Use Discovery To Setup Successful Web Projects

Whether you’re working on a new web design project or selling to a new prospect, your job as a digital strategist, UX designer, or independent web designer is to first understand your client’s business. The best way to do that is through a thorough and collaborative process of discovery. In this post I’ll share what I’ve […]

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How To Rock Your Freelance Finances

Feast or famine. The up and down income roller coaster. It gets old, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t it be great if your income and expenses were more consistent? If you’re a freelancer who’s tired of having too much month at the end of the money, here’s how to up your finance game and learn a proven […]

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Why I’m Terrified Of Photoshop

In almost 20 years of web design, I’ve never needed Photoshop. Not once. In my roles at various companies and interactive agencies I was always responsible for either making sure the work got done or defining it, not actually doing it. Now things are different. In my quest to improve my UX/UI design skills, I’m […]

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My UX Sketching Kit and Why You Need One Too

If you’re like me, you depend on creating high quality sketches for every UX design project. A “pen before pixel” philosophy demands that you have a handy UX sketch kit with you at all times. With that in mind, in this post I’ll share my current set of daily UX sketching tools. Why Sketch? As […]

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How To Write A UX Design Proposal

At some point in your UX design career, you may find yourself in an independent consulting role. When this happens, unless you are working through a staffing agency you’ll need to know how to land the business that will pay the bills. In this post I’ll share my process of creating a UX Design proposal […]

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How To Configure WordPress SEO by Yoast

As we all know, the web is more crowded than ever. Like most things related to user experience design, successfully ranking for your intended keywords takes careful thought and planning. And great plugins. In this post I’ll show you how to configure the free version of WordPress SEO by Yoast to help you rise above the […]

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Resource Allocations: Who’s Working On What?

Projects. Lots of projects. The more of them you have, the busier you get, and that’s usually a good thing. You want your team to stay busy. But what happens when lots of projects start stacking up on top of each other and the same people are working on them? Overwhelm. Delays. Traffic jams. Unhappy […]

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Should UX Designers Know How To Code?

I’ve been involved in corporate web design for almost 20 years and have never needed to know how to code. But that’s changing this week. I finally bit the bullet and signed up for a web development course on Udemy. I’m excited to dive in and explore what’s possible. It’s taken me a while to get brave […]

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UX Sketching: Whiteboard 101

In my experience, the best UX/UI designs result when teams work together to sketch out their ideas based on solid user research combined with a clear understanding of business needs. The resulting sketches enable teams to clarify their shared thinking “on paper”, make abstract ideas more tangible, and explore multiple design options quickly. This process […]

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What's Your One Thing?

What’s Your One Thing?

Last week I read The One Thing by Gary Keller. If you haven’t picked it up yet, it’s a great book and I highly recommend it. In this post I’ll share how finding your One Thing can simplify your life and give you a laser focus for anything you want to accomplish. In my last […]

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