way to handle delete actions. Luckily, I’ve learned from these mistakes and those are just a few of the ideas I’ve got […]Ryan Singer from 37signals on software design, workflow, and “Judo”
As part of my upcoming book, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ryan Singer of 37signals. We talk about defining the problem, designing around tasks and individual workflows, and Ryan’s design process. If you make software, you really should listen, or if you prefer, a transcript is available below. There are a few Skype issues […]The commitment that changed my career + my next project.
In May 2012 I made a commitment that changed my career: A simple task, completed every day, that skyrocketed my blog and allowed me to make over $30,000 in 6 weeks. Ready? Here is the exact commitment I made: “I will write 1,000 words every day.” I tracked my progress in Commit, an iPhone app I […]$39k in eBook Sales Part 2: Design, Testimonials, and Traffic
Last week Sacha Greif and I took you behind the scenes of our profitable eBooks. Talking about validating the idea, writing consistently, design software, and pricing. Listen to that here. Today in part 2 we talk about marketing, testimonials, and getting traffic. Enjoy! Sacha’s Book: Step By Step UI Design My Book: The App Design […]