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 […]

Laravel + MongoDB (via locally

I’m working on a new side project called Howdy (I’ll be sharing more about this project in the coming months). A couple of the technical requirements that I set for this project were to learn some new technologies along the way. I’d never built anything with Laravel prior to this project. I had never used […]

Everyone Should do Support

What would happen if the founders, designers, and developers in your company continued to support your users indefinitely? Lot’s of startups experiment with all-hands support, but it rarely seems to stick. I feel like that’s a tragedy. Clearly, the founders would have to lead by example. Else, I’m positive it would never work. But I’m […]

The Startup Playbook – Book Notes

The Startup Playbook, is a book that I really enjoyed. Here’s a list of the quotes that I found most interesting: Intro – Building a startup will be the homeownership of the next century. Intro – Ruthlessly focus on your biggest ideas. While you might think keeping your options open creates added opportunity and paths to fortune, […]

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 […]

Gym of the future – Startup idea

I’d love to see someone get creative and disrupt the gym industry. It currently feels so stale. There doesn’t seem to be any creativity or innovation at all. The Market With a quick Google search I saw varied reports of the gym market being a $21.8 billion market, all the way up to it being […]

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.