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. Doomed by definition When Sean Ellis coined the […]

Tenacity

I loved What separates Peter Pans from the pros by @jkglei Here’s an excerpt: When the going gets rough in any creative or entrepreneurial project, what we require isn’t reason or rationality, it’s sheer tenacity—commitment to our abilities, commitment to our process, commitment to finishing even in the face of the inevitable setbacks. This is […]

Sustainable 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 […]

Appearances

It’s so easy to be caught in the trap of keeping up appearances: The way you do your hair each morning The amount of time you spend putting on makeup The cost & style of your clothes/shoes/bag The car you drive The laptop you use at work The house you own The way your house […]

Be Gut Driven, But Data Informed

Many organizations are either all in on data driven design, or zealots about listening to their gut. It’s natural to feel polarized toward one side or the other. You already know from the title of this post where I stand. I believe pretty strongly that there’s a sweet spot, and I don’t think it lies […]

First Iterations Always Suck

And that’s okay… In fact, that’s the way it should be. There’s so much involved in designing a product. As the design lead on a project, you’re responsible for: The need to understand who’s using your product The need to understand what users are trying to do. The need to understand what scenarios the UI […]

Always Work on Side Projects

Finding your motivation Side projects fall in the same category as eating well, and excerise. We all know that these activities are good for us, but it can sometimes be hard to motivate ourselves to do them. There are lot’s of great reasons to work on side projects: Because you enjoy the process of building […]

Start Each Design from Scratch

Let’s say you’ve done a little research, you sit down at your computer, and you’re ready to start a new design. What’s the first thing you do? Well… If you’re like a lot designers you immediately head over to Dribbble or some other site for inspiration. Trust me, you don’t want outside inspiration at this […]

Reduce Time to Clarity

Time to clarity is the amount of time it takes you to establish a clear/confident picture in your mind of how to go about designing the best possible solution for your users. What activities can lead to clarity? Using a clear design process. Digging into analytics to try and discover existing insights. Chatting with happiness/support […]