Complete Novice to Full-time Product Designer in 1-2 Years

In this post, I’ll talk about the path that I would take to go from a complete novice, to a full-time product designer—all within a year or two—and land a job that pays at least $90,000/yr. A few disclaimers: This isn’t a life hack article. Below, you won’t find a list of hacks, but a […]

Test Your Designs

Every public facing design you push live – which has the potential to affect core metrics – should be A/B tested. Period. But, why? A couple of reasons: Data helps you make informed decisions. You test to learn. You’ll find out what works, and what doesn’t. You can then share what you’ve learned with others, […]

Embrace Process, Avoid Ego

This chart shows the level of “process” a typical designer will incorporate into their designs over time.

“Creativity Inc.” notes

“Creativity Inc” is a book that I absolutely adore. It’s written by Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Disney animation. I highly recommend grabbing a copy. Here are a few of my favorite highlights: Culture What makes Pixar special is that we acknowledge we will always have problems, many of them hidden from our view; […]

Avoid Bandwagon Wisdom

Bandwagon Wisdom Strongly held, one-sided opinions on complex issues, often openly communicated with very little reason, personal research, experimentation or data to back them up. Reason The power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic. The problem Bandwagon wisdom is a plague in our society. It’s unhealthy, and […]

I’m a Mormon

First, a few disclaimers: 1. If this topic is of no interest to you, don’t read it. This is my personal blog, The vast majority of posts that I write will tend to be about design and startups. Occasionally I’ll deviate to cover a topic that is as important, if not much more deeply important […]

Don’t “Growth Hack”

Can we lay this term to rest? It just feels… tainted. To be clear, growth in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. But somehow “growth hacking” has earned itself a bad reputation. Why is that? To figure this out, let’s journey back to the very beginning.

Tenacity

I loved What separates Peter Pans from the pros by @jkglei Here’s an excerpt:

Intentionally Tiny Side Projects

For the longest time now I’ve been fond of indie businesses. Most of my friends don’t even know this, but the first real company that I ever started on my own was called SimpleStartup. It was a web app written in PHP that helped single person companies create a website, charge money for their services, […]

Finding Balance

Between having a young family, working a full-time job, serving at church, and side projects, my life can feel pretty hectic at times. Finding balance in life is a constant obsession of mine. My ultimate goal is to live a boring, perfectly scheduled, monotonous life. Turns out, that’s harder than it sounds… 😛 There are […]