Everything I Wish I knew About Stock Options 15 Years Ago

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood Disclaimer: I’m a designer. I’m not an accountant or a lawyer. When it comes to stock options, if you’re not careful you can end up in a mess tax-wise. Be sure to consult with an accountant and a lawyer before considering any of the scenarios below. Slow your roll… You just […]

Hold Regular Negativity Audits

Photo by Tim Gouw What’s a negativity audit? It’s a simple self-evaluation that when held on a regular basis can highlight negative influences in your life. How does the audit work? It’s simple. Just ask yourself these 3 questions: What 3 people leave me feeling the most negative after I spend time with them? What […]

Handy Tip for Creating Full Length Screenshots

There are a number of tools out there that specialize in creating full-length screenshots of a website, but did you know that you can also use Chrome’s Developer Tool to accomplish the same thing? Check it out, first pull up any website: Next, right click and select “Inspect”: Once the dev console is showing hold […]

Clever Onboarding Video

This week my exploration took me to the onboarding flow for Asana. Once you sign up and confirm your email you hit this screen: Note: I clicked play for this animated gif, but the video actually auto plays normally. I thought this was clever for a couple of reasons: First, the video auto plays but […]

It’s not about me

Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels If I were to boil down everything I’ve learned over the past 10 years into a single sentence, it would be this. It applies to multiple areas of my life: In product design
 I’ve learned that my primary role as a designer is to understand who’s using my product and […]

Principles, People, Product, Profit

What do you value most in your business, or in the company you work for? My priorities are clear: 1) Principles 2) People 3) Product 4) Profit In that order… every time. 1. Principles These are the foundation. Principles can be hard to define, but once you have them, they can serve as guard rails […]

The Resistance is Real

Today marks 12 full months that I’ve been working on a side project called Howdy. In that time I’ve: Re-written the code base 4 times (Laravel, Vanilla JS, React, then back to Vanilla JS). Started working with a partner, then broke it off. Seriously considered stopping and working on other side projects at least half […]

Interesting Alternative to Freemium Pricing

I’m always on the lookout for interesting business models. One that caught my recently was from a company called Quip. The app is interesting. Seems like there’s overlap with Google Apps, and companies like AirTable. What caught my eye though was their pricing: Basically it’s 5 users for a flat $30, then $10 for each […]

Designing a Great “Close My Account” Experience

When a user goes to close their account, how easy do you make it on them? The folks at Harvest have nailed this user experience. From settings, when I click the “Cancel Account” button I’m taken here: First of all, that illustration is adorable, very personable, and unique. It’s refreshing to see illustrations that are […]

What can Cookbooks Teach Us About Design Systems?

I love to eat (nom nom). 🤗 Cooking is one of my favorite pastimes outside of work. If I were to break down where I spend my time as it relates to cooking, It would probably look like this: 5% Education – Learning new skills/Expanding my knowledge of food and cooking techniques 5% Discovery – […]