UX Resources and Productivity Tools
Here’s a list of products, services and other tools I use regularly. All of them help me run a profitable consulting business. I update this page periodically and hope it will be a valuable resource for you.
I recently switched from Basecamp over to Teamwork Projects and couldn’t be happier. It has all the same features as Basecamp in a more streamlined interface. But the thing that sold me was their Gantt charts, which are hard to find in other online project management tools. Sign up for a free 30-day trial here.
I use Acuity Scheduling to schedule free and paid consulting calls. It saves so much time by eliminating multiple back and forth emails to schedule appointments. I chose it over free services like Calendly because I can customize it to accept payments and offer coupons. It also integrates with Apple iCal. Sign up for their free plan here.
ConvertKit is a relative newcomer to the uber-competitive email marketing space, but I think they will soon dominate big players like Aweber and Mailchimp. They’ve made it much easier for me to grow my email list, plus their customer service is awesome. I highly recommend them.
Sanebox saves me several hours each week by automatically filtering unimportant emails from my inbox. It’s the best $60 I’ve spent this year. If you signup be sure to check out their free email course called Inbox Zero Academy.
Inspectlet records videos of your visitors as they use your site, allowing you to see everything they do. You can see every mouse movement, scroll, click, and keypress on your site. It’s an amazing user research tool. You never need to wonder how visitors are using your site again. Sign up for a free account here.
I moved this site to WP Engine after one of my other websites was hacked. The migration process went very smoothly and I am very pleased with the company’s customer support. I sleep much better now knowing my site is much faster, automatically backed up and practically hacker proof.
Scrivener is my go-to program to organize everything around producing content. I’ve been able to keep my site updated much more consistently since I started using a custom blog template in Scrivener to manage posts, research, and a content calendar.
I use Screenflow to produce all my instructional videos and website reviews. I can record full screen HD videos from my laptop, iPhone, or just about any digital video camera. It’s really intuitive to use and also supports Keynote and Powerpoint.
I love this thing. I really do. Since I got it I use it almost every day for brainstorming and other activities. To see it in action, check out my post about UX Sketching: Whiteboard 101.
I use the Behance Dot Grid Book exclusively for personal brainstorming and taking notes at client meetings. The Behance Dot Grid Book has plenty of space to do extensive design explorations and the dot patterns make it easy to draw straight lines. Yeah, it’s pricey for a notebook, but worth it.
This little camera is excellent for conducting remote whiteboarding sessions over Skype or using other screen sharing tools. It’s also great for doing usability testing on mobile devices.
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